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Former BC Premier, Sustainable Urban Design Leader Michael Harcourt to Address Adler Graduates in Vancouver 07.14.15
Former BC Premier, Sustainable Urban Design Leader Michael Harcourt to Address Adler Graduates in Vancouver

Adler University is pleased to announce that former British Columbia Premier Michael Harcourt will address the graduates at Adler's 2015 Commencement ceremonies in Vancouver.

Commencement will take place at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver Harbourfront. Adler University President Raymond E. Crossman, Ph.D., and Vancouver Campus Dean Larry Axelrod, Ph.D., will confer the graduates’ degrees.

Michael Harcourt’s work in civil society, urban design, conservation, and sustainable development have made him a leader in advancing livability in our cities. He has provided political leadership on our most important social issues, pioneered efforts in sustainable urban design, and supported justice and wellness for many communities – especially for improving living conditions in the city of Vancouver.

Harcourt began his career by establishing Canada’s first storefront law office and the University of British Columbia law school legal advice clinic from 1968 to 1971. He went on to serve four terms as a Vancouver Alderman and later three terms as Mayor of Vancouver. As Mayor, he played a prominent role in establishing Vancouver as one of the world’s most livable cities through effective land use and planning.

Harcourt then served as the 30th Premier of British Columbia from 1991 to 1996, working to extend the boundaries of quality of life in urban areas with the 1995 Growth Strategy Act. Among his achievements was his success in safeguarding more than 12 percent of the province’s land base, establishing 500 new protected areas.

After retiring from politics, in 2002, Harcourt suffered a six-meter fall that left him partially paralyzed. He published a book about his ordeal called Plan B – One Man’s Journey from Tragedy to Triumph. Following his accident, Harcourt became actively involved in spinal cord research and education, working with the Rick Hansen Man in Motion Foundation.

He is also an Honorary Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners, and he current acts as Chair of the Quality Urban Energy Systems for Tomorrow (QUEST). He chairs the Canadian Electricity Association’s Sustainable Electricity Program Advisory Panel, and he served on the advisory group that helped Whistler achieve its ‘Natural Step’ based on the sustainable cities strategy.

About Adler University

Adler University educates students to engage the world and create a more just society. Established in 1952, it enrolls more than 1,400 students in master’s and doctoral programs for social change through its campuses in downtown Chicago and Vancouver, as well as an Online Campus. Adler University’s mission is to continue the pioneering work of Alfred Adler, the first community psychologist, by graduating socially responsible practitioners, engaging communities and advancing social justice.