Virtual Event: The Honourable Catherine McKenna
Canada’s Minister of Infrastructure & Communities
” Resilience and Regeneration: Building out of a Pandemic and into a More Inclusive Low-Carbon Economy “
Nov 10, 2020
The most devastating global pandemic in a century is more than a health crisis. It has damaged economies, cost jobs and widened existing social inequalities. But it has also illustrated the strength of Canada’s communities, the critical importance of resolute government action, and our willingness to help one another build back better. Smart public infrastructure investments create good jobs, help people and neighbourhoods most in need, and build sustainable, resilient communities for the low-carbon economy of the 21st Century.
Join Canadian Club Toronto as the Honourable Catherine McKenna takes our podium to discuss this and other topics from her portfolio.
Catherine McKenna, Canada’s Minister of Infrastructure & Communities
In 2015, Catherine McKenna was elected the first female Member of Parliament for Ottawa Centre and appointed Minister of Environment and Climate Change.
In both roles, Catherine earned a reputation as a skilled negotiator and tenacious community builder. A champion for Ottawa Centre, Catherine is most proud of the results she has achieved to date for residents in her riding, including securing federal funding for the new Flora Crossing, Ottawa LRT Phase 2, the new ‘super library’, more summer jobs for students, more affordable housing, and investments to help grow the local economy and create good jobs.
As of October 2019, Catherine was re-elected as the Member of Parliament for Ottawa Centre and appointed as Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. As Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, she is working towards building a more resilient, cleaner, more prosperous country and creating a better future for our kids and grandkids.
A mom of three, Catherine is a long-time resident of the Glebe.
As M.P. for Ottawa Centre and in her Ministerial role, Catherine also led federal actions to protect the Ottawa River, make local buildings more energy-efficient, put a national a price on pollution and ban single-use plastics, by 2021. Catherine previously worked as a lawyer in Canada and Indonesia, was a negotiator with the UN mission in East Timor, taught at the Munk School of Global Affairs and co-founded Level Justice, a charitable organization. Earned degrees from the University of Toronto, the London School of Economics and McGill Law.