The Mountain Valley Express Collective Society

Board of Directors

Bert Chen

Infrastructure Developer

Bert is a professional developer of infrastructure and renewable energy projects with Canadian and global experience. He specializes in project finance and permitting/regulatory approval. Bert has an MBA in Finance and is a certified Project Management Professional that he wants to bring to MVX to make high-speed passenger rail a reality on the South Coast.

Alex Gaio

PhD Candidate

Alex is a PhD candidate researching the future of urban mobility. He is an advocate for transportation choice and is interested in how urban planning can address challenges related to transportation, sustainability, and public health. He has worked on Calgary’s Green Line LRT, Auckland’s new transport network, and in a consultant capacity in Canada, Sweden, and the Netherlands.

Nathan Pachal

Langley City Councilor

Nathan was first elected to Langley City Council in 2016 and is serving his second term. He is a long-time advocate for creating sustainable and accessible communities. He authored a report on the Agricultural Land Reserve entitled “Decade of Exclusions? A Snapshot of the Agricultural Land Reserve from 2000-2009 in the South of Fraser“ and Leap Ahead: A transit plan for Metro Vancouver”.

Michael Pratt

Master’s Student

Michael is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Urban Studies focusing on transportation links between urban and rural settings. With a Bachelor of Commerce and experience in the private sector, he hopes to help build the case for high-speed rail. He ran for Township of Langley Council in 2018 and remains active on urban issues. Michael looks forward to fostering a discussion on making MVX a reality.

About the Society

The MVX-collective is a member-funded society. The Society exists to conduct research and advocacy on public transit/transportation in the Lower Mainland. It is funded primarily by its members to carry on activities for the benefit of its members.

Our Bylaws

The bylaws that govern the organisation and outline our principles.

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Joining as an official member is $10 annually and grants you voting rights.