Gillian McEachern,
Campaigns Director

Gillian recently relocated from her hometown of Toronto to Ottawa to keep a close watch on the federal government for Environmental Defence. When not fighting big oil, you can find her swinging a hammer at the never-ending cabin construction site in Bancroft or being led on various adventures in Gatineau Park by her dog, Oscar.

Gillian was so disturbed by the images of oil-soaked wildlife on the news following the Exxon Valdez oil spill that she vowed at the age of 12 to do something about it. She studied biochemistry and biology during her BSc at McMaster University and spent time working in a genetics lab. She shed her lab coat to shift from science into policy and advocacy, and did a Masters in Forest Conservation at the University of Toronto.

Gillian worked for several years to protect Canada's boreal forests for the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Association and later ForestEthics, campaigning to protect wild spaces and species at risk and change the market for wood and paper products to support more sustainable forestry.

The urgent need to address global warming and transition off oil to clean energy drew her out of the woods and into the tar sands three years ago. Since joining Environmental Defence, she has worked on climate and energy issues to stop the expansion of dirty fuels like tar sands and spur clean, renewable energy.

APR
03
2014
This week, Ontario Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli launched the province’s new energy conservation framework in the form of several ministerial di...

We know that reducing the amount of energy used by homes and companies can save families and businesses money on monthly hydro bills. It’s also...

A colder-than-normal winter and news reports about rising electricity prices have made energy costs a top of mind issue in Ontario. We’ve suppor...

The cost to power and heat our homes is something many Ontario residents pay close attention to. The colder-than-normal winter and news reports about...

MAR
03
2014

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There’s been some confusion lately about what Bill 83, the Protection of Public Participation Act, would and wouldn’t do. We’d like...

Speaking out to protect the environment can be a tough haul sometimes. Big industries with deep pockets can afford to overwhelm community groups...

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FEB
07
2014
Today, CBC’s Power and Politics released a list of environmental charities being audited by the Canada Revenue Agency. We were on it, along with...

If your cell phone company offered a plan that would lock you into today’s rates for the next 15 or so years, you’d probably be suspicious...

  On Monday, Ontario is set to release its new Long-term Energy Plan (LTEP). This type of plan is updated every three years, setting out how Onta...

It can be done. That’s something I’ve lost sight of, too often, as someone who’s spent the last five years toiling in the depths of...