Me Karine Péloffy, MSc., B.C.L., L.L.B.
Parliamentary and Legal Affairs Advisor since 2019
Karine Péloffy holds an M.Sc. in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford, UK and a B.C.L./LL.B. from McGill University’s transystemic law program. She has been a lawyer and member of Quebec Bar since 2007 and was the director of the Quebec Center for Environmental Law (CQDE) from 2014 to 2018. She developed an expertise on climate law, be it innovative legislative approaches or international and national court cases.
Karine has contributed to a diversity of environmental and social justice projects around the world and in Canada. Keenly interested in communication, she appeared in numerous media was awarded the Lawyer of the Year / Tomorrow’s Leader in the alternative career category by the Montreal Young Bar Association in 2015.
Political Strategic Advisor and Office Manager since 2017
Stéphane Laviolette is a young Franco-Ontarian from Ottawa. He is passionate about issues related to the Francophonie, the environment and Canadian federal politics. Stéphane has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Ottawa. At the start of his career, he worked within a Ministerial Appointments Unit in the public service. After working briefly at the House of Commons, he ventured into business leading his own SME business for two and a half years.
Stéphane has been involved in his community through volunteering and by sitting on a few boards of directors for not-for-profit organisations, including Tel-Aide Outaouais and Snow Pride. At the Senate, his centers of interest are the environment, the Latin American community and international relations. Stéphane is bilingual in French and English, and has a functional knowledge of Spanish.
Nick Zrinyi, B.Eng, MASc.
Policy Analyst since 2018
Nick Zrinyi grew up in Ottawa where he attended Carleton University and earned a Bachelor of Environmental Engineering and a Master of Applied Science specializing in environmental chemistry and groundwater remediation. After graduating in 2017, he moved to Myanmar where he taught English at a local university for one year. Upon returning, he earned a graduate diploma in climate risk management from the University of Waterloo.
Nick has a strong passion for the inclusion of science in decision-making and policy development. In his spare time, Nick enjoys traveling, woodworking and appreciating the outdoors. He was integral in the research and analysis of bills studied at ENEV and TRCM senatorial committees and now focusses largely on National Finance committee work.