Douglas Horne is Chairman and CEO of Golden Leaf Capital Group (GLCG). GLCG is a boutique investment and project management firm focusing on four sectors – Real Estate, Education, Clean Technologies and Biotech. He also leads the GLCG’s investment in Evanesce Packaging Solutions a truly biodegradable and compostable packaging material about to commence production. Douglas is a corporate development specialist. He has over 25 years of experience building successful teams and businesses in many industries. He has taken many companies public, raised millions of dollars in financings, and is well versed in regulatory and public affairs.
Douglas is formally the British Columbia MLA for the electoral district of Coquitlam-Burke Mountain. He was first elected in 2009 and re-elected in 2013. He was Deputy Speaker from 2013-15, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier from 2011-13. He has also served on the Provincial Treasury Board and the Legislative Review Committee, and was Chair of the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services, Deputy Chair of the Select Standing Committee for Public Accounts and a member of the Select Standing Committee for Children and Youth. In addition, Douglas was previously Deputy Chair of the Committee of the Whole, Chair of the Committee of Supply, a member of the B.C. Local Government Elections Task Force, a member of the Special Committee to Review the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and a member of the Special Committee to Appoint a Merit Commissioner. He also spent considerable time in intergovernmental affairs while elected and served as BC’s lead representative to PNWER (http://www.pnwer.org) as well as BC’s representation and Co-Chair of the Foreign Relations Committee for the Council for State Governments’ West (http://www.csg.org)
Douglas has been active in federal, provincial and civic politics for many years. While working in Ottawa in the 1980s, he served as a Special Assistant to a former federal Minister and as a Special Assistant to the former Speaker of the House of Commons, The Honourable John Fraser.
Immediately before entering politics, Douglas was Managing Director and CEO of Maple Leaf Studios Ltd., a leading international design and production studio that created innovative and engaging experiences for international themed attractions, world fairs and expos, visitor centres and destination resorts. Douglas was instrumental in the success of British Columbia – Canada Place (the log house) during the 2006 Winter Games in Torino, Italy. In addition, Douglas worked with Russian business leaders and the City of Sochi on their successful bid to host the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. As well as the design of one of the central theme pavilions and the General Motors Pavilion for the Shanghai 2010 Expo, and several themed retail projects in the Middle East.
Before Douglas co-founded Maple Leaf Studios, he worked in corporate finance and developing capital market strategies since 1990. First under the guidance of Dr. Steven Funk as a senior officer with the Canadian Maple Leaf Financial Group and later he co-founded his own firm, Advanced Strategies Inc., which had offices in Vancouver, Toronto and Melbourne, Australia. Douglas studied business administration at Simon Fraser University.