Sustainable Business, Sustainable Environment
Minister of Environment and Climate Change
Government of Canada
Program: 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Hon. Catherine McKenna
The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade is pleased to host the Honourable Catherine McKenna on March 15 for remarks and a moderated Q&A session.
Canada's environment, resources, and economy are intertwined, and nowhere is this more apparent than in British Columbia. As GLOBE Forum 2018 prepares to welcome the world for its 14th Leadership Summit for Sustainable Business, we will welcome Minister McKenna to speak to the urgent priorities shaping — and being shaped by — British Columbia's unique economic and environmental setting.
The world wants what Canada produces, but can resources be brought to market while maintaining — and enhancing — environmental protection of Canada's Pacific coast? How does the Government of Canada's new framework around Environmental Assessments advance the responsible development of Canada's resources?
Join us as we hear from Minister McKenna on these topics and more.
About the speaker:
Catherine McKenna was elected as the first female member of Parliament for Ottawa Centre on October 19, 2015, and appointed Minister of Environment and Climate Change shortly thereafter. She helped negotiate the Paris Agreement and secured Canada's first plan with provinces, territories, and Indigenous peoples to address climate change and grow a clean economy.
Before entering politics, Catherine practiced competition and international trade law with leading firms in Canada and Indonesia, and was senior negotiator with the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission on the Timor Sea Treaty. She co-founded Level Justice, a charity that levels the playing field and increases access to justice for marginalized communities worldwide. She served as Executive Director of the Banff Forum, a public policy organization for young leaders, and taught at the Munk School of Global Affairs.
Catherine is a graduate of the University of Toronto, the London School of Economics, and McGill Law School; and is called to the Bars of Ontario and New York State. Catherine and her husband live in Ottawa with their three children and their dog Skoki. During her free time, she can be found in the water - swimming, canoeing or kayaking.