Mark Friesen is the consulting manager at Vantage Point, where he assists not-for-profit organizations throughout BC with strategic planning, governance, and capacity building. At Vantage Point, Mark assesses governance structures and pursues democratic solutions to organizational challenges. He can be found facilitating new and seasoned not-for-profits at various stages in their organizational life cycle.
Mark received a Graduate Fellowship in 2012, the Doug Drummond Research Fellowship in 2013, and graduated with the Dean of Graduate Studies Convocation Medal in 2015 for his research into governance at the scale of the city-region. As a member of Vancouver's Independent Election Task Force, Mark reviewed and proposed tactics to improve voter turnout and public confidence in local government. He has served as a volunteer, association founder, and an executive director, and has led fundraising, planning, and program development efforts throughout BC. A strong believer in civic engagement, Mark volunteers with his local Community Centre Association as well as the city of Vancouver's greenbloc program.