Ben Isitt

Councillor Ben Isitt
c/o 1 Centennial Square
Victoria, BC V8W 1P6
Phone: 250.882.9302


Neighbourhood Liaison

  • Hillside-Quadra Neighbourhood Action Group (January 2015 to December 31, 2016)

Regional Service and Civic Committees

  • Capital Regional District (CRD) Board
  • Capital Regional Hospital District Board
  • CRD Core Area Liquid Waste Management Committee
  • CRD Governance Committee
  • CRD Regional Parks Committee
  • CRD Transportation Select Committee
  • CRD Water Supply Commission 
  • Community Action Plan on Discrimination
  • Greater Victoria Harbour Authority Board
  • Island Corridor Foundation Board
  • Victoria Parks and Recreation Foundation Society 


Ben Isitt was first elected to City Council and the CRD Board in 2011. He holds a PhD and an LLB and has taught history, international relations and labour studies at UVic, UBC and Simon Fraser University. An award-winning historian, author and community advocate, Ben has written two books that challenge how we think about BC politics and Canadian and global history, From Victoria to Vladivostok: Canada's Siberian Expedition, 1917-19 (UBC Press) and Militant Minority: British Columbia Workers and the Rise of a New Left, 1948-1972 (University of Toronto Press).

 Ben's involvement in civic politics builds from his long-standing commitment to social justice and environmental protection. He has volunteered with residents and organizations on grassroots campaigns for worker rights, peace, the abolition of poverty and racism, and protecting our region's forests and farmlands from urban sprawl. Ben's research on housing, regional land use and public education build on this community work. He combines professional and volunteer expertise with hands-on experience working with Victoria's street community as a Housing Support Worker with the Victoria Cool Aid Society.

 Ben lives in the Hillside-Quadra neighbourhood and enjoys spending time with family in the outdoors - hiking, canoeing and backcountry camping. He has travelled to more than 60 countries for work and pleasure, gaining a deep appreciation for the world's diverse cultures and natural beauty.