Minister McKenna was elected as the first female member of Parliament for Ottawa Centre on October 19, 2015, and appointed Minister of Environment and Climate Change shortly thereafter.
She helped negotiate the Paris Agreement and secured Canada’s first plan with provinces, territories and Indigenous peoples to address climate change and grow a clean economy.
Before entering politics, Catherine practised competition and international trade law with leading firms in Canada and Indonesia, and was senior negotiator with the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission on the Timor Sea Treaty.
Minister McKenna will speak on the following:
Our government has made it a priority to protect the environment while growing the economy.
Since taking office in 2015, Canada’s economy has grown by almost 600,000 full-time jobs and our unemployment rate is the lowest its been in 40 years; all this while making historic investments in public transit and the protection of nature and oceans and investing in renewable energy, clean tech and energy efficiency.
Engineers, builders and entrepreneurs are helping show the way to a stronger and cleaner economy. How can we work with private sector partners to build an environmentally resilient economy and create the jobs of the future?