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Unceded Algonquin Anishinaabe Territories [OTTAWA], 28 September 2021:
Today, the Board of Directors of Climate Action Network – Réseau action climat Canada (CAN-Rac) announced its choice of Shannon Franssen as the new Executive Director. At a pivotal moment for climate action in Canada, Ms Franssen will be at the helm of the country’s farthest-reaching network of organizations working on climate and energy issues.
Ms Franssen brings to this role decades of organizing at the grassroots level, community advocacy, and creating people-based solutions to inequities and injustices of all kinds. She is an experienced non-profit administrator, an accomplished facilitator and an innovative campaigner, with a passion for coalition-building, strategic planning and leading discussions that result in collective action. Since 2010, she has led Solidarité Saint-Henri, a Community Development Corporation in Montreal that brings together local stakeholders and government to build a more sustainable and socially just community. Ms. Franssen is a second-generation settler and lives with her family in Tiohtià:ke on unceded Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) Nation lands known as Montreal.
“I’m honoured to be joining the internationally recognized team at Climate Action Network Canada,” said Ms Franssen. “I hope to build on the important work of CAN-Rac’s members, staff and my predecessor as we face a crucial decade in which collective action will be key to fighting the climate crisis.”
“As the urgency to respond to accelerating climate change reveals to us the interconnectivity of climate and social justice, Shannon’s passion, skills and experience will help guide our network towards the vision of a just and sustainable recovery and a just transition to a liveable future,” added Joy Kennedy, Chair of the Board of Directors.
The CAN-Rac Board and network are excited to welcome Ms Franssen when she begins her new role on October 4.
Climate Action Network – Réseau action climat Canada is a coalition of more than 130 organizations operating from coast to coast to coast. Our membership brings environmental groups together with trade unions, First Nations, social justice, development, health and youth organizations, faith groups and local, grassroots initiatives.
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Vicky Coo, communications lead