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Honourable Lana Popham

Government of British Columbia
Minister of Agriculture
Lana Popham was first elected MLA for Saanich South in 2009, since then she has been relected twice and is currently serving as British Columbia’s Minister for Agriculture. Lana grew up on Quadra Island where growing food, raising animals and harvesting from the sea was a way of life. In college her interest in urban planning led her to a degree in geography from the University of British Columbia.

After university, Lana co-founded Barking Dog Vineyard, the first certified organic vineyard on Vancouver Island and served on Saanich’s Planning, Transportation and Economic Development Committee and on the Peninsula Agricultural Commission. She was also president of the Vancouver Island Grape Growers Association, chair of the Certification Committee for the Islands Organic Producers Association, and a member of the Investment Agriculture Board.

After being elected in 2009, Lana served as Opposition critic for agriculture for eight years. She traveled the province extensively, meeting with farmers, agricultural associations and food advocacy groups. She has championed numerous agricultural initiatives, including the Buy BC program, improvements to the meat regulations and increased institutional procurement of local food.

As the MLA for Saanich South, Lana actively supports her constituents and has organized many community meetings, gatherings, rallies and marches. She has also spearheaded successful initiatives such as safety improvements to the intersection of Pat Bay Highway and Sayward Road.
Lana entered politics to improve the quality of life in Saanich, promote sustainable agriculture and strengthen the provincial response to climate change.