Bruce Hyer is a biologist, forester, environmental lobbyist, activist, entrepreneur (ecotourism, biology, land use planning, environmental and natural resource management consulting). His passions are biodiversity (including taking the lead on the creation of millions of hectares of parks and protected areas), and promoting democracy. Born in Connecticut, he was a Senior Environmental Analyst for that state, playing key roles there including helping to create the first Department of Environmental Protection in the USA, banning DDT and the "Dirty Dozen" pesticides, and drafting the Agricultural Lands Act. At the age of 30 he moved to Ontario where some of his roles have included President of Environment North, serving as a pesticides and forestry consultant for Pollution Probe, member of the Boreal West Round Table, and for many years was an Adjudicator for the Ontario Environmental Appeals Board.
He was elected as an MP to the House of Commons in 2008, and was re-elected in 2011 with 49% of the vote. Hyer introduced more bills and motions to the House than all the previous Members of Thunder Bay-Superior North combined (including Bill C-311, the Climate Change Accountability Act, passed in the House but killed by PM Harper in the Senate). He served as Deputy Leader of the GPC until recently. He is committed to the growth and influence of the Green Party, and to continuing to help to make Canada cleaner, greener, safer, more sustainable... and truly democratic.