2018 Speaker

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Deirdre Laframboise
Executive Director, Canadian Water Resources Association (CWRA)

Deirdre has worked for over 27 years primarily in the not-for-profit sector in the areas of sustainability, climate change, air quality and health, and related policy work. She co-founded and led several national charities, one of which went on to win international and national awards for thirteen years of ground-breaking, curriculum-connected programming (sustainability, air quality and health). Deirdre is a two-time certified trainee of The Climate Reality Project (Al Gore) and serves on several national science and research advisory committees including the Canadian Ice Core Archives (CICA). In 2013 Deirdre was awarded ‘Alumni of the Year’ from the Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo. She has an undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies (minor in Biology) University of Waterloo (1984), and a Master’s degree in Environmental Resources Management (minor in Business Administration), York University (1994). She was a member of the National Equestrian Team for four years, and lives an active lifestyle participating regularly in many sports including cycling, trail running and skate skiing.