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Denby McDonnell,
Program Manager, Climate Innovation

Denby holds a BSc in Environmental Biology from Queen’s University, where she did a thesis on the toxicity of diluted bitumen to fish. She is graduating with a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Global Affairs from the University of British Columbia April 2020.  Her Master’s policy project focused on environmental and social impact assessment in Ethiopia, where her team worked in partnership with the Canadian International Resource Development Institute and the Ethiopian Ministry of Mines. She engaged civil society, government, and private stakeholders to provide policy and governance recommendations on transparency, monitoring, and community engagement.

Denby brings public and private sector experience to Ecotrust Canada from her work as a junior fiscal policy analyst at Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada and as a biologist and environmental coordinator at an engineering company. Throughout her work she has gained skills in Indigenous engagement, fiscal policy co-development, Crown land licencing and environmental assessment in BC and Canada. Denby is passionate about climate and environmental policy change that balances stakeholder values and enhances underrepresented voices.

Denby is an avid sailor, cyclist, and hiker, and is often planning her next adventure with friends and family. She believes that time spent in nature makes us more connected and compassionate for each other and our environment.