Moderator – 11th WRC Abbotsford

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Hon.Darryl PlexasModerator
Honourable Darryl Plecas
The House Speaker

Darryl began his term as Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia in September of 2017, following his election to a second term as MLA for the riding of Abbotsford South. During his first term he served in various capacities, including Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Social Development.

He also served on the Select Standing Committee on Health, the Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth, and on the Legislative Review Committee. Prior to his first being elected in 2013, Darryl held the RCMP Senior University Research Chair and Directorship of the Centre for Public Safety and Criminal Justice Research at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) where he taught for 34 years. He is the author or co-author of more than 200 research reports, international journal articles, and other publications addressing a broad range public safety issues.

As UFV professor emeritus he continues to write and teach on public safety issue. He is a recipient of numerous awards, including UFV’s Teaching Excellence Award, the Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Technology Award from the International Conference on College Teaching and Learning, the Order of Abbotsford,
the Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse Award of Distinction, the British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Public Safety, and Queen’s Jubilee Medal. He holds two degrees in criminology from Simon Fraser University, and a doctorate in Higher Education from the University of British Columbia. He has also completed the Management Development Program in the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University and is a three-time participant and presenter to the Oxford Roundtable.