Two hopefuls vie for local Liberal nominations

Adam Pankratz is running for the federal Liberal nomination in the new riding of Burnaby-South. - Contributed Photo
Adam Pankratz is running for the federal Liberal nomination in the new riding of Burnaby-South.
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Burnaby Central grad Adam Pankratz has his sights set on the federal Liberal nomination in the new riding of Burnaby South.

Until recently, Pankratz, 30, worked in international client services at HSBC. He left that job to focus full-time on getting the nomination and running an election campaign.

The next federal election is slated for October, 2015.

Pankratz was born and raised in the riding, and still lives there. He earned a degree in French linguistics from SFU, then studied at the University of Potsdam in Germany, graduating with a masters in French and Spanish linguistics.

Pankratz also has an MBA from UBC.

Pankratz says a strong economy with a clean environment is important to him. While studying and working overseas, he  was often asked why Canada was no longer a leader on climate change, peacekeeping and international aid. He says this concern about our international reputation motivated him to get into politics. His website is at

Left: Terry Beech

Meanwhile, Terry Beech is running for the federal Liberal nomination in Burnaby North-Seymour, the new riding that will span North Burnaby and North Vancouver.

Beech became Canada’s youngest-ever elected public official in 1999, when, at 18, he was elected city councillor iin Nanaimo. A 2005 graduate of SFU in business and economics, he went on to earn his MBA at the University of Oxford.

His Beech Partners works with entrepreneurs, small businesses and startups. He co-founded which serves as a global graphic design marketplace. And he’s currently an adjunct professor in entrepreneurship at SFU and UBC.

Find him at

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