Sarah Petrevan is the policy director of Clean Energy Canada, a clean energy and climate program at Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue. A passionate policy advocate and commentator, Sarah works to advance policies that support clean energy and tackle climate change. With more than a decade of public policy experience, Sarah manages our work in clean growth — promoting policies and programs that help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while creating jobs and a strong economy.
Sarah serves as a board member of Blue Green Canada, a steering committee member for the Clean Economy Alliance, and regularly collaborates with industry and business leaders to advocate for policies and programs to leverage Canada’s clean energy opportunity. Before joining Clean Energy Canada, Sarah held several senior positions within the Government of Ontario, and worked for a leading non-profit. She holds a degree in political science with a specialization in public policy. Sarah is the recipient of the 2018 Clean 50 Emerging Leader Award in recognition for her leadership in clean capitalism. She is based in Toronto.
The Liberals, NDP and Greens all aim to build on Canada’s climate efforts. They want to increase both ambition and action — and one party, the Conservatives, wants to go backward, write Clean Energy Canada's Merran Smith and Sarah Petrevan.
It was former prime minister Pierre Trudeau who once described sharing a border with America as akin to sleeping with an elephant. “No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast,” he said, “one is affected by every twitch and grunt.”