Param Nijjar

for City Council


Green entrepreneur knows housing from the ground up
As a housing industry entrepreneur with a strong interest in green issues and the community around him, Param wants to use his knowledge and skills to make Vancouver the affordable and vibrant place his child can grow up in.

What Param will bring to City Council:

  • A deep understanding of the housing industry that will help untangle the delays and barriers that contribute to the unaffordability crisis.
  • A green attitude that will ensure the city deals realistically with climate change.
  • An entrepreneurial background that taught him perseverance, fiscal responsibility and the importance of listening.

Career-wise

  • After immigrating to Canada from India, Param studied Computer Engineering (Software major) at UBC, scored in the 98th percentile for the GMAT, and has been taking continuing education courses in building sciences with an emphasis on mass-timber, sustainable and zero energy buildings.
  • Through the Vancouver Board of Trade’s Leaders of Tomorrow program (2004-2006), he was chosen for the Student of the Year award based on volunteerism and networking skills.
  • He got into the housing industry in his 20s, after launching a tech-startup to improve real-estate industry processes. Realizing he needed more industry knowledge, he moved into construction project management with no formal education in the field. Out of the school of hard knocks, he created a boutique building company specializing in laneway homes and green technology.
  • He used his tech skills working for a large-scale IT infrastructure project for the 2010 Olympics that created systems leading to improved efficiency and cost-savings.

Passions

  • He’s done volunteer work ever since he was a teenager in India. In Vancouver, he’s been involved with organizations ranging from the Guru Nanak’s Free Kitchen (downtown Eastside) to Vancouver Fashion Week, Entrepreneurs International Organization, exploreASIAN, Habitat for Humanity, Junior Achievement of BC.
  • A devoted environmentalist, he focused on green and zero energy/passive buildings in his business. Personally, he’s a diligent recycler, was an early adopter of electric vehicles in 2014, and believes in an electrified bus fleet and cost-efficient, greener, mass-transit alternatives to SkyTrain.
  • He’s been involved with and a strong supporter of the local creative community for years.
  • He joined TEAM because its policies of listening to residents, basing decisions on evidence, and fiscal responsibility align with his own thinking. He believes that when core services, inefficient city departments and housing affordability are worse than ever despite record-high revenue from taxes and permits, “something is amiss.”

There’s More to Life

  • Modelled for Vancouver Fashion Week, Men’s Fashion Week and several local boutiques
  • Loves to explore new educational toys and learning opportunities for his three-year-old son
  • Did 105 push-ups in one minute as part of try-outs for UBC Cheerleading and power-stunting team.
  • Avid yoga practitioner since 2011; now working toward holding balancing poses with his eyes closed
  • At 13, hiked 120 kilometres in the Himalayas to the base of a glacier on a school expedition; now his favourite place is Jericho beach park, where he takes his son to enjoy the wildlife
Param Nijjar
Param Nijjar

for City Council