This roundtable is open only to currently-enrolled Columbia University students. To register, you must sign in with your UNI.

Please join the Center on Global Energy Policy for a student-only lunch and roundtable discussion with Minister Catherine McKenna, CGEP Distinguished Visiting Fellow and Canada’s former Minister of the Environment and Climate Change.

Minister McKenna will discuss her academic and career histories and current work. Following introductions, we will move into an open conversation. Lunch will be provided.

Biography

Catherine McKenna is Canada’s former Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, and Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. As a member of the Trudeau government, she was a lead negotiator of the Paris Agreement, before introducing and successfully defending landmark legislation that established a carbon price across Canada. She also led efforts to phase out coal, reduce plastics in oceans and waterways, made historic investments in public transit and green infrastructure including by leveraging private sector investment, and doubled the amount of nature protected in Canada in partnership with Indigenous Peoples.

Before entering politics, she worked as a competition and trade lawyer in Canada and Indonesia and served as a senior negotiator with the United Nations peacekeeping mission to East Timor. She also co-founded the charitable organization Level Justice and ran the Banff Forum.

A mother of three, today she is focused on scaling climate and nature solutions to drastically reduce global emissions by 2030 including by empowering women and girls and through public-private partnerships. She launched Women Leading on Climate (www.womenleadingonclimate.org) at COP26.

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Registration is required. This roundtable is open only to currently-enrolled Columbia University students. To register, you must sign in with your UNI.

This event will be hosted in person and capacity is limited. We ask that you register only if you can attend this event in its entirety.

For more information about the event, please contact [email protected].