• Staff

Megan Meaney - Executive Director

Megan is recognized by cities across Canada as an authority on municipal sustainability. She has been with ICLEI since 1999, over which time she has held many roles in strategic energy planning, climate mitigation and adaptation, biodiversity, as well as sustainability management. Megan has shared her experiences by serving on steering committees with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Canadian Standards Association, Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Urban Institute and QUEST.

As Director of ICLEI Canada, Megan oversees the governance of the non-profit organization. She holds responsibility for strategic planning, partnership development, and financial systems. The favourite part of her job comes when she talks to ICLEI members; learning about how they are handling the day-to-day nature of the ongoing quest for sustainability in their community.

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Ewa Jackson - Managing Director

Ewa Jackson is a leader in the field of municipal climate adaptation and resilience. Ewa Jackson has worked with municipal governments for over 16 years in the fields of sustainability, public participation, and climate change. She holds degrees from the University of Toronto in environmental management and political science and is currently pursuing her master’s in environment and business. In addition to managing ICLEI Canada’s operational and program activities, Ewa Jackson is project manager for many ICLEI Canada consulting activities and has worked on numerous adaptation and sustainability monitoring and evaluation projects, including those of local, national, and international scope. Ewa Jackson’s particular field of interest is in the area of climate communications, and how effective and targeted communications can be used to move forward with the implementation of adaptive actions. She works with specialists in the field to keep officials at the forefront and responding to the advancements being made. She often speaks publicly on the state of adaptation planning across Canada and internationally.

Craig Brown - Manager, British Columbia Office

Craig is the Manager of ICLEI Canada’s British Columbia office in Victoria, BC. Craig has worked as both a practitioner and a scholar in the fields of climate change adaptation and mitigation, as well as sustainable urban design. He has supported and managed projects at various scales relating to energy, water and GHG benchmarking, building and urban design, flood risk management, climate resilience, green infrastructure, and monitoring and evaluation frameworks, bringing both a technical and non-technical proficiency to these areas. Craig also has significant practical expertise with research design and management, stakeholder engagement, and knowledge dissemination, including publications in academic and non-academic literature. As Manager of the BC Office, Craig supports communities as they progress on climate change action with a focus on both mitigation and adaptation implementation.

Michaël Houle - Manager, Quebec Office

As Manager of the Quebec Office, Michaël coordinates the delivery and development of programming throughout Quebec. He assists the organization in managing and providing general support for ICLEI’s adaptation projects, including the Building Adaptive & Resilient Communities (BARC) Program. He also supports ICLEI’s Executive in the exploration and development of new projects and project funding. Michaël has a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from the University of Montreal, and a Bachelor’s degree in Environment and Development from McGill University. Prior to joining ICLEI Canada, Michaël was the Project Coordinator of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Climate CoLab, a project out of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence. In 2014, he designed and coordinated an international contest recognized by the White House Press as being in line with the United States President’s Climate Data Initiative.

Michael Dean - Climate & Energy Program Coordinator

As Climate and Energy Program Coordinator for ICLEI Canada, Michael is responsible for coordinating ICLEI Canada’s work on a variety of local level mitigation and energy planning projects. Michael has been involved in the development of Community Energy Plans using GIS and mapping expertise, data collection, analysis, and research as well as through developing emissions reductions scenarios.   Michael is also involved in coordinating technical activities related to the Partners for Climate Protection program, including providing technical guidance to municipalities building emissions inventories, reviewing milestone applications, and assisting in the development of research publications and developing climate change actions planning and scenario building tools.  Michael has developed the methodology for metrics and indicator tracking in the past two annual PCP Measures Reports.  In addition, he helps communities to track the impact of their climate action plans through indicator and qualitative reporting.

Hana Lapp - Adaptation and Resilience Planner

As a member of ICLEI’s climate adaptation team, Hana works with numerous Canadian municipalities participating in the Building Adaptive and Resilience Communities (BARC) Program. By providing research, planning and implementation assistance, Hana helps communities effectively respond to the impacts of a changing climate.

Hana also aids in coordinating ICLEI’s Membership communication, and works with ICLEI’s network of local governments to share best practises, tools and resources for achieving sustainability. She has supported the development of new projects, including the Natural Resources Canada Adaptation Library and other adaptation related platforms. Before working at ICLEI, Hana had experience in the field of international development, and has channeled that interest into numerous projects that tackle the issue of climate change adaptation in the developing world. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from Ryerson University, and is in the process of completing her Master's of Environment and Business at the University of Waterloo.

Christina Schwantes - Adaptation and Resilience Planner

As an Adaptation and Resilience Planner, Christina helps run ICLEI’s flagship adaptation program, Building Adaptive & Resilient Communities (BARC). She works closely with municipalities participating in BARC, developing tailored tools and resources to help them complete comprehensive climate change adaptation plans. Christina has extensive experience in event management, and is also a conference organizer for ICLEI’s annual Livable Cities Forum, which has taken place in cities across Canada since 2011.

In addition, Christina has assisted in developing other resources such as the Adaptation Library and climate science reports for municipalities. Before working with ICLEI, Christina has 4 years of experience working in environmental and sustainability planning. She has an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

Sarah Shenstone-Harris - Climate and Energy Project Assistant

As Climate and Energy Project Assistant, Sarah contributes to ICLEI’s Community Energy Planning activities, program activities of the Partners for Climate Protection program, and climate mitigation planning and reporting. She also helps in the development and delivery of tools and resources for local governments to build capacity on mitigation strategies and community energy planning. Sarah holds a Master of Science in Environmental Sustainability from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Science from Queen’s University. Prior to working at ICLEI Canada, Sarah worked on climate and energy and other sustainability issues in the NGO and government sectors.

Hiba Kariem - Adaptation and Resilience Project Assistant

As ICLEI’s Adaptation and Resilience Project Assistant, Hiba contributes to implementing climate adaptation and resilience planning projects within local governments. She provides support to Canadian municipalities that are part of the Building Adaptive and Resilient Communities (BARC) program, and assists in the development and delivery of tools and resources to build the knowledge and capacity of cities and stakeholders. Prior to working at ICLEI Canada, Hiba has had experience working in the non-profit sector on various climate change issues including species at risk, grassroots climate adaptation, ocean health, and sustainability concerns. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies and Psychology from the University of Toronto.

Alicia Cai - Project Assistant

Alicia works on the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) Program, supporting greenhouse gas emissions accounting, reporting and tracking.  She is involved in applied research projects on financing mechanisms to support climate mitigation activities and has also has supporting networking and outreach activities on biodiversity protection.  Alicia is currently completing her Masters of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo.

Lili Gao - Accountant/Bookkeeper

Lili works with the ICLEI Canada team focusing on general accounting and financial reporting. She is responsible for financial transaction processing, annual accounting cycles, statutory and regulatory filings, as well as reports to senior management, funders and governing bodies.

Lili has the Certified General Accounting Level 4 designation, as well as a Bachelor of Business Administration from York University and a Business Accounting diploma from George Brown College. Her past work experience in the accounting field includes varied positions in both the private and public sector.

While Lili is usually found working, she can occasionally be caught relaxing in her beautiful backyard garden.