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Will Cole-Hamilton (he/him)
Councillor, City of Courtenay, BC / Director, Comox Valley Regional District, BC
Will has been actively involved with Climate Caucus from the outset, as a member of the Steering Committee, as well as serving as Vice-Chair and now Chair of the Board of Directors.  He is also leading our successful Help Cities Lead campaign. Will is a graduate of Queen's University, Dalhousie Law School and UBC, with a background in law and small business. Will was appointed as the CVRD's representative on the Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities Climate Leadership Plan Steering Committee.  During time off he enjoys skiing and cycling with his family.  Will performs stand-up comedy from time to time and is still trying to find the humour in climate change.
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Sharmarke Dubow (he/him)
Councillor, City of Victoria, BC / Human Rights Advocate, BC
Sharmarke Dubow cast his first vote in an election October 20, 2018 and was elected a City Councillor in Victoria, BC — the first Black City Councillor to be elected in Victoria in 152 years. Sharmarke has taken great steps to make life more equitable, inclusive, and affordable for people in Victoria through bringing forward motions on free transit, tenants rights and affordable housing. He continues to champion a just, green and inclusive city. He also sits on various regional service and civic committees. Across all of his work, Sharmarke is an advocate for intentional, inclusive policies, practices, and norms that enable all residents to live, thrive, and contribute fully — including newcomers.
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Ramona Faust (she/her)
Electoral Area Director Regional District Central Kootenay E, BC
Ramona’s  community and family have influenced and supported her as an activist working with others to co-create the West Arm Park, co-found and manage the Harrop-Procter Community Forest and develop the West Kootenay EcoSociety.  Ramona has been elected to the  Regional District of Central Kootenay  four times. She is past chair of the Real Estate Foundation of BC, is on the Columbia River Treaty Local Government Committee, and the Central Kootenay Food Policy Council. The natural world and how we interact with it has always been a priority for Ramona believing that our reverence for nature mirrors our regard for one another. She has hope that her four grandchildren can enjoy a bright future.
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Jennifer Houghtaling
Deputy Mayor, City of Cumberland County, NS
Jennifer is a sculpture artist focusing on artwork that speaks to the climate crisis. Her role as president of the Pugwash Farmers Market for 9 years has allowed her to understand how it is possible to educate and bring the community together to do important work such as lead in renewable energy solutions. By sitting at the Council table Jennifer believes she can bring awareness to those in positions of power. It has been a very eye opening experience so far, and there is endless work to do. Jennifer is very excited to be part of the Climate Caucus board, this community has felt like home to her since day 1.
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Robert Kiley (he/him)
Councillor, City of Kingston, ON
As a founding Climate Caucus board member, and an early author of many Climate caucus resources, I want to bring a degree of institutional memory to the Board and of course to further our goal of being a group of elected local leaders leading on climate. Being an organization for municipal leaders is important to me as climate actions in cities and towns will be a key, if not the key, ingredient in ensuring the world rapidly decarbonizes. Social science teacher by day, city councillor by night, I have a passion for seeing people and places thrive. As the former deputy of leader of the Green Party of Ontario, I am loving the non-partisan municipal political life: I will work with anyone and everyone for a more happy, healthy community.
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Laurence Lavigne Lalonde
Deputy Mayor, Ville de Montréal, QC
Before entering politics in 2013, Laurence worked overseas in project management for Oxfam and the French Red Cross. As deputy mayor, Laurence is  responsible for ecological transition and resilience, and urban agriculture for Montréal.  She has a Master’s degree in International Development and Management from the University of Paris  Sorbonne. Laurence sees that cities as the frontline of climate change - testing laboratories from which solutions emerge, a fertile ground for innovation. As a young citizen of Montreal, as a city councilor, as a woman and as a mother she  cannot let the train pass without taking action. She is  also convinced that the French part of Canada should be represented in this Caucus - climate change impacts  have  no barriers, and we should not either. 
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Mike Layton (he/him)
Councillor, City of Toronto, ON
Mike has been the City Councillor for University-Rosedale since 2010.  He has been a strong voice on City Council to make Toronto a world leader in the fight against climate change. Mike has led the development of a number of creative new initiatives including: Toronto’s Home Energy Loan Program (HELP) funding energy efficiency and renewable energy projects on Toronto buildings, TransformTO, and Toronto’s biodiversity strategy.  Mike  first ran for office to help ensure Toronto was a leader in our collective global effort to stop climate change. He believes cities are unique and central agents of change on many fronts.  Having participated in FCM, and the National Zero Waste Council, he knows first hand how impactful coordinating and sharing across municipalities can be.  
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Jessica A McIlroy (she/her)
Councillor, City of North Vancouver, BC
Jessica McIlroy is passionate about driving change to realize social and climate justice. With over fifteen years of experience in clean energy and climate action, she is continually looking for and creating opportunities to change policy, behaviour and industry practices. Jessica is currently a Councillor with the City of North Vancouver, and sits on the City of North Vancouver Library Board of Trustees, the North Van Arts Council Board of Directors, the Lonsdale Energy Corporation Board of Directors, the Metro Vancouver Climate Action Committee, the BC Municipal Climate Leadership Council, and is Chair of the City’s Climate and Environment Task Force. Ms. McIlroy has held leadership positions with Climate Reality Project Canada, the BC Sustainable Energy Association, Passive House Canada, Marine Renewables Canada, and the BC Women in Energy Network. 
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Melissa Langmaid
Councillor, Town of Strathmore, AB 
Melissa Langmaid is a resident and first-term Councillor of Strathmore, Alberta. Melissa’s educational background is focused on land and water resources, specifically the reclamation and remediation of industrial activities. Prior to being elected, Melissa worked in both environmental consulting and as an environmental advisor for utility projects across Alberta. Melissa is passionate about connecting residents with their local environment and encouraging individuals to consider the environment in their short and long-term decision-making. 

