Steven Guilbeault is the Member of Parliament for Laurier–Sainte-Marie in Montreal and has been a leading figure in the fight against climate change throughout his career. From activist to strategic advisor for dozens of governments and businesses in Canada and abroad, Minister Guilbeault is a pragmatist who seeks to make a difference by building bridges and relationships.
He was first elected in 2019 and appointed Minister of Canadian Heritage, where he supported the cultural sector throughout the pandemic and brought forward important pieces of legislation. Following the 2021 election, he was appointed Minister of the Environment and Climate Change.
Minister Guilbeault’s commitment to the environment started at the age of five, when he climbed a tree to protect it from real estate developers who were about to cut down the woods behind his home in La Tuque, Quebec. Twenty-five years later, he scaled the CN Tower in Toronto to call for Canada to ratify the Kyoto Protocol.
Steven cofounded Équiterre, the largest environmental organization in Quebec, in 1993 and acted as its senior director from 2007 to 2018. He also served as director and campaign manager for Greenpeace. A strategic advisor at Cycle Capital Management, a fund dedicated to the development of clean technologies, for more than ten years, he also worked for Deloitte and Touche and for Copticom, a consulting firm specializing in issues related to the green economy, the social economy and transportation.