Thoughts about Christopher Taylor 1948-2002

Christopher Edward Taylor died at the age of 54, at Vancouver General Hospital on Sunday, September 1, 2002. Chris was born in Kitchener, Ontario, graduated from Simon Fraser University in 1969, and received his M.A. from the University of Toronto. Early in his career he stayed on and taught at the University of Toronto. He later went on to work for the Federal Government in both Ottawa and Vancouver, first in Immigration and most recently, with Health Canada as Regional Director General for the BC/Yukon Region. In the mid-1980s, Chris served on CPS Council. Among his other contributions, Chris is known for his considerable work on immigration policy, research and development.

Those who knew Chris will agree that he was respected for his integrity and loved for his honesty. It is said that Chris could be convinced by sound research and reasoning, but not by power and influence. I think all of us would like to be remembered that way. A close friend and colleague of Chris, Joe Bisset, has written that “Above all, as a colleague [Chris] was always fun to be with. ... Canada has lost someone that represented all that was best in Canada's public service.”

He is sorrowfully missed by all of us. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the family of Chris Taylor: his wife, Helen; son Lenny and daughter Vanessa; his mother Ruth Taylor; his two sisters and brother.