CAN-RAC STAFF TEAM!
Acting Executive Director
Caroline is the Acting Executive Director of Climate Action Network Canada. She is also a contributor to L'actualité, Quebec's leading public affairs magazine, where she writes on climate issues, and sits on the Board of Directors of Société de la nature et des parcs Québec. Prior to joining CAN-Rac, Caroline was a climate policy analyst at Équiterre, where she supported the organization's federal and provincial government relations. Previously, she worked as a social impact consultant at Credo, a certified B Corp, advising clients such as the City of Montreal, Hydro-Québec, La Tablée des chefs and Computers for Excellence Canada. In 2018, Caroline represented Canadian youth at the Charlevoix G7 summit.
She holds a master’s in Public Policy from the National University of Singapore and a B. Soc. Sc. in International Studies with a minor in Law from the University of Ottawa. In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor recreation, reading and following Quebec reality TV obsessively.
Programming & Engagement Lead
Lauren joined CAN-Rac in 2019 as Climate Ambition Coordinator, after having spent several years in grassroots climate justice organizing circles in communities across Canada.
Lauren was born and raised on the land of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee, Attawandaron, and Wendat peoples, in what is commonly known as London, Ontario. A graduate of Environmental Studies and Political Science at Mount Allison University in Mi’kma’ki (New Brunswick) Lauren first became involved in climate justice organizing through campus fossil fuel divestment campaigning, organizing Powershift youth convergences, and as delegate to COP 21 and 22 with the Canadian Youth Delegation. Passionate about ensuring we transition to a carbon neutral future in a way that works for all, Lauren is incredibly excited to be working with the Network to bring a Green New Deal to Canada.
Lauren currently resides in Ottawa, on unceded Algonquin territory; when she isn’t in CAN-Rac offices, you can find her organizing with Climate Justice Ottawa, reading a good book in her backyard, or at the nearest cinema.
International Policy Analyst
Pratishtha joined Climate Action Network Canada in February 2021 as International Policy Analyst. Before joining CAN-Rac, she worked in India, as a Project Associate with International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), supporting programs and policy discussions to address challenges to nature and people involving climate change, energy, forests, agriculture, and livelihood. She has engaged with governments, non-profits, corporations and research institutions on building partnerships to enhance nature conservation and climate action.
With a Master’s in Environmental Management from Forest Research Institute of India, Pratishtha comes with several years of research, advocacy and implementation experience in the field of national and international forest, environmental and development policies, restoration, and climate change. She is passionate about the intersection of nature and sustainable development.
Pratishtha is based out of her home office in Toronto and enjoys hiking, travelling, practising yoga and cooking in her free time.
Vicky Coo joined Climate Action Network Canada in May 2021. Vicky is a graduate of the University of King’s College and Dalhousie University in K’jipuktuk (Halifax) where she studied international development and contemporary studies. Vicky has worked with environmental NGOs including Green Cross International as well as with obscure theatre companies and the Canadian Museum of Immigration. Most recently, she worked with the communications team at the Green Party of Canada.
Vicky is fluent in French and currently resides on unceded Algonquin Anishinaabe territory in what is also known as Ottawa. In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor adventures and tries with limited success to keep her plants alive.
Juliet Asikhia joined Climate Action Network Canada in July 2021 as the Operations Lead. Before joining CAN-Rac, she worked as technical advisor for a tech consulting company and volunteered as project coordinator with an environmental organization on unceded Algonquin Anishinaabe territory, currently known as Ottawa. She has worked with the European Union and several Western African Countries (Ghana, Congo and Nigeria) to promote environmental awareness and gender equality.
Juliet holds a Master’s in Environmental Policy and Law (Specialty in Natural Resource Governance) from University of Eastern Finland and a Bachelor’s from Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Finland. She has several years of experience working with not-for-profit and charity organizations in such roles as program and administrative coordinator and project manager to create grassroots environmental and climate change awareness, especially in vulnerable communities. She is passionate about using technology as a tool to create awareness on climate change issues and a sustainable society.
Juliet is based in Ottawa. When she is not working, she spends time with family and making new friends.
Francophone Communities Campaign Coordinator
Leïla Cantave joined CAN-Rac in September 2022. Leïla is a graduate of McGill University, where she studied international development, economics and environmental studies. Her interest in social justice naturally led her to incorporate an intersectional approach into her activism for environmental and climate justice.
Over the past few years, she has focused extensively on the issue of ecological inequality, both nationally and globally. She co-founded the nonprofit organization Black Eco Bloom in 2022 with the goal of promoting Black women’s leadership in the environmental sector and identifying solutions that can support the oppressed groups affected disproportionately by climate change throughout the world.
Leïla is also involved in various community organizations and associations dedicated to the development of Black communities in Quebec, focusing particularly on raising awareness and engaging youth and women in their communities.
Fossil Fuel Supply Campaigns Lead
Emily Lowan joined CAN-Rac in January 2023. Over the past six years, Emily has been embedded in the climate justice movement, implementing change through the leadership of successful campaigns, investigative research, movement building and policy advocacy efforts across Turtle Island. As an organizer, strategist and consultant, she has worked with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives' Corporate Mapping Project, led Divest UVic's successful campaign (2020-21) and convened the National Day to End Fossil Fuel Subsidies (2022).
Emily holds a BA in political science and environmental studies from the University of Victoria. Emily resides in Victoria, on the stolen territories of the lək ̓ʷəŋən and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples. She enjoys icy ocean swims, forest meandering, and toying with creative endeavours.