Andrew Weaver

Andrew Weaver campaigning

It has been said that the Pacific Northwest will play an outsized role in the fight against climate change. As Canada’s first Green Member of a Legislative Assembly (for Oak Bay-Gordon Head), Andrew Weaver is playing an outsized role within that green corner of North America.

The burly, former rugby player has been one of the longest-running authors on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, contributing to four of the five climate assessments. He has authored or co-authored over 200 peer-reviewed journal articles and was the Chief Editor of the Journal of Climate from 2005-2009.

Weaver is the Landsdowne Professor and held the Canada Research Chair in Climate Modelling and Analysis at the University of Victoria’s School of Earth and Ocean Sciences.

He has taken a high profile role educating the broader public about climate change, through public lecturing and authoring two books aimed at lay and science readers: Keeping Our Cool: Canada in a Warming World and the climate science pocket book Generation Us.

Weaver has been named a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and a member of the Order of British Columbia. He has received numerous awards over the years, most recently the Royal Society of Canada Miroslaw Romanowski Medal and the A.G. Huntsman Award for Excellence in Marine Science in 2011.

Weaver, Ed Wiebe, and colleagues also built the Victoria weather network of climate stations.