Brian Walisser received a joint Legacy Premier’s Award with Gary Paget in 2010 and was inducted into the Hall of Excellence in the 2014. Gary and Brian shaped and improved B.C.’s unique local government system, and their efforts have benefited regions, communities and people throughout B.C.
Together, Gary and Brian led or significantly contributed to milestone changes in B.C.’s local government system, including:
- Establishment of a new model of resource town governance.
- Revitalization of regional districts.
- Rebirth of cooperative regional planning.
- Creation of a variable property tax rate system.
- Transformation of the Municipal Act.
Working for the Local Government Department, Brian and Gary were critical to designing, strategizing, developing, and implementing these vital changes, uniquely combining the practical and conceptual to make a real difference for the provincial government, the local government system, the services, democratic institutions and development of each community and region, and ultimately, citizens throughout B.C.
While they were exceptional partners, they each made lasting contributions on their own.
Brian joined the department as a policy analyst in 1978, and built his legacy from shaping the policy and legislative framework that determines how communities and regions can deal with the issues noted above.
He was a leader in shaping new legislation for local government grants, property assessment appeals and safety standards governance, and he demonstrated innovation in professionalizing virtual policy development/support for the Provincial/Territorial Table of Ministers responsible for local government.
Like Gary, he was a mentor and a teacher. He supported strategic workforce planning in the BC Public Service as an early proponent of co-op students when few knew they existed.
Individually Gary and Brian authored many articles, and together wrote Local Government Excellence through Collaborative Partnerships, an essential guide to local governance in B.C. presented at the 2006 United Nations’ World Urban Forum 3.