Catherine Abreu is a Senior Associate at E3G working on international climate policy and diplomacy to accelerate the global energy transition. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Destination Zero, a new organization focused on building community for a fossil free future.
Catherine brings her well-honed skills as a subject matter expert, movement-builder, communicator, and diplomat to E3G’s critical work modelling alternative energy systems and supporting the diplomacy required to bring those systems online. She brings deep relationships across several international civil society spaces.
A key player in North American climate and energy policy for the past decade, Catherine was appointed as one of 14 Advisors to Canada’s Net-Zero Advisory Body in early 2021 and sits on the advisory council for the Canadian Institute for Climate Choices.
Most recently, Catherine served as the Executive Director of Climate Action Network Canada. Canada’s primary network of organizations working on climate change and energy issues, CAN Canada is a coalition of more than 120 organizations operating from coast to coast to coast. In 2020 Catherine was awarded the Jack Layton Progress Prize for her international leadership on climate policy and her transformative work in this role.
Catherine completed her post-secondary education at the University of Toronto, specializing in Anthropology (Linguistics/Evolutionary Biology) and Environmental Policy.
Catherine is based on unceded Algonquin Anishinaabe territory in what is also known as Ottawa, Canada. She spends her free time hanging out with her dog friend Pico, dancing as often as possible, binging Star Trek, and doing yoga. An accomplished public speaker, Catherine is honoured to have shared the stage with some of the world’s leading environmental thinkers. She has appeared on CBC, BBC, SkyNews, and other current affairs television and radio programs internationally and in Canada. She has been quoted in stories on climate and energy issues in the Associated Press, Bloomberg News, Agence France Presse, Reuters, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and many other Canadian and international news outlets.