George Benson

Co-founder, managing director Climate Migrants and Refugees Project

George Benson is the co-founder and Managing Director of the Climate Migrants and Refugees Project. The Project works to raise awareness and creation solutions around climate change displacement, with a particular focus on empowering cities to protect and assist the most vulnerable. George focuses on bringing together work to stay within the world's ecological limits with actions that build resilience to the negative impacts of climate change. An urban planner by training, he currently works for the Vancouver Economic Commission to help develop a resilient, zero-carbon economy in Vancouver; previously he has worked in migration policy in Bangladesh, as well as on climate adaptation in Canada and the Philippines. He has previously sat on the Planning Institute of British Columbia (PIBC)’s Climate Action Task Force, and has served on committees for the Canadian and American national planning associations. In 2017, he was recognised by the City of Vancouver with its Award of Excellence for his work on building sustainability and resilience in the community.