Laniel Bateman is the acting Executive Director for climate change adaptation and resilience policy at Environment and Climate Change Canada. Laniel grew up near Bancroft, Ontario in the Algonquin Park area where she developed her passion for nature and the environment. She joined Environment Canada in 2003 and has worked on a broad range of files, primarily related to climate change. Prior to joining the Government of Canada she worked in the non-government organization sector at Nature Canada and in the private sector in wetland remediation field work. Laniel holds an Environmental Science degree from the University of Guelph.