Melanie focuses on Ecojustice’s federal law reform work. She strives for the  modernization of Canada’s current environmental laws and policies with the hope of building a healthier earth and more just society.

Melanie’s has worked on the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) and advocated for stronger pesticides protections. She was also involved in advocating for an over-arching federal biodiversity law. Currently she is advocating for a future without funding, export or expansion of fossil fuel projects in Canada and pushing for the federal government to ban the export of thermal coal.

Melanie has represented Ecojustice at the international level at both the Biodiversity and Climate UN conferences, most recently at COP28 where she worked to make links between international climate commitments and domestic climate policy.

Melanie grew up in Tiohtiá:ke, the unceded indigenous lands commonly known as Montréal, where the Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) Nation are recognized as the custodians of the lands and waters.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Development from McGill University, and a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of Ottawa.

Outside of work, Melanie is an avid reader, loves to cook and craft, and enjoys spending time outdoors with her dog Gatsby and organizing in community.