South Surrey–White Rock
Former Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts was elected as the MP for South Surry–White Rock in 2015. She has been named the Official Opposition Critic for Infrastructure and Communities. She was a city councillor for almost a decade before being elected Mayor.
Watts is proud of her record as Mayor, particularly leading Surrey to the lowest residential tax rates and the lowest business tax rates in Metro Vancouver. Under her leadership, Surrey was named as the best place in BC to invest. She also created Innovation Boulevard to help the city move towards alternative energy and technological development. Watts also spearheaded the Economic Investment Action Plan and the Build Surrey Program, the largest construction and investment program in Surrey’s history. The city’s Sustainability Charter, guiding Surrey’s approach to social, cultural, environmental and economic sustainability, was also created during Watts’ mayoralty.
She has led trade missions to India, China and Israel and has addressed global audiences as part of International Mayors.
Watts also led in the organization of an economic summit which brought together world leaders including former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, President Bill Clinton, President George Bush and former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
Watts served as the CEO of the Health Tech Innovation Foundation, a nonprofit that supports startup companies and as a Director for Servants Anonymous Society, an organization that helps at-risk women and children. She has won many awards for her work in the community including the 2013 YWCA Metro Vancouver Women of Distinction Award in the Non-Profit and Public Service Category. She was also recognized as the fourth best mayor in the world by the UK’s City Mayor’s Foundation.
She has received two honorary degrees, one from the Justice Institute of British Columbia and one from Kwantlen Polytechnic University.
Watts is married and has two daughters.