The Hounorable Michael Harcourt, or Mike as he is known to all, is a man with incredible determination, passion and vision, in every forum of his life. Perhaps most important in his countless and memorable achievements is his legacy of great cities and immense hope for the future of civil society.
Over the span of his illustrious career, Mike began by starting the first storefront law office in Canada, and establishing the UBC law school legal advice clinic (1968-71). He then went on to serve for four terms as a Vancouver Alderman (1972-980), until he became a tremendously successful and articulate Mayor of Vancouver for three terms (1980-1986). In that position he played a prominent role in establishing Vancouver as one of the world’s most livable cities through effective land use and planning.
Mike then moved on to serve as the 30th Premier of British Columbia (1991-1996), where he extended the boundaries of quality of life in urban areas, with the 1995 Growth Strategy Act. Among his many noteworthy achievements at that time was his success in safeguarding more than 12 percent of the province’s land base, establishing 500 new protected areas.
Mike is Past Chair and Honorary Chair of the International Centre for Sustainable Cities, as well as Co-Chair of its International Panel of Advisors, which is an organization that provides practical demonstration projects to show how to implement urban sustainability. He is also an Honorary Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners.
Mike has had a profound and lasting influence in the public realm over many years and in many fields, and has earned national and international acclaim for his vision, passion and impact.