Niki Sharma

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Niki Sharma is a lawyer, former chair of the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation and life-long advocate for social justice and sustainability. She is deeply committed to reconciliation, gender equity, supporting arts and culture and strengthening local communities. Niki is a proud member of Vancity and believes strongly in co-operative values.

Niki’s legal practice focuses on aboriginal law and her work has taken her across British Columbia and northern Canada. She represents residential school survivors and works closely with First Nation governments. She has advocated for her clients on many levels of the legal system, including the Supreme Court of Canada.

In 2011, Niki was elected as a Vancouver Park Board commissioner, where she served as chair of the board and oversaw a $100 million dollar budget on behalf of taxpayers.

As a commissioner, she was co-chair of the environmental stewardship and education task force, the local food task force and led the Park Board’s opposition to the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion plan. She spearheaded the Pollinator Project to use the park system to protect bees and other pollinators. She also acted as liaison to the urban aboriginal advisory committee, the women’s advisory committee and the arts and culture policy council.

Earlier in her career, Niki worked internationally with a women’s co-operative in Ecuador to promote financial independence and forest preservation. She also served as a parliamentary intern with the Parliamentary Monitoring Group in Cape Town, South Africa, where she reported on meetings of the South African parliament.

In Canada, she received the Premier’s Award for Collaboration from the government of Northwest Territories for her work in a committee to develop new wildlife legislation.

Currently, Niki serves as a board member for Battered Women’s Support Services and the PuSH Festival. She is a member of the City of Vancouver’s women’s advisory committee and chaired the pay-equity sub-committee.

Niki was born and raised in a small town in the Rocky Mountains of B.C. and now resides in east Vancouver with her husband and their young daughter.

Tenure

  • Elected in 2016
  • Currently serving a first term (2016-2019)

Committees

  • Member, Audit Committee
  • Member, Digital Strategy Committee
  • Member, Governance Committee