About Sam Sullivan
Sam Sullivan is the founder of the Global Civic Policy Society and a recipient of Canada’s highest award for community contribution–the Order of Canada. He is the host of a 1/2 hour television program called Sam Sullivan’s Public Salon which is a forum for disseminating the ideas of community leaders from a broad array of backgrounds.
Sullivan founded the Greeting Fluency Initiative which uses language to increase intercultural understanding and respect and provides the Greeting Fluency Aid smart phone app free of charge to the public. His Centre for Fourth Wave Urban Reform explores ideas to improve local government. He is also Adjunct Professor at the UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.
Sam Sullivan has served for 12 years as Vancouver City Councillor and 3 years as Mayor of Vancouver. His EcoDensity Initiative was awarded the Canadian Planner’s Institute 2009 highest award for City Planning. His Project Civil City saw the largest commitment to new and converted social housing in Vancouver for 40 years as well as the establishment of the Street to Home Foundation. In 2010 he became the only Mayor in history to be made an Honourary Member of the College of Family Physicians of Canada on account of his “work on behalf of underserved inner-city populations”. He formed the Inner Change Society which was instrumental in the establishment of the SALOME maintenance and substitution research trials for those with drug addictions.
When Sam Sullivan was 19 years of age, he broke his neck in a skiing accident and became a quadriplegic. He devoted himself to developing programs to assist disabled to achieve quality of life. He commissioned the creation of the Martin 16 sailboat and developed a network of 20 sailing programs for people with disabilities across Canada and beyond. He coinvented the TrailRider to enable wilderness access and established programs for quality of life in activities such as music, gliding and gardening. He founded the Tetra Society which provides volunteer made assistive devices through 45 chapters across North America. The Sam Sullivan Disability Foundation has raised $20 million and served 10,000 people with disabilities since its inception. Sullivan is a recipient of the Terry Fox and Christopher Reeves Awards for service as well as the Peter Drucker Award for nonprofit excellence.