John Coyne

Vice President, Legal and External Affairs, 
Unilever Canada

John Coyne

Vice President, Legal and External Affairs, 
Unilever Canada

Biography

John Coyne is both personally and professionally committed to ensuring the future health of our planet for both his children and all future generations. As such he is a tireless advocate for urgent action to address climate change and the current plastic pollution crisis. Recognized as one of Canada’s top sustainability leaders as a Clean 50 honouree in 2013 and a Clean 16 honouree in 2018, John is an active participant in government, business and citizen forums advancing solutions to Canada’s sustainability challenges.

With dual roles as both Vice President, Legal and External Affairs at Unilever Canada and Executive Chair of Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance (CSSA), John is a key contributor to the advancement of Canada’s Circular Economy where waste is designed out of the system, efficient material recovery systems are implemented and Greenhouse Gases are reduced. John is one of the driving forces behind the recently launched Circular Economy Leadership Coalition (CELC) bringing a diverse range of stakeholders together in order to accelerate Canada’s transition to a circular economy. John was also recently appointed by the Federal Minister of Environment to the Plastics Advisory Group.

John serves on a number of boards including Stewardship Ontario, Partners in Project Green, Evergreen and the Look Good Feel Better Foundation. John was recognized by his peers in the legal profession with the 2018 Canadian General Counsel Award for Environmental and Governance Leadership. Canada is poised to take a leadership role in advancing economic and environmental prosperity and John will be a key contributor to the creation of that sustainable future.

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