MEET THE
CAN-RAC STAFF TEAM!

Teika Newton

Teika Newton

Managing Director

Teika began working with CAN-Rac in 2017 as the coordinator for ClimaCon, continued as the Membership Campaign Coordinator and subsequently the Membership and Domestic Policy Manager, and now works as Managing Director. Teika is thrilled to be able to indulge her passion for meeting people, learning their stories and building relationships in support of lasting, meaningful climate action.

Teika lives in Kenora, ON, a small town on the shores of big, beautiful Lake of the Woods in the heart of Treaty 3 territory. She has spent the past decade working on community development projects to enhance social, environmental and economic sustainability in Treaty 3. The former founding executive director of Transition Initiative Kenora, Teika is also a very active member of the International Joint Commission’s regional watershed board, and devotes a lot of volunteer time to reconciliation and decolonization efforts in Kenora.

In her spare time, she and her husband and their two kids are usually adventuring by ski, paddle, cycle or foot in the wilderness around their off-grid home.

Eddy Pérez

Eddy Pérez

International Climate Diplomacy Director

Eddy Pérez joined Climate Action Network Canada in January 2018 after working in Geneva with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and as a Climate Action Network International consultant.

Eddy is a lecturer at the University of Montreal and teaches Climate justice and international cooperation. Eddy is an expert on climate diplomacy, analyzing and monitoring international climate negotiations from a Canadian and North American perspective.

He chairs the G7 Climate and Energy WG within the G7 Global Taskforce. He sits on the Canadian Domestic Advisory Group (CEDAG) for the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Eddy holds a Master of Science degree from the Institut national de la recherche scientifique du Québec (INRS).

Eddy loves poetry and attributes part of his passion for climate justice to the work of Eduardo Galeano. One of his favourite quotes from this author is: “Recordar, from the Latin records, to pass back through the heart.”

Caroline Brouillette

Caroline Brouillette

National Policy Director

Caroline is the National Policy Director at 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.

Lauren Latour

Lauren Latour

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.

Pratishtha Singh

Pratishtha Singh

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

Vicky Coo

Communications Lead

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

Juliet Asikhia

Operations Lead

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.