Ian Soutar is a busy youth advocate on a local, national and international level. Still considered “youth” by many organizations, he is inspired by the realness and directness that youth are graced with when looking at issues and is actively working at engaging them at every opportunity.
Ian is President of the Tri-Cities Rotaract club, the 18-30 year-old segment of Rotary International, and he can often be found helping out a local community events with the nicest kids in town. He is also a volunteer with YouthCO, a youth-run organization that reaches out to LGBTQ youth and provides community and health education.
In early 2017 he was elected Co-Chair of the Young Greens of Canada and has been working on the Green Party of Canada’s Federal Council as Youth Representative. Since then he has been involved in setting up campus clubs at the University of the Fraser Valley and Simon Fraser University. His work also allows him the opportunity to help develop the election strategy for the upcoming federal elections.
During the 2017 BC Elections, Ian ran under the BC Green Party banner for the riding of Coquitlam – Burke Mountain, the narrowest riding results in the closest election in BC history, snagging 12% with 2,271 votes cast in his name.
Later in 2017 he attended the Global Greens Congress in Liverpool as a delegate from Canada where he helped pass an emergency resolution to raise awareness about the Canadian gold company Barrick Gold dumping thousands of litres of cyanide into rivers of Argentina. He was also elected to represent the Federation of the Americas on the Global Young Greens Steering Committee, a team tasked with activating young ecological activists around the world.
With election experience under his belt and a deep commitment to the sustainable development of Coquitlam, he is setting his eyes on the Municipal General Elections on October 20, 2018. It is this, he hopes, that will bring new energy and life to city council and help make sure that we make the best social and environmental decisions while maintaining rigorous fiscal responsibilty.
While he is deeply passionate about sustainability and social justice, his leading value is that of Participatory Democracy – with only around 1 in 4 Coquitlam citizens turning out to vote in the last elections, it is his goal to inspire people to share their voices and find a truer understanding of what his constituents want.
This political business is conducted on the traditional land and waters of the Kwikwetlem First Nations.