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June 23, 2020, WEBINAR – Getting to Net Zero, Featuring: Senator Mary Coyle

June 23, 2020 @ 1:00 pm 2:00 pm

June 23, 2020 – 1:00-2:00 p.m. (EDT, GMT-4)

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On February 6, 2020, just 7 sitting days into Canada’s 43rd Parliament, and a week and a half after the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg confirmed Canada’s first case of Covid-19, I launched a Senate Inquiry into finding the right pathways and actions for Canada and Canadians to meet our net zero carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions targets in order to slow, arrest and hopefully reverse human- caused climate change, to ensure a healthy planet, a healthy society, a healthy economy and a healthy democracy.

During our June 23rd Group of 78 virtual gathering, I will highlight the intention behind the launch of the inquiry, the substance of my speech, the contributions of my fellow senators and ambitions for amplifying the conversation and its impact.


A long-time champion for women’s leadership, gender equality, and the rights of Indigenous Peoples, Mary Coyle has forged a distinguished career in the post-secondary education and non-profit sectors, with a focus on international and local development.

She holds a diploma in French Language from the Université de Besançon in France and a Bachelor of Arts in Languages and Literature with a major in French and a minor in Spanish from the University of Guelph. After working for the Ministry of Commerce and Industry as a Cuso International cooperant in Botswana, she earned a Master of Arts in Rural Planning and Development at the University of Guelph. She subsequently worked as a rural development advisor in Indonesia and later to support two State Islamic Universities develop their community engagement strategies.

For the next decade as Executive Director of Calmeadow, Ms. Coyle helped the organization pioneer the creation of the world’s first commercial micro finance bank, BancoSol, in Bolivia and establish the First Peoples Fund to provide micro loans to First Nations and Métis communities in Canada.

In 1997, she joined St. Francis Xavier University, serving as Vice President and Director of the school’s Coady International Institute, a world-renowned centre of excellence in community-based development and leadership education. During her tenure, the Coady International Institute grew significantly, enhancing its global education and innovation agenda and expanding programming for women, youth, and Indigenous Peoples.

Since 2014, Ms. Coyle has worked as the Executive Director of the Frank McKenna Centre for Leadership at St. Francis Xavier University, a centre devoted to developing student leadership. She also continues to work as an advisor and facilitator for various organizations, including the Haitian Centre for Leadership and Excellence and the Friends United Indigenous Arts and Culture Initiative. Mary Coyle played an instrumental role in the establishment of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, the Romeo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative, and the Indian School of Microfinance for Women.

She has 3 daughters, Emilie, Lauren, and Lindelwa, and 6 grandchildren.


Militante de longue date du leadership des femmes, de l’égalité des sexes et des droits des peuples autochtones, Mary Coyle s’est distinguée par une carrière axée sur le développement local et international, dans les domaines de l’éducation postsecondaire et d’organismes à but non lucratif.

Elle détient un diplôme en langue française de l’Université de Besançon, en France, et un baccalauréat ès arts en langues et littérature, avec majeure en français et mineure en espagnol de l’Université de Guelph. Après avoir travaillé pour le ministère du commerce et de l’industrie du Botswana en tant que coopérante de Cuso International, elle a obtenu une maîtrise ès arts en planification rurale et développement à l’Université de Guelph. Par la suite, elle a travaillé comme conseillère en développement rural en Indonésie, puis a appuyé deux universités islamiques d’état à mettre en place leurs stratégies d’engagement communautaire.

Au cours de la décennie suivante, à titre de directrice générale de Calmeadow, Mme Coyle a aidé cette organisation à lancer la création de la première banque commerciale de microfinancement au monde, BancoSol, en Bolivie, et à mettre sur pied un fonds pour les Premières Nations, qui fait des microprêts aux communautés des Premières Nations et aux communautés métisses au Canada.

En 1997, elle s’est jointe à l’Université St. Francis Xavier en tant que vice-présidente et directrice du Coady International Institute, centre d’excellence réputé à travers le monde en développement communautaire et en enseignement du leadership. Pendant son mandat, le Coady International Institute a pris beaucoup d’expansion, améliorant son programme mondial d’innovation et d’éducation et élargissant ses programmes pour les femmes, les jeunes et les peuples autochtones.

Depuis 2014, Mme Coyle travaille comme directrice exécutive du Frank McKenna Centre for Leadership à l’Université St. Francis Xavier, un centre spécialisé dans le développement du leadership des étudiants. Elle continue à travailler comme conseillère et facilitatrice auprès de diverses organisations, notamment le Haitian Centre for Leadership and Excellence et la Friends United Indigenous Arts and Culture Initiative. Mary Coyle a joué un rôle essentiel à l’établissement de la Stephen Lewis Foundation, de la Romeo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative et de la Indian School of Microfinance for Women.

Mme Coyle a trois filles, Emilie, Lauren et Lindelwa, ainsi que sept petits-enfants.


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June 23, 2020
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm


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