As former premier of British Columbia 1991-96, Mayor of Vancouver and City Councillor, Mike Harcourt helped British Columbia earn its reputation as one of the most liveable, accessible and inclusive places in the world. His focus on conservation and sustainable development – and his resolve to contribute to the transformation of cities and communities has played a significant role in promoting quality of life for those in Canada and abroad.
After stepping down from politics, he was appointed by the Prime Minister to serve as a member of the National Round Table on the Environment and Economy, where he served on the Executive Committee and Chaired the Urban Sustainability Program. He was a federally appointed B.C. Treaty Commissioner and was Chair of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Committee for Cities and Communities.
Mike Harcourt is currently Chair of University of British Columbia’s Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability. In addition he is Chairman of Quality Urban Energy Systems for Tomorrow (QUEST). He is also the lead faculty in United Way’s Public Policy Institute, member of Canada’s ECOFISCAL Commission, and Chair of the Board of Directors of AGE-WELL a national research and training network of university, industry and public sector partners aimed at helping older Canadians to maintain their independence, health and quality of life.
Received Order of Canada 2012.