As the two term mayor of Bowen Island with 9 years experience as a director and committee member on the board of Metro Vancouver, Lisa Barrett combines hands-on governance know-how and political savvy with a commitment to deep engagement to be an effective representative for the people of our Vancouver Centre communities.
Lisa has engaged in social, ecological and economic justice activism since her early teens when she volunteered with community TV and with the environmental organization SPEC. More recently, she’s devoted her time to addressing the issues of inequality and climate change by working as a board member of Vancity Credit Union and the British Columbia branch of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Lisa currently serves on the National Policy Council of the Canadian Community Economic Development Network and with Rising Tide - Coast Salish collective, a grassroots organization dedicated to fighting climate change and the destruction of land, air and water.
A lover of learning, Lisa Barrett holds degrees and diplomas in Law, Economics and Arts from the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, the London School of Economics, the University of Cambridge, the University of London, Ryerson University and the University of Bologna.
Lisa previously owned an art gallery in Yaletown - run as an early example of social enterprise, raising funds for arts organizations, assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS and other community groups.
Since then, she returned to school for conflict studies and international law. She now practices mediation and is a member of the BC Arbitration and Mediation Institute.
Lisa Barrett is motivated to run for the Green Party in Vancouver Centre for a number of reasons very close to her heart, including to protect Vancouver and the BC Coast from Kinder Morgan's pipeline and tankers expansion proposal and to promote the development of a sustainable and resilient local economy; to halt the erosion of Canadian democracy and sovereignty that is being accelerated through the signing of so-called investor-state arbitration treaties such as the recently ratified Canada-China FIPA agreement, which give foreign companies the right to sue Canadian governments for projected loss of profitability due to democratically enacted laws and regulations; and to repeal Bill C-51, the "Anti-Terrorism Bill" recently passed by the Conservative government with Liberal Party support, and which has been broadly condemned as unconstitutional and open to dangerous abuses unacceptable in a free and democratic country.
Lisa Barrett is the Green Party of Canada's Critic for International Affairs.
Please write to Lisa with any questions you may have about her or her vision for Canada! She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Novus TV recently came by our Denman Street office for a quick chat with Lisa Barrett on a variety of important topics. Check out what she had to say: