For almost a decade Paula Brand has provided leadership and oversight in coordinating the Government of Canada’s activities under the Federal Sustainable Development Act. As a result, Paula has worked in close collaboration with 41 federal departments to build a cohesive, whole-of-government view of Canada’s actions to advance environmental sustainability. Paula’s diverse public service experiences reflect her passion for sustainable development — from saving soil on in the prairies of Western Canada to representing Canada on the global stage at key sustainable development events like Rio+20 and the United Nations Environment Assembly in Nairobi.
Paula has a technical background in soil survey and mapping, indicator development, and sustainable development reporting. She has been instrumental in providing analysis of new and emerging policy approaches to Sustainable Development in Canada and is the go-to expert at Environment and Climate Change Canada for emerging sustainable development issues.
Paula is currently working on a legislative task force to support the government’s efforts to reform the environmental assessment process in Canada.