Jacqueline Lee-Tam (she/her) grew up on the unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations, in so-called Vancouver as a settler of Chinese descent. She now resides in Tio’tia:ke (Montreal). She has organized around pipeline resistance, fossil fuel divestment and mutual aid and is passionate about community care and dreaming into practice the world we want to live in. She studied Gender, Sexuality, Feminist and Social Justice Studies at McGill University.
Sara (she/her) is an educator, facilitator and organizer who grew up on the unceded territories of the Algonquin nation in so-called Ottawa. Based in Tio’tia:ke (Montréal), Sara has been involved in climate justice organizing since 2019 and has previously been involved with Decolonial Solidarity, Climate Justice Ottawa, Climate Justice Montréal and Research for the Front Lines. She is a committed socialist and feminist dedicated to building a livable world for all.
Florence (she) is a settler who grew up and lives in Tio'tià :ke/Mooniyang/Montreal. She has been involved in various social and climate justice initiatives, including CEVES - Coalition étudiante pour un virage environnemental et social. She loves mobilizing (talking to people), organizing (working with the people to get stuff done), and believes that activist groups should always be thinking about how they can improve, be more powerful, and win. Florence has two cats and is studying visual arts at UQAM.
Mackenzie Burnett (she/her) is an organizer living on Treaty 6 territory in Saskatoon. After studying Environment at McGill University, she returned to her home province of Alberta where she worked on advancing a circular community. In 2021, she moved to Saskatoon and began organizing with Climate Justice Saskatoon. Then in 2023, she co-founded the Saskatoon Climate Hub. She is also a Master's student at the University of Saskatchewan, where she collaborates with industry partners and Indigenous and local knowledge holders in northern Saskatchewan on the Developing Eco-Restoration Together (DERT) project.
Kenzie (she/they) grew up as a settler on the traditional territories of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation which includes the Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi Peoples. They have been involved in the movement for climate justice since 2019, devoting most of their efforts to banks fossil fuel divestment, Indigenous solidarity and climate justice education. In addition to being a HUB Librarian and Trainer, Kenzie presently works as the principal coordinator for the Global Grassroots Support Network.
Isabelle (she/her) is dedicated to improving living conditions for everyone in the communities she works with. She has been actively involved in the student movement for climate justice, namely with la Coalition Étudiante pour un Virage Environnemental et Social (CEVES) since the beginning of the organization. Global North-South relations, capitalism and anticapitalism, the critical study of law and sociology are the topics she particularly enjoys. After completing a few courses in sociology at the bachelor’s level, she opted to study law at l'Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) in order to better grasp the particularities of the social universe in which she is involved. Thanks to the HUB and the creation of an educational platform called Jeutisc on which she is working, Isabelle wishes to democratize access to knowledge that promotes social justice.
Amanda Harvey-Sánchez (she/her) is a Latina Toronto-based organizer, activist-researcher, and educator. The daughter of a climate scientist and a teacher, Amanda was called into the climate justice movement through working on her campus fossil fuel divestment campaign at the University of Toronto in 2015. Since then, she has had the opportunity to take part in community-based and justice-focused campaigns and projects across Canada, the US, India, and France. She is currently completing her PhD at the University of Toronto, on the social and political life of youth climate justice organizing in Canada.
Prior to founding the HUB, Tom (he/him) worked as an advocacy mobilization consultant serving NGOs in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia and New Zealand. As a researcher and analyst, he continues to release reports and articles on emerging campaign practices for think tanks, funders and global publications. To share knowledge openly with other campaigners, Tom devotes his volunteer hours to bottom-lining the Blueprints for Change network, which produces free ‘how-to’ guides for justice-oriented activists across the world.
Amara (she/her) is a campaigner, educator, and facilitator with 10+ years of experience helping groups run winning campaigns and build thriving organizations. She has led some of Canada’s most impactful people-powered campaigns, using digital tools to engage and mobilize hundreds of thousands of people to win on issues and change governments. An experienced meeting designer and facilitator, Amara has trained and coached thousands of campaigners and activists around the world. She currently manages Canada campaigns at 350.org and teaches Digital Campaigning at Seneca College in Toronto.
Laura Doyle Péan (they/them) is a queer Haitian-Quebecois poet and multidisciplinary artist, as well as a law and gender studies student, who is committed to social justice and fascinated by the relationship between art and movement work. Born in Nionwentsïo (Quebec city), where they first got involved in intersectional feminist, LGBTQIA2S+, migrant justice and racial justice organizing, they moved to Tiohtià:ke/Mooniyang (Montreal) in 2019, to attend univesity, and joined the fossil fuel divestment movement at the beginning of their first year. As an active member of the Divest McGill campaign, they got to participate in the 2021 Divest Ed fellowship, where they got to do research on school governance and democratization, and make space for reflection and learning along with other climate justice organizers from across turtle island and beyond. They are also one of the founding members of Collective 1629, a Black-led Quebec-city-based collective fighting against racial profiling and other forms of anti-Black state violence in Nionwentsïo. Laura published their first book, Coeur Yoyo, in 2020, and has participated in many artistic productions with the queer feminist collective Les Allumeuses, as well as with l’Espace de la Diversité. They hold a column in the literary magazine Lettres Québécoises, and have published poems and short stories in many others. The English translation of their book, Yo-yo Heart, will come out in London in the fall of 2022, with 87th press.
