Mike Harcourt


Mike Harcourt

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.

Sustainable Cities

The issue population growth, 50% of our planet’s population live in cities. There is economic opportunity there:  if we can get our cities and communities right, then we go a long way towards addressing our global sustainability challenges.

Communities as Resilient Places

Communities are the key to long term prosperity. This presentation outlines the importance of building communities with long term vision, with consideration to the   environment, economic, social and cultural impact.

Environmental Stability

Harcourt shares his vision for protecting the environment at the continental level. Through real-world examples and ideas, he’ll motivate listeners to do just that.

Plan B: Attitude for Life

Partially paralyzed after a fall, doctors weren’t sure if Harcourt would recover. Thus began Harcourt’s Plan B: hear about the courage and the determination of the human spirit as he relives his journey from tragedy to triumph.

It’s About Sustaining Our Cities and Communities

Where we’re headed – sustainable cities and communities:

  • To create more compact development, denser, mixed use buildings and urban centers
  • Re-energize inner cities, re-invent suburbia
  • Create alternatives to the internal combustion engine car, walking, cycling, transit, zero-emission car
  • Integrate new energy approaches into green infrastructure, water, wastewater, waste management systems
  • Innovation, entrepreneurship, Trillions U.S. to be spent on renewing urban infrastructure globally creating huge investment opportunities

Additional Topics

  • Energy issues
  • Environment
  • Health & Wellness (AGE-WELL)
  • Motivation/inspiration
  • Politics
  • Urbanism

Moderating and Hosting

Harcourt’s extensive experience and knowledge from wearing many different hats make him an excellent option for Moderating and Hosting various events.