BRINGING PRACTITIONERS AND RESEARCHERS TOGETHER TO BUILD INSIGHT AND DRIVE ACTION.

About Us

Hopewell Cape, NB — Father and children walking by the river on a cloudy day. The government of New Brunswick has stated that rising sea levels have increased the risk of flooding and coastal erosion and that in recent years the province has experienced extreme weather events that have caused “catastrophic damages." Image: Cavan Images/Getty Images.

RE.CLIMATE IS Canada’s go-to centre for training, research and strategy on climate change communications and public engagement. We provide strategic services to help practitioners reACH NEW AUDIENCES, overcome polarization, communicate urgency, and motivate change.

A Powerful Tool for Action

Built on Foundational Research

To develop the Re.Climate model, our team conducted more than 100 stakeholder interviews, sought advice from 20+ international organizations with similar mandates, commissioned 10 expert research reports, and drew feedback from a breadth of practitioners in the field.

Informed, Relevant Experience

Our model is informed by a decade of experience building climate communications and engagement through Climate Access (in the United States) and the Climate Narratives Initiative (in Canada).

Established Relationships

Our team has long-standing relationships with similar institutions around the world. These relationships not only allow us to benefit from an international community of researchers, but to actively contribute our own insights and learning, too.

Our Team

Re.Climate brings together Canada’s leading climate communication academics and practitioners.

Our team has decades of experience conducting research, developing and implementing climate, energy, and sustainability campaigns, and training leaders from a range of sectors in how to apply evidence-based best practices in outreach efforts.

Amber Bennett 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

One of Canada’s top climate communication strategists and capacity builders. Amber works with groups across the country, bridging the gap between research and practice. She led the groundbreaking Alberta Narratives Project and supported much of the foundational work to pilot and build Re.Climate.

Ghadah Alrasheed

RESOURCE AND TRAINING DIRECTOR

Ghadah supports research, knowledge mobilization, and the development of resources, evidence-based tools, and training programs for Re.Climate’s network of 750 organizations and 2,000 climate influencers. With a PhD in Communication and a wealth of experience spanning the academic, federal, and NGO sectors, she brings a unique understanding of effective research and knowledge mobilization practices in climate communication.

Jessica von Handorf

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

Jessica has over 10 years’ nonprofit leadership experience in design, communications, and project management. She played a pivotal role in co-founding Mindful.org and Mindful magazine, a pioneering science-based resource dedicated to secular mindfulness. Her contributions were instrumental in propelling its growth to a total of 2.4 million followers and subscribers in its first five years.

Maria Granados

RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Maria supports training, events, and communities of practice focused on communicating about climate change and energy transition in Canada. She also provides research support for Re.Climate’s key research and resource publications.

Chris Russill

academic director

An Associate Professor in the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University, Chris has researched and published on climate communication questions for over 20 years. He is currently investigating the scope and impacts of misinformation in climate conversations with special attention to the role of digital platforms and advertising.

Barbara Leckie

academic director

Professor in the Department of English and the Institute for the Comparative Study of Literature, Art, and Culture at Carleton University. Barbara has written extensively about the role of rhetoric, images, and narrative in advancing climate action, including her most recent book Climate Change, Interrupted (Stanford UP, 2022).

Louise Comeau

SENIOR ADVISOR

Louise holds a doctorate in environmental management, focused on environmental ethics and behaviour change. She has received three Queen’s citizenship medals for her work in international climate negotiations, creation of the Green Municipal Fund at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, and advancing climate action in New Brunswick. She is a member of Canada’s Net Zero Advisory Body.

Cara Pike

SENIOR ADVISOR

The founder and executive director of Climate Access, a non-profit focused on building political and public support for climate action. Cara is a pioneer and leading thinker in climate communications. She regularly advises government agencies and nonprofit organizations.

James Meadowcroft

SENIOR advisor

A Professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University where he has held a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Governance for Sustainable Development. James will act as a project advisor as the academic chair for the Sustainable Energy Research Centre.

One of Canada’s top climate communication strategists and capacity builders. Amber works with groups across the country, bridging the gap between research and practice. She led the groundbreaking Alberta Narratives Project and supported much of the foundational work to pilot and build Re.Climate.

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An Associate Professor in the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University, Chris has researched and published on climate communication questions for over 20 years. He is currently investigating the scope and impacts of misinformation in climate conversations with special attention to the role of digital platforms and advertising.

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Professor in the Department of English and the Institute for the Comparative Study of Literature, Art, and Culture at Carleton University. Barbara has written extensively about the role of rhetoric, images, and narrative in advancing climate action.

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Louise holds a doctorate in environmental management, focused on environmental ethics and behaviour change. She has received three Queen’s citizenship medals for her work in international climate negotiations, creation of the Green Municipal Fund at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, and advancing climate action in New Brunswick. She is a member of Canada’s Net Zero Advisory Body.

