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​Liza Leclerc
​LIZA LECLERC
​Adaptation Specialist
Ouranos

Liza Leclerc has been studying and working on adaptation to climate change for over fifteen years. She holds a BSc in environmental sciences from the University of Toronto and a MBA from Warwick University in the UK. She began her career in research at Environment Canada’s Atmospheric Environment Service and then joined the Canadian International Development Agency where she was the acting head of the climate change unit. Liza contributed to the development and then later oversaw one of the first dedicated bilateral climate change funds, which won the Minister’s award of distinction. In 2004 she joined UNEP and developed and managed the UNEP GEF adaptation program. In 2010, she co-founded Okapi Environmental Consulting and worked with multiple partners to develop guidelines and portfolios of projects that incorporate climate change adaptation. The guidelines she prepared to integrate climate change into the road sector won the Asian Development Bank’s knowledge product of the year in 2010. She is a lead author of the 5th report of the IPCC and has contributed to two previous assessments, is a peer reviewer for Climate and Climate and Development journals, co-authored a chapter on adaptation and sustainable livelihoods and edited a volume of technical papers on climate change and development in east Africa. She is currently an adaptation specialist at Ouranos in Montreal and is now working to develop new knowledge to advance the field of adaptation in Québec.

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