Catherine is one of Canada’s foremost climate campaigners, with over 15 years of experience campaigning on environmental issues including 7 years in the heart of the Canadian climate movement.
Catherine joined CAN-Rac Canada in July 2016, after five years leading the energy and climate programs at the Ecology Action Centre, Atlantic Canada’s longest-running environmental advocacy organization. She is also the former Coordinator of the Atlantic Canada Sustainable Energy Coalition (ACSEC).
Catherine is committed to work that confronts climate change head-on, wielding bold and creative strategies. She thinks a lot about citizenship, community, and beauty, and does her best to incorporate these values in all that she does.
An accomplished public speaker, Catherine has been honoured to share the stage with some of Canada’s leading environmental thinkers including David Suzuki and Maude Barlow. Her commentary has featured in many news outlets including the New York Times, the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, and the Financial Post. She appears frequently on CBC, CTV, Global and other current affairs television and radio programs.
Catherine is a dedicated collaborator and community organizer. In the last decade, she has founded and/or supported the work of nine distinct coalitions, including: the Nova Scotia Coalition for Climate Action (NSCCA), the Nova Scotia Fracking Resource and Action Coalition (NOFRAC), the Maritimes’ Sustainable Energy Transition Initiative, Ladies’ Beverage Room and Friends of the Khyber.
Operations and Outreach Coordinator
Nhattan started working with CAN-Rac in October 2016 after interning the previous year with Climate Action Network International. A veteran of climate change and sustainable development negotiations, he is passionate about network development and coalition building to help build synergies among civil society and strengthen citizen participation in environmental decision-making.
Born and raised in the traditional lands of the Kanienke’haka Mohawk Nation (Montreal), he is fluent in both English and French, with an academic background in geography, development studies, and public participation. When not researching collaborative technologies or methodologies, Nhattan is cycling or frolicking outdoors.
Membership Campaign Coordinator
Teika began working with CAN-Rac in 2017 as the coordinator for ClimaCon and is now revising and augmenting this role as the Membership Campaign Coordinator. 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.
International Policy Analyst
Eddy Pérez started working with CAN-Rac in February 2018 and has almost 10 years of experience campaigning on issues related to climate change, social justice, and citizen participation. He joined the climate movement in 2013 after being trained by Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project in San Francisco. In 2014 he organized a Panamerican project to engage a discussion about climate change realities. In one month he visited 12 countries using only public transportation and met with almost 15,000 people from different parts of the American Continent. This experience motivated him to make climate change his full-time commitment.
Eddy’s past experience includes being the Leadership Corps Coordinator for the Climate Reality Project Canada and working at the IPCC-Secretariat in Geneva while he was completing his Masters in climate governance with a specific focus on the IPCC as an epistemic community and how it affects the participation of underrepresented groups.
He is the Finance Working Group Coordinator for Climate Action Network International and enjoys coordinating policy at international climate conferences and conventions. Eddy likes poetry and attributes his passion to 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”.
Policy Research Intern
Christa started volunteering with CAN-Rac in 2018, working on policy research while completing her Masters in Public Policy in Administration. Following her involvement in Divest U of T’s campaign and attending COP22 as part of the Canadian Youth Delegation, she continues to be interested in domestic and international climate policy, environmental law, and Indigenous rights. She hopes to bridge her background in Chemistry, Environmental Science, and Public Policy to support bold and necessary climate action. She intends to carry these passions into a career in environmental law and will be beginning law school in September 2018. She was born in Sri Lanka but now resides, studies, and works in Toronto, Dish with One Spoon Territory. When she’s not hunched over her computer she is looking for sunshine and trying new recipes.
Director of Finance
Roger joined CAN-Rac as Director of Finances in 2018.