Our Team

Version françaiseEcology Ottawa is run by a small team of staff and a dedicated volunteer steering committee, in addition to many hard-working volunteers.


Robb Barnes – Acting Executive Director

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Robb Barnes is the Managing Director of Ecology Ottawa. Before joining Ecology Ottawa in 2013, Robb worked in the non-profit, public and private sectors. Robb brought campaign and policy experience to Ecology Ottawa from his time volunteering in political roles and working with various levels of government and non-profits, including Sierra Club Canada and Climate Action Network Canada. Robb is passionate about environmental issues, animal welfare issues and good music. Robb holds a Masters in Public and International Affairs, where he focused on the intersection of ecological economics and urban design. Contact Robb at robb.barnes@ecologyottawa.ca


Velta Tomsons – Living City Lead Organizer

Velta ThomsonVelta is a self-proclaimed life-long nature lover. Velta decided to take action to protect Ottawa’s environmental landscape in 2013 when she began volunteering with Ecology Ottawa. Now, with over 5 years of community engagement and public education experience under her belt, she is leading Ecology Ottawa’s Tree Ottawa campaign. Contact Velta at velta.tomsons@ecologyottawa.ca




Teagan Yaremchuk – Acting Living City Lead Organizer

EO Portraits-1Teagan is the Acting Living City lead at Ecology Ottawa. Teagan graduated from Carleton University in Environnemental Studies in 2016 and joined Ecology Ottawa as a volunteer in November of that year, during which she helped research clean energy stakeholders for a report commissioned by the City of Ottawa and organize Ottawa’s Inaugral Park Summit. Shortly after she became the Acting Living City Organizer and currently focuses mainly on Ecology Ottawa’s largest tree give-away campaign to help replenish Ottawa’s forest canopy. In her sparse spare time, she enjoys being outside hiking and biking, but any day outside is a good day! Contact Teagan at teagan.yaremchuk@ecologyottawa.ca



Anthony Garoufalis-Auger – Renewable City Lead Organizer

EO Portraits-9Anthony recently joined the Ecology Ottawa team as the lead Renewable City organizer after several years working on climate campaigns in Quebec. His work opposing the Energy East pipeline and helping found his university’s fossil fuel divestment group led him earn the Quebec Lieutenant Governor’s Youth Medal. Anthony spent the last year working on a volunteer basis with the Montreal Climate Coalition pushing the City of Montreal to adopt a carbon budget and science-based greenhouse gas reduction targets. He is a board member of Rapid Decarbonization Group, a Montreal-based climate advocacy group calling for policies in line with science-based reduction GHG targets for holding warming below 2ºC above the pre-industrial average. Contact Anthony at anthony.garoufalis-auger@ecologyottawa.ca


Vi Bui – Systems and Development Lead Organizer

10991061_10204638918630203_9143529498513488671_nVi is the Systems and Development Lead Organizer at Ecology Ottawa, and handles all things related to the databases and fundraising. Vi spent over 3 years conducting scientific research on the impact of climate change on plants, and completed a Master of Science in Biology. Passionate about protecting greenspace and fighting climate change, she is constantly inspired by the commitment and hard work of Ecology Ottawa volunteers, supporters and staff. Contact Vi at vi.bui@ecologyottawa.ca.


Some of our volunteers

Nancy Biggs – Online and Active City Organizer

Nancy studied Biology at Carlenancyton University and has a graduate degree in Environmental Science from Monash University, Australia. Now retired, after 35 years in medical research, Nancy volunteers at Ecology Ottawa, helping with data entry and is involved with the complete streets initiative. She believes climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time and that Ecology Ottawa, in striving to make Ottawa a more sustainable and livable city, will benefit current and future generations.


Heather Dunlop – Online Organizer

Heather has been a keen environmentalist from the age of 15 when she became involved with a local recycling program. To recycle glass, it first had to be colour sorted and then ground into cardboard boxes and trucked to the recycling depot where boxes of it (and hours of work) were exchanged for a few dollars. Although distracted by other pursuits (biology, nursing, library science), her love of the natural world was never far from the surface. Heather is an avid canoeist, naturalist, and would be gardener. She volunteers at Ecology Ottawa, helping with data entry, and is particularly interested in local initiatives to make it easier for people to adopt a sustainable lifestyle in Ottawa.


Adam Caldwell – Green Infrastructure Research Lead

2010.05.02 Pink Lake 057Adam is a corporate sustainability professional, specializing in global supply chains, environmental certifications and toxic substance regulations. Driven by the imperative to act on the Climate Crisis, Adam has a passion for water, biodiversity and climate resilience. Adam has worked at the community level in partnership with Ecology Ottawa on various issues like Emerald Ash Borer and the protection of biodiversity in the South March Highlands. Adam is currently completing a degree in Environmental Studies at Carleton University with a focus on urban climate resilience. In his spare time Adam is an avid community gardener, tragic woodworker and backwoods day tripper.


Steering Committee

Elizabeth Bernstein
Liz is the Executive Director of the Nobel Women’s Initiative. Previously, Liz served as coordinator of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines and Make Poverty History Canada. She sits on the board of directors of Mines Action Canada and the Lowertown Community Association, as well as the Ecology Ottawa board.

Katia Gianneschi
Katia Gianneschi has over 25 years of experience as a communications specialist in human rights and development. Katia has provided strategic communications advice and media training to Oxfam Canada, the Canadian Council for international Co-operation, Make Poverty History and Amnesty International Canada, among others. Katia is a life-long volunteer. She was on the national executive committee of Amnesty International, part of the media team for the Ottawa United Way campaign and provided peer support at a second-stage shelter for women.

Pam Foster
Pam has worked for the United Nations Environment Program, Environment Canada, Friends of the Earth, the Halifax Initiative, and South Asia Partnership. Pam is currently director of campaigns and communications at the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions. Pam is also the founder of Centretown Movies and the initiator of Imagine Ottawa.

Maureen Hollingworth
Maureen is a freelance editor and writer, with more than 30 years experience in international development, peace and environmental issues. Maureen is also a member of the Ecology Ottawa board of directors.

Stefan Reinecke
Stefan studied civil engineering at the University of Waterloo and the University of Toronto. He was also involved in starting Ottawa’s first pilot-scale community fine paper recycling program. Stefan spent four years working for an environmental engineering company and he currently works with a sustainability consultancy in Ottawa.

Charles Hodgson

Charles HodgsonCharles began volunteering with Ecology Ottawa in the summer of 2011. He has been involved in many of Ecology Ottawa’s initiatives including monitoring City Council, researching the City of Ottawa’s stances and progress on a variety of issues, and writing Ecology Ottawa publications. As well, Charles has helped out doing technical work with our database and website. He is now working on the Climate Change campaign.

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