" Fred would be an exceptional Mayor. He would demonstrate strong leadership and collaboration to improve civic governance and the community. He is trustworthy and sensible and not afraid of exploring big ideas of value to the community."  Roger Jackson, Olympian and Order of Canada.

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 A bit about Fred

  • Very effective 1st term Councillor
  • Produces win-win solutions
  • Energetic problem solver
  • Small business owner
  • Decades of community service
  • Ph.D. in diabetes research
  • Former teacher
  • Father of three, with his wife, Cathy
  • Scroll for detailed background   

"Fred Haynes, is a team player, commits his energy to understanding the issues of communities and has an ability to solve problems and get things done. I wholeheartedly support his candidacy.”   Dr. Patti-Jean Naylor, Associate Professor, UVic.

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Supporting A Healthier Saanich:


Proven Accomplishments as a Councillor

In addition to the regular business of council, Fred’s fresh approach has brought
innovative ideas to improve Saanich. 

Approval of new resolutions by Council requires majority support. 
Fred's approach earned the support of his colleagues for 25+ new resolutions, including:

Gordon Head Cattle Feed Lot Solution

The effective resolution that resolved this difficult, long-standing problem. Unanimously supported by council on this.


Initiatives to improve housing accessibility delivered council support for:

  • provincial funding for on-campus student housing. Results:$450 million 
  • garden suites study
  • stimulating rental housing
  • co-op housing funding
  • seniors’ renovation tax credits
  • options for small lot single-family homes
  • building permit efficiency review
  • and more

Regional Transportation

The Smart South Island Initiative is shortlisted for $10 million transportation grant.

Economic Development

  • successfully encouraged new businesses to locate in Saanich
  • increased local jobs & income arriving via the South Island Prosperity Project.

Community & Environment

  • education addressing human trafficking
  • Saanich recognition of First Nation’s territories
  • annual flying the flag in Pride week
  • ensured Saanich residents updated on sewage treatment
  • federal ban re industrial micro-plastics 
  • federal support refugees & sponsors
  • and more.

" Fred's help was essential in starting up the Caledonian Distillery in Saanich. He engages with a solutions-oriented approach that delivers success."  Graeme Macaloney Ph.D., Founder, Victoria Caledonian Distillery & Twa Dogs Brewery


Fred's Bio

Council Committees:

  • Liaison, Peninsula & Area Agriculture Commission
  • Member, South Island Prosperity Project
  • Vice Chair, Smart South Island Partners Committee
  • UVic, Municipal Council Liaison 
  • Past Chair, Planning, Transportation & Economic Development  
  • Chair, Board Selection, South Island Prosperity Project,
  • Chair, Personnel Standing Committee

 CRD Committees: 

  • Director, Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness
  • Commissioner, Regional Water Supply Commission
  • Director, Te'Mexw Treaty Advisory Committee
  • Alternate Director, CRD Board
  • Past Vice Chair, Regional Housing Trust Fund  

"I am happy to offer my endorsement to Fred Haynes to be the next mayor of Saanich. I have had the pleasure of working with Fred on numerous occasions and have found him to be hard-working, passionate, and open to learning and listening." Ryan Clayton

Years of Community Service in Saanich  

  • Past Vice Chair, Connections Place Society 
  • Past President Saanich Legacy Foundation
  • Past Chair, Saanich Community Association Network
  • Fred Talks Charity Fundraiser
  • Member, Victoria Life Sciences Community
  • Past Director, Peninsula Streams Society
  • Past Chair, Prospect Lake Preservation Society
  • Past Chair Prospect Lake District Community Association (PLDCA)
  • Past Convener, PLDCA Local Food & Country Market
  • Volunteer, CRD Food & Agriculture Initiatives Roundtable
  • Past Member, Healthy Saanich Advisory Committee
  • Co-founder, Prospect Lake Water Users Community
  • UVic, Community Association Liaison Committee
  • Fundraising $390,000 renovation of PLDCA Community Hall
  • 8th Degree Aikido Black Belt, Island Aikido Community Club

“Fred has a ton of energy, is solution oriented and brings creative common sense solutions to problems.”  Dr. John & Jackie Wrinch, Starling Lane Vineyards.

In 2014 Fred was one of two candidates endorsed by UVic Greens in recognition of his sustainability & diversity platform.

