Glenn Wright

Farmer, Mechanical Engineer, Lawyer and Advocate of Social Justice

Glenn Wright worked as a mechanical engineer for 20 years before changing careers to become a lawyer. Glenn Wright was called to the bar in 2021 and practices law in Saskatoon, SK at Wardell Gillis. Glenn Wright grew up in Saskatoon as a “city kid” but decided to start farming in 2004. Glenn Wright and his family reside on a farm near Delisle, SK and grow grains, oilseeds, and pulse crops while focusing on reducing their emissions and environmental impact.

Glenn and his family have installed a solar energy system on their farm and are electric vehicle advocates. Glenn heats their house with geothermal energy, and they turned off their natural gas service in 2008. They completed a deep insulation retrofit on their home in 2019 and have reduced their domestic emissions by more than 50% compared to 2006. Glenn and his son even raced the family EVs at the local drag strip in 2021 as part of a demonstration to raise public awareness about EVs in Saskatchewan. Glenn and his son are also in the process of converting a 1980 Dodge truck to electric propulsion.

Glenn changed his farming practices to focus on low-input approaches to reduce reliance on corporate inputs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and manage climate-related and other risks by minimizing input costs. Glenn, being the quirky engineer, estimates that the emissions reductions associated with low-input farming has had an impact that is many times greater than the combined changes made in the household context (insulation, solar, and EVs for transport). Glenn knows from personal experience that policy, collective action, and regulation of industry is what is necessary to mitigate the climate crisis.

Glenn advocates passionately for sustainability, equality, and strengthening our democracy.  He has run as a candidate in several elections. Glenn currently serves as a board member on SaskEV, the Saskatchewan Environmental Society, and the SaskBarley crop commission. Glenn focuses his activism on energy policy, climate change, social justice, and sustainable transition pathways.

Glenn drafted the National Farmers Union Affidavit as part of a joint Intervention in support of the Federal Government of Canada with respect to the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act court challenges pursued by the provincial governments of Saskatchewan, Alberta, Ontario, and New Brunswick

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