Joanna Kerr April 2015

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Join us for what promises to be another exciting luncheon as part of a series of events marking the 70th Anniversary of the UN!!



Joanna Kerr

Is 2015 the most important year yet for our planet and its people?

DATE: Tuesday April 28th, 2015

TIME: 12:00 noon (sharp)

PLACE: Palais Imperial, 311 Dalhousie St., Ottawa

COST: $30 for luncheon and presentation
$5 for presentation only

(For presentation only, please plan to arrive by 12:45 p.m. Coffee and tea will be available.)

RESERVATIONS:  or 613-230-0860 by

Friday April 24, 2015

We regret that late registrations cannot be accepted.

The group is required to pay for those who reserve but do not come.
Therefore, individuals who do not cancel their reservations at least 24 hours before the luncheon will be billed $30.



This year, 2015, is critical for democracy, the environment and human rights. Not only is it an election year here in Canada, but on the world stage, governments everywhere will negotiate deals on climate action and sustainable development. These deals will define our future. They will stand either as a lasting monument to our dauntless courage in pursuit of protection for planet and people, or a testament to our failure to heed what science has been telling us for decades. In October here in Canada at the ballot box, in September in New York when we adopt the post-2015 development agenda, and in December in Paris when we set GHG reduction targets for after 2020, our choices will be a statement about the type of world we want to live in. “Peace. Justice. Survival.” What do they mean in this watershed year?


Joanna Kerr is the Executive Director of Greenpeace Canada, which captures people’s imaginations and influences decision-makers to protect the environment through non-violent creative confrontation. A lifelong feminist and activist, Joanna previously served as the first female Chief Executive of ActionAid International, a global federation based in South Africa working in 45 countries for a world free from poverty and injustice. There, she led an organization-wide strategy that put climate resilient sustainable agriculture and women’s rights at the core of its work. Before that, she led the Association for Women’s Rights in Development, transforming it into one of the most significant global conveners and feminist campaigners, for which she was awarded a leadership prize from the Sigrid Rausing Trust. Joanna has held senior positions with Oxfam Canada—where she spearheaded its women and climate campaign—and the North-South Institute, as a women’s rights researcher. Joanna has served on 5 non-profit boards.


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