Chance of a Lifetime: The Future of Canada-U.S. Cooperation on the Climate Emergency

Feb 22, 2021, 12:15 pm12:15 pm
virtual event over zoom
  • Center for Policy Research on Energy and the Environment
  • High Meadows Environmental Institute
  • Canadian Studies
Open to the public
Event Description

In her own words:
I am the daughter of immigrants who arrived in Canada from the Caribbean in the 1960s. I was engaged with public policy from an early age. My mom still has a photo of me at 12-years old in my Ontario Legislature Page’s uniform, and I can still remember the rallies, protests and strikes that she took me to. I went on to complete a Masters of Public Affairs at Princeton University, a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Ottawa, and am called to the Bar in Ontario. Over the years, I have been honoured to be selected as an inaugural Action Canada Fellow, an Echoing Green Fellow, as a member of the Recruitment of Policy Leaders Program, member of the University of Ottawa Common Law Honour Society and as a recipient of the Harry Jerome Award. 

In the 2019 federal election, I represented the Green Party of Canada as its candidate in Toronto Centre. I ran against the sitting Minister of Finance, Bill Morneau, and challenged the Liberal record of building pipelines while neglecting our local communities. We had the second-best Green result in the Greater Toronto Area, nearly tripling the Green vote in our riding. Until recently, I served as International Affairs Critic in the Green Party of Canada’s Shadow Cabinet, providing advice to our Interim Leader on international issues and helping to guide the development of our foreign policy positions.

A large part of my professional life has been focused in international affairs. I have worked abroad as a Director for a leading conflict prevention NGO in Brussels, as an Advisor at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, and as a Political Officer in Canada’s Mission to the European Union. I co-founded and co-directed BIPP HUB in Barcelona: an innovation hub for international NGOs working on global challenges. I have also served on the Board and advised a number of international NGOs, including the Climate Infrastructure Partnership (CLIP), Higher Education Alliance for Refugees (HEAR) and Institute for Integrated Transitions (IFIT).