Over the past couple of months, members of Manitoba’s Climate Action Team (CAT) have been hard at work searching for the perfect person to step into the role of Program Manager. The CAT Program Manager will be leading the Road to Resilience: A Community Climate Action Project which aims to build momentum for climate action in Manitoba with specific rural and Indigenous communities through education and engagement activities, as well as provide tools and resources for implementing low carbon solutions in those communities. We are so excited to announce that we have found someone who brings with her years of experience, plenty of knowledge, and most of all, passion. Please join us in welcoming…


Dr. Durdana Islam

Program Manager, Climate Action Team

Durdana Islam has a PhD in Natural Resources and Environmental Management from the University of Manitoba with several years of teaching experience at the University of Winnipeg. She has many peer-reviewed publications and won a number of awards for her academic research and publications. She worked with many northern Indigenous communities in Manitoba during her doctoral and postdoctoral studies.

Durdana’s heart is in creating a healthier and sustainable community. As a climate change researcher and a mother of two amazing kids, she is worried about her children’s future. She believes in the equity for all in a diverse and progressive society. It is through our determination and shared vision; we can accomplish real change to build a better world where social and environmental equity is addressed. She envisions a Manitoba where real action on climate change supports thousands of new jobs and saves Manitobans millions of dollars as we transform to a more efficient and green economy. Whether in the scope of university teaching, professional and volunteer work, she strives to connect with people and create a sense of community. Durdana believes in learning, growing and empowering others.

Durdana loves to read and paint in her spare time. She enjoys long walks in the park, kayaking, camping and fishing in summer; and skiing and skating in winter. According to her, “Nature feeds my soul”.



Manitoba’s Climate Action Team (CAT) is a coalition of environmental organizations in Manitoba working to create a road to climate resilience in our province. Member groups came together in late 2017 to independently review and consult with the public over the Province’s recently released Climate and Green Plan.

Coalition members include Climate Change ConnectionWilderness Committee – Manitoba OfficeGreen Action CentreManitoba Energy Justice Coalition and Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – Manitoba Office.