As a member of the Canadian Climate Institute’s executive team, Julia Kilpatrick is committed to expanding support for evidence-based climate policy through compelling communications, effective collaboration, and good-faith engagement with governments, Indigenous rights holders and stakeholders. Julia oversees the Communications, Engagement and Strategic Initiatives programs, and has been instrumental in the Institute’s strategic planning, organizational development and impact measurement since it was first established.
Julia’s expertise spans best practices in climate change communications and engagement, global climate and energy policy, and the Canadian media and political landscape. Her policy depth, strategic instincts and pragmatic optimism stems from previous work experience as a senior political staffer, a non-profit leader, and a journalist. She holds a Master’s of Journalism from Carleton University, and an Honours B.A. in English Literature and Environmental Studies from the University of Ottawa.
Julia and her family are fortunate to live in a small Rocky Mountain community within the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta. It is the traditional territory of the Îyârhe Nakoda, the Tsuut’ina First Nation and the Blackfoot Confederacy—comprised of the Siksika, Piikani, and Kainai—as well as the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3, in the historical Northwest Métis homeland.