Karen Kraft Sloan to serve as new Ambassador for the Environment
OTTAWA, ONT-Karen Kraft Sloan has been appointed Ambassador for the Environment, succeeding Gilbert Parent who held the post since 2000. In her new role, she will meet regularly with relevant ministers, environmental and other non-governmental organizations on matters relating to sustainability, the environment and renewable energy. As Ambassador, Kraft Sloan will also hold discussions with industry representatives on environmental technologies, represent the ministers of Environment and of Foreign Affairs at international conferences and visit sites such as wind farms, fuel-cell companies and water-treatment facilities. In addition, she may head Canadian delegations to United Nations gatherings, and The Ambassador, who reports to Cabinet, will reside in Canada. Kraft Sloan, who holds an MES from York University, taught and ran her own strategic planning consulting business prior to being elected to Parliament in 1993. As an MP, she served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment from 1996 to 1998 and as the vice-chair of the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development from 1994 to 1996 and from 1998 to 2003.