Brett Favaro

For Councillor-at-large

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As per the BC Green Party’s bylaws, all members may vote for the Councillor-at-Large.

My name is Brett Favaro, and I am running for the councillor-at-large position.

We are in a time of crisis, and I am running to do my part to fix it.

Climate change, biodiversity loss, inequity, unaffordable housing, public health – any of these on their own constitute an emergency. Taken together, they are an existential threat. But neither of the two major parties in this province has proposed a policy that comes anywhere near the scale needed to confront these problems.

Therefore, I’m running for this spot on the council. Because I believe we deserve better. And I believe that the BC Greens are the organization that can deliver.

My vision is to help develop the BC Greens into the vehicle that can drive transformative change in this province. To do that, the BC Greens need an unassailable, evidence-based, ambitious platform. The party needs strong leadership at all levels, capable of managing the complexities of a political organization that can deliver on such a platform. And it needs the moral authority to enact it, by focusing on diversity, inclusion, and equity, and committing to reconciliation and atonement for the grievous injustices that continue to be committed against the Indigenous people whose lands we settled.

I believe my skills and experience would make me an asset to the party, and I want to help build this machine. Let’s make BC a shining example of what is possible, and then teach the other provinces how to do the same.

About Brett

Brett Favaro (Ph.D, R.P.Bio) is a conservation scientist, with experience in fisheries and oceans, sustainable development, and climate advocacy. Brett has a 13-year career in science, and has published scientific literature on fisheries conservation and environmental policy.

Brett has a strong history of policy work on Canadian environmental issues. He has testified before House and Senate committees on fisheries and oceans, climate change, and sustainable development, and was the Newfoundland and Labrador representative to the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy’s advisory council from 2016-2020.

He is an experienced communicator and public speaker, and is the author of 2017’s The Carbon Code: How You Can Become a Climate Change Hero (JHU Press). Brett has contributed to more than 100 media pieces including print, radio, podcast, and TV.

Brett has extensive organizational experience. In Newfoundland and Labrador, he served as the academic director of the fisheries science graduate programs at the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland, where he taught statistics and science communication to Masters and Ph.D students in fisheries. He was the local chair of the fourth International Marine Conservation Congress in St. John’s in 2016, and was an organizer of DecarbonizeNL in 2019, which was a conference focused on designing a post-carbon economy in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Brett is currently an adjunct professor of biology at Simon Fraser University, and is the Associate Dean of Natural Resources and the Environment at the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

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