Premier of British Columbia from 1991-96 and prior to that mayor of Vancouver, Mike Harcourt founded CLAS in 1971 as the first store front community law program in BC.
Following his time as Premier, he was appointed by the Prime Minister to serve as a member of the National Round Table on the Environment and Economy and 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.
Mr. Harcourt is the lead faculty of United Way’s Public Policy Institute, and on the Advisory Board of Canada’s ECOFISCAL Commission, and is on the Advisory Board of the STAR Institute at Simon Fraser University.
His exemplary career as lawyer, community activist, and politician has been honoured with a number of awards including the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service, the Canadian Urban Institute’s Jane Jacobs Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Order of Canada.