• August 10, 2007 11:02 AM
  • - General

Environmentalist, activist Kate Holloway Liberal candidate in Trinity-Spadina


    Former high-profile Green Party of Canada member appointed by Premier

    TRINITY-SPADINA, TORONTO, ON, Aug. 10 /CNW/ - Ontario Liberals today
announced that high-profile environmental activist and former Green Party of
Canada executive member Kate Holloway will be the party's candidate in the
Toronto riding of Trinity-Spadina.
    Holloway has been appointed as candidate by Premier Dalton McGuinty.
    "Kate Holloway has two very strong passions - the community and
conservation. She believes in action and she has compiled an impressive list
of achievements. I'm proud to have her as part of our Liberal team," said
Premier McGuinty.
    The addition of Holloway to the McGuinty Liberal team received immediate
applause.
    "Today's announcement represents a huge environment coup for Premier
Dalton McGuinty. To be able to recruit such a high calibre environmental
candidate shows he means business in further developing his strong green team
going into this fall's election. Dalton McGuinty and his Liberals, now
including Kate Holloway, are where the action is for environmental protection
in Ontario," said Deb Shulte, Co-Chair, Friends of Boyd Park.
    "Kate has a rare combination of qualities. She is passionate about the
environment, wise in the ways of business, and politically astute," said Chris
Lowry, Executive Director of Green Enterprise Toronto.
    "Kate understands the issues of sustainability and the urgent need for a
greener agenda; she will be an energetic and effective member," said Michael
De Pencier, publisher of Toronto Life.
    "Kate Holloway is very well known in the community as a strong and
effective proponent for progress on environmental issues," said David Donnelly
a prominent environmental lawyer and activist. "From action on renewable
energy to climate change, she's been a leader. She's a green diva."
    Holloway has founded, managed and directed several Toronto environmental
startups and non-profit associations. She sits on the Steering Committee of
Green Enterprise Toronto, a network helping independent businesses and
consumers become greener and buy locally. She is also a founding member of the
Women's Environmental Alliance.
    She was also a high-profile member of the Green Party of Canada, where
she served on the national executive, co-founded the Green Party Women's
Caucus and ran as a federal candidate.
    "As a conservationist and advocate for strong, sustainable communities
I've been impressed with progress made by the McGuinty Liberals, reducing our
reliance on fossil fuels, investing in public transit, becoming a leader in
clean energy such as wind power and offering incentives to help Ontarians go
green - not to mention support for our schools, hospitals and neighbourhoods.
I want to make sure that progress continues," said Holloway.
    "We all know where the province was four years ago - the environment was
under attack, our cities were facing neglect, public health and education were
on a downward slope. We can't afford to go back to that. We need to keep
moving forward," she said.


    Biography - Kate Holloway

    Kate Holloway has made her mark as an outspoken environmental activist, a
former executive member for the Green Party of Canada and a successful
entrepreneur.
    Throughout her career and as a volunteer Kate has focused on energy
conservation and building strong, sustainable communities for our families.
    Kate is managing partner in the startup carbon offset firm CarbonZero and
is the founder of Element Village Community Service, a not-for-profit
organization helping communities reduce energy consumption and develop
sustainable energy projects.
    She sits on the Steering Committee of Green Enterprise Toronto, a network
helping independent businesses and consumers become greener and buy locally.
Kate is also a founding member of the Women's Environmental Alliance. She is a
past delegate to the United Nations Environment Programme Sustainable Energy
Finance Roundtable and served as an observer to the 2005 United Nations
Climate Change Conference in Montreal.
    Prior to her work in energy conservation, she held senior executive
positions in both the high-tech and advertising worlds, as a director for
Boston-based CMGI, and a Vice-President at MBS Ltd. of the Grey Global Group.
    Kate was also featured on The Discovery Channel as an Internet journalist
on the segment "Kate's Page", has been a regular contributor to Building and
Construction Trades Today, writing pieces on architectural conversions of
Toronto heritage buildings and was a regular columnist for Relix Magazine,
writing about music and culture.
    As a former member of the Green Party of Canada, Kate served on the
national executive, where she co-founded the Green Party Women's Caucus. She
ran as a federal candidate for the party in 2004. In 2006, she resigned from
the Green Party to join the Liberals.
    Kate holds two degrees from the University of Toronto, one in Celtic
Studies and an MBA in Finance from the Rotman School of Management.



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