From: Issue 46

Top women in sustainability

3 December, 2013

We celebrate the women in Canada who are showing extraordinary leadership on sustainability, clean technology and social innovation. Their perspective and persistence are leading to positive change.

Kathy Bardswick

CEO, The Co-Operators Group

AS CEO For the past 11 years, Bardswick has pushed both to reduce the company's footprint and introduce sustainability-focused insurance products.

Tzeporah Berman

Author, Environmentalist

The executive director and co-founder of ForestEthics also works as a strategic advisor to dozens of environmental, First Nation and philanthropic groups.

Lisa DeMarco

Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright

One of the principal carbon transaction lawyers in the international market, DeMarco plays an active role in the drafting of energy and GHG emissions policy and law.

Julia Langer

CEO, Toronto Atmospheric Fund

Langer has worked to advance the organization's climate solutions mandate while managing its endowment. She previously served as a director of the World Wildlife Fund.

Emmie Leung

Founder and CEO, Emterra

A leader in recycling and waste diversion in Canada, Leuna has grown her one-woman shop into one of the most sustainability minded businesses in Canada.

Elizabeth May

Federal Leader, Green Party of Canada

The former director of the Sierra Club of Canada and an Officer of the Order of Canada, May was the first federal Green Party candidate elected to office in 2011.

Andrée-Lise Méthot

Founder and Managing Partner, Cycle Capital Management

Méthot oversaw Cycle Capital's emergence as a leading Canadian cleantech venture capital fund manager, and has been a leading voice for the sector.

Vicky Sharpe


As founding CEO of Sustainable Development Technology Canada, Sharpe has increased the funding pool for cleantech innovation from $100 million to over $1 billion.

Annette Verschuren

CEO & Chair, NRStor

Best known for her past role as the president of The Home Depot in Canada and Asia. Verschuren has now turned to commercializing energy storage technologies.

Tamara Vrooman

Vancity CEO

Under Vrooman's leadership, Vancity became the first carbon-neutral credit union in North America. She previously served as deputy minister of finance for British Columbia.

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