Biography | Josh Vander Vies | Federal Liberal Candidate for Vancouver East

Biography

Josh Vander Vies and his family. Josh is in front in his electric wheelchair, joystick visible, wearing a black suit, white shirt and very dark blue tie with a sliver of a white pocket square showing. His stepson Karolis is to the left in a white and very light teal striped button down shirt. His wife Dalia, wearing an orange dress, and his daughter Olivia wearing a blue and pink flower print dress, are to the right.
LONDON, ENGLAND 04/09/2012 - Josh Vander Vies and Marco Dispaltro of Team Canada compete in the Boccia Mixed Pairs - BC4 Bronze Medal Match against Great Britain at the London 2012 Paralympic Games in the Excel Centre. Josh rolls a red boccia ball down his arm, which he was born missing just above the elbow - midthrow action shot.
Photo: Phillip MacCallum/Canadian Paralympic Committee
LONDON, ENGLAND 09/04/2012 Marco Dispaltro and Josh Vander Vies receiving the Bronze Medal in the Boccia Mixed Pairs - BC4 at the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Excel.
Photo by Matthew Murnaghan/Canadian Paralympic Committee

Josh Vander Vies is a lawyer focused on creating and defending Canadian not-for-profit organizations, charitable status and charitable gifts. He seeks to protect the integrity of sport and the rights of athletes. Josh is dedicated to advancing inclusion, accessibility, and support in the Canadian disability community and beyond.

A past Terry Fox Humanitarian Award Scholar, he has spent the last 15 years making communities stronger. Josh helped dedicated leaders assemble and defend the BC Equipment and Assistive Technology Initiative (EATI) and served as a member of the BC Minister’s Council on Employment and Accessibility.

An electric wheelchair user born without much of his arms and legs, Josh has spent his life identifying individual and collective issues and deciding when and how to engage each.

Fluently bilingual, Josh is a founder of the Canadian Disability Foundation, a past President of AthletesCAN (Canada’s association of Olympic, Paralympic, and national team athletes) and is a past director of the Canadian Paralympic Committee. Josh won bronze at the London 2012 Paralympics in doubles boccia. He was Ombudsperson for Team Canada at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.