Mark Hecht is a writer, politician, business owner, teacher, and occasional taunt that likes to poke at soft underbellies.
He was born to an English mother and a German father and raised among the rugged mountains of British Columbia, alongside his brother.
Hecht received degrees from the University of Victoria and the University of Manitoba.
After his formal education he worked briefly as a city planning consultant before shifting gears and moving into the environmental field, predominantly with The Nature Trust of BC. His time in the bush among accomplished biologists, ecologists, native elders and others of great wisdom, left a deep and lasting impression on him that often informed his later writing. At the age of 37 he packed up, left the idyllic resort town of Penticton, and moved to the City of Calgary where he began teaching geography at Mount Royal University. Teaching of undergraduate geography courses earned him the MRU “Award for Excellence in Teaching.“
His published articles can be found in Areo Magazine, Merion West and The Canadian Journal. He has also authored chapters in the award winning Natural Resource Conflicts: From Blood Diamonds to Rainforest Destruction and co-authored an undergraduate science textbook. His own book, The Rules of Invasion, a biogeographical account of how migration patterns in nature mirror human migrations, was launched in 2016.
In 2020, he returned to Vancouver Island where he started an education company and became involved in politics.
Hecht currently lives under some rather large trees and he really likes islands.