Sam Harrison is third year undergraduate in the Engineering Science program at the University of Toronto, pursuing a specialization in energy systems.
In 2012, Sam was in grade 11 when he became director of the Vancouver organization Kids for Climate Action. K4CA organized young Canadians not old enough to vote, but whose generation would be the first to bear many of the dire impacts of climate change. With more than 2000 supporters, they organized protests, lobby meetings with elected officials, and more, gaining considerable provincial news coverage.
Upon finishing high school, he was communications coordinator of the U of T fossil fuel divestment campaign, an initiative which gained national media attention when the University’s advisory committee publicly recommended divestment. Prior to the 2015 federal election, he worked as community organizer for the Dogwood Initiative, supporting volunteer teams in a Vancouver swing riding.
As a public speaker, he has had the honour of addressing audiences of up to 9,000, sharing the stage with Canadian leaders such a David Suzuki, Tzeporah Berman, and Nathan Cullen. When not engaged in advocacy on climate and energy issues, Sam likes spending time hiking, skiing, and riding his bike in BC’s coast mountains.