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Get Moving BC

September 24, 2007




Burnaby, B.C. – Get Moving BC is standing firm behind the validity of a poll showing 72% of Burnaby residents support the twinning of the Port Mann Bridge and the widening of Highway 1. 
Burnaby’s Mayor Derek Corrigan has dismissed the poll’s findings and called into question the poll’s credibility saying it’s “laughable.” 
“It’s regrettable that Mayor Corrigan has rushed to judgement and is being so quick to dismiss the poll and its findings,” says Sheri Wiens – a Mission soccer mom, Vancouver business woman and a member of Get Moving BC’s Advisory Board.  “I can assure Mayor Corrigan that the poll was conducted fairly and scientifically and it was conducted by a professional market research company.”
The poll of Burnaby residents was conducted by NRG Research Group, a leading North American public opinion and market research company, with offices in Vancouver, Calgary and Winnipeg and associated offices in Toronto, Montreal, Halifax and Austin, Texas.  NRG provides leading-edge market research and public opinion polling services, strategic consulting, and analytical services to clients in Canada, the U.S. and worldwide.   
NRG was formed in 2005 from the merger of Western Opinion Research and Nordic Research Group, two companies whose combined legacy as leaders in the field of market research and public opinion research totals over forty years.
“NRG’s work on this poll has been impeccable,” says Wiens.  “The questions they asked were fair and very straightforward. Anyone who looks at them will be able to see that for themselves, and I certainly hope Mayor Corrigan takes a second look with an opened mind.”
NRG Research Group’s national practice is managed by Dr. Brian Owen who also oversees the company's internal operations from bases in Vancouver and Winnipeg and serves as President of NRG Research Group.   Previously, he founded Western Opinion Research Ltd. (WOR), one of NRG's predecessor companies, and was the firm's President and CEO.  Over a twenty-five year period beginning in 1981, Dr. Owen established WOR as one of Canada's leading market and public opinion research firms.
Over the course of his career, Dr. Owen has managed hundreds of major research projects in Canada and the U.S.  His expertise includes public opinion and public affairs research, corporate issues management, messaging and fundraising research for cultural and hospital organizations, and research for retail companies.  
For the past 30 years Dr. Owen has studied and taught strategic management.  As a Professor he taught business strategy for 25 years at what is now the Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba.
Dr. Owen earned his Ph.D. from the Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario, and holds undergraduate and Master of Agricultural Economics degrees from the University of Manitoba.   
NRG Research Group conducted the poll of Burnaby residents during the week of September 10th  to 14th 2007.  Three hundred randomly selected Burnaby residents were interviewed for the poll. 
A random sample survey of 300 respondents is considered representative of the underlying population from which it is drawn within +/- 5.7 percent 19 times out of 20.
The results of Get Moving BC’s poll are  available in their entirety on Get Moving BC’s website at


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Get Moving BC is dedicated to holding governments accountable for a balanced transportation system and was formed to provide a voice for the majority of Greater Vancouver residents who support improving our roads, bridges and transit systems.   



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