Our People

Our Staff

Dawn Tremblay

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.

Emily McInnis

Office Manager

Email admin@ecologynorth.ca

About me
Emily is a long-time Yellowknifer – her family moved up in 2005 and the north has been home since. She honed her communications skills in the newsroom for the past four years and is looking forward to using those skills to help promote a healthy northern environment.

Emily shares her love of our varied ecosystems with her two children, Simon and Hazel. When she’s not crocheting, baking, or buried in a book you can usually find her trying to get a cool macro shot of whatever insect pauses long enough.

Zain Ali

Education Program Manager

Email zain@ecologynorth.ca

About me
Bula! (“Wishing your life happiness and good health”-Fijian greeting.) Zain is your primary contact for anything Environmental Education. Zain moved to Yellowknife in 2018 with their partner Lindsay, two beautiful fur babies Mew and Saruman, and Lindsay’s father Bernie. Some of Zain’s past experience includes working as an Educational Assistant for Range Lake North School, a Care Manager for Home Care Assistance Edmonton and a Jr. Archaeologist for the Bodo Archaeological Society. Zain is also the Camp Director for Camp Connections with the Foster Family Coalition of the NWT. Zain has a diploma in Avionics Engineering Technology from NAIT and is completing a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Anthropology from MacEwan University.

Zain loves to learn and finds humans and their relationship to their environments incredibly interesting. Zain can often be found discussing and pondering diverse ideologies on science, culture, philosophy, theology and psychology while using the principals of peace, love, compassion and pacifism to guide their daily actions. Volunteering and community support is important to Zain, and since moving to Yellowknife has found a number of great causes to assist with including becoming the Executive Secretary and Director of Youth Engagement and Workshops for the NWT Creative Collective, the Executive Treasurer for the Rainbow Coalition of Yellowknife and am a Member of the GNWT Anti-Poverty Advisory Committee.

Richelle Castillo

Project Officer – Event Planner

Email richelle@ecologynorth.ca

About me
Richelle moved to Yellowknife in 2010 and she has been a knifer ever since. She completed her undergraduate degree at Mount Royal University in Business Administration, Marketing, and Sport and Recreation.

Richelle is an avid outdoor adventurer and enjoys being out on the water in any way. In her free time, she coaches for the local youth basketball club.

Carl Jr. Kodakin-Yakeleya

On-The-Land Recreation Assistant Summer Student

Email carl@ecologynorth.ca

About me
Carl has been living in the north for most of his life. He is from Deline, and has been living in and out of Yellowknife since 2010. After he graduated from St. Patrick high school, he attended University of Alberta in Edmonton and Aurora College in Fort Smith for Office and Business administration. Carl is a family man with two children and a new one on the way. He loves playing sports, music, and learning on a daily basis. He loves teaching his Dene culture and what the land and animals provide for all of us.

Brandon Pludwinski

Environmental Education Project Officer

Email brandon@ecologynorth.ca

About me
Although Brandon was born and raised in Toronto, he is incredibly excited to be living in Yellowknife. Brandon completed his undergraduate degree at Wilfrid Laurier University in Global Studies with minors in Environmental Studies and French, his Master’s at the University of Waterloo in Rec and Leisure where his thesis explored ways to decolonize canoe tripping practices in southern Ontario, and is currently remotely working on his PhD at the University of Ottawa where he is looking at how climate change adaptation is mediated by race, culture, and politics.

He spent his summers at a residential summer camp just north of Haliburton, Ontario where his love for anything outdoors, particularly canoe tripping, grew. Nothing excites him quite like eating a freshly roasted s’more over a bonfire, under a sky full of stars, with a group of good friends.

Jordyn Riou

Education and Events Summer Student Intern

Email jordyn@ecologynorth.ca

About me
Jordyn moved to Yellowknife in 2014 and spent her high school years attending St. Patrick high school. After graduation, she began her Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Study program in Halifax, Nova Scotia from Mount Saint Vincent University. She is now heading into her third year, and is very excited to spend her summer months home as the Education and Events Summer Student Intern with Ecology North.

Jordyn loves learning and can’t get enough of her studies and volunteer opportunities. She loves dancing, reading, and spending time outdoors with loved ones, whether for a swim, hike, skate, or just to relax and admire the North (and the ocean when in Halifax)!

Our Volunteer Board of Directors

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.

Eric McNair-Landry
Bio coming soon!

Dylan Cook
Bio coming soon!

Aïda Nciri
Bio coming soon!

Jean Yves-Drouin
Bio coming soon!