Caroline Merner is a project manager with PICS, based on unceded Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil Waututh territory (Vancouver). She has six years of experience in climate policy development and as an engagement strategist. Merner has worked with nonprofits, governments, academic institutions, and think tanks to advance climate policy.
She co-founded Youth4Nature (formerly Climate Guides), mobilizing young people to lead for nature and climate. Merner has also previously worked with the Canadian Climate Institute, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Future of Climate Cooperation initiative, Ocean Wise, and Parks Canada. She has advised the Canadian Commission for UNESCO and currently sits on the board of the MakeWay Foundation.
Merner holds a Master of Public Policy as a McCall MacBain Scholar at McGill University’s Max Bell School of Public Policy. With an undergraduate degree in Sustainability and International Development from Dalhousie University, Merner's thesis focused on effective communication for public engagement on climate change. She has been recognized for her work as a two-time Top 25 Under 25 Environmentalist in Canada by The Starfish Canada, a Top 30 Under 30 Sustainability Leaders by Corporate Knights, and a Young Women for Nature by Nature Canada. Merner speaks English, French, Spanish, and (beginner) Slovak.