Ben Isitt was elected to Victoria City Council and the Capital Regional District Board in 2011 and re-elected in 2014.
An award-winning historian, author and legal scholar, Ben holds a PhD and LLB and has written several books that challenge how we think about BC politics and Canadian history, including From Victoria to Vladivostok: Canada's Siberian Expedition, 1917-19 (UBC Press) and Militant Minority: British Columbia Workers and the Rise of a New Left, 1948-1972 (University of Toronto Press). He has worked as a professor at the University of Victoria, University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University, and as a civil servant with the BC Ministry of Advanced Education.
Ben's involvement in civic politics builds from a long-standing commitment to social justice and environmental protection, volunteering on grassroots campaigns for First Nations and worker rights, peace, the abolition of poverty and racism, and protecting our region's forests and farmlands from urban sprawl. Ben's research on housing, regional land use, public education, and forestry build on this community work. He also has practical experience addressing the connections between homelessness, addictions and mental health as a former housing support worker with the Victoria Cool Aid Society.
As an elected official, Ben has earned respect from citizens and colleagues from across the political spectrum for his advocacy for open government, strong and cost-effective public services, and expansion of greenways and parks. His committee portfolio includes serving as the Capital Region's representative on the board of the Island Corridor Foundation, owner of the Esquimalt & Nanaimo Railroad, and on the regional water commission.
Ben lives in the Hillside-Quadra neighbourhood and enjoys spending time with family in the outdoors – hiking, canoeing and backcountry camping. He has travelled to more than 80 countries for work and pleasure, gaining a deep appreciation for the world's diverse cultures and natural beauty.
Ben counts himself among the optimists who believe that a better world – and community – are necessary and possible.
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