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Megan Leslie

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President & CEO of World Wildlife Fund Canada
New Democratic Party / WWF-Canada

Megan is the President & CEO of World Wildlife Fund Canada, Canada’s largest international conservation organization. For over half a century, with the active support of hundreds of thousands of Canadians, WWF-Canada has worked toward a future where nature and people thrive.

Before joining WWF, Megan was a Member of Parliament, representing Halifax for two terms, 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.

After university and before entering politics, she was a community legal worker where she developed a tenants’ rights project that was named a national best practice in eviction prevention. She created a mobile legal clinic bringing legal information directly to low-income Nova Scotians, and presented at the 2005 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Montreal on the issue of energy poverty.

Megan is the proud recipient of an Honourary Degree from Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, as well as the Arum Award for alumni of Dalhousie University. She is a Senior Policy Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto.