Mike Bell is a Canadian and retired management consultant living on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. After spending a dozen years in a Roman Catholic monastery and working for a number of years as a priest, he left the formal religious life and began a career specializing in community development.
He first worked in American inner cities and then in resource towns in Northern British Columbia. In 1980, Mike and his family moved to the Canadian Arctic, first to Iqaluit on Baffin Island in Nunavut and then to Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories. For almost thirty years he travelled back and forth across the Arctic working in Inuit and Dene (First Nation) communities.
Mike has a special interest in helping create community climate change cultures. His work has been influenced by two factors: the insights and New Cosmology of Thomas Berry the monk, cultural historian and Mike’s close friend and mentor ; and the earth based culture and spirituality of northern indigenous elders.
In 2006 Mike and his wife moved to the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. Since his retirement in 2008 he has continued to work on climate change issues. He gives periodic workshops on Developing A Functional Spirituality in a Climate Changing World. Mike has an M.A in theology from St. Paul’s University in Ottawa and an M.A. in Communications from the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.