Richard atwell

Mayor of Saanich

Meet Mayor Richard Atwell

It has been an honour to serve our community over the last four years and I’m proud to be a 21-year resident of Saanich. 

For those of you who aren’t already familiar, my professional background is in IT. I graduated from UVic with a B.Sc. in Computer Science and previously worked as a software engineer at Apple, Inc. in California before moving back to Saanich where I was raised. 

Since being elected in 2014, I have kept four guiding principles at the heart of my approach:

  • Be respectful of residents
  • Strive for innovative solutions
  • Bring about progress in a tax-friendly manner
  • Protect agriculture and the environment, and enhance the natural beauty of Saanich

I have a fundamental belief in empowering the public through an open, citizen-centered approach. Only by involving the community in decision making, can we establish a collective vision for the next thirty years. 

How I'll help

Richard’s Focus Areas


It has been an honour to serve our community over the last 4 years, and while we have made some gains, the most important work is still ahead of us. That’s why I’m running alongside four Saanich Council candidates who bring unique strengths and new perspectives to the council table. Under my leadership, we will work together as a team to address the issues that matter most to you.

Moving Saanich Forward

As a team, we are committed to a new approach to budgeting that improves affordability in Saanich. We will address long-standing transportation challenges to improve mobility and safety. We will also ensure that truly environmentally sensitive areas are protected. And we will accomplish all of this with the utmost transparency and accountability.

Mayor Atwell at the 2018 Joint Reserve Constable Class Graduation with Valedictorian Reserve Constable Amrit Gill.

Support Richard’s Campaign

Individuals may contribute a maximum of $1200 to a municipal election campaign. Eligible individuals are BC residents and Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

DONATE BY MAIL: Please make cheques payable to “Richard Atwell Campaign” and mail to:

1063 Adeline Place
Victoria BC
V8Y 3E7

DONATE ONLINE: Please visit to donate online.

Thank you for your support!

Meet the Candidates

Executive Director, Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary

I’m passionate about contributing to the community that I live, work and play in, and firmly believe that nurturing relationships strengthens our community.

If elected, I will offer leadership on environmental protection in Saanich. I will work with homeowners and the community to develop common-sense policies that protect truly environmentally sensitive areas in a responsible, considerate way.

Learn more about Kathleen »

President, CBM Consulting
Ops Manager, Wingenback Inc.

In my experience as a business owner and operator, we all win when the public and private sectors work well together. If elected, I will support small business and encourage innovative solutions to address housing and transportation issues.

I will also work to ensure that Saanich is the best place for families, students and retirees to live. I’ll support initiatives that make Saanich healthier and more livable.

Learn more about Cory »

Past Senior Vice-President, BC Pension Corporation

I’m proud to have served on Saanich Council for the past year.  

We need to make Saanich more affordable for homeowners, renters and businesses. If re-elected, I will work to bring your taxes in line with the rate of inflation by improving operational efficiency. All stakeholders must be fairly represented, and we will address these challenges by working together.

Learn more about Karen »

Former Broadcaster (CFAX, CKNW)

As a broadcaster, my goal is to uncover the truth, bring information to light, and be a voice for those people or ideas that aren’t always at the forefront. This isn’t always easy, but I feel that we have to question what we’re told and search for a better way forward.

It’s time for fair representation and honest communication in Saanich. With your support, I’ll ensure that you have a voice at the council table. 

Learn more about Ian Jessop »