Director general for Quebec and the Atlantic with the David Suzuki Foundation and chair of Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project in Canada
Karel Mayrand is Director general for Quebec and the Atlantic with the David Suzuki Foundation and chair of Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project in Canada. He is the author of Une Voix pour la Terre (Boréal, 2012). He is board member of the Conseil régional de l’environnement de Montréal, of Quebec’s Environmental Law Center and of the Fondation Cowboys Fringants.
Before joining the Foundation, Karel advised several UN agencies as well as Quebec’s former Premier, Pierre Marc Johnson, on globalization and sustainability issues, for over a decade. He was co-founder in 2002 of Unisféra International Centre, a sustainability think-tank, where he created Planetair, a leading Canadian provider of carbon offsets and climate solutions. Karel is author of the Manifesto for a Global Movement (2015) and co-author of Governing Global Desertification, published in 2006 by Ashgate Aldershot (London). He is an Action Canada fellow (2005) and was finalist in 2008 for the Arista Prize as Social entrepreneur of the year in Quebec.