Michael is a former premier of British Columbia, mayor of Vancouver, and city councillor. Mike is a passionate believer in the power of cities and communities to improve the human condition. A near-fatal accident in 2002 strengthened his resolve to contribute to the transformation of communities around the world through the principles of sustainability, particularly social inclusion.
He has chaired the Prime Minister’s Advisory Committee for Cities and Communities and co-chaired the National Advisory Committee on the UN-HABITAT World Urban Forum in 2006. Among his many roles, he has served on the National Round Table on the Environment and Economy, is Honorary Chair of the International Centre for Sustainable Cities, and Associate Director at the Centre for Sustainability, Continuing Studies, at U.B.C.
In 2006 Mike was awarded the Canadian Urban Institute’s Jane Jacobs Lifetime Achievement Award. The Canadian Institute of Planners is honoured to have awarded Mike with the 2009 President’s Award in recognition of his commitment to sustainable and inclusive planning.