Mara (she/her) is a young citizen from Tio’tia:khe (Montreal) engaged in her community, gravitating towards social justice and activism since 2020. As the daughter of immigrants, she possesses strong communication skills, particularly in translation. (ENG, FR, ESP) She enjoys facilitating groups and to help empower individuals to recognizing their strengths and abilities. With her background and linguistic proficiency, she can contribute to building bridges between different cultures, and spaces fostering collaboration within a movement towards a societal shift. Mara hopes to participate in the development of strategies that enable working-class and diverse communities to enhance their understanding of the fight for climate justice and its significance, while also contributing to the creation of healthy urban spaces based on principles of accessibility, equity, and care.
Shi Tao Zhang has been involved in the Extinction Rebellion Youth Quebec collective, a group of youth advocating for climate and social justice through direct action and community initiatives. Today, she is part of the Coalition étudiante pour un virage environnemental et social (CEVES), a coalition of national, local and university committees promoting climate justice from an anti-capitalist and anti-colonial perspective. She works as a co-project manager at the David Suzuki Foundation's Climate Consciousness Lab and is a law student at McGill. She also works for the HUB for Climate Justice as a training facilitator and translator.
Activist in the environmental and student movement since 2019. I first became involved with Extinction Rebellion in climate justice mobilization and awareness, then as a civil disobedience trainer with XR. I was the coordinator of the environmental committee's actions and the executive for the mobilization of the Cégep du Vieux Montréal. I co-founded the Coalition des Soulèvements Étudiants du Québec (CSEQ) which aims to link student political action groups to a potential national student federation and thus avoid the mistakes made in 2012.
Naomi Leung (they/them) is a Han Chinese Malaysian settler occupying ancestral and stolen xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) and scəw̓aθən (Tsawwassen) territories in colonially named “Richmond, BC.” Naomi has a background organizing for climate justice education, harm reduction, and policy change with Climate Education Reform BC, Sustainabiliteens for the past three years, and now works with Le HUB and the UBC Sustainability Hub as a workshop facilitator and organizer. As a queer and genderqueer Asian person Naomi understands how essential it is to create a livable future and present-day where everyone is prioritized and no one is left behind. Including, neurodivergent, disabled, undocumented, unhoused, lower-income, and immigrant IBPOC queer and transgender peoples who are impacted hardest by marginalization and climate change. Accordingly, they are studying BSc Global Resource Systems at the University of British Columbia where they are integrating environmental and climate change studies with global health and the study of climate emotions and resilience. In their freetime, Naomi enjoys listening to live music with friends, collecting records, reading, painting, and doing digital art.
Sameen Ashraf (she/they) is an educator and workshop facilitator who believes that climate justice and racial justice are inextricably intertwined. She was born in Bangladesh and grew up on the unceded territories of the q̓ʷɑ:n̓ƛ̓ən̓ (Kwantlen), SEMYOME (Semiahmoo), q̓ic̓əy̓ (Katzie), kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), and qiqéyt (Qayqayt) First Nations. Sameen graduated from Simon Fraser University with a degree in psychology and has developed and facilitated anti-racism and anti-oppression workshops since 2018.
Michelle Xie (she/her) is a community organizer, artist, and sociology undergraduate at the University of British Columbia, who lives and learns on the stolen homelands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. Her work weaves together climate & disability justice by nurturing community care in ways that build upon the rich traditions of political and popular education & engage in abolitionist praxis in pursuit of collective liberation. Michelle is a coordinator with Climate Justice UBC, creator & editor-in-chief of the Water Damaged Paper Anthology, and Climate Resilience Lead at the UBC Climate Hub. Through and beyond these roles, she is dedicated to fostering anti-oppressive, trauma-informed spaces for personal and systemic transformation that are grounded in practices of radical imagination, cross-movement solidarity, and mutual aid.
Zahur Ashrafuzzaman (she/he/they) is a Bengali settler raised on q̓ʷɑ:n̓ƛ̓ən̓ (Kwantlen), q̓ic̓əy̓ (Katzie), SEMYOME (Semiahmoo), kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), and qiqéyt (Qayqayt) territory in so-called Surrey, BC and now living in Tio:tià:ke/Mooniyang/"Montréal." She recently graduated from McGill University, where she has been an active organizer with campaigns for climate justice, food justice, and Indigenous sovereignty including Divest McGill, Let's Eat McGill, and Divest for Human Rights McGill. Zahur has been a Divest Ed Fellow and Reinvestment Coordinator for the College Climate Coalition, and has organized with other climate justice coalitions such as the Divest Canada Coalition and Climate Strike Canada.