A privilege indeed to pray today for the much trusted MLA Ralph Sultan. We pray that you Lord, will continue to give great wisdom in this riding that he has been returned to five times. May he be blessed with good health and happiness in his role as an MLA. We give You thanks for answered prayer, in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Ralph Sultan was elected to the BC Legislature to represent the riding of West Vancouver-Capilano in 2001, 2005, 2009, 2013 and 2017. He is currently a member of the Legislative Review committee.
Ralph was previously the Minister of Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology and the Minister of State for Seniors. He previously served on the Legislative Review Committee, and the Government Caucus Committee for the Economy, was the Caucus Liaison for the Ministry of Finance, a member of the B.C. Mining Task Force, was Chair for the Government Caucus Committee for the Economy, and a Member of the Select Standing Committee on Public Accounts.
Ralph is an economist, educator and businessperson who also maintains registration as a professional engineer (P.Eng.). Prior to attending university, he worked as a tree faller, a lineman on the construction of the Kemano-Kitimat transmission line, a surveyor’s helper on the Lillooet and Bridge River hydroelectric projects, and was an International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers permit member.
Graduating from UBC in 1956 with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Ralph worked as a technical sales representative for a major international company before earning MBA, MA, and Ph.D. (Economics) degrees from Harvard University. He completed those degrees in 1965. He then served as Assistant and Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Business Administration, Harvard University, for nine years. He was then employed by The Royal Bank of Canada for almost ten years as Chief Economist; then Senior Vice President, Marketing in Montreal, and subsequently Senior Vice President, Global Energy and Minerals Group in Calgary.
Born in 1933, Ralph was raised in a family of ten in the Mt. Pleasant District of East Vancouver. He has lived on Vancouver’s North Shore since returning to B.C. His wife of 43 years, Shirley, a surgical nurse and rehabilitation clinic entrepreneur, died suddenly in 1999. He has four children and five grandchildren. He enjoys boating, skiing and gardening.