Stephanie Arnold

Stephanie Arnold moved to the North Shore of Prince Edward Island in 2013. A move from Toronto to the Maritimes came with many changes, including a new direction in her career. Having left the corporate world behind, she found a new start with the University of Prince Edward Island Climate Research Lab, where she quickly made an impact. Her recent roles include:

  • Steering Committee Member, ClimateSense;

  • Founding Member, ClimateSense Anti-Racism Working Group;

  • Expert Reviewer, IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (WGII AR6) Climate Change 2021: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability;

  • Presenter, UNESCO Science as a Right event in recognition of UN Human Rights Day;

  • Lead Author, Prince Edward Island Climate Change Adaptation Recommendations Report;

  • Co-Coordinating Lead Author, Atlantic Canada chapter of the upcoming national assessment Canada in a Changing Climate: Advancing our Knowledge for Action;

  • Co-Editor, Global Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities; and,

  • Reviewer, International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education.

Her contributions to the climate change and adaptation field has earned her local and national accolades, such as Top 25 Women in International Security (WIIS)-Canada Emerging Thought Leader for her research on climate adaptation pathways within the agricultural sector and the Dr. Katherine Schultz Research Recognition Award for her outstanding contribution to the research enterprise at the university.

Despite these accomplishments, the move from the Toronto to rural PEI was not without its challenges. The most difficult has been the loss of community and culture. It was not until she began volunteering with BIPOC USHR and being surrounded and seen by the group of compassionate, supportive, powerful, and exceptional BIPOC folx that she started becoming whole again. As a member of BIPOC USHR, she supports a number of the organization’s mandates and activities, such as leading its strategic visioning process, authoring funding proposals, and facilitating online group discussions. She will co-lead its recently awarded project under the PEI Climate Challenge Fund, which will address inequities and discrimination that are generated or augmented by climate change, adaptation initiatives, and/or mitigation initiatives. Stephanie also serves as the District Advisory Council member representing her children’s school, advocating to the Minister of Education and Lifelong Learning for meaningful resources and actions on mental health, anti-racism, and accessibility.

She is on the lookout for an opportunity to start a children’s group to empower her two girls and other BIPOC children across PEI.

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