Catherine is Canada Research Chair, Climate Change Mitigation and Tropical Forests at McGill University. Dr. Potvin is an expert in international climate change policy and former UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (2005 – 2009) negotiator for Panama and a coordinator of the Sustainable Canada Dialogues, which works to identify climate mitigation pathways.
During her career, she has edited two books and publishes 100+ scientific journal articles or book chapters. Her research spans a broad range of issues from remote sensing to capacity building and conflict resolution, the unifying theme being forest conservation and climate change. Dr. Potvin is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.