Canada announces new climate change ambassador

Patricia Fuller will serve as Canada’s climate change ambassdor for the next three years. (Government of Canada)
Canada has named Patricia Fuller as the country’s new ambassador for climate change.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement on Tuesday which was also World Environment Day.

“Climate change is a global challenge that requires a global solution,” Trudeau said in in news release.

“Everywhere, we are seeing the effects of climate change reminding us of the need to act now. Canada’s new Ambassador for Climate Change, Ms. Fuller, is here to lead Canada’s efforts and work in collaboration with the global community to tackle climate change and promote clean economic growth.”

Clean energy & adaptation

Canada’s climate change ambassador is named for a period of up to three years and advises both the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change and the Minister of Foreign Affairs on climate issues.

Fuller was previously Canada’s ambassador to Uruguay (2004 to 2007) and Canada’s ambassador to Chile (2012 to 2015).

She’s also worked at Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada and Natural Resources Canada where she headed the Office of Energy Efficiency and contributed to the development of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, a  national strategy published in 2016 to reduce emissions targets and plan for climate change adaptation.

“I’m very pleased to welcome Patricia Fuller as Canada’s new Ambassador for Climate Change,” said Catherine McKenna, Canada’s minister of environment and climate change, in the news release.

“Canada is proud to work with our international partners to advance climate solutions like phasing out coal, reducing risks from extreme weather and climate impacts, and supporting clean solutions and innovation. We’re all in this together, and international collaboration is essential to make sure we are leaving a healthy environment and a strong economy to our kids and grandkids.”

G7 Summit

Canada will be hosting the G7 summit later this week in Charlevoix, Quebec. Climate change, oceans and clean energy are one of the theme’s of Canada’s G7 presidency.

Write to Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)

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Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is an award-winning journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic news cooperation project. Eilís has reported from the Arctic regions of all eight circumpolar countries and has produced numerous documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the North.

Her investigative report "Death in the Arctic: A community grieves, a father fights for change," about the murder of Robert Adams, a 19-year-old Inuk man from Arctic Quebec, received the silver medal for “Best Investigative Article or Series” at the 2019 Canadian Online Publishing Awards. The project also received an honourable mention for excellence in reporting on trauma at the 2019 Dart Awards in New York City.

Her report “The Arctic Railway: Building a future or destroying a culture?” on the impact a multi-billion euro infrastructure project would have on Indigenous communities in Arctic Europe was a finalist at the 2019 Canadian Association of Journalists award in the online investigative category.

Her multimedia project on the health challenges in the Canadian Arctic, "Bridging the Divide," was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards.

Her work on climate change in the Arctic has also been featured on the TV science program Découverte, as well as Le Téléjournal, the French-Language CBC’s flagship news cast.

Eilís has worked for media organizations in Canada and the United States and as a TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China."

One thought on “Canada announces new climate change ambassador

  • Sunday, June 17, 2018 at 20:14

    Ambassador Patricia Fuller,
    Ever since the first accord was struck I have thought of proven solutions that capture most of any city on this planets emissions, capturing the most co2 ever and on an on going basis, I have tried but have not gotten any help from most every government on this planet, including our Government particularily Minister Catherine McKenna. I have the number one way of capturing emissions and no answers, we have no time left, we need to get going NOW!!
    I have also thought of proven ways to make clean energy from wastes, no answers there.
    I do hope for an answer to save our planet.
    I am a senior and do not have the funds to patent my proven solutions yet I have proto types to prove how well they do work!
    Thank you,
    Gregory Cragg.

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