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Jean Lemire

Envoy for Climate Change, Northern and Arctic Affairs, Government of Québec

A biologist by training and renowned science communicator, Jean Lemire has conducted work on climate change and biodiversity that has led to major scientific missions.

In 2001, he converted a large oceanographic schooner into a scientific research platform and production studio that took him across the world’s oceans to raise awareness about key environmental issues. In 2012, following missions to the Arctic (2002) and Antarctica (2005-2006), he and his crew, in collaboration with the Secretariat of the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity, began the 1000 Days for the Planet series, involving a three-year world expedition to examine the state of the planet’s biodiversity.

In association with the Sedna Foundation, he has also designed many instructional programs that have become references over the years in the field of education.

Jean Lemire was appointed Envoy for Climate change, Northern and Arctic Affairs by the Government of Québec in September 2017, thus becoming the first envoy in the history of Québec diplomacy.