By Gagandeep Ghuman
Published: Oct. 1, 2014
Scott Wengi became a Canadian citizen three months ago and he is putting it to best possible use.
“Now that I have citizenship, I think it’s time to give back and running for council is one way of doing this,” he said.
Wengi has a degree in industrial relations from the University of New South Wales, Australia, and a master’s degree in commerce from the same university. He is also a registered massage therapist and has been living in Squamish with his wife, Julia, and daughter Ella since 2007.
“We need to move forward with SODC and not wonder what has been or could have been.”
Wengi has also worked for eleven years in the Insurance, Risk Management and Risk Consulting business along with doing some contractual work as a business analyst with large international firms.
Squamish is heading into an interesting future and he has the leadership qualities and analytic skills to shape that future for the better, he said.
Wengi said he would like to focus on the town’s ‘potentials’ which include giving incentives to local business and jobs, development of tourism brand and seeing SODC move forward.
“We need to move forward with SODC and not wonder what has been or could have been,” he said.
Fostering and nurturing business to grow organically within Squamish, opening new markets to popular sports such as mountain biking and climbing, and moving forward with the Oceanfront are some of the things he would like to see happen.
He also said he will make sure he shares all information with the community that can be legally shared and be available in a variety of formats so it can be easily accessible.
Wengi said he would also focus on infrastructure development and maintenance.
On the town’s most contentious issue, Woodfibre LNG, Wengi said Woodfibre has the potential to provide some significant benefits to the community.
“The taxes from the plant, the construction jobs as well as the long term jobs will have a positive effect on the Squamish economy,” he said.
There are some possible downsides and they have been made clear by groups such as My Sea to Sky, he added.
“If the plant was to go ahead I would do my utmost as councilor to ensure that the plant was built and held to the highest standard possible,” Wengi said.
“However, until the EA process is finalised I don’t think anyone can make an accurate and fully informed judgment on this project.”