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Meet the team

80+ combined years of experience in local climate change action

Our staff are experienced environmental professionals with more than 80 years cumulative experience in the municipal, academic, non-profit and private sectors. We have a thorough understanding of the municipal arena and the technical knowledge required to help local governments plan, implement and achieve their sustainability objectives.

Megan Meaney

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.

Megan is member of ICLEI’s global senior management team which includes the Directors of all 14 ICLEI offices from around the world. The team is a great source of inspiration and comradery, and her only wish is that they could get together more often without having to travel thousands of miles and generate excessive GHG emissions.

megan.meaney@iclei.org

Ewa Jackson

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 20 years in the fields of sustainability, public participation, and climate change.

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.

ewa.jackson@iclei.org

 

Anne-Marie Legault

Anne-Marie Legault

Manager, Quebec Office

Anne-Marie Legault is the Manager of the Quebec office of ICLEI Canada. She is in charge of programs and partnership development, as well as operations. Before joining ICLEI Canada, Anne-Marie Legault was programs director at the World Federation of Science Journalists, where she steered science literacy projects in Africa and the EU for journalists.

Anne-Marie has over 18 years project management experience both internationally and in Canada. She has held various positions at the International Development Research Centre in Ottawa and at Équiterre in Montréal. She is committed to capacity building for making societies more sustainable and resilient. She holds a B.Sc in geography from Université de Montréal and a M.Sc in environmental studies at Université du Québec in Montréal. 

Rena Viehbeck

Rena Viehbeck

Climate Change Program Manager

As Climate Change Program Manager, Rena manages primarily adaptation projects alongside ICLEI staff and local and provincial governments.

Before joining ICLEI Canada Rena was the Education Coordinator with the Lakehead Region Conservation Authority where she shared her passion for meaningful engagement and connected community members with the outdoors. Rena also spent several years as the City of Thunder Bay’s Climate Adaptation Coordinator as well as the Sustainability Coordinator. In these roles she led and implemented the ongoing monitoring and implementation of the community’s Sustainability Plan and Climate Adaptation Strategy. Prior to these roles Rena was the City of Thunder Bay’s Urban Forest Program Specialist.

Rena completed her Honours in Biology and Bachelor of Education degrees from Lakehead University in her home-town of Thunder Bay Ontario, where she continues to reside, providing the ICLEI team with a northern perspective.

Curniss McGoldrick

Curniss McGoldrick

Climate and Communication Coordinator

Curniss McGoldrick is a communications expert and an accomplished project manager with first hand experience developing and implementing sustainability and climate adaptation plans. Her career began conducting climate change and stormwater research before joining the City of Thunder Bay as Climate Adaptation Coordinator. Curniss worked with ICLEI from 2013 to 2015 to develop the City of Thunder Bay’s award-winning Climate Adaptation Strategy. She then stepped into the role of Great Lakes Advisor for the Province of Ontario where she led projects to protect and preserve the Great Lakes. Most recently, Curniss’ skills have been enhanced with experience in the communications and marketing field.

As Climate and Communications Coordinator for ICLEI Canada, she is able to draw on her wide range of experience to provide support, guidance, and mentoring for climate change adaptation projects. She also leads ICLEI Canada’s communications and engagement strategy.

Curniss holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Geology and a minor in Geography from Queen’s University. She is passionate about collaboration work that accomplishes meaningful work and ultimately makes a positive impact in our communities.

Hiba Kariem

Hiba Kariem

Climate Change Project Coordinator

As Climate Change Project Coordinator, Hiba works on a wide range of adaptation projects across local, provincial/territorial, and national scales. She contributes to the implementation of ICLEI’s Building Adaptive and Resilient Communities (BARC) program and works closely with Canadian communities throughout the climate change planning process: conducting adaptation assessments (climate science, vulnerability, risk), best practice and action identification, implementation planning, and measuring progress. Hiba also develops and delivers a number of tools and resources to build the knowledge and capacity of local governments and stakeholders in the climate change adaptation space.

She holds an Honours Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies and Psychology from the University of Toronto. Prior to working at ICLEI Canada, Hiba has had experience in the environmental non-profit sector working on species at risk, ocean health, and grassroots environmental initiatives.

Josh Padolsky

Josh Padolsky

Climate Change Project Coordinator

As Climate Change Project Coordinator with the Toronto office, Josh works on a wide range of adaptation and mitigation projects across local, provincial/territorial and national scales. He provides direct support and strategic policy, planning and implementation advice to Canadian municipalities participating in the Building Adaptive and Resilient Communities (BARC) Program as well as coordinates the research and development of a number of climate change related resources and tools.

Prior to working with ICLEI Canada, Josh worked for over 10 years managing, developing and delivering environmental programs and projects with a number of Canada’s leading environmental non-profits. His research and personal interests include earth system sciences, capacity and resilience building, risk and vulnerability assessment and local food systems. Josh holds a Master of Science in Environmental Practice and a Graduate Certificate in the Science and Policy of Climate Change from Royal Roads University; a Bachelor of Education from York University; and a Bachelor of Science in Physical Geography from Trent University.

