Sandy Blue

Councillor Sandy Blue
Title
Councillor
Current Appointments
  • Development, Transportation and Infrastructure Advisory Committee, Chair
  • Fraser Valley Regional District Board
  • Fraser Valley Regional District Hospital Board

Sandy Blue was elected as an Abbotsford City Councillor in 2014. Born in Montreal, and raised on Vancouver Island, Sandy’s career took her from Victoria to Nanaimo and Terrace (where she met her husband Bob); and finally to Burnaby where they lived until moving to Abbotsford in 2000.

Her 25 year career with BC TEL / TELUS began as an on-call operator before moving to senior roles in Customer Service, Marketing, Advertising and Sales. In 2000 Sandy moved to HSBC Bank Canada where she managed their Advertising, Marketing, Sponsorship and Brand for six years. In 2006 Sandy was an instrumental part of the team that put Abbotsford International Airport (YXX) on the map, helping it to expand, bring new jobs and give Abbotsford citizens more direct access to the world. In 2008 she joined the City of Maple Ridge - the ‘2010 – 2015 #5 Top Canadian Investment City’ - as Manager Strategic Economic Initiatives.

Sandy has a proven record helping communities flourish. In addition to winning numerous awards for her leadership in economic development, her track record makes her a sought after speaker on topics of economic development, community revitalization, and on strategies to help agriculture and tourism sectors thrive.

As a Councillor, she brings all of this experience to the City of Abbotsford.

With all its assets and geographic location as a hub of the Fraser Valley, Sandy believes that Abbotsford should be a preferred destination for families and businesses. Simply put, it will take a lot of work - supporting existing business while attracting investment to create high value local jobs; and leveraging strategic assets like the airport, hospital, university and border crossings, as well as our thriving agricultural and aerospace economies.

“In my view there has never been a better time to be in Abbotsford. From our award winning Official Community Plan that provides the framework for our city to grow to 200,000 population; to the Master Plans that provide the detail about how that growth will occur – this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to shape the future of our city for generations to come. It’s exciting to be part of one of the most multicultural, economically diverse and fastest growing cities in BC.”

She’s committed to doing her part helping Abbotsford become the City it can be, because she too calls it home. “Together we are becoming the preferred destination for families and businesses; working together with council colleagues and staff we can create a welcoming environment in which the private sector can thrive - further establishing Abbotsford as the economic hub of the Fraser Valley.”

Sandy and Bob have 3 adult sons and 6 grandchildren. Along with her volunteering, Sandy’s hobbies include cooking, gardening and golf.

Key Projects

  • Key role as ‘FCM Brownfields champion’ presenting to UBCM, AUMA and BC Institute of Planners sessions; and contributing to FCM LiBRE White Paper on best practices for Brownfield revitalization
  • Developed competency-based Police Board recruiting model for use province-wide
  • Created a new bilingual brand identity for Canadian Women in Communications
  • Played a lead role on the Burnaby-New West Task Force to prevent the sexual exploitation of Children and Youth

Committees and Community Groups (Past and Current)

  • Urban Developers Institute, UDI Member Fraser Valley Committee (2009 – present)
  • Envision Financial Regional Council, Director (2012 – 2014)
  • Canadian Women in Communications (CWC-AFC), founding member BC Chapter (1995 – 2010); Vice Chair CWC National Board (2005 – 2006)
  • Minerva Foundation for BC Women, mentor / leader (2006 – present)
  • Abbotsford Police Board, Police Commissioner (2002 – 2008)
  • Abbotsford Police Foundation, Vice-President (2006 – present)
  • City of Burnaby RCMP Victim Services, Volunteer (1988 – 2000)
  • Burnaby Community Policing Committee of Council (1992 – 2000)

Awards and Accomplishments

  • Directors Education Program, DEP, Institute of Corporate Directors Candidate, Simon Fraser University (2017)
  • International Economic Development Council IEDC, CEcD EM (2012 - present)
  • Economic Developer Diploma, University of Waterloo (2010)
  • Economic Developer Certificate, University of Waterloo (2010)
  • ‘Best Economic Developer in Canada’ – Real Estate Investment Network (REIN)
  • HSBC President’s Award (2003)