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Catherine McKenna

Founder and Principal, Climate and Nature Solutions; Former Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Prime Minister’s Cabinet, Government of Canada

Catherine McKenna is founder and principal of Climate and Nature Solutions. She chairs the UN secretary-general’s High-Level Expert Group on Net-Zero Commitments of Non-State Entities, is a distinguished visiting fellow at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy, and launched Women Leading on Climate, an initiative to accelerate women’s leadership on climate solutions, at COP26. From 2019 to 2021, McKenna was Canada’s minister of infrastructure and communities. As minister of environment and climate change from 2015 to 2019, she led negotiations of the Paris Agreement and helped negotiate Canada’s first national climate plan, which includes a price on pollution. Before politics, McKenna practiced trade law in Canada and Indonesia, was a legal advisor for the UN Transitional Authority in East Timor, and co-founded Canadian Lawyers Abroad.

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