QUESNEL CITY COUNCIL>Bob Simpson
Mayor Bob Simpson was born in Glasgow, Scotland and was ten when his family immigrated to Winnipeg, Manitoba. He first moved to BC in 1974 when he was posted to the HMCS Mackenzie as a signalman in the Canadian Navy. His family moved to the Okanagan shortly after visiting him in BC
After leaving the Navy, Bob travelled extensively throughout Western and Eastern Europe and North Africa before returning to BC and earning two undergraduate degrees and a Professional Teaching Certificate from the University of Victoria, where he met his wife Trish. In 1985, Bob and Trish moved to Quesnel, where Trish had grown up, to teach -- Bob at Quesnel Secondary School, and Trish at Dragon Lake Elementary. Bob eventually became Science Department Head at QSS before leaving teaching to start his own businesses.
Bob ran a successful consulting and human resource development business and owned two retail outlets in Quesnel before joining Weldwood of Canada, eventually becoming the company’s Corporate Manager for Organizational Effectiveness and Training. In 2005, he was elected as Cariboo North’s MLA and was the Opposition’s Forest Critic during his first term. He was re-elected in 2009 and was appointed as the Opposition’s Aboriginal Relations Critic before leaving the political party system to sit as an Independent MLA in late 2010. During his time as an MLA Bob served on the Legislature’s Finance, Public Accounts, and Crown Corporations Committees. He was also the only Opposition MLA to participate on the Government’s Bioeconomy Committee.