Glenn Sollitt was born in Edmonton, Alberta and at the age of 8 his family moved to Salt Spring Island, coincidentally the riding in which Elizabeth May would eventually win as the Green Party’s first Member of Parliament. Glenn grew up as a commercial fisherman; deck handing for his father, later leasing boats and eventually building his own boat to fish his way through Mechanical Engineering at UBC. Education lead to a rewarding experience working at Norpac Controls, serving the process industries in BC. Norpac was an award winning company and a terrific environment to enhance skills in business professionalism, responsibility, accountability and management. An opportunity to create a satellite office provided a path back to island life and a move to Vancouver Island ensued. When it eventually felt like a time for change, Glenn worked in management in the shellfish aquaculture industry and would later create his own seafood distribution company.
Glenn has a strong connection with the electoral district of Courtenay – Alberni. Along with his wife and three children, they have spent the last 18 years living in Nanoose Bay and Qualicum Beach. Glenn has spent a lifetime working in this region; commercially fishing out of Bamfield, Ucluelet, Port Alberni and French Creek, also as Norpac’s territory manager for all island business including Alberni’s paper mill. Finally, his company Glacier View Seafoods Ltd is named after the iconic Comox glacier in Courtenay, and has customers and suppliers throughout the area.
The draw towards federal politics comes from his desire to participate directly with the shaping of Canada’s future. Recent years have seen a growing disconnect between citizens and their government representation. Increased attention is required for the responsible growth of our economy, action to address climate change and the restoration of a democracy in which everyone can participate. The Green Party is the natural choice to ensure real gains are realized. Glenn will work closely with constituents to ensure these values are given voice in Ottawa.