Juice-maker, MLA, mayor: The life and times of Gregor Robertson

Sept. 18, 1964: Gregor Angus Bethune Robertson was born in North Vancouver to John and Corneil Robertson.

Robertson and his younger brother, Patrick, were brought up in both California and B.C. after their parents divorced; first by his mother, a physical education teacher, in Portola just south of San Francisco, and later with his father, a corporate lawyer at the respected Vancouver firm of Russell Dumoulin

1982: He graduated from Carson Graham Secondary School and enrolled at the University of B.C. before transferring to Colorado College in Colorado Springs, where he majored in English and biology as a pre-med student, and where he met his wife, Amy. 

June 2005: Vancouver Fairview NDP MLA Gregor Robertson and his wife Amy after the opposition swearing ceremony. Diana Nethercott / Special to the Sun Diana Nethercott / Vancouver Sun

1986:  Robertson graduates from Colorado College.

October 1988: Robertson and his wife Amy refurbished a 18-metre wooden ketch and renamed it Shoeless Joe. They sailed for 14 months across the Pacific, through French Polynesia and to New Zealand. 

1990: The Robertsons moved to Vancouver. They bought an old 20-hectare dairy farm in Langley’s Glen Valley. 

1992: The first of their three children are born. They also have a foster son, Jinagh Navas-Rivas.

1994: Robertson co-founded the company, Happy Planet, in 1994 with Randal Ius.

After running an organic farm, cofounding the “Happy Planet” juice brand, and directing the environmental charity Tides Canada, Robertson moved into provincial politics in 2005. LES BAZSO / PNG

2002-04: Robertson served as director of Tides Canada.

May 2005: Robertson, 43, was elected as an NDP MLA in Vancouver-Fairview. He served as the opposition critic for small business and the co-chair of the NDP’s climate-change task force.

September 27, 2006 . Vancouver NDP MLA Gregor Robertson stands in front of a building at Spruce and 14th ave. in Vancouver which is slated for destruction for which a condo tower will replace it. We’re losing affordable housing . . . at an alarming rate. “This is not increasing density. We’re just shifting from affordable rental to high-end condos.” Arlen Redekop / PNG Arlen Redekop / Province

Feb. 24, 2008: Robertson announced that he would seek the mayoral nomination with Vision Vancouver. NDP Leader Carole James allowed Robertson to seek the mayoral nomination without giving up his seat in the legislature or his MLA salary.

Nov 16, 2008: Robertson was elected mayor of Vancouver, defeating the NPA’s Peter Ladner.

November 2008: Vancouver’s mayor-elect, Gregor Robertson pedalled to his first press conference . Les Bazso / PNG LES BAZSO / PROVINCE

Nov.19, 2011: Robertson was elected for his second term as mayor. The Vision Vancouver party took a majority of seats on city council, park board and school board. 

July 5, 2014: Robertson and his wife announced their separation in a joint statement.

November 19, 2011: Gregor Robertson and his wife Amy (left), and the rest of the VISION Vancouver slate celebrate their victory at the Sheraton Wall Centre in Vancouver, BC, Saturday, November 19, 2011. Jason Payne / PNG Jason Payne / PNG

Nov. 15, 2014: Robertson wins a third term as mayor of Vancouver, defeating NPA challenger Kirk LaPointe. 

January 2015: Robertson and pop star Wanting Qu go public with their relationship, six months after he separated from his wife of 30 years.

2015: Gregor Robertson and Wanting Qu. Wanting Qu / Twitter PNG

May 2017: Robertson and pop-star Wanting Qu end their relationship.

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