• Staff

Megan Meaney - Executive Director

Megan is recognized by cities across Canada as an authority on municipal sustainability. She has been with ICLEI since 1999, over which time she has held many roles in strategic energy planning, climate mitigation and adaptation, biodiversity, as well as sustainability management. Megan has shared her experiences by serving on steering committees with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Canadian Standards Association, Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Urban Institute and QUEST.

As Director of ICLEI Canada, Megan oversees the governance of the non-profit organization. She holds responsibility for strategic planning, partnership development, and financial systems. The favourite part of her job comes when she talks to ICLEI members; learning about how they are handling the day-to-day nature of the ongoing quest for sustainability in their community.

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Ewa Jackson - Managing Director

Ewa Jackson is a leader in the field of municipal climate adaptation and resilience. Ewa Jackson has worked with municipal governments for over 16 years in the fields of sustainability, public participation, and climate change. She holds degrees from the University of Toronto in environmental management and political science and is currently pursuing her master’s in environment and business. In addition to managing ICLEI Canada’s operational and program activities, Ewa Jackson is project manager for many ICLEI Canada consulting activities and has worked on numerous adaptation and sustainability monitoring and evaluation projects, including those of local, national, and international scope. Ewa Jackson’s particular field of interest is in the area of climate communications, and how effective and targeted communications can be used to move forward with the implementation of adaptive actions. She works with specialists in the field to keep officials at the forefront and responding to the advancements being made. She often speaks publicly on the state of adaptation planning across Canada and internationally.

Craig Brown - Manager, British Columbia Office

Craig is the Manager of ICLEI Canada’s British Columbia office in Victoria, BC. Craig has worked as both a practitioner and a scholar in the fields of climate change adaptation and mitigation, as well as sustainable urban design. He has supported and managed projects at various scales relating to energy, water and GHG benchmarking, building and urban design, flood risk management, climate resilience, green infrastructure, and monitoring and evaluation frameworks, bringing both a technical and non-technical proficiency to these areas. Craig also has significant practical expertise with research design and management, stakeholder engagement, and knowledge dissemination, including publications in academic and non-academic literature. As Manager of the BC Office, Craig supports communities as they progress on climate change action with a focus on both mitigation and adaptation implementation.

Michaël Houle - Manager, Quebec Office

As Manager of the Quebec Office, Michaël coordinates the delivery and development of programming throughout Quebec. He assists the organization in managing and providing general support for ICLEI’s adaptation projects, including the Building Adaptive & Resilient Communities (BARC) Program. He also supports ICLEI’s Executive in the exploration and development of new projects and project funding. Michaël has a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from the University of Montreal, and a Bachelor’s degree in Environment and Development from McGill University. Prior to joining ICLEI Canada, Michaël was the Project Coordinator of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Climate CoLab, a project out of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence. In 2014, he designed and coordinated an international contest recognized by the White House Press as being in line with the United States President’s Climate Data Initiative.

Hana Lapp - Climate Change Project Coordinator (BARC Program Lead) 

As a member of ICLEI’s climate adaptation team, Hana works with numerous Canadian municipalities participating in the Building Adaptive and Resilience Communities (BARC) Program in addition to other capacity-building initiatives. She is an expert in collaborative community vulnerabilty and risk assessments, as well as multi-sector adaptation planning. Providing guidance throughout project planning and implementation, Hana helps Canadian communities effectively respond to the impacts of a changing climate.

Hana also aids in coordinating ICLEI Canada's Membership, and works with ICLEI’s network of local governments to share best practises, tools and resources for achieving sustainability. She has supported the development of new projects, including the Natural Resources Canada Adaptation Library and other adaptation-related platforms. Before working at ICLEI, Hana had experience in the field of international development, and has channeled that interest into numerous projects that tackle the issue of climate change adaptation in the developing world. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from Ryerson University, and is in the process of completing her Master's of Environment and Business at the University of Waterloo.

