November 04, 2011 Features & Images » Feature Story

Eric Andersen 

Squamish candidate profile

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Hockey Card:

Occupations? Research & communications consultant.

Furthest place travelled? Eastern edges of Eastern Europe, before the wall came down.

Describe yourself in five words or less. Very Loyal. Analytical. Storyteller. Energetic.

What is something people would be surprised to learn about you? Was once interrogated in jail cell as suspected spy (in GDR). Was later invited to job interview by CSIS.

Profile Questions:
What do you see as the top election issues? Most important issue is economic development. Unbalanced jobs-to-housing ratio. Lost sense of potential complimentary economic functions leading to "Us vs. Them", unpreparedness. Too high expectations and conflicting land use visions for District's Oceanfront.

What would you do to enhance the environment for business? Across the board "Open for Business" attitude, efforts, commitment would be welcome - but not sufficient. Squamish needs STRATEGIES for several complimentary local sectors.

Give an example of a difficult situation you have overcome. I talked my way into being total organizer for a large group's 3-week study tour of a country I had only briefly visited; with only 4 days to learn the language, to serve as group translator. Was a great success.

Where should people go to get more information about you? Email me: se_andersen@telus.net - to discuss any community issue.

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