Merran Smith is a champion for a reduced carbon Canada. The founder and leader of Clean Energy Canada at Tides Canada was instrumental in ensuring the dual imperatives of fighting climate change and transitioning the nation to a lower carbon economy are included in the draft Canadian energy strategy. It was Merran’s tireless efforts to mobilize a broad and diverse group of stakeholders that kept the initiative alive. She and her team convinced policy makers that energy and carbon are two sides of the same coin. Merran has a long track record of forging groundbreaking partnerships between unlikely bedfellows.