Conservationist. Doctoral Candidate. Military veteran. That bear guy.
Bryce Casavant has lived a life of service, and it all started where he was born and raised on Vancouver Island, in the community of Comox. After learning the principles of hard work from his family and neighbours, Bryce began working at 16 for a local aircraft mechanic.
At the age of 20, Bryce enlisted in the Canadian Forces, ultimately serving on the front lines in Afghanistan as an Operational Mentor. Following his honourable release from service, he worked as an environmental and strategic consultant until entering public service as a Conservation Officer in British Columbia.
In 2015, Bryce earned international attention when he respectfully declined an order to destroy two bear cubs. Bryce followed the law and stood up for BC’s wildlife. His actions inspired a dialogue about the sustainable conservation and safe treatment of animals in British Columbia. The cubs he saved were released back into the wild in 2016 where they continue to grow and thrive.
Bryce began working as a Natural Resource Officer with the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations, where his unique combination of skills, education, and frontline experience have proved invaluable.
In the BC provincial election of 2017, Bryce was asked to run as the NDP candidate in the riding of Oak Bay-Gordon Head against Green Party leader Andrew Weaver. Though he ran a strong campaign, earning the support of many in the community and building the NDP support base, he did not win the election.
Today, Bryce is focusing on his doctoral studies at Royal Roads University, being an advocate for the environment in his community, and, most importantly of all, being a father to his young daughter, Athena.