CPLC High-Level Assembly Co-Chairs
Minister Catherine McKenna
Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Canada
Catherine McKenna practiced competition and international trade law in Canada and Indonesia and was senior negotiator with the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in East Timor. She also served as senior advisor on the former Chief Justice Antonio Lamer’s review of Canada’s military justice system. Catherine co-founded Canadian Lawyers Abroad, a charitable organization that works in developing countries and with Indigenous communities in Canada. She served as Executive Director of the Banff Forum, a public policy organization for young leaders. Catherine taught at the Munk School of Global Affairs. Catherine has degrees from McGill University and the London School of Economics. She is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the New York Bar.
Catherine was elected on October 19, 2015 and was appointed Minister of Environment and Climate Change on November 4, 2015. Catherine and her husband live in Ottawa with their three children.
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Engie
Gérard Mestrallet is a graduate of École Polytechnique and École Nationale d’Administration. After occupying various positions in the Treasury Department and in the office of the Minister of Economics and Finance, Mr. J. Delors, Gérard Mestrallet joined the Compagnie Financière de SUEZ as a Project Manager. In 1986, he was appointed Executive Vice-President for industrial affairs. In 1991, Gérard Mestrallet was appointed Executive Director and Chairman of the Management Committee of Société Générale de Belgique.
In 1995, he became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Compagnie de SUEZ. Gérard Mestrallet was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GDF SUEZ (now ENGIE) following the merger between SUEZ and Gaz de France on July 22, 2008 until May 3, 2016, the date on which he became Chairman of the Board of Directors of ENGIE. Mr. Mestrallet is also the Chairman of the Paris EUROPLACE Association, honorary Chairman of the Chongqing Mayor’s International Economic Advisory Council, a member of the Shanghai and Beijing International Councils, Director of Tongji University (Shanghai) and Honorary Doctorate of Cranfield University (UK).
Jennifer Austin - Policy Director, We Mean Business
Femke de Jong - Policy Director, Carbon Market Watch
Dirk Forrister - CEO and President, International Emissions Trading Association (IETA)
Marina Grossi - President, Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable Development (CEBDS)
Silke Karcher - Head of Division, European Climate and Energy Policy and New Market Mechanisms, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), Germany
Enrique Lendo Fuentes - Head of International Affairs Unit, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), Mexico
Helen Mountford - Director of Economics at WRI and the Program Director for the New Climate Economy (NCE), World Resources Institute (WRI)
Andres Velasco - Vice-Minister, Ministry of Finance and Public Credit, Colombia
Derya Özet Yalgı - Sustainability Manager, Garanti Bank
WG 3 - Mobilizing Business Support
Lance Pierce, CEO, CDP North America
Maarten Neelis, Associate Director, Ecofys
Marina Matar, Institutional Affairs and Sustainability Director, Abiqium (Brazil)
WG 1 - Fostering Government Leadership
Alexa Kleysteuber, Deputy Secretary for Border and Intergovernmental Relations, California Environmental Protection Agency, California
Rodrigo Pizarro, Chief of Division of information and Environmental Economics, Ministry of Environment Chile, Chile
WG 4 - Communications
Anirban Ghosh, Chief Sustainability Officer, Mahindra
David Hone, Chief Climate Change Adviser, Shell International Ltd.
Juan Ramon Silva Ferrada, Chief Sustainability Officer, Acciona
WG 2 - Building and Sharing Evidence Base
Anthony Cox, Deputy Director, Environment Directorate, OECD
Justine Garrett, Special Advisor to the Director, Environment Directorate, OECD
Michael Grubb, Professor of International Energy and Climate Change Policy University College London
Carbon Pricing in the Maritime Sector
Johannah Christensen, Director, Global Maritime Forum
Tristan Smith, Lecturer in Energy and Transport at the Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources, University College London
Engagement with academics and organizations for research conference
Andrei Marcu, Senior Fellow, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development
Michael Mehling, Deputy Director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research (CEEPR), MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Finance Sector Task Force