In September 2010, ten mayors from large and small communities across BC came together to volunteer to assist other locally elected officials move climate action forward. This includes volunteering to mentor locally elected officials. The mayors and councilors do this because they are passionate about climate action and because they agree that:

  • Climate change is happening now; is largely the result of human activity, particularly the combustion of fossil fuels; and is an urgent issue to address
  • The importance of climate action transcends politics
  • Local government leadership on climate action is critical
  • Local governments can have a significant impact on energy and emissions in their own operations and across our communities
  • Addressing climate change will require transitioning to low-carbon energy systems integrated across our communities
  • Climate action is a relatively new area for many locally elected officials in BC
  • Given the importance and scale of the challenge, it is important for locally elected officials who have some experience in climate action to support other mayors, councilors and regional directors who are interested in moving climate action forward in their community.


BCMCLC is facilitated by the Community Energy Association who provides staff support.



BCMCLC members are supported by CEA to engage their colleagues and communities to act on climate change . Rather than an advocacy group, members are mentored to develop strategies that work within the context of their communities while developing planning and implementation frameworks that can be adopted by other BC communities. All BCMCLC is open to elected officials in the following 3 categories:

Core Members

Core Members have direct input and control over BCMCLC policies, programs and communications. Core members are locally elected officials who are CEA members and recognized as climate leaders by their peers or CEA, UBCM, FCM, others.

Associate Members

Associate members are people the core membership feels are engaged and working towards having a larger impact but need additional support. Associate membership is a stepping stone to becoming a core member. Associate members are elected officials who are engaged on  climate change within their communities.

Community Members

BC MCLC community members are those elected officials who have attended BC MCLC peer learning events or are receiving BC MCLC communications.


Current Members

Current BCMCLC Council Members

Mayor Richard Walton, District of North Vancouver
Mayor Taylor Bachrach, Town of Smithers
Mayor Lee Brain, City of Prince Rupert
Mayor Lawrence Chernoff, City of Castlegar
Councillor Sue Ellen Fast, Bowen Island Municipality
Councillor Patrick Johnstone, City of New Westminster
Mayor Jon Lefebure, Municipality of North Cowichan
Mayor Darrell Musatto, City of North Vancouver
Councillor Andrea Reimer, City of Vancouver
Councillor Cheryl Shuman, City of Dawson Creek

The mentorship I have received as part of BCMCLC has empowered me with the knowledge and tools to lead my organization’s adoption of policies and projects that address climate change.


CLI 2017

2.5 days of intense climate action training for elected officials (Mayors, Councillors & Area Directors) with leading professionals and inspirational colleagues from the BC Municipal Climate Leadership Council.

Elected officials earn 3 credit hours toward any level of Local Government Leadership Academy (LGLA) Certification by attending the Climate Leadership Institute.

With local governments influencing over 55% of greenhouse gas emissions in BC, elected officials need the hard skills to lead their community into the green future they desire.
And the time is now…with the province’s renewed commitment to climate action and the federal government’s support through future infrastructure funding, opportunities abound for local governments. The Climate Leadership Institute offers leadership training in three core areas to help you lead the charge in your community.

THANK YOU to our Sponsors

This event has been made possible thanks to BC Hydro, the Sitka Foundation, and the Province of BC-UBCM Green Communities Committee.


Do you have more questions about BCMCLC?

Connect with a BCMCLC representative using the form to the right, or view the resources section of this website for a list of publications related to municipal climate action and FAQs. 

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