- b. November 21, 1942
Ian Waddell is a Canadian politician, author, and filmmaker. He was born in Glasgow, Scotland and moved to Canada as a child. Waddell graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts in History and an LLB, also earning a teaching diploma from the Ontario College of Education and a Master’s in International Law from the London School of Economics. He served as MP for Vancouver Kingsway from 1979 to 1988 and for Port Moody-Coquitlam from 1988 to 1993. During this time he was the NDP Energy Critic of the National Energy Program and help draft several section of the Native Rights Amendment to the Canadian Constitution. In 1996, he moved to provincial politics and was elected MLA for Vancouver-Frasersview. Waddell worked in several provincial government positions in this period, including Minister of Small Business, Tourism, and Culture (1998-2000) and Minister of Environment, Land, and Parks (2000-2001). He was responsible for the first Olympic bid for the 2010 Olympics for Vancouver and Whistler. He is also an author of political books, a documentary film producer, and a consultant in environmental and aboriginal affairs. He was appointed the honourary title of Queen’s Counsel for his exceptional merit to law and contribution.