More Background - for the keen reader!


  • Contact Canada®, publisher of B2B economic development tools
  • Senior Consultant, Contact International Inc., business opportunities in Japan, Europe, Canada, USA
  • Industry analyst, Sensus Investment Reports, Daiwa Shoken, Tokyo
  • Science writer, Nippon Kayaku, Tokyo
  • Post Doctoral Research Associate, St. Michaels Hospital, Toronto
  • Graduate student teaching assistant, Ph.D. candidate, Univ.of Toronto
  • Graduate student teaching assistant, M.Sc. candidate, Guelph Univ.
  • Highschool teacher, Greenshaw Coeducational, UK
  • Highschool teacher, Rodborough High School, UK


  • Commonwealth Scholarship UK, for Ph.D. 
  • Ph.D., Univ. of Toronto, Banting & Best Dept. Medical Research
  • M.Sc., Guelph Univ., Dept. Human Kinetics
  • B.Ed., Biology & Physical Education, Victoria Univ., UK
  • Teaching Certificate, Padgate College, UK
  • 8th Dan Shihan, Shioda Aikido, Tokyo

Younger Activities

  • Member, Youth Council, Sutton, UK
  • 6th Form Head Boy, Greenshaw Coed. Academy 
  • Captain, New Inn All Stars Rugby and Cricket Teams 
  • Chair, Frontiers in Physiology, Symposium, U of T.
  • Young Scientist of the Year, U of T.

Publishes annual business directories in food, health and renewable energy.

"I have known Fred for many years. I am impressed with his clear thinking and drive to make Saanich a wonderful community while controlling costs."  Cedric Steele.

More Background - for the super avid reader!

Prior to election in 2014, Fred had an 11-year history of board positions and energetic volunteerism in Saanich. He was instrumental in restoring the local community hall, funding Music in the Park and ensuring the sewage project included tertiary treatment.  He was Chair of the Saanich Community Assoc. for three years, hosted the Prospect Lake pocket farmers' market, was a Director with the Peninsula Streams Society and a founder of the Prospect Lake Preservation Society. 

International Perspective
His Ph.D. was completed on a Commonwealth Scholarship. Fred started as a teacher in schools and university.  He has worked in Japan, the UK and several cities in Canada. These experiences help bring a broad, collaborative perspective to resolve municipal issues. 

Innovative Solutions
In his first 2 years on council he brought 22 unique resolutions through Council and the CRD. These include resolving the Gordon Head cattle feedlot, Council’s ongoing work on detached secondary suites, increasing on-campus student housing and small lot single-family homes. Also, administrative efficiencies in development permits, recognition of First Nations, help with farmers' crop protection, actions on human trafficking, and initiation of the South Island Prosperity Project.

Talking to Higher Levels of Government - Effectively
Federal and Provincial governments have levers over municipal matters. Fred has advocated successfully for policy initiatives at the regional, provincial and federal levels. These include: housing supply and affordability, on-campus student housing, co-op housing, reduced property transfer tax, improved renovation tax credits and leveling the playing field in the digital economy. Also, removal of microbead plastics from industrial ingredients, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a call for improved Federal support for refugees and sponsors, the need for world nuclear disarmament and more.

Earning the Support of Others
Fred has learned how to move policy in Saanich, at the CRD, AVIC (Association of Vancouver Island Coastal Communities), the UBCM (Union of British Columbia Municipalities), and FCM (Federation of Canadian Municipalities). This success required earning the support of Mayors and Councillors across the region, BC and Canada.  

Future of Saanich
Fred cares about the next generations. In addition to the efficiencies of services and controlling costs and tax increases, this includes examining amalgamation, improved shared service agreements, regional police and fire dispatch. He sees ways to grow our commercial tax base, encourage family-supporting jobs, enhance local food security and reduce costs of living. This can all be done while mitigating climate change, protecting our natural assets and embracing our cultural diversity.

To achieve these ends, Fred believes in working collaboratively.  We can work together to EXPECT MORE!

If you have suggestions, please contact Fred. 

"Fred Haynes has the progressive vision and skill to serve as a successful Mayor and make Saanich an even better place to live. I give my support and endorsement to his candidacy.  Richard Michaels, President, CEO Maccrim Solutions


See Fred's 2014 Shaw TV Presentation: Click Here.