About the Task Force

The Rental Housing Task Force sought input from rental housing providers, renters, housing advocates and stakeholders around the province on what is working and what is not and how to balance BC’s tenancy laws and create fair processes to ensure safe, secure and affordable housing; this work will guide the Task Force’s recommendations that will go to the Premier and Minister Robinson by Fall, 2018.

Appointed by Premier John Horgan, MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert chairs the Task Force. Other members are MLA Adam Olsen and MLA Ronna-Rae Leonard.

Read the April 10, 2018 news release

About the Members

Spencer Chandra Herbert

Spencer Chandra Herbert has served British Columbia since 2008 as an MLA, and is well known for his hard work for his neighbours in downtown Vancouver. A strong community activist, he tackles issues head on. Consistently voted Vancouver’s Best MLA by readers of the Georgia Straight and The Westender, Spencer’s work as an MLA led to the founding of Vancouver’s first homelessness preventing Rent Bank, BC’s creative industry champion Creative BC, and BC’s tourism marketer Destination BC.  Born and raised in Vancouver, Spencer worked professionally in BC’s arts and culture industry prior to serving as an MLA.

He calls the West End home with his husband and their young son.

Adam Olsen

Adam Olsen (SȾHENEP) loves his job as the Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Saanich North and the Islands. He was elected in May 2017. Inspired by the incredible place and people he represents, Adam has a deep love for his home in the Salish Sea (W̱SÁNEĆ). As an advocate and facilitator, he is committed to improving public participation to strengthen all aspects of the community and the province. Adam has always worked in his family businesses, garden maintenance and Coast Salish knits. The result of two decades in the service and communications sectors is the valuable experience in building relationships, connecting people, problems, ideas and solutions.

Born in Victoria, BC in 1976, Adam has lived, worked and played his entire life on the Saanich Peninsula. He is a member of Tsartlip First Nation (W̱JOȽEȽP), where he and his wife, Emily, are raising their two children, Silas and Ella.

Ronna-Rae Leonard

She has lived in the Comox Valley for over 25 years, has strong connections to her community, and has been a dedicated advocate for families, seniors and the environment throughout her career. From 2005 until 2014, Ronna-Rae was a Courtenay councillor. During her time in municipal politics, Ronna-Rae organized and led the Comox Valley Cycling Task Force and the Housing Task Force. She also held a leadership role with the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities, as part of their elected executive, as well as chairing the Vancouver Island Regional Library Board. Prior to her work as a councillor, Ronna-Rae was involved with environmental and community organizations.

She and her husband, Ron Eby, raised their two children in the Comox Valley, and continue to live there today.