Chair, UN High-Level Expert Group on Net-Zero Commitments of Non-State Entities
Former Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Infrastructure, Canada
Catherine McKenna is Canada's former Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister of Infrastructure. She is Principal of Climate and Nature Solutions, chaired the UN Secretary General’s Expert Group on Net-Zero, is a Distinguished Fellow at Columbia University and launched Women Leading on Climate.
As Minister of Environment and Climate Change, she was a lead negotiator of the Paris Agreement, negotiated Canada’s climate change plan including a coal phase out and price on carbon, brought in a new Impact Assessment Act for major projects and doubled the amount of nature protected in Canada.
Internationally she co-founded the Powering Past Coal Coalition and the Ministerial on Climate Action. As Minister of Infrastructure, she made historic investments in sustainable infrastructure including leveraging private sector investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
Prior to entering politics, Catherine practiced law in Canada and Indonesia, was a lead negotiator with the UN Peacekeeping Mission to East Timor and founded Level Justice.