Kingston and the Islands

Nathan Townend was born in Pembroke, Ontario and lived in Kingston as a young child, before his family moved to the United Kingdom where his father served with the British Army. Nathan, his wife Anna, and their dog Oscar, now call downtown Kingston home.

A long time-leader, Nathan has been involved in politics for the past fifteen years. He was the UK’s representative to a global young leader’s conference in 2004, where he was elected Chair by his peers from around the world. As part of this experience Nathan delivered a speech at the United Nation’s General Assembly, meeting with world leaders and Secretary General Kofi Annan.

Nathan attended Saint Paul University in Ottawa where he graduated top of his class with a Bachelor of Theology in Eastern Christian Studies. He was nominated for the Governor General’s Silver Medal for Outstanding Academic Achievement.

Nathan moved to Kingston to complete his graduate studies. He holds a Master of Arts in Religion and Modernity from Queen’s University; his research focused on religious responses to the ecological crisis.

Inspired by Thomas Berry, Nathan argues that we need to articulate larger visions for our planetary future and witness the intrinsic value of the Earth we live in. He believes cultural imagination is essential for inspiring Canadians to form a truly innovative, creative, and forward thinking society.

Involved in the Kingston community, Nathan is an elected executive member of Public Service Alliance of Canada Local 901. He serves on the advisory council for Open Kingston, an organization dedicated to promoting citizen engagement, education, and accountability in municipal government.

Nathan also served as a policy advisor and core team member for a mayoral campaign in 2014, and is currently the interim-President of the Kingston Greens.

The Green Party of Canada is excited to have Nathan Townend as our candidate in the riding of Kingston and the Islands.