STEERING COMMITTEE

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Megan Curren (she/her)
Councillor, District of North Vancouver, BC / Steering Committee Chair
Megan Curren (she/her) co-designs public policy through a regenerative systems-based framework in response to social and ecological injustice. She is an uninvited and grateful guest on the unceded territory of the sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) peoples in the colonially-named District of North Vancouver where she serves as an elected councillor. Hailing from Planet Earth, and with a background in being human, she seeks to unite with other humans who reject the degenerative, extractive, and exploitative status quo death spiral.
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Melissa Langmaid
Councillor, Town of Strathmore, AB 
Melissa Langmaid is a resident and first-term Councillor of Strathmore, Alberta. Melissa’s educational background is focused on land and water resources, specifically the reclamation and remediation of industrial activities. Prior to being elected, Melissa worked in both environmental consulting and as an environmental advisor for utility projects across Alberta. Melissa is passionate about connecting residents with their local environment and encouraging individuals to consider the environment in their short and long-term decision-making.

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Lori Baldwin-Sands
Councillor, City of St. Thomas, ON
Lori Baldwin-Sands has a proven record of representing the residents of the City of St. Thomas with what
matters most. Fiercely devoted to matters of equality, equity, diversity and inclusion in all city organizations, her leadership provides strong direction and representation for all citizens. As newly elected Chair of the Catfish Creek Conservation Authority, she is dedicated to serving the people in the Catfish Creek watershed to protect the unique nature and scientific interest of the heart of Ontario’s Carolinian Forest. Her other duties include Chair of joint city/county Health Recruitment; Chair for the new Community Centre Task Force; St. Thomas Library Board, and Southwestern Public Health Board member. Recognizing that the root of all community investment lies with government partners, she spends her time building political networks provincially and federally and recently joined a Provincial Political Board as Chair of Membership. Proud grandmother and mother of 3 independent daughters, she and her husband, Doug, enjoy opportunities of spending time in outdoor activities of fishing and birdwatching and share those times with their growing family. 
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Will Cole-Hamilton (he/him)
Councillor 
 
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Ben Geselbracht (he/him)
Councillor, City of Nanaimo, BC
Ben is a Councillor in the City of Nanaimo and Regional Director in Nanaimo Regional District. He has a background in ecology and biology, he is a registered clinical counselor with a master’s degree, and he has previously worked in this capacity at the Brannen Lake Correctional Institute. These experiences lead him to strive for an environmentally sustainable and inclusive community. In 2013, with his partner Larissa and and brother Michael, Ben founded the Mid-Island Community Development Co-op. Their team facilitates community projects that enhance the health and well-being of local neighbourhoods.