Catherine Gauthier

Catherine Gauthier

Executive Director, ENvironnement JEUnesse

Committed to environmental and social issues since adolescence, Catherine Gauthier has an extraordinary track record.In 2005, at the age of 16, she rose to the platform to address the 10,000 or so delegates of the 11th Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), as member of the Government of Canada delegation.

Invited to deliver a speech at the UN General Assembly two years later, she will attend several subsequent conferences of the parties.She will participate in several major international conferences on climate change that will take her to Bali (2007), Copenhagne (2009), Cancun (2010), Durban (2011), Doha (2012), Lima (2014), Paris (2015), Marrakech (2016) and Katowice (2018). Catherine Gauthier also designed and delivered seminars at the Université de Sherbrooke on international climate policy at the conferences in Lima (2014) and Marrakech (2016).

On November 26, 2018, on behalf of all young Quebecers aged 35 and under, she filed a climate suit against the Government of Canada. Canada is violating youth rights because its greenhouse gas reduction target is not ambitious enough to prevent dangerous climate change, and because its actions are not enough to prevent climate change. reaching this target, which is already insufficient.Holder of a Master’s degree in International Law and International Policy, Catherine Gauthier has been Executive Director of ENVironnement JEUnesse since 2016.

A vegetarian and a supporter of organic and local farming, Catherine Gauthier practices what she preaches with great enthusiasm, especially in moving by bike 4 seasons. 



Sessions with this Speaker

Climate Inaction on Trial: The Future of Litigation, Youth Advocacy and Industry Response

  • Climate Crisis
Recognizing the enveloping climate crisis as an imperative challenge and defining issue of our lifetime, we explore litigation as an emerging tool to affect policy change for those at the forefront of ardent climate action.

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Liane Langstaff Environmental Lawyer, Gowling WLG
Larissa Parker Director of Programs, Youth Climate Lab and Winner of The Economist’s Open Future Essay Competition
Catherine Gauthier Executive Director, ENvironnement JEUnesse
Lisa DeMarco Senior Partner, DeMarco Allan LLP