Hugh Locke

Hugh Locke

Hugh Locke began his professional career directing a nation-wide tree planting program for Katimavik, Canada's national youth service organization, and establishing a foundation and archives related to the work of forester Richard St. Barbe Baker (1889-1982). He went on to spend 20 years in the field of development, working with a wide range of governments, non-governmental organizations, corporations, and United Nations agencies on social, environmental, and economic programs which contributed to the common good. In 2005, he co-founded Yéle Haiti with musicians Wyclef Jean and Jerry Duplessis. Together, they provided emergency relief, employment, education, and environmental services to the people of Haiti. He stepped down as president in early 2011 to launch the Haitian-based Smallholder Farmers Alliance, of which he is co-founder and President. He advises and serves on the boards of a number of Haitian NGOs, and is the author of The Haiti Experiment, released in 2013