Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Parliament of CanadaWithin just days of taking office as Canada’s first Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Catherine – who was formerly a trade lawyer – represented Canada at COP 21 in Paris, where she helped forge a historic international agreement to limit global average temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius.
After Paris, she led Canada’s efforts to implement a made-in-Canada climate plan. The plan includes measures to price carbon pollution across the country, invest in clean technologies, phase out coal-fired electricity, increase the use of renewable energy, and invest in emissions-free vehicles.
Catherine has also fought to protect Canada’s vast lands and oceans. This year, she announced that the federal government would expand Canada’s largest marine conservation area in Lancaster Sound/ Tallurutiup Tariunga – a vast swath of ocean that is home to Beluga and bowhead whales, polar bears, seals, and Arctic cod.
Deputy Grand Chief, Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN)Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) territory encompasses a land mass of approximately 544,000 square kilometers, two-thirds of the area of Ontario, and includes one of the world’s largest carbon sinks. Derek spearheaded NAN’s Kanimayakiiwebuk (As Things Change) climate change initiative – traveling extensively across NAN territory to educate and coordinate on mitigation and adaptation efforts. He utilized social media to bridge geographic challenges, engaging NAN’s 49 First Nation communities in series of challenges and rewards to promote Earth Day by connecting with 65,000 people via Facebook. Through keynote addresses and presentations at Queen’s Park and across the Province, he has enhanced awareness of the impacts of climate change on First Nations and advocates for traditional ecological knowledge to be incorporated in climate change legislation.
Member of Parliament Vancouver Quadra, Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board, Parliament of CanadaEven before the Liberals won the last Federal election, Joyce was finding ways to make government greener, right under Stephen Harper’s nose, engaging multiple stakeholders and five embassies in a successful international conference on Climate Change, Security & Defence. And before that, as BC’s provincial environment minister, she set the stage for BC’s carbon tax and climate leadership in the early 2000s. Since assuming office 2 years ago, while others have focused on national environmental policies, Joyce has focused her considerable talents and understanding on the largest employer, landlord and purchaser in Canada – the Federal government - working across bureaucratic and ministerial silos to develop a framework for achieving greater GHG reductions across operations, with strong support from Treasury Board President Hon. Scott Brison. Her work contributed to new targets of 40% reduction by 2030, and 100% clean energy supply by 2025 for Public Services and Procurement Canada managed buildings. Her collaboration across departments, and with provincial, municipal, academic and American climate leaders, informed the creation of a new Centre for Greening Government (CGG) within the Treasury Board Secretariat. Its mandate is to develop and leverage partnerships, track reductions, coordinate efforts and drive government’s low-carbon results.