The Mayor of Burnaby British Columbia, Mr. Derek Corrigan
Mayor Derek Corrigan has been a Burnaby resident since 1977 and has served the citizens of Burnaby since he was first elected to Burnaby City Council as a councillor in 1987. He was elected Mayor in 2002, then re-elected in 2005, 2008, 2011 and 2014.
This year marks his 29th consecutive year as a member of Burnaby Council, where he strives to bring the history and heritage of his almost-three decades of public service to every important decision.
Mayor Corrigan and his wife Kathy have raised four children in their community. All attended Nelson Elementary and Burnaby South High School. The Corrigan family has enjoyed years of involvement in local sports, including the South Burnaby Metro Club, Burnaby Minor Lacrosse Club and Burnaby Minor Hockey Association.
Both Mayor Corrigan and his wife were involved in the West Burnaby Parent Participation Playschool and Kathy served as a member and chair of Nelson School Parent Advisory committee. Kathy Corrigan was served on the Burnaby School Board for 9 years and, in 2009, was elected as the provincial MLA for Burnaby-Deer Lake.
Mayor Corrigan was born in Vancouver and attended Sir Charles Tupper High School. After winning a scholarship to UBC, he was granted early admission to law school after three years of undergraduate study in political science and philosophy. He was called to the B.C. Bar in 1978.
During his political career, Mayor Derek Corrigan has served on many key committees at the local, regional and national levels. He also served as the chair of B.C. Transit from 1994-97, assuming responsibility for all transit systems in British Columbia. He is proud that during his tenure, B.C. Transit received both the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Outstanding Public Transportation System of the Year Award (1996) and the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) Transit System of the Year award (1995). He currently sits on the Mayor’s Council on Regional Transportation.
Mayor Derek Corrigan has also served for four years as an elected director of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and he currently serves as a Trustee of the Municipal Finance Authority of British Columbia. On an international level, Mayor Derek Corrigan has been an active supporter of the Mayors for Peace movement and has served as the Canadian secretary for the 3,793 member cities. He was honoured to receive a special recognition award for his participation in the United Nations Nuclear Non-Proliferation Conference.
At the City of Burnaby, Mayor Corrigan chairs Burnaby’s Environmental Sustainability Strategy Steering Committee and he is an ex-officio member of all Council Committees. As a long-time Director of Metro Vancouver, he currently serves on the following committees:
• Chair, Climate Action Committee
• Vice Chair, Federal Gas Tax Task Force
• Vice Chair, Zero Waste Committee
• Member, Intergovernmental and Finance Committee
• Member, Mayors Committee
• Member of the Regional Planning Committee
Mayor Corrigan was very honoured to be the recipient of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities 2011 FCM Green Champion Award. It spoke to the many years of environmental leadership the City of Burnaby has shown, enthusiastically supported by the people of Burnaby and hundreds of citizen volunteers. Mayor Corrigan was also awarded a life membership in the Union of B.C. Municipalities.
He serves as the Honourary Foundation Chair for Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion and the Honourary Chair for the Burnaby Empty Bowls Campaign.
Mayor Derek Corrigan has also been recognized as a recipient of the Canada 125 medal for Community Service and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. He has also received special recognition awards from the Shri Guru Ravidass Temple, the Arul Migu Thurkaderi Hindu Society B.C., and the Sun Yet Sen Award from the city of Zhongshan, China.
Now serving his fifth term as Mayor, he looks forward to working with Council and all Burnaby Citizens to keep Burnaby the best place in the world to live, work, learn and play.
Mayor Derek Corrigan’s Irish ancestry is typical of many Canadians. His great grandfather, James S. Corrigan was born in the Parish of Ballinkill, County Laois, Ireland in 1847, subsequently immigrating to the U.S. As a young man, he made his way across the continent to follow the lure of gold discoveries in British Columbia. Although he was unsuccessful in prospecting for riches, he eventually settled in Hope B.C. where he opened the Corrigan Hotel.
James Corrigan was a mainstay of the community, serving as a School Trustee and involved in developing a thriving town at the crossroads for exploration of the province. In 1882, he married a woman of German-American heritage, Louisa Wirth, and they had 6 children.
Mayor Corrigan’s grandfather, Roy Corrigan served Canada overseas in World War 1 and his father, Ronald Corrigan served Canada in the Korean War.
The Corrigan name has been proudly associated with public service and patriotism from the first Irish immigrant through the generations that followed, honouring their Irish heritage and the commitment James Corrigan made to his new country.
Mayor Corrigan and his wife, Kathy, (maiden name Henry from Armagh, Ireland) have four children – Sean, Darcy, Patrick and Kelsey.
Photo taken of BC Pioneers at The Corrigan Hotel, Hope B.C. circa 1900 with James Corrigan- Grandfather of Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan (Center Rear) and the Honourable Edward Dewdney – fifth Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia. ( Center Front seated)