The Honourable Darryl Plecas was first elected MLA for Abbotsford South in 2013 and re-elected in 2017. He was appointed Speaker of the Legislative Assembly on September 8, 2017.
Dr. Plecas served as the Parliamentary Secretary for Seniors to the Minister of Health and the Parliamentary Secretary for Accessibility, and also as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice. He chaired the Premier's Blue Ribbon Panel on Crime Reduction during the 40th Parliament. He has been a member of the Legislative Review Committee, the Select Standing Committee on Health, the Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth, and the Special Committee to Review the Independent Investigations Office.
Prior to his election as MLA, Dr. Plecas was the RCMP Senior University Research Chair and Director for the Centre for Public Safety and Criminal Justice Research at the University of the Fraser Valley, where he worked for 34 years. He holds two degrees in criminology from Simon Fraser University and a doctorate in higher education from the University of British Columbia. He is the author or co-author of more than 200 books, international journal articles, and research reports addressing a broad range of public safety issues. His most recent book, which he co-authored in his current role as professor emeritus at the University of the Fraser Valley, focuses on how government professionals can make better decisions.
Dr. Plecas has volunteered with many organizations, including the Salvation Army, BCIT, the Correctional Service of Canada, the Justice Institute of BC, the United Way, the Abbotsford Police Department, the Fraser Valley Child Development Centre, and the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse. He is the recipient of numerous recognitions including the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Award for Public Safety, the CCSA Award of Excellence, the University of the Fraser Valley's Teaching Excellent Award, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, and the Order of Abbotsford.