Our Team

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


Robb Barnes – Executive Director

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Robb Barnes is the Executive Director of Ecology Ottawa. Before joining Ecology Ottawa as a volunteer in 2013, Robb worked in the non-profit, public and private sectors. Robb brought advocacy experience to Ecology Ottawa from his time in politics and non-profits, and policy experience from his time as a management consultant working closely with various levels of government. Robb is passionate about environmental and animal welfare issues, community organizing and urban design. Robb holds a Masters in Public and International Affairs, where he focused on the intersection of ecological economics and urban sprawl.

Contact Robb at robb.barnes@ecologyottawa.ca

Vi Bui – Managing Director

10991061_10204638918630203_9143529498513488671_nVi is the Managing Director at Ecology Ottawa. Vi spent over 4 years conducting scientific research on the impact of climate change on plant communities, and completed a Master of Science in Biology. Frustrated by the lack of progress on climate change in Canada, Vi left her science career and started volunteering with Ecology Ottawa before joining the team in 2017. 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.

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 Living City campaign.

Contact Velta at velta.tomsons@ecologyottawa.ca

Lauren Latour – Renewable City Organizer

rally photoCurrently Ecology Ottawa’s Renewable City Organizer, Lauren was born and raised on the land of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee, Attawandaron, and Wendat peoples, in what is commonly known as London, Ontario. A graduate of Environmental Studies and Political Science at Mount Allison University in Mi’kma’ki (New Brunswick) Lauren first became involved in climate justice organizing through campus fossil fuel divestment campaigning.  A past delegate to COP 21 and 22 with the CYD, Lauren currently resides in Ottawa, on unceded Algonquin territory, as a climate justice organizer. She is incredibly excited to be leading Ecology Ottawa’s Youth Climate Ambassadors Program, taking place throughout 2019 and 2020.

Contact Lauren at lauren.latour@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.


Marion Riedel

Marion is a student from Sciences Po Lille (France). She is doing an internship at Ecology Ottawa until January 2019. She worked on the volunteer management for the Eco Gala 2018 and she now works on the Green Infrastructure program. You can contact her at marion.riedel@ecologyottawa.ca.

Justine Lemoine

Justine studied public policies and strategies for the environment in France. She spent some time in Japan and in the UK. She is the Francophone Coordinator for Les Amis des Parcs program. You can contact her at lesamisdesparcs@ecologyottawa.ca.

Agathe Dublanchet

Agathe is a student from Sciences Po Toulouse (France). She is doing an internship at Ecology Ottawa until December 2018. She works on the francophone program Les Amis des Parcs with Justine and sometimes assists with general communications. You can contact her at agathe.dublanchet@ecologyottawa.ca.

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.

Dale Marshall

Dale grew up in northeastern Quebec, roaming the boreal forest that began at his family’s backyard fence and, during the one month it was possible, splashing around the North Atlantic. or 15 years, Dale has worked on environmental protection, mostly related to energy and climate change. Policy research and advocacy in Vancouver and Ottawa was followed by two years in Cambodia to assist people and communities most vulnerable and impacted by climate inaction. Dale is also the National Program Manager at Environmental Defence, working to move Canada towards greater action and responsibility on climate change and towards clean, modern renewable energy technologies, while phasing out all fossil fuels such as oil, coal, and natural gas.

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Graham Saul

Graham Saul has more than 25 years of experience working on social and environmental justice issues. His background includes five years with Oxfam International in Maputo, Mozambique, and five years in Washington, D.C., with the Bank Information Centre. Since returning to Canada in 2004, he has worked as the International Programme Director for Friends of the Earth Canada and Oil Change International, and was the Executive Director of Climate Action Network Canada. Graham was a founding member and Executive Director of Ecology Ottawa, a grassroots environmental organization focused on the City of Ottawa. He believes that in order to build a better world, we need to learn how to build a better city.