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Adel Gamar: Mayoral Candidate for Coquitlam


Adel Gamar is a dad, a teacher, and a small business owner. He believes that we can solve our toughest challenges through collaboration and building community.

His family moved to Coquitlam in 1987. He attended Ranch Park Elementary, played rugby at Charles Best Jr. High, and graduated from Centennial. Outside of school, he had a paper route delivering the Coquitlam Now and worked at Chuck E. Cheese. His parents taught him and his siblings the values of hard work, honesty, and leaving the world better than they found it. These are the values he tries to instill in his own children.

After high school, he worked as a therapist helping children with autism. He then moved to Calgary to pursue his teaching degree. 

In 2013, Gamar worked at UNESCO because he believes education helps transform the lives of people through equity and sustainable development. In 2015, he was invited to advise Charles Ramsey, co-chair of President Obama’s 21st Century Policing Task Force. That year, he was appointed Policy Fellow at Harvard Law School.

He is the CEO of a leadership consultancy where he helps build capacity at all levels of government and across sectors. Through his career and community service, he helps decision makers deliver adaptive and bold change, while helping people exercise leadership to address complex challenges through collaboration, empathy, and inspiration.

He is Board Chair of Douglas College and board member of the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce. He cofounded Gamar Foundation whose mission is to inspire, connect, and engage young people to make a positive impact in their communities.

Gamar holds a B.Ed. from the University of Calgary and an MPA from Harvard University. 

He loves sushi, kabobs, and coffee. He enjoys jogging in Mundy Park and a game of pickup basketball.