Former Premier of British Columbia | Sustainable Cities and Communities
As a former Premier of British Columbia, Mike Harcourt helped the province earn its reputation as one of the most liveable places in the world. Harcourt brings his experience and enthusiasm to the stage when speaking on the importance of creating vibrant, sustainable cities.
After stepping down from politics, Harcourt was appointed by the Prime Minister to serve as a member of the National Round Table on the Environment and Economy. There, he served on the Executive Committee and Chaired the Urban Sustainability Program. He was also a federally appointed BC Treaty Commissioner and was Chair of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Committee for Cities and Communities, mandated to examine the future of Canada’s cities and communities.
Harcourt is currently chair of the Advisory Board for the University of British Columbia’s Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability. In addition to acting as Chairman of Quality Urban Energy Systems for Tomorrow. He is the lead faculty in The United Way’s Public Policy Institute.
In 2014, became a member of Canada’s ECOFISCAL Commission, and AGE-WELL Board chair, for the 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.
Harcourt’s exemplary career as a lawyer, community activist, and politician has been honoured with the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service; Canadian Urban institute’s Jane Jacobs Lifetime Achievement Award; and the Order of Canada. In 2017, he received Vancouver’s highest honour, the Freedom of the City award.