CCC Staff & Consultants | Carolinian Canada

CCC Staff & Consultants

Executive Director
Michelle Kanter
Dorchester
Administrative Assistant
Lisa Boyce
London
IT Systems Coordinator
Network Coordinator, Webmaster, Editor
Tristan Bentley
Brampton
Carolinian Zone Ecologist
Ben Porchuk
London
Carolinian Zone Ecologist
Karolyne Pickett
Guelph
Fundraiser
Veronique Lehouck
Guelph
Go Wild Grow Wild

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.

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.

Follow Ben's Blog at lostandfoundinnature.com

Karolyne Pickett

Carolinian Zone Ecologist

Karolyne Pickett manages Carolinian Canada Coalition’s Landowner Leaders program. Karolyne is an ecologist with over 10 years of experience working on species at risk in Ontario at both the federal and provincial government levels. From identifying habitat impacts to recommending mitigation measures, she has extensive experience working through challenging land-use issues. Karolyne thrives on the successful navigation of our modern way of life’s competing interests. Nothing is more fascinating to her than the diversity of life forms and the beauty of nature. Karolyne finds it extremely fulfilling to collaborate with landowners that share that same sense of wonder for the natural world, and looks forward to helping many landowners conserve and restore natural habitat on the lands they hold dear.

Veronique Lehouck

Fundraiser

Go Wild Grow Wild

Kathryn McLeod

Marketing & Communications Strategy Specialist

Kathryn is a forest wanderer, activator, innovator, traveler, and awkward dancer. She has a professional background in the private and not-for-profit sectors and is a pioneering business marketer specializing in Social Enterprise.

Her life and professional experiences have led her down a different path than most. A few years ago, she had an insane dream that would require her to leave her job, sell all of her possessions, buy a one-way ticket to Africa and risk everything. In 2012, she made that dream a reality by co-founding a web-based initiative geared towards raising the awareness of Global Citizenship. Was she scared? You bet! Confident that traveling around the world would broaden her mind? Absolutely!

After hundreds of days spent living the digital nomadic life, she is committed to sustainable community development through social innovation and meaningful change. Now, she's super stoked to join the CCC team and support the Go Wild Grow Wild Expo!

Betsy McClure

Go Wild Grow Wild Assistant

Jessica Kirschner

Exhibitor Support

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