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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.

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 16 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.

Anne-Marie Legault

Anne-Marie Legault

Gestionnaire, Bureau du Québec | 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. 

Christina Schwantes

Christina Schwantes

Climate Change Project Coordinator

Christina helps run ICLEI’s adaptation projects and programs, including the Building Adaptive & Resilient Communities (BARC) and other capacity-building programs. She works closely with municipalities, developing tailored tools and resources to help them complete comprehensive climate change adaptation plans. She is an expert in collaborative community vulnerabilty and risk assessments, as well as multi-sector adaptation planning. Christina also coordinates ICLEI Canada’s branding and communications, and organizes a variety of events and workshops, including the annual Livable Cities Forum, which has taken place in cities across Canada since 2011.

In addition, Christina has assisted in developing several resources such as the Get Ready! mobile app, 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 and a Master’s in Environment and Management from Royal Roads University.

Hana Lapp

Hana Lapp

Climate Change Project Coordinator

Hana leads the implementation of ICLEI’s Building Adaptive and Resilience Communities (BARC) Program, and has worked with numerous municipalities throughout Canada to develop localized climate change adaptation plans. By providing guidance throughout project planning and implementation, Hana helps Canadian communities effectively respond to the impacts of a changing climate. She is an expert in collaborative community vulnerability and risk assessments, multi-sector adaptation planning, and stakeholder engagement. She frequently develops and leads workshops and outreach strategies to engage multi-stakeholder groups in the climate change planning process.

Hana also assists in the development of new ICLEI resources and projects, including the Collaborative Implementation Group Case Study Series and Making Strides on Community Adaptation. She aids in coordinating ICLEI Canada’s Membership, and works with ICLEI’s international network of local governments to share best practices, tools and resources for achieving sustainability. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from Ryerson University, and is currently completing her Master’s of Environment and Business at the University of Waterloo.

Sadaf Kotwal

Sadaf Kotwal

Agente de projets en changements climatiques, Bureau du Québec | Climate Change Project Officer, Quebec OFfice

As the Climate Change project officer for the Quebec office, Sadaf is coordinating both adaptation and mitigation projects for francophone municipalities, supporting them in reinforcing their resilience and in reaching their GHG emissions reduction goals. She has a background in urban sustainability and environmental issues, with interests in inclusive ecological transitions and nature-based solutions for climate change adaptation. She has been involved in environmental and social justice non-profit organizations that advocate for marginalized communities, new migrants, youth and community well-being. Sadaf holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences from McGill University and a double master’s degree in International Cooperation in Urban Development with a specialisation in Urban Planning from the Université Grenoble Alpes (France) and Technische Universität Darmstadt (Germany).

Sarah Shenstone-Harris

Sarah Shenstone-Harris

Climate and Energy Planner

As Climate and Energy Planner, 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.

Summer Goulden

Summer Goulden

Climate Change Planner and British Columbia Lead

Summer is a Climate Change Planner and Lead with ICLEI Canada’s British Columbia office in Victoria. She works with numerous Canadian municipalities participating in the Building Adaptive and Resilience Communities (BARC) Program, and is responsible for coordinating ICLEI Canada’s work on a variety of local-level climate adaptation research, planning and implementation projects. She has supported and managed projects at various scales relating to renewable energy, water, climate, GHG emissions, green infrastructure and sustainability. Prior to working at ICLEI Canada, Summer gained experience working in the non-profit sector on various climate change issues including grassroots climate adaptation, conservation, climate education, community resiliency, and food security. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies and Political Science from the University of Victoria.

Hiba Kariem

Hiba Kariem

Climate Change Project Officer

As Climate Change Project Officer, Hiba is coordinating both adaptation and mitigation projects within local governments part of the Building Adaptive and Resilient Communities (BARC) program and the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program. She works closely with Canadian communities throughout the climate change planning process: conducting vulnerability & risk assessments, building GHG inventories, plan development, and implementation. Hiba is also involved in the development and delivery of tools and resources to build the knowledge and capacity of stakeholders and local governments.

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

Alicia Cai

Alicia Cai

Project Assistant

As a Climate and Energy Project Assistant, Alicia works on the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) Program, supporting members on greenhouse gas emissions accounting, reporting and tracking activities. She provides support to Canadian municipalities on their GHG emission inventories, and climate action planning. She has been involved in developing resources to build the capacity of Canadian municipalities, including the PCP Milestone Tool, a resource on financing tools and mechanisms, a resource for small Canadian municipalities, a guidebook on project-level GHG accounting, and the writing and development of National Measures Report. In addition to climate change mitigation work, Alicia also assists in the climate adaptation and resilience planning efforts for Canadian municipalities.

Prior to working at ICLEI Canada, Alicia has had extensive research experience within the academic and governmental sectors, on topics such as community sustainability and green buildings. Alicia holds a Master’s in Sustainability Management from the University of Waterloo, and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Statistics from the University of Toronto.

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.

Our offices

We have three offices across Canada that provide our full range of services.

VICTORIA, BC

Est. 2018

Staff: 2

 

Toronto, Ontario

Est. 1990

Flagship Canada office

Staff: 8

 

MONTREAL, QUEBEC

Est. 2017

Staff: 2

 

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Contact us to learn more about our  network, services, and events.

ICLEI Canada

401 Richmond St W (Suite 204)
Toronto, ON M5V 3A8

+1 647 728 4308

iclei-canada@iclei.org

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