Christina Schwantes - Climate Change Project Coordinator (Communications Lead) 

Christina helps run ICLEI’s adaptation projects and programs, including the Building Adaptive & Resilient Communities (BARC) and other capacity-building programs. She works closely with municipalities, developing tailored tools and resources to help them complete comprehensive climate change adaptation plans. She is an expert in collaborative community vulnerabilty and risk assessments, as well as multi-sector adaptation planning. Christina also coordinates ICLEI Canada's branding and communications, and organizes a variety of events and workshops, including the annual Livable Cities Forum, which has taken place in cities across Canada since 2011.

In addition, Christina has assisted in developing several resources such as the Get Ready! mobile app, Adaptation Library and climate science reports for municipalities. Before working with ICLEI, Christina has 4 years of experience working in environmental and sustainability planning. She has an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto and a Master's in Environment and Management from Royal Roads University.

Summer Goulden - Climate Change Planner

Summer is a Climate Change Planner with ICLEI Canada’s British Columbia office in Victoria. She works with numerous Canadian municipalities participating in the Building Adaptive and Resilience Communities (BARC) Program, and is responsible for coordinating ICLEI Canada’s work on a variety of local-level climate adaptation research, planning and implementation projects. She has supported and managed projects at various scales relating to renewable energy, water, climate, GHG emissions, green infrastructure and sustainability. Prior to working at ICLEI Canada, Summer gained experience working in the non-profit sector on various climate change issues including grassroots climate adaptation, conservation, climate education, community resiliency, and food security. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies and Political Science from the University of Victoria.

Sarah Shenstone-Harris - Climate and Energy Planner

As Climate and Energy Planner, Sarah contributes to ICLEI’s Community Energy Planning activities, program activities of the Partners for Climate Protection program, and climate mitigation planning and reporting. She also helps in the development and delivery of tools and resources for local governments to build capacity on mitigation strategies and community energy planning. Sarah holds a Master of Science in Environmental Sustainability from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Science from Queen’s University. Prior to working at ICLEI Canada, Sarah worked on climate and energy and other sustainability issues in the NGO and government sectors.

Hiba Kariem - Adaptation and Resilience Project Assistant

As ICLEI’s Adaptation and Resilience Project Assistant, Hiba contributes to implementing climate adaptation and resilience planning projects within local governments. She provides support to Canadian municipalities that are part of the Building Adaptive and Resilient Communities (BARC) program, and assists in the development and delivery of tools and resources to build the knowledge and capacity of cities and stakeholders. Prior to working at ICLEI Canada, Hiba has had experience working in the non-profit sector on various climate change issues including species at risk, grassroots climate adaptation, ocean health, and sustainability concerns. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies and Psychology from the University of Toronto.

Sadaf Kotwal - Climate Change Project Officer

As the Climate Change Project Officer for the Quebec office, Sadaf is coordinating both adaptation and mitigation projects for francophone municipalities, helping them reinforce their resilience and decrease their GHG emissions. She has experience working with environmental and social justice non-profit organizations for advocacy and support for marginal communities, new migrants, and women. Sadaf holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences from McGill University and a double Master’s degree in international Cooperation in Urban Development with a specialisation in Urban Planning from the Université Grenoble Alpes (France) and Technische Universität Darmstadt (Germany).

Lili Gao - Accountant/Bookkeeper

Lili works with the ICLEI Canada team focusing on general accounting and financial reporting. She is responsible for financial transaction processing, annual accounting cycles, statutory and regulatory filings, as well as reports to senior management, funders and governing bodies. Lili has the Certified General Accounting Level 4 designation, as well as a Bachelor of Business Administration from York University and a Business Accounting diploma from George Brown College. Her past work experience in the accounting field includes varied positions in both the private and public sector.

Alicia Cai - Project Assistant

Alicia works on the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) Program, supporting greenhouse gas emissions accounting, reporting and tracking.  She is involved in applied research projects on financing mechanisms to support climate mitigation activities and has also has supporting networking and outreach activities on biodiversity protection.  Alicia is currently completing her Masters of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo.