Our People

Our Staff:

Dawn Tremblay

Interim Executive Director

Email dawn@ecologynorth.ca

About me
Dawn Tremblay was born in Fort Simpson and raised in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. She completed a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alberta in Political Science and French. After returning home, Dawn sought out northern focused educational opportunities. First, she completed a certificate in Circumpolar Studies online through the University of the Arctic. Next, she became involved with the Dechinta Bush University, where she enhanced her passion for land-base intergenerational learning. Professionally, Dawn has been part of the Ecology North team since 2010. She is excited to focus her time on the Yellowknife Centralized Compost Program, after acting in a supportive capacity for a number of years. Dawn is grateful to have gained experience in many different programming areas, most notably event planning and environmental education. From 2015-17, Dawn was a Jane Glassco Northern Fellow in the third cohort of the program. Her policy research area was waste management in the Northwest Territories with a focus on used-tires and organics recycling. She also can be seen around town volunteering for different sport organizations.

Dawn enjoys laughing with her son, and going for walks with her dog.

Marie Auger

Office Manager

Email admin@ecologynorth.ca

About me
Marie is a lifelong northerner, growing up both in Iqaluit and Yellowknife. She has always had a keen interest in environmental sciences and the outdoors. Marie holds a BSc in Agriculture with a major in Horticulture from the University of Saskatchewan and a certificate in Horticultural Science from Thompson Rivers University. Marie has spent many years growing food. She is an avid gardener focusing mainly on calorie-dense root crops, greenhouse tomatoes, and wildflowers (for the bees). Marie has been experimenting with hobby beekeeping for three years, learning as she goes. Her goal is to master the overwintering process in our harsh winter climate to hopefully expand her operation and help share knowledge with other beekeepers in the NWT.

Katharine Thomas

Education Program Manager

Email kat@ecologynorth.ca

About me
I was born and raised in the north and am happy to continue to call it home. At Ecology North, my main projects involve education and communication, including the Northern Adaptation Guides and NWTScienceFocus website. When possible, I love running environmental education sessions with NWT youth.

I studied psychology and biology at King’s College and Dalhousie University, in Halifax. While at university, I was president of the King’s Outdoor and Sustainability Society, a member of NSPRIG’s Environmental Racism Working Group, and completed a certificate in Environmental Leadership from the College of Sustainability.

Adrienne Schmalz

Project Officer

Email adrienne@ecologynorth.ca

About me
Adrienne was born and raised in Yellowknife, NT. She completed her B.A. in environmental sustainability and international development in 2014 from Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS. Three years later she returned to Dalhousie to attend law school and graduated in May 2020.

At law school, she was an active member of the Environmental Law Student Society and took a concentration of courses in environmental law. She is particularly interested in opportunities to enhance environmentalism and Indigenous self-determination in the North through law and public education. She dabbled in rock climbing and surfing while out East but is now excited to be back home to enjoy winter activities.

Jessie Bowser

Project Officer

Email jessie@ecologynorth.ca

About me
Jessie lived in the Yukon, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Ontario before moving to Yellowknife last year. She holds a BSc with a major in Wildlife Biology and Conservation from the University of Guelph. While at University, Jessie was a member of the Guelph Students for Environmental Change group.

Jessie is very passionate about the conservation of the environment and wildlife populations. She recently travelled to Australia and Thailand where she spent time learning about wildlife, wildlife rehabilitation, and habitat conservation in both places. She has worked with Koalas, Wombats, Kangaroos, Echidnas, Dingoes, and Elephants on her travels.

Jessie spends her free time in Yellowknife keeping active with her dog as well as spending time with other rescue dogs at the NWTSPCA.

Our Volunteer Board of Directors

Stacey Sundberg
Stacey is from Dettah, and is a Yellowknives Dene First Nation member. She sits on Ecology North’s board because she has a great interest in keeping our environment, land, waters and animals protected from pollution and would like to teach others and learn from others. As First Nation people, we are the stewards and protectors of the land, water and animals. Stacey’s efforts are towards involving young people in learning about the environment around us. Mahsi cho.

Lynda Yonge
Lynda Yonge and her husband have lived off-grid on the outskirts of Yellowknife for 30 years, where they are passionate about exploring more sustainable ways of living. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies with a focus on community-based ecologically sustainable development. Retired now, she spent more than 20 years working for the GNWT’s Wildlife Division, first as a public education specialist then as a biodiversity conservation biologist, a species at risk specialist and finally as Director of the Wildlife Division. Much of her career was spent working collaboratively with Indigenous governments and wildlife co-management boards to develop new legislation to better conserve and manage NWT wildlife. She brings to the board many years of experience with both environmental issues and responsibly managing financial and human resources.

Meghan Housley
Meghan has been living in Yellowknife since January 2016, figuring that if she moved at the coldest and darkest time of the year, things could only get better from there. She has found this to be mostly true. In her free time she likes to be in and on the water as much as possible, ideally biking or hiking to a favourite swimming spot. She works in advertising writing digital content, trying to convince other people visit the North so they can see how good we have it up here.

Rajiv Rawat
Rajiv holds a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University ’04, and a B.A. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Cornell ’96. Over the last 25 years, he has worked in a diverse array of fields such as public health, environmental conservation, information technology, and culture, heritage, and language, including the last 12 years in the Northwest Territories. He has also been involved in a number of community organizations and activist groups.

Linda Bussy
Bio coming soon!

Eric McNair-Landry
Bio coming soon!

Matthew Yap
Bio coming soon!

Nancy Vail
Bio coming soon!