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Paula Bernardino, lead mentor for Montreal

Saturday Spotlight Series

· Climate Reality Canada Team
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I am a Strategic Communication Management Professional (SCMP) with more than 15 years of experience. I have an expertise in strategic corporate communications and public relations acquired while working for large global corporations and not-for-profit organizations.

Specializing in Corporate Responsibility since 2014, I am currently a strategic independent consultant in communications and corporate social responsibility while also guest speaking at conferences and panels on sustainability, corporate social responsibility and strategic communications. I obtained a certificate in Business Sustainability Management from Cambridge University in May 2017 and completed the Climate Reality Leadership Corps training by the Climate Reality Project in Pittsburgh in October 2017. I’ve done presentations to specific groups and written articles related to climate change.

Multipassionate and multipotentialite, my strengths include sharing my knowledge and expertise to help connect dots and build, implement and manage programs. I have also discovered a passion for teaching tomorrow’s workforce. I lecture at McGill University since 2018 where I teach Internal Stakeholder Communications in the Public Relations program in the School of Continuing Studies. I am also an instructor at the University of Ottawa's Professional Development Institute for media training, issues management and crisis communication.

Why did you join the climate movement/what pushed you to become interested in climate change issues?

I was working in the insurance industry and seeing the devastation climate change was having around the world on so many people (i.e. devastating floods, wildfires,...) and no one really knew how to talk about it, especially leaders in industries directly affected by climate change. I decided to learn more and was selected to do the training in Pittsburgh in October 2017.

What is one achievement you are proud of?

Become Lead Mentor for the Montreal area

What was your most iconic/memorable Act of Leadership?

A presentation I gave to an elderly group on "World Elder Abuse Awareness Day" where I adapted my presentation to show how climate change is affecting them directly by increasing isolation and inspired them to get involved.

What are some climate change initiatives you are currently taking part in?

There is increasing pressure for board members to become familiar and accountable on how climate change affect the organizations they represent. I will be looking into this topic further to write articles and adapt my presentations to address it.

What do you think is the most effective way for people to take climate action?

Small steps... any step. Find out thing/topic that interests you and pursue it.

What is a fun fact about yourself?

Every summer I love turning my balcony into a little garden with seasonal flowers, and growing tomatoes and other vegetables. I live downtown Montreal in a highrise on the 10th floor.