Megan Leslie is the president and CEO of World Wildlife Fund Canada. As a passionate environmentalist, she spent two years working as an integral member of WWF-Canada’s oceans team, first as a consultant and then as head of ocean conservation, before stepping into her current role. Prior to joining WWF, Megan was a Member of Parliament and represented Halifax for two terms. During this tenure, she was deputy leader of the official Opposition, environment critic and vice-chair of the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development.
In Ottawa, Megan introduced a motion and guided its unanimous passage to add plastic microbeads to the list of toxic substances under the Environmental Protection Act. She also worked tirelessly across party lines to successfully expedite the passage of a bill to create Sable Island National Park Reserve, which is home to wild horses and rare birds, among other species. After university and before entering politics, Megan was a community legal worker and presented at the 2005 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Montreal on the issue of energy poverty.
Megan is the proud recipient of an honorary degree from Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax and is a Senior Policy Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto. She holds a BA in social and political thought and history and a certificate in refugee migration studies from York University. She also holds an LLB from Dalhousie University.