OTTAWA – The interim Leader of the Green Party of Canada, Amita Kuttner, today announced the appointment of two new Deputy Leaders – an Indigenous land defender from Vancouver Island and a private investor and corporate administrator.
“I am delighted to welcome Angela Davidson and Luc Joli-Coeur to the Green Party’s leadership team,” said Dr. Kuttner. “Angela and Luc epitomize the diverse backgrounds and perspectives that come together under the Green banner to work towards a more equitable and sustainable society.”
Under the Green Party’s Constitution, the Leader is empowered to appoint up to two deputy leaders whose principal responsibilities include providing support to the Leader in communicating the party’s policies, principles and platform to members, the media and Canadians.
Hearing the call of the forest and following instructions from Elders of the territories, ancestors and spirit, Angela Davidson (she/her), known to her friends as Rainbow Eyez, has been a key defender of ancient forests on Vancouver Island, including the old growth forests of ‘Ada’itsx (Fairy Creek), since 2020.
Angela is a Ha-ma-yas Stewardship Network Guardian for the Da’naxda’xw/Awaetlala First Nation. A graduate of Vancouver Island University (VIU) First Nations Stewardship Technical Training program, Angela has worked for four years as a guardian in Knight Inlet where she helps to protect the lands, waters, wildlife and cultural values for future generations.
Angela has assisted in training future guardians as a student support coordinator with the Nanwakolas Council Society and as a member of a research team to decolonize and help the VIU’s Stewardship Technician training program to become more grounded in community values.
A cancer survivor, Angela has volunteered with the Canadian Cancer Society and Wellspring Calgary helping other cancer patients before and after treatment with peer support.
She has significant experience with the Canadian legal system as she defends Indigenous values in her advocacy work. Angela is recognized as a critical voice in slowing resource depletion and addressing the climate crisis. She embraces the role of Deputy Leader of the Green Party of Canada, but prefers the more culturally respectful title is Ooh-mah Ah-nise (high ranking woman, Aunty in Kwakʼwala).
Luc Joli-Coeur has had a career as a consultant in urban planning and as a professional and manager in the Quebec government. In addition to a double major in economics and politics, he holds a master's degree in urban planning, a master's degree in business administration and a diploma in corporate governance. He was a political advisor under the governments of Jacques Parizeau, Lucien Bouchard and Pauline Marois and worked as Director of Alcoholic Beverages and Corporate Governance at the Quebec Ministry of Finance.
Luc served as economy and finance critic on the Green Party’s Shadow Cabinet and was the party’s candidate in Quebec City in the 2019 election. He ran again in last year’s election in the riding of Ahuntsic and served as president of the Green Party’s Quebec wing.
Since leaving the Quebec government, Luc has been involved in business and has contributed to the financing (as an accredited investor) of start-up companies that have an impact on accelerating the social, economic and ecological transition. He lives in Montreal and is the father of two young adults.
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Executive Assistant to Dr. Kuttner