Andrea Peart is the CLC’s National Representative of Health, Safety and Environment with the Canadian Labour Congress having previously worked in both the Women’s Department and Government Relations. Before joining the CLC, Andrea ran Andrea Peart Consulting, was an organizer with the federal New Democratic Party of Canada and prior to that, she was the Director of Health and Environment with the Sierra Club of Canada. Andrea is currently the co-chair of the Green Economy Network and is the chair of the board of Climate Action Network Canada. Andrea lives in Ottawa.
Brent R. Kopperson is the founder and Executive Director of Windfall Ecology Centre, a non profit social enterprise dedicated to building sustainable communities. The creation of Windfall was inspired by a vision of healthy communities, where economic, social, and environmental needs achieve balance through social innovation, community partnership, and community action.
Brent is a founding Director and former Chair of the Community Power Fund, a founding Director and Chair of the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA), the former Chair of Green Communities Canada, a founding Director of the Canadian Renewable Energy Alliance and past Director of the World Wind Energy Association.
Mr. Kopperson is a keen observer and participant in the Kyoto process and served for 3 years as an NGO adviser to the Canadian government at United Nations Kyoto Protocol treaty negotiations. Brent also has a significant record of accomplishment in Business, Organization Development, and Community Service. He was born and raised on Vancouver Island and obtained an Honours Degree from the Schulich School of Business at York University in 1978.
Clare Demerse manages policy engagement on federal and national issues for Clean Energy Canada. Her work is focused on renewable energy, climate policy and sustainable transportation. Before joining Clean Energy Canada, Clare worked on federal climate policy with the Pembina Institute, was a Gordon Foundation Global Fellow and is a current fellow of the Broadbent Institute. Clare holds a master’s degree in journalism from Carleton University. She is based in Ottawa.
Equiterre cofounder and deputy director Steven Guilbeault is an environmentalist who has focused on climate change since the early ‘90s. He worked for Greenpeace Canada and Greenpeace International for ten years, was senior advisor for Deloitte and Touche, and has contributed to such media outlets as the Métro newspaper, Radio-Canada, La Presse and Corporate Knights Magazine.
Throughout his career, Steven, who co-chaired Climate Action Network International for five years, has attended the majority of UN climate meetings – an experience that in 2009 served as the topic for his first book.
He is a member of Quebec’s Cercle des Phénix, an honorary society for environmentalists, and an honorary fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. French newspaper Le Monde has called him one of the world’s top 50 players in sustainable development.
In 2012, the Université de Montréal awarded him its medal for lifetime achievement, a rare distinction shared by the likes of Christopher Reeve and Oliver Jones.
Gaile Whelan-Enns has spent much of the past twenty years working for protected areas establishment, including a new national park and 5 million hectares of protected areas plus significant changes in Manitoba legislation and policy. This campaign role was with World Wildlife Fund Canada and Nature Canada. She has many years experience in public interest research for licensing of projects on public lands and waters, including three sets of Manitoba Hydro hearings.
Ms. Whelan-Enns has participated on many non-profit boards in social services, youth agencies, daycares, libraries, museums, environmental organizations and unions. She is currently the director of Manitoba Wildlands, a former Sierra Club Canada board member and volunteer, and a three time member of the Board of Climate Action Network Canada.
Ms Whelan-Enns is principal of Whelan Enns Associates Inc., a social enterprise where she employs next generation environmentalists and is surrounded by dedicated twenty- and thirty-something Canadians!
Leslie works to strengthen Environment Northeast (ENE)’s partnerships with Canadian organizations and institutions and to promote innovative energy efficiency, renewable energy, and emissions-reduction policies in Eastern Canada and at the federal level. Leslie has represented ENE at House of Commons and Senate Standing Committee hearings regarding U.S. greenhouse gas emissions regulatory programs and energy policy, and represents ENE at New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers (NEG-ECP) forums. Originally from Prince Edward Island, Leslie previously worked for the Environmental Coalition of PEI, where she directed the group’s energy project. She currently serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of Climate Action Network Canada-Réseau action climat Canada (CAN-Rac). Leslie holds an MSc in Environmental Economics from the University of London, Imperial College and a BSc from Mount Allison University.
