Vanessa Farquharson is IISD’s Director, Communications.
An award-winning author, public speaker and journalist, Vanessa worked as a staff reporter at the National Post for six years, where she covered topics ranging from urban development to rooftop beekeeping and wrote a weekly column called Sense & Sustainability. She has worked as a writer and editor for a range of top-tier Canadian publications and has more than a decade of experience in media relations.
Vanessa has held leadership roles in communications and PR within the environmental sector for nearly a decade, raising the public profile of global recycling organization TerraCycle before steering a major rebranding effort for Earth Day Canada, where she was Director of Communications and Campaigns. She is also a member of the City of Toronto’s Circular Economy Working Group.