- Kitchener Centre
Mike Morrice grew up on the West Island of Montreal as the middle brother of three boys. His family moved to Newmarket, Ontario in 1997, and in 2003 he started his studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, completing a double degree in business and computer electronics. Mike was quickly hooked by the entrepreneurial spirit of Waterloo Region. After reading a book called Ishmael, his eyes were opened to how recently we have begun living at odds with the rest of the natural world. Mike was inspired to bring together his business training with his desire to see more decisive action on the climate crisis, and so he got to work. Mike has spent the ten years since working with hundreds of businesses to accelerate the shift to a green economy. In 2008, while studying at Laurier, Mike founded Sustainable Waterloo Region (SWR) and piloted Canada’s first Green Economy Hub. Within five years, the Hub had engaged companies employing 14% of Waterloo Region’s workforce, all committed to setting and achieving voluntary climate goals. Mike also spearheaded the creation of ClimateActionWR, a collaborative effort that secured unanimous support from Regional and City Councils for our community’s first-ever climate target — a 6% reduction by 2020, since raised to 80% by 2050. He also initiated what is now evolv1, Canada’s first net-positive energy multi-tenant building. In response to global interest in replicating Green Economy Hubs, Mike founded Green Economy Canada in 2013, and led the award-winning organization until late last year. Today, there are seven Green Economy Hubs across Ontario supporting over 250 organizations as they lower their environmental impact and increase their profitability. Mike was named Young Alumni of the Year by Laurier (2011), Young Entrepreneur of the Year by the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce (2012), won a Special Citation for Social Entrepreneurship from EY Canada (2018), and has been an Ashoka Fellow since 2012.