Stéphanie Jensen-Cormier (2011 - 2012)

France and Canada

Stéphanie Jensen-Cormier

Stéphanie was born in London, U.K. to a French /American mother and a Newfoundlander father with Irish, Lebanese, French and Mi’kmaq ancestry. She was recently accepted as a Founding Member of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq Band Council in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. From her childhood Stéphanie has been inculcated with the wisdom of First Nations peoples that we do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. This has contributed to her passion for achieving positive environmental changes and strong drive to work on practical and proactive ways of ensuring the sustainability of the planet.

She spent her early years in Ottawa, Singapore, Hong Kong and Brussels with her parents and two younger siblings, “developing a transient concept of 'home', based on important peoples in my life, not geography.”

Her specialization in China is driven by her conviction of the importance of China in international environmental policy. She believes that there are many lessons to be learned from how the Chinese government and Chinese civil society are tackling the issue of climate change, one of the most defining challenges of our times.

Stéphanie has a Bachelor’s in Asian (China focus) and Environmental studies from the University of Victoria, British Columbia. Following her B.A., she was awarded a Canada-China Scholarship to further her study of Mandarin at Yunnan University in Kunming. In May, 2010 she received a Master of Arts in the Regional Studies of East Asia from Columbia University, where her thesis on “The Social Effects of Job Creation in the Renewable Energy Sector in China” was supervised by Professor Guobin Yang. During her year at Columbia, she was also a grantee of the Women’s International Leadership Program, a merit-based fellowship awarded to women who demonstrate strong leadership ability and represent a variety of different cultural, national and academic backgrounds.

Stéphanie's work experience includes a consulting contract with the International Labour Organization (ILO) Office in Beijing; work for an international environmental foundation in Geneva; an internship with the Green Jobs Initiative at the ILO in Geneva; assisting the Committee for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) during its 42nd session, and working as a consultant for the largest private plastic bottle recycling plant in Northern China.

As a Sauvé Scholar:

As a Sauvé Scholar, Stéphanie's project entailed comparing the energy and climate change policies in China and Canada, two of the world’s energy superpowers. Stéphanie sought to inform the Canadian public of China’s firm commitment to climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies by comparing them with Canada’s actions. Stéphanie learnt much about Canadian environmental policy during her Sauvé year and became exasperated by the lack of government actions on one of the most crucial issues of our time. She believes that Canadian environmental policy has retreated by forty years instead of progressing.

As a Sauvé Scholar, Stéphanie presented on these themes in Canada and the USA at Columbia University, McGill University, Concordia University, Dawson College and St. Johnsbury College. She has also been collaborating to create a presentation deck on this topic that will be used by various presenters across Canada through the Climate Reality Project.

While expanding her own knowledge, Stéphanie  worked to promote greater understanding in Canada of environmental initiatives taken by China and notes that “it is of particular interest and relevance to me to communicate in a clear and engaging manner with Canadians and Canadian politicians on the policy planning that the Chinese government has undertaken to transition towards a greener economy and society as well as the successes resulting from these long-term and shorter-term actions.”

Her Sauvé year was not all work and no play, as Stéphanie was able to pursue some of her other interests. She took salsa dancing lessons and performed at the Place des Arts, ran regularly - participating in two half marathons in Montreal, and enjoyed moments in the kitchen, cooking with her fellow Scholars.

Mother Tongue

English and French-- other languages: Mandarin, Spanish (advanced proficiency)

Country of origin

France and Canada

Contact Stéphanie Jensen-Cormier:

View Stéphanie Jensen-Cormier's Sauvé Project Summary: Influencing Canada's Climate Change Policy by Informing Canadians about China's New Energy Sources and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Strategies

View Stephanie Jensen Cormier's Sauvé Project Final Presentation:

“Leaders must dream of changing the world.

They must have an inspired vision of the changes they want to make and be prepared to consecrate all
their energy to that purpose. A capacity to communicate their objectives is indispensable to sustain
the enthusiasm of their collaborators and their perseverance in action.”
— The Right Honourable Jeanne Sauvé, Opening Speech to the National Conference for Young Leaders, June 2-8, 1991