City of Victoria Welcomes Sustainability Director

The City of Victoria this week appointed Roy Brooke its new director of sustainability.

Brooke, who started work on Sept. 14, will lead the development of Victoria’s sustainability initiatives as the city continues to moves toward a vision of ecological integrity, livability, and social well being, and economic vitality.

Brooke has led a wide range of sustainability initiatives in Canada and internationally over the past 17 years, most recently working for the United Nations in Switzerland. As a Humanitarian Affairs Officer at the United Nations, Brooke worked with governments in countries such as Iran, Yemen and the Ivory Coast to strengthen resilience to climate change and disaster risks. Brooke also led United Nations Environment Programme country activities in Rwanda.

In returning to Victoria, Brooke has come full circle: he began his career working on local and regional environmental, social, and economic development issues for Member of Parliament David Anderson. He has also served as senior policy adviser to the federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans (1997-1999) and Minister of Environment (1999-2000) and led a federal initiative to promote corporate social responsibility.

{advertisement}Brooke says he’s excited about the move back to Victoria, where his parents and numerous other family members live.