I've got an amazing wife and two incredible daughters. I'm an active PAC dad at South Park Family School.
I provide policy advice and strategy at the BC Government’s Climate Action Secretariat.
I teach Environmental Studies and Human Dimensions of Climate Change at the University of Victoria. I've written several books on sustainability and hold a PhD in the history of scientific, environmental, and political thought.
My wife and I have run a successful $500,000/year organic produce company.
We've turned our small urban garden into a food production oasis. Last year more than 400 people visited our home during Victoria’s Urban Garden Tour.
As your next City Councillor I'll bring an extensive background in leadership positions. My breadth of experience allows me to represent multiple points of view and to work through complex issues.
I care deeply about social wellbeing, sustainability, public education, liveable cities, and democracy, and those values always guide my personal and professional life. Here's a little more detail about me...
I hold a PhD in political, scientific, and environmental history. I have taught full-time and part-time in academia, working in departments of history (Univ. of Alberta), environmental history (Uvic), and the human dimensions of climate change (Uvic). I have also taught courses on running small businesses. Currently, I teach evening courses at Uvic on sustainable food systems, settler-colonial history in B.C., and other topics in environmental history.
I have published many articles and three books -- one on the European Enlightenment, one on the history of sustainability, and one on organic agriculture. I also write for magazines and newspapers, including many opinion pieces on politics, culture, and history.
I work full time in the Climate Action Secretariat (CAS) in the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy at the Province of B.C. In CAS, I work on projects that reduce the province's emissions and make life better and more affordable for British Columbians. I would bring an extensive knowledge of climate science, climate action, and climate policy to city hall.
My wife and I have two gorgeous daughters -- Mia and Stella -- who attend South Park Family School. I have been very active at South Park since 2014. I volunteer in the classroom and take an active role in my kids' education. I also chaired the garden committee for many years. I successfully applied for a grant that financed a new vegetable garden and permaculture orchard on South Park's campus.
I have also been active in causes at the school-district (SD61) level. I was one of the parents who fought to keep South Park a district-wide, non-catchment alternative public school, and I successfully lobbied the school district (twice!) to keep late French immersion at Central Middle School.
I will be the only person with elementary-age children on city council, and I will bring my experience at South Park and with SD61 to city hall. More importantly, I will be a voice for young and new families on council -- families who want safe access to schools, better parks and green spaces, and robust programming at our wonderful public schools.
Between 2014 and 2016, I owned a local organic food distribution company in Victoria called Share Organics. It was a great experience, and it taught me about the challenges of running a small business. I understand the adversities that small businesses face in this city and I would bring a pro-small-business perspective to council. I am interested in finding new ways to reduce fees for local businesses, and reduce burdens on businesses affected by construction disruptions.
I have volunteered with many local causes -- political parties, community gardens (Spring Ridge Commons), the local biodiesel co-op, and more -- and love being an active urban farmer. I keep chickens and bees at my property in Fernwood, grow many fruits and vegetables, and have a green house in my front yard. I sell my surplus goods from an urban food stand to my local community.
On council, I will advocate for the large community of gardeners and farmers in this town who value good food, resilience, and organic agriculture. I will lower the cost of farm-stand permits, work to increase our local food supply, and ensure that Victoria has more public gardens and urban farms. My courses at Uvic have worked closely with Mason Street Farm and Topsoil -- two urban farms in the city -- and I look forward to representing urban agriculture on council!
My guiding principles
- Honesty, integrity, and accountability
- Deliberative democracy
- Triple bottom-line thinking, sustainability, and resilience
- Positive, non-partisan, and consensus-building political culture
- Good listening skills
- Creativity and cultural vibrancy
- Respect for all forms of diversity and accessibility