Steven Guilbeault’s commitment to the environment did not come overnight. At age 5—and with his mother’s blessing—he climbed a tree to protect it against land developers who were preparing to clear the wooded area behind his home. And 25 years later, he scaled Toronto’s CN Tower to encourage Canada to ratify the Kyoto Protocol.
Having cofounded Équiterre in 1994, he serves as its spokesperson and senior director from 2008 to 2018.
A leading voice in the media, both as a guest expert and a commentator, Steven has focused on environmental issues and, more specifically, climate change since the early 1990s.
In 2009 the French magazine Le Monde called him one of the world’s 50 leading actors in the field of sustainable development. He has received a number of awards and distinctions, including the Médaille de l’Université de Montréal in 2012 (a rare honour, this career achievement award has been bestowed on such luminaries as Christopher Reeves and Oliver Jones). In 2016, he received the Impératif français award for his exceptional contribution to the vitality of the French language and culture.
He was recently awarded the Senate 150th Anniversary Medal awarded to a hundred Canadians ‘‘whose generosity, dedication, volunteerism and selfless service have meant so much to so many’’.
Steven Guilbeault is senior consultant at COPTICOM Strategy and Public Relations. He is also a strategic consultant for Cycle Capital Management, a clean-technology venture capital fund.
An outdoorsman and sports enthusiast, Steven bikes pretty much everywhere—even in the winter—and has done so since 1989. He competes in numerous trail and obstacle races, marathons and half-marathons, and went kayaking on his honeymoon in the Mingan Islands National Park.