Brett is an associate professor of philosophy and founding director of the School of the Environment at Laurentian University. He has co-led several research grants from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada. He is fast becoming a leading spokesperson about environmental issues in the community,
Q: What makes you happy about living in Sudbury?
A: Spending time with family. Whether it’s dayto- day activities or travelling, they make me a happier and better person. Our adopted hometown is a great place to raise a family, and spending time with them along with friends on the lakes, trails and at cultural events couldn’t be better.
Q: What is your proudest accomplishment?
A: With two young kids, this changes on a daily basis. Every day brings something new that makes me proud.
Q: What is the most important lesson you’ve learned?
A: I don’t know I’ve learned “the most important lesson” yet. When I do, I’ll let you know.
Q: What is your personal motto?
A: To grow a beard before I die. With my genetic base, this will indeed be an accomplishment, and at 40, it remains my holy grail.
Q: What advice would you give the other young leaders?
A: I’d say to pursue your passion and always re-evaluate your decisions along the way. This would include doing so with a social and environmental conscience, and with an eye toward helping to make your community a better place to live.