Joyce Murray first joined the environmental movement as co-founder of an international reforestation company, Brinkman and Associates Reforestation Ltd., in 1979. She entered provincial politics in 2000, serving as BC’s first-ever Minister of Water, Land and Air Protection from 2001 to 2004. In that role, she oversaw the process by which Spruce Lake Protected Area was named a provincial park, and helped lead talks with the Heiltsuk First Nation that led to the co-management of the Hakai Luxvbalis Conservancy Area. She has served as President of the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME), and as vice-chair of the Liberal Caucus Committee on Environmental Sustainability. In 2013, Murray ran for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada, during which she received environmental icon David Suzuki’s endorsement as an environmental champion.