Peter Fassbender was elected MLA for Surrey-Fleetwood on May 14, 2013.
On July 30, 2015 Peter was appointed Minister of Community, Sport, Cultural Development and Minister Responsible for Translink. He previously served as Minister of Education and currently serves on the Cabinet Committee on Secure Economy, the Priorities and Planning Committee and the Cabinet Working Group on Climate Leadership.
Prior to his election to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, Peter served as a Councillor for the City of Langley for three years before being elected as Mayor in the November 2005, 2008 and 2011 Civic elections.
Peter also served the community and region in a host of volunteer capacities and on numerous national, provincial and civic committees. Peter was recognized as a leader in his community and the region and was recently awarded a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.
In his business career Peter worked in radio and television as well as a number of other communications fields. For 29 years in his career he was a partner and senior executive with DDB Canada (formerly Palmer Jarvis), one of Canada’s largest and most successful marketing and communications firms. In that capacity he dealt with both public and private sector clients at the local, national, and international levels. A major focus of his private sector career was social marketing campaigns including smoking cessation projects for Health Canada and international marketing activities for Industry Canada.
Peter and his wife Charlene have been married for 49 years; they have two adult sons and three grandchildren. Peter and his wife were both raised in Surrey and are still active members of their community.