A retired Adult ESL teacher and former Unitarian lay chaplain, Margaret continues to champion the rights of refugees and immigrants. She is a member of the Southern Ontario Sanctuary Coalition, a member-at-large of the Canadian Sanctuary Network, Vice President of Canadian Unitarians for Social Justice (CUSJ) and Chair of the CUSJ Chapter at Toronto First Unitarian congregation.
As Member of the Board of COMER (Committee on Monetary & Economic Reform), Margaret has helped launched a lawsuit against the federal government for failure to enact the Bank of Canada Act while promoting global corporate interests over the public interest and the protection of the environment. The human and environmental costs of the so-called ‘free market’ system are not only intolerable but ecocidal.
As member of ClimateFast, Margaret is committed to a first of the month fast and annual food/carbon fast on Parliament Hill. Climatefast petitions the public at large and recruits MPs and Senators to sign a pledge to work towards ending fossil fuel subsidies, to putt a price on carbon and to develop a renewable energy plan for Canada.
As member and temporary Board replacement of the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, with consultative status at the United Nations, Margaret promotes a culture of peace and conflict resolution.
Margaret also facilitates a monthly Sacred Circle Dance group at the First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto and sings in the church choir.
“If I can’t dance to it, it’s not my revolution.” – Emma Goldman, American feminist & anarchist
Patrick Bonin has worked as a climate change expert for nearly 10 years. He holds a Masters in Environmental Science from the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQÀM) and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Sherbrooke. In 2005, he began his environmentalist work as a spokesman for the Québec-vert-Kyoto Coalition. From 2007 to 2008, he was responsible for managing the Projets Saint-Laurent agency for Earth Day Quebec. Patrick Bonin was named Environmentalist of the Year at UQÀM in 2005 and won two Phenix Environment awards (2004 and 2011). He participated in the Rio +20 UN conference as well as several international UN climate change meetings. Director of Climate and Energy Campaign for the Association Québécoise de Lutte Contre la Pollution Atmosphérique (AQLPA) for four years , Patrick Bonin has also served on several boards of directors and committees concerned with environmental and sustainable development issues.
Rita is Co-Chair and a co-founder of Green 13, Toronto Ward 13 residents concerned about the impact humans are having on our climate and environment. Green 13’s goals are to increase public awareness about climate and other environmental concerns, to encourage public discourse on sustainability, to advocate for policy and behavioural change, and to build resilience in the community.
Green 13 has partnered with Project Neutral to help older Toronto neighbourhoods find a pathway to a low carbon future. Together, the organizations work to help people in Ward 13 measure their carbon emissions and identify concrete steps to reduce their carbon footprint. Larger change requires more organized effort. The orgaizations are engaging with educators and leaders in the renewable and energy efficiency sectors to find solutions that go beyond the individual level.
Green 13 initiated SaveOurAsh as part of its work in caring for the urban forest. The severe damage caused by the 2013 Central and Eastern Canada ice storm brings fresh challenges which Green 13 hopes to address in collaboration with various other community groups.
Green 13 is a member of both Climate Action Network Canada and Toronto Climate Action Network. Green 13 has initiated a network of community-based groups in Toronto to collaborate on climate preparedness, given what is known through Toronto’s Future Weather and Climate Driver Study, and through last summer’s storms as well as December’s ice storm.
Rita has been on the Steering Committee of the Green Awakening Network since its inception, and is currently a board member of Science for Peace, as well as an active participant in ClimateFast.
