Former premier of British Columbia, mayor of Vancouver and city councillor
After an outstanding political career, during which he was British Columbia’s Premier (1991-1996), Mayor of the City of Vancouver (1980-1986) and held other offices, Mike Harcourt was appointed by the Prime Minister to serve as a member of the National Round Table on the Environment and Economy on the Executive Committee and Chaired the Urban Sustainability Program. He has also served as a Federally appointed B.C. Treaty Commissioner, Honorary Chair of the International Centre for Sustainable Cities, Co-Chair of the International Panel of Advisors, consultant to Translink B.C. and is honorary co-chair at the Advisory Council on Sustainability’s – Sustainability Advisory Board at U.B.C.
Mr. Harcourt received the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service in 2005 and was awarded the Canadian Urban Institute’s Jane Jacobs Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. In 2007, he was the Walter Bean Visiting Professor on the Environment at the University of Waterloo. In 2008, the University of British Columbia awarded him with the Alumni Achievement Award of Distinction for contributions to B.C., Canada and the world.
Mr. Harcourt authored the following books: Mike Harcourt: A Measure of Defiance; Plan B: One Man’s Journey from Tragedy to Triumph (with John Lekich); and City Making in Paradise (with Ken Cameron and Sean Rossiter).
Mr. Harcourt has a Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Royal Roads University.