Canadian Lawyer

October 2019

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PEOPLE CROSS EXAMINED 30 WHEN CATHERINE MCKENNA needs to find her focus, the former competitive swimmer goes back to the water. Growing up, two-a-day swim practices taught her the gratification of putting in long hours. "Swimming — it's not that different from law. It taught me to focus on a goal. It taught me discipline," she says. "I learned that sometimes you will lose, and that makes you stronger. Probably the most important lesson is that you have got to work as part of a team if you are going to be able to deliver on big things." As the second-longest serving Minister of Environment and Climate Change, McKenna is now governing the world's largest coast- line. A job roaming the nation's natural land- scape means being underwater has become A PRODUCT OF HER ENVIRONMENT The political tides are always shifting — but Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna has her own flow Catherine McKenna at the University of St. Michael's in Toronto. | Photo credit: Alex Tétreault

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