Catherine Abreu is dedicated to positioning Atlantic Canada as a national leader in sustainable energy policy. As Energy Coordinator of the Ecology Action Centre, Catherine designs and manages campaigns focused on maintaining the province’s singular commitment to energy efficiency, developing Nova Scotia’s renewable energy sector, and phasing out coal-fired electricity generation. Catherine is also Regional Coordinator of the Atlantic Canada Sustainable Energy Coalition (ACSEC), which harmonizes the energy and climate -related objectives of ENGOs in each of the Atlantic Provinces. ACSEC’s current commitments include transitioning the region from fossil fuel dependence, developing an Atlantic Canadian sustainable transportation strategy, and enhancing integration of electricity systems.
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 into each of her endeavors. Catherine was a community organizer and coalition-builder while completing degrees in Anthropology and Environmental Policy at the University of Toronto. She simultaneously worked as project manager for one of Canada’s top environmental scientists. Prior to beginning her work with EAC and ACSEC, she founded the Nova Scotia Coalition for Climate Action and coordinated several multi-disciplinary conferences on issues related to climate change. Catherine authored the recently-released report Electricity and Nova Scotia’s Future: Hurdles and Opportunities.
Born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Cameron grew up splitting time between the Rocky Mountains and the northern prairies. He developed a passion for being an organizer as a teenager in the Edmonton music scene, starting both a promotion company and record label, and connecting music with grassroots movements for social and environmental justice. After moving to Montreal to study at Concordia University, Cameron became increasingly involved in youth climate organizing, becoming the National Director of the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition in early 2011 where he currently coordinates projects, such as PowerShift Canada and the Fossil Free Canada Divestment campaign.
Devika is a senior advisor to the Pembina Institute, with a focus on clean energy economy initiatives within the federal sphere. She also spent five and a half years as director of strategic relationships for the institute, focused on building Pembina’s network of external relationships, attracting philanthropic support to the organization and enlisting key influencers to serve as “ambassadors” for Pembina’s policy solutions. For example, she was part of the Pembina team that produced “Competing in Clean Energy: Capitalizing on Canadian innovation in a $3 trillion economy.”
Prior to joining the organization, Devika was chief development officer, international, at the York University Foundation, where she was responsible for raising funds in support of the university’s internationalization initiatives. Devika also spent more than three years with KCI Philanthropy, Canada’s largest fundraising consultancy, where she worked with a diverse range of clients within the not-for-profit sector.
Devika has an MBA from York University’s Schulich School of Business and a B.Sc. from the University of Toronto.
Lynn McDonald is university professor emerita at the University of Guelph and director of the Collected Works of Florence Nightingale. This is a 16-volume series of Nightingale’s writing, now all published (2001-12), with ebbooks. McDonald is the author of three earlier books on sociological theory, two of them with a focus on women theorists: The Early Origins of the Social Sciences, 1993, Women Founders of the Social Sciences, 1994 and Women Theorists on Society and Politics, 1998, also numerous papers and books in political sociology, criminology, status of women and environmental issues. She is a former MP, serving 1982 to 1988 (the first “Ms” in the House of Commons), variously as Justice, Communications and Culture and Environment critic for the NDP caucus. She is a former president of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women, then Canada’s largest women’s organization. An environmentalist, she is co-founder of JustEarth: A Coalition for Environmental Justice and is a member of the Board of Directors of Climate Action Network Canada. She has an honorary doctorate from York University. On her Nightingale work see http://www.uoguelph.ca/~cwfn/ on climate change see www.justearth.net.
Julia Sanchez is President-CEO of the Canadian Council of International Co-operation (CCIC) since August 2011. Before joining CCIC, Julia was the National Campaigns Director for the Global Campaign for Climate Action (GCCA), known as the “tcktcktck” campaign. She has extensive experience in top‐level international development management, including many years working in developing countries (Bolivia, Guatemala, Nepal and India) and with numerous Canadian and international partners and donors.
Julia has designed and managed programs in areas such as humanitarian assistance, reconstruction, governance, democratic development, community-based economic development, international volunteering and, more recently, campaigning on climate change.
She holds two degrees from McGill University in Political Science and Economics (1985) and an MA in Economics (1996). Her specialization is in international and development economics.