40 Under Forty Awards


Buchanan, Brett (40)

Buchanan, Brett (40)

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.