Shannon Bouton

Dr. Shannon Bouton

Global Executive Director, Sustainable Communities,

Shannon leads’s Sustainable Communities program, working with city governments, social enterprises, and companies to develop initiatives that will make cities more environmentally sustainable and livable, starting with recycling.

Prior to joining, Shannon worked for 12 years at McKinsey & Company, most recently as the Chief Operating Officer of the McKinsey Center for Business and Environment.

She helped to found McKinsey’s Sustainability practice. In her work with the Cities Special Initiative, she helped develop tools to enable cities to improve economic development, climate action planning, service delivery, transportation, and organizational performance. Shannon also served a range of public- and private-sector clients on buildings energy efficiency strategies, transportation strategy, and greenhouse gas emissions reduction.

Prior to joining McKinsey, Shannon was a field biologist. She has served as an environmental consultant to grass roots non-profits in the Brazilian Pantanal, and to the Florida Army Corp of Engineers. A citizen of both the United States and Brazil, she holds a PhD in natural resources and the environment from the University of Michigan.



Sessions with this Speaker

Closing the Loop with Circular Cities

  • Climate Crisis
  • Circular Economy
Responsible for three quarters of economic activity and greenhouse gas emissions, cities have the power to create a low-carbon circular economy.

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Toby Heaps Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Corporate Knights Inc.
Naheed Nenshi Mayor of the City of Calgary
Dr. Shannon Bouton Global Executive Director, Sustainable Communities,
Gregor Roberston Global Ambassador, Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy