Dr. Christian Holz
Christian is the Executive Director of Climate Action Network Canada. Before joining Climate Action Network Canada in January 2012, Christian completed his PhD thesis at the University of Glasgow wherein he investigated the role of environmental organizations within the United Nations Climate Change negotiations. As part of this research he was an active participant in the political work of Climate Action Network International at these negotiations for many years, especially with regards to the carbon market mechanisms of the Kyoto Protocol. This work included serving as the coordinator of the carbon markets working group of Climate Action Network International. His international experience includes teaching and researching at universities in Germany, Scotland and China and managing a social work project in Siberia. Besides his recently completed PhD, he holds degrees in Sociology (Glasgow, Scotland) and Social Work (Gera, Germany).
Outreach and Administrative Coordinator
Sydney is the Outreach and Administrative Coordinator at Climate Action Network Canada. Before joining Climate Action Network in August 2012, she was a member of We Canada | Ensemble vers le Sommet, a youth-led volunteer initiative formed to represent the voice of Canadians at Rio+20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development 2012. Sydney has a B.A. Hon. in Public Affairs and Policy Management with a specialization in International Studies from Carleton University. She completed her undergraduate thesis on global governance and sustainable development with a focus on the Arctic region. Sydney is committed to working with youth and advocacy groups to effectively reach decision makers and facilitate change.
Climate Action Network Canada is also very lucky to count a number of very dedicated volunteers, as well as some fantastic short-term staff and contract resources, on its list of people who make our world go round.
Without doubt though, the single most important contributor to Climate Action Network Canada is our membership!