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The founder and executive director of Climate Access, a non-profit focused on building political and public support forclimate action. Cara is a pioneer and leading thinker in climate communications. She regularly advises government agencies and nonprofit organizations.

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A Professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University where he has held a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Governance for Sustainable Development. James will act as a project advisor as the academic chair for the Sustainable Energy Research Centre.

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Ghadah supports research, knowledge mobilization, and the development of resources, evidence-based tools, and training programs for Re.Climate’s network of 750 organizations and 2,000 climate influencers. With a PhD in Communication and a wealth of experience spanning the academic, federal, and NGO sectors, she brings a unique understanding of effective research and knowledge mobilization practices in climate communication.

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Jessica has over 10 years’ nonprofit leadership experience in design, communications, and project management. She played a pivotal role in co-founding Mindful.org and Mindful magazine, a pioneering science-based resource dedicated to secular mindfulness. Her contributions were instrumental in propelling its growth to a total of 2.4 million followers and subscribers in its first five years.

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Maria supports training, events, and communities of practice focused on communicating about climate change and energy transition in Canada. She also provides research support for Re.Climate’s key research and resource publications.

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Our Research Associates

Re.Climate works closely with experts conducting research in misinformation and climate change communications.

Melissa Aronczyk

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

A Professor of Media Studies in the School of Communication & Information at Rutgers University, Melissa is the co-author, with Maria Espinoza, of A Strategic Nature: Public Relations and the Politics of Environmentalism (Oxford University Press, 2022), which won the 2023 Roderick P. Hart Outstanding Book Award in Political Communication from the National Communication Association. Her research on how PR affects our ability to communicate about climate change has been featured in many publications, including The Nation, the Financial Times, and Rolling Stone. She has also written stories about PR and sustainability for The Washington Post and Foreign Policy magazine.

Patrick McCurdy

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

An Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Ottawa, Patrick’s research draws from media, communication and journalism, as well as social movement studies, to view media as a site and source of social struggle. Patrick’s work has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and edited collections. He is the co-author of Protest Camps (Zed, 2013) and co-editor of three books: Protest camps in international context: Spaces, infrastructures and media of resistance (Policy, 2017); Beyond WikiLeaks: Implications for the Future of Communications, Journalism & Society (Palgrave, 2012) and Mediation and Protest Movements (Intellect, 2013).

A Professor of Media Studies in the School of Communication & Information at Rutgers University, Melissa is the co-author, with Maria Espinoza, of A Strategic Nature: Public Relations and the Politics of Environmentalism (Oxford University Press, 2022), which won the 2023 Roderick P. Hart Outstanding Book Award in Political Communication from the National Communication Association. Her research on how PR affects our ability to communicate about climate change has been featured in many publications, including The Nation, the Financial Times, and Rolling Stone. She has also written stories about PR and sustainability for The Washington Post and Foreign Policy magazine.

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An Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Ottawa, Patrick’s research draws from media, communication and journalism, as well as social movement studies, to view media as a site and source of social struggle. Patrick’s work has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and edited collections. He is the co-author of Protest Camps (Zed, 2013) and co-editor of three books: Protest camps in international context: Spaces, infrastructures and media of resistance (Policy, 2017); Beyond WikiLeaks: Implications for the Future of Communications, Journalism & Society (Palgrave, 2012) and Mediation and Protest Movements (Intellect, 2013).

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Our Funders

Our work would not be possible without the
generosity of our funders.

Ivey Foundation
Mcconnell
Donner Canadian Foundation
Clean Economy Fund
European Climate Foundation logo
Mcconnell
Ivey Foundation
Donner Canadian Foundation
Clean Economy Fund
European Climate Foundation logo

With your support, Re.Climate can uncover new insight, build capacity, and help researchers and practitioners create communications strategies that inspire the public to support climate action. Contact us to learn how you can play a part.

Our Partners

We proudly partner with organizations around the world working toward the same goal: to galvanize public support for climate action as quickly as possible.

Re.Climate is proud to work with the Communauté de pratique en communication climatique to offer programming for Quebec-based audiences and to partner with Climate Access, a U.S.-based nonprofit organization focused on building political and public support for climate and clean energy solutions by developing and promoting the adoption of effective communication and engagement approaches.

Governance

The Governing Council and Program Committee provide strategic advice to the Re.Climate team. Re.Climate is currently seeking individuals with a shared passion and desire to support the mission of Re.Climate, who understand the attitudes, needs and values of different communities, audiences and regions.

Carleton University

Re.Climate is a non-partisan public institution housed at Carleton University’s Sustainable Energy Research Centre. We are connected directly to both the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Public Affairs, the Carleton Climate Commons, and researchers across the university.

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Ottawa, ON — Students gather outside the Tory Building on the main campus at Carleton University. Carleton offers programming at the undergraduate and graduate level for those interested in focusing their studies on the current climate emergency. Dwayne Brown Studio.