Jessica Trisko – The first Canadian woman to be crowned Miss Earth

29 Mar 2024 | Priya Bhardwaj

Jessica Trisko created history in 2007 at the finale of the 7th edition of Miss Earth held on 12th November 2007 at the University of the Philippines Theater, Philippines. She became the first Canadian (and remains the only one as of today) to be crowned Miss Earth queen.

At the finale Q/A round which won her the crown, Jessica was asked, “How would you describe the beauty of Mother Earth to a blind child?" to which she replied, “I would say that the beauty of mother nature smells as sweet as the sweetest rose…that the beauty of mother nature feels as soft as the softest leaves and that the beauty of mother nature sings like the birds in the trees.”

As Miss Earth 2007, Jessica Trisko traveled to China, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Indonesia, the United States, Vietnam, and the Philippines for various environmental campaigns and fulfill her reigning responsibilities along with managing to create a mark for herself as a history maker.


Jessica Trisko – The first Canadian woman to be crowned Miss Earth


Jessica, as Miss Earth, was also a part of esteemed events such as the 13th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the 3rd Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol where she collaborated with people in power to effect a positive change while building her advocacy.

After Jessica’s reign ended, she went on to pursue her academic career and completed her Ph.D. in Political Science from McGill University. She has studied the impact of foreign aid on repression and civil war and has published journals on social science, humanities, and international security which have been used in various international conferences.


Jessica Trisko – The first Canadian woman to be crowned Miss Earth


Trisko has published in edited volumes and the journals Central Asian Survey and the McGill Foreign Affairs Review and has presented at numerous academic conferences including the International Studies Association 2008 and 2009 conferences, the ISSS/ISAC 2009 conference, the Association for the Study of Nationalities 2007 conference, various McGill-Universite de Montreal Research Group in International Security conferences, and the CDAI-CDFAI 2006 conference.

An academic, activist, former model and a beauty queen, Jessica has had one of the most successful reigns and careers thereafter in the pageant history. A quintessential beauty queen, with Russian and Filipino heritage, Jessica has put her best foot forward to bring a positive change in the world with her efforts towards conservation of environment.