CCC Staff & Consultants | Carolinian Canada

CCC Staff & Consultants

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Michelle Kanter

Executive Director

Michelle Kanter has held the position of Executive Director of the Carolinian Canada Coalition since 2003 and has been involved with the Coalition since its inception in 1984. With 30 years of experience in wildlife research and land stewardship, she has worked with a broad range of stakeholders around the world on innovative conservation partnerships to save, steward and seed important habitat and rare species. Since she started at the Coalition, programs have grown five-fold, thanks to a strong team of individuals and groups that focus on ecosystem recovery in southwestern Ontario. With a home base in Dorchester Swamp, she enjoys exploring nature’s role in healthy communities, photography, hiking and writing. She currently sits on the Ontario Species at Risk Public Advisory Committee.

Jarmo Jalava

Director of Ecosystem Recovery

Jarmo Jalava manages Carolinian Canada's Ecosystem Recovery Program. Since volunteering at the Long Point Bird Observatory as a teenager in the 1970s, Jarmo has worked in many capacities in the conservation field – from extensive field surveys in some of Ontario’s most treasured natural areas to high-level international, national and provincial conservation planning initiatives. Jarmo has authored or co-authored more than 120 reports and articles in the fields of ecology and the environment, including baseline ecological studies of two of Ontario's UNESCO World Biosphere Reserves (Niagara Escarpment and eastern Georgian Bay coast). Recipient of Ontario Nature's Steve Hounsell Greenway Award in 2013, Jarmo's vision is to promote the informed protection and recovery of ecosystems, sustainable land uses and lifestyles, and deep reverence for the natural world, by applying his experience as an ecologist, songwriter, writer, educator and facilitator.

Lisa Boyce

Administrative Assistant

Lisa Boyce has lived in London, Ontario since the age of eight when her family moved from Hastings, England. After attending Fanshawe College in London for Accounting, Management and Business, Lisa opened her own business, Boyce Business Services, to use her skills and aid other small businesses with their management, bookkeeping and administration needs. Lisa and her husband Warren continue to raise their children Matthew and Alexandria in London and enjoy hiking, camping and bicycling so they can teach their children to enjoy and take care of this fabulous country we live in.

Tristan Bentley

IT Systems Coordinator, Webmaster

Tristan Bentley is a visual artist, web designer, and teacher. The Internet is synonymous with communication in today's society. As the webmaster and eco-news editor for the Carolinian Canada Coalition since October 2010, Tristan brings his diverse educational background to bare in helping the Coalition move forward technologically. Camping, hiking, and canoeing since childhood, Tristan also feels very at home in the natural settings of the Carolinian Zone, and feels that CCC is the right place to be in order to help protect all of the things in nature that he loves.

Ben Porchuk

Carolinian Zone Ecologist

Ben Porchuk has over two decades of experience in wildlife biology and ecology, non-profit management, environmental consulting, and sustainable living. Working with rural threatened ecosystems in southern Ontario and in densely population urban centres, Ben has become both a highly experienced practitioner on ecological systems recovery and an strong agent for restoring urban ecology to greater resiliency. Now living in a densely populated area of a London, Ontario, Ben's property consists of over 150 species of native plants, including a wetland, all visited by many rare species of wildlife, seldom observed in the downtown of a city.

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Jen Hoesen

Social Media Specialist

Jen has a background in conservation, environmental science and art. She has experience delivering environmental stewardship programs, developing communication materials and photography. Jen is eager to support the restoration of green space projects in Carolinian Canada, and share those stories abroad.

Jennifer has been volunteering to lead Carolinian Canada's social media efforts. You can join in the conversation on Facebook and Twitter!

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Lauren Selby

Go Wild Grow Wild Coordinator - Education Specialist - Event Specialist

Coming Soon

Betsy McClure

Go Wild Grow Wild Assistant

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