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Megan Leslie

In a decade we could see Canada among the world leaders in an innovative economy that puts people first and builds inclusive communities that respect nature and live in harmony with nature.

Megan began as head of World Wildlife Fund Canada in December of 2017 after nearly two years at the organization, first as a consultant on oceans governance, then as head of ocean conservation.  

Before joining WWF, Megan was a Member of Parliament, representing Halifax for eight years, during which she was deputy leader of the official Opposition, environment critic and vice-chair of the government committee on environment and sustainable development. 

In Ottawa, Megan introduced a motion and guided its unanimous passage to add plastic microbeads to the list of toxic substances under the Environmental Protection Act.  She also worked across party lines to successfully expedite the passage of a bill to create Sable Island National Park Reserve. 

Megan was born and raised in Kirkland Lake, Ont., where in high school she helped organize against toxic waste coming to her hometown, with placards reading “No, no. We won’t glow.” 

After university and before entering politics, she was a community legal worker and presented at the 2005 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Montreal on the issue of energy poverty.