Catherine is one of Canada’s foremost sustainable energy campaigners, with over 10 years of experience campaigning on environmental issues including 6 years in the heart of the Canadian climate movement.
She joined CAN-Rac Canada in July 2016, after five years leading the energy and climate change mitigation 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 those 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, the Financial Post and VICE. 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 (a female DJ collective) and Friends of the Khyber (a heritage- and arts- preservation society)
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.
In addition to being CAN-Rac’s ClimaCon coordinator, Teika Newton is also the executive director of Transition Initiative Kenora, a member of CAN-Rac and an environmental non-profit focused on climate and energy issues and watershed protection based in Kenora, Ontario. For the past decade, Ms. Newton has worked on community development projects to enhance social, environmental and economic sustainability in the Treaty 3 territory.