Open Water Swimmer Profile: Catherine McKenna

Catherine McKenna is a beacon for positive change. She was elected in 2015 as the first female Member of Parliament for Ottawa Centre and appointed Minister of Environment and Climate Change. In 2019, she went on to become Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.

She is also passionate about water. She’s worked to protect the Ottawa River, restore water quality in the Great Lakes, and reduce plastic pollution in our oceans.

Catherine grew up on Lake Ontario near the Hamilton Harbour. She loved open water swimming and canoeing in the lake from a young age. When Catherine attended the University of Toronto, she was captain of the Varsity Blues Swim Team. Even once she got older and was no longer competing, she still enjoyed the thrill of open water swimming.

To learn more about Catherine and her swimming adventures, visit greatlakes.guide

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