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
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.
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Velta Tomsons – Living City Program Manager
Velta 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 six years of community engagement and public education experience under her belt, she is leading Ecology Ottawa’s Living City campaign. In her spare time, Velta has found ways to green the indoors through her indoor plant company, TerraVelta, thus spreading photosynthesis-y goodness around the Ottawa area!
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Erik Pervin – Office Manager
Erik is moved by his love for adventure. Although breathtaking landscapes and urban exploration both serve as outlets for this passion, he envisions a future where these two worlds are more radically integrated. His interest in environmentalism developed while working at Carleton University’s Geomatics and Landscape Ecology Lab (GLEL) and he found his voice advocating for increasingly sustainable business practices as chair of Mountain Equipment Co-op Ottawa’s Environmental Integrity Committee. He now spends a great deal of time working on the administration of Ecology Ottawa, and leads Council Watch.
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Emilie Grenier – Climate Change Campaign Organizer
Passionate about everything relating to the outdoors, Emilie has been spending all of her free time climbing, running, skiing, paddling and camping since her early childhood. The amazing benefits she has discovered of spending time in natural environments led her to use the knowledge acquired through the Master’s in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership from Carleton University to help mitigate the impacts of climate change and human activity.
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Natasha Jovanovic – Living City Organizer
Natasha is passionate about the natural world and fascinated by the societies that live within it. After completing her Bachelor’s in Sociology and Geography at the University of Ottawa, she knew her career would focus on environmental protection and restoration. Natasha’s interests include agroecology, biodiversity, and social movement theory which she was able to research during an ethnographic field trip to Brazil. During her free time, Natasha enjoys swimming, cycling, and crafting.
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Our Current Interns
Elise is a student from Sciences Po Grenoble (France), doing an internship from March until June 2020 at Ecology Ottawa. She is working for our Active City campaign on the “Breath Easy” project which engages the community to measure the air quality in Ottawa. She is also involved in the Living City campaign. Elise is currently taking a gap year in her studies to help with projects like ours, before starting a master in Sustainable Development in September.
Liza Odokiienko is a Carleton University student. She is majoring in Global and International Studies. Liza is doing an internship at Ecology Ottawa starting January and until the end of April. During her internship, she is working as Hold the Line campaign organizer. Liza actively participates in social events, works closely with many volunteers, and coordinates the campaign.
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Our Past Interns
Clara is studying at Sciences Po Rennes (France) in the field of study devoted to sustainable development and transitions. She is doing an internship at Ecology Ottawa until January 2020. She organized the September 27th Global Climate Strike and currently participates in the coordination of events to continue this movement and inform young people about environmental issues. In charge of the Council Watch campaign, she attends City Council and Committee meetings at City Hall.
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Marie-Lou is a student from Sciences Po Aix (France). She joined our team in August 2019 for a 5 months internship, until December 2019. She is in charge of the silent auction and helps for the volunteer management for the Eco Gala 2019. She also helps with the organization of the Ottawa-area debates as part of GreenPAC’s 100 Debates initiative, where at least 100 debates on environmental issues will take place across Canada.
Juliette is a student from Rennes 2 University (France). She is doing an internship at Ecology Ottawa until July 2019. She is in charge of our Tree Give Away Program most of the time but she also likes to offer her help for other Ecology Ottawa campaigns. Juliette just is completing an interdisciplinary Masters related to literature and culture, and is really passionate about environmental issues, and incorporating these interests into her future education.
Héloïse is a student from Sciences Po Rennes (France). She is doing an internship at Ecology Ottawa from March until July 2019. She works with the Living City team on the Green Infrastructure program, and will be active in our door-to-door petitioning. She is also in charge of the bilingual team.
Albertine is a student from France who joined our team in April 2019 for a 4 month internship. She is working for our Active City campaign, notably for our project on Light Rail Transit (LRT) connectivity to promote active transportation in Ottawa. Albertine is currently in her last year of a bachelor’s degree in political science and is going to study Environmental Policy next year.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
A Few of Our Volunteers
Nancy Biggs – Online and Active City Organizer
Nancy studied Biology at Carleton 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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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.