B.Sc., MPA

Instructor, School Public Administration
School of Public Administration

604.990.7907 ext. 7907


MPA, University of Victoria, 1984.

B.Sc., Marine Biology, University of Victoria, 1978.

"'Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who don't mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.' - Dr. Suess"


Jerry Berry (MPA, University of Victoria, 1984) is a management consultant, facilitator and educator specializing in local government issues, with almost 40 years of experience in the field in Canada.

Berry was formerly the city manager for the City of Nanaimo for 22 years, having worked for that city for 28 years. During Berry's tenure as manager, the City of Nanaimo received significant recognition and won numerous awards; particularly in strategic planning, environmental protection, community participation and innovative use of technology.

Berry holds both a Senior Certificate in Municipal Administration and an Advanced Certificate in Municipal Management from the Province of British Columbia.

Berry has been a lead player in the development and delivery of the LGMA's Municipal Administration Training Institutes; as well as the B.C. Local Government Leadership Academy's various offerings over the past 35 years.

He was the inaugural Chair of the B.C. Municipal Finance Authority's Len Traboulay Education Fund which supports local government training and development in B.C.

Berry is an avid outdoorsman and is particularly involved in mountain biking, ocean kayaking/paddling, sailboat racing, trekking and scuba diving. For the past 10 years, he has acted as a Fast Response Vessel Coxswain and Rescue Crew volunteer for the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue and is the past President of the Nanaimo Marine Rescue Society.

I have been active in teaching various aspects of local government throughout North America for the past 40 years. In the B.C. Provincial system, I have mentored and/or taught at MATI leadership, communications, foundations and CAO programs.

I have taught at the Union of B.C. Municipalities / Local Government Leadership Academy programs since the 1990s, and continue to speak at local governments throughout the country.

For Capilano University, I have taught administration, finance and services. Most recently, I have focused my particular interest on teaching ethics.

I am interested in all aspects of local governance but my particular focus at the present time is ethics and council/staff relations.

Public Sector Digest, The (Precarious) State of Democracy in Local Government, Spring 2017.

President's Millennium Award, Local Government Management Association of B.C.

Distinguished Membership Award, Local Government Management Association of B.C.