Adlar Gross

Adlar Gross

Climate Change Project Officer

As a Climate Change Project Officer, Adlar coordinates mitigation projects within the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program, supporting members on greenhouse gas emissions accounting, reporting and tracking activities. He works closely with Canadian communities to develop and provide support on GHG emission inventories, and local climate action planning. Adlar is also involved in developing resources and tools to build the climate change action planning capacity of Canadian municipalities.

Prior to working at ICLEI Canada, Adlar has had research experience within the academic, governmental, non-profit and private sectors in the areas of sustainability, land use planning, community energy planning, renewable energy business models and district energy. He has also studied best practices in Denmark at the University of Aalborg Sustainable Energy Planning and Management program as well as at the Nordic Folkecentre for Renewable Energy. Adlar holds a Master’s in Environmental Studies Planning from York University with a focus on Community Energy Planning.

Claudie Eustache

Claudie Eustache

Climate Change Project Officer, Quebec Office

As a Climate Change Project Officer ffor the Quebec office, Claudie is coordinating both adaptation and mitigation projects for francophone municipalities. She supports them to strengthen their resilience and achieve their GHG emission reduction goals. Claudie has experience in local planning, public participation and sustainability. She believes in the importance of sharing knowledges and supporting local initiatives to induce positive changes in communities and tackling the issues brought by climate changes

Claudie holds a B.Sc. in International studies (concentration in Development) and a Master in Urban Planning from Université de Montréal. She has worked for non-profits in public participation and BIAs, as well as companies involved in the field of carbon management and sustainability solutions. She also has been involved with professional initiatives for the sharing of knowledge and best practices in planning and sustainability, such as Relève en urbanisme and B Local Québec.

Robert Wilson

Robert Wilson

Climate Change Planner

As a Climate Change Planner with the Toronto office, Robert is involved with a host of projects related to climate change adaptation and resilience in Canadian municipalities. He provides support to Canadian municipalities that are part of the Building Adaptive and Resilient Communities (BARC) program, assists in the development and delivery of tools and resources to build the knowledge and capacity of cities and stakeholders, and conducts vulnerability and risk assessments as well as adaptation plan development and implementation.

Robert’s research interests include urban sustainability, land-use planning, urban land economics, and how they contribute to climate change adaptation and community development. Prior to working at ICLEI Canada, Robert has experience working in municipal land-use planning in rural Ontario. Robert holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Calgary, and a Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning from Ryerson University.

Pavils Hawkins

Pavils Hawkins

Climate Change Project Officer

As a Climate Change Project Officer, Pavils consults on a range of climate mitigation projects and supports the development of GHG emission inventories within the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program. In order to help Canadian municipalities formulate and implement their climate action plans, he assists members with emissions accounting, reporting and tracking activities, and develops resources and tools to help build local climate action planning capacity across the country.

For the past 8 years, Pavils has focussed his career around sustainability and recently completed an International Master of Urban Resilience Design and Management at Universitat International de Catalunya. His broad experience ranges from co-managing the Municipalities in Transition project in Europe, that helps municipalities and civil society groups coordinate climate actions through inclusive governance, to installing green roofs across Toronto. Pavils also holds a BA in Sociology from the University of British Columbia.

Collin Neveroff

Collin Neveroff

Climate Change Researcher

Collin is a Climate Change Researcher on the Mitigation team at ICLEI Canada. Working out of the Toronto office, he supports the Partners for Climate Protection program (PCP). He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Marketing Management from the University of Guelph and is working towards completing a Master of Environmental Studies in Sustainability Management degree at the University of Waterloo. As part of his master’s thesis, Collin is conducting a pragmatic and meaningful research project on the measurement, monitoring, and reporting practices of greenhouse gas emissions in Canadian municipalities. The results will generate relevant insights into best practices in the field and offer a reasonable representation of the current state of these practices in Canada, which future studies can utilize.

Before starting at ICLEI Canada, Collin spent over eight years in the marketing and advertising industry. He takes pride in his ability to communicate meaningful messages to any audience. His passion for the environment and social justice landed him in the climate mitigation landscape, where he plans to be a catalyst for helping municipalities reach their climate-related goals.

Lili Gao

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.

Salvatore Quartarone,

Salvatore Quartarone,

Intern

Salvatore is in his fourth year at the University of Toronto, completing a double major in Environmental Studies and Human Geography with a focus in Planning, a minor in Environmental Biology, and a certificate in Sustainability Pathways. He has been involved in his community as an Orientation leader and a Communications Coordinator with the Environmental Students Union at the University of Toronto. He has also worked part-time as an Environmental Management Team Lead with GGL Landscapes. He is passionate about communicating, planning, and implementing climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies. Outside of the office, he enjoys cycling, soccer, tennis, gardening, and playing the piano.

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