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.

Nia Reid

Office Manager

Email admin@ecologynorth.ca

About me
Nia is British and grew up in Cyprus until she went to the University of York, England where she studied a BSc in Accounting, Business Finance and Management. She recently moved to Yellowknife in 2019 to be near family and is adjusting to life below 40 degrees.

After university, Nia spent 2 years working and travelling in New Zealand where she learnt and practiced permaculture principles and absorbed the Maori spirit of looking after the land. She has brought that passion with her and is learning the art of growing food in the North.

Katharine Thomas

Education Program Manager

Email kat@ecologynorth.ca

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

Kat studied psychology and biology at King’s College and Dalhousie University, in Halifax. While at university, she 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.

Richelle Castillo

Project Officer – Event Planner

Email richelle@ecologynorth.ca

About me
Coming soon!

Emma Butler

Local Food Intern

Email emma@ecologynorth.ca

About me
Emma is a lifelong Yellowknife local, currently attending Carleton University in Ottawa to get her B.Eng degree in Sustainable and Renewable Energy Engineering. Emma is joining the Ecology North team this summer to work on local food projects. Through her experiences with the SJF Green Team, Our Time YK, Climate Strike YK, Yellowknife Food Rescue, FOXY and other groups, she has developed a passion for protecting the environment, and especially the northern one she knows and loves.

She is excited to be working with Ecology North and the Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems on food-related projects in the NWT to help foster community health, food security, and engagement in the local food system. Her belief is that everyone should have access to physically and culturally nourishing food, and that the more it is sourced locally, the better — for our people, our communities’ resilience and prosperity, and our environment.

Kate Shanrey Mendoza

Education & Events Summer Student

Email kate@ecologynorth.ca

About me
Kate Shanrey was born in the Philippines, raised in Toronto, Ontario, and continued to thrive in the North. She’s currently attending the University of Toronto in Mississauga, Ontario to complete her H.B.Sc degree in Biology and in Exceptionality in Human Learning. Kate Shanrey is ecstatic to join the Ecology North Team as an Education & Events Summer Student for the upcoming 2021 summer!

With her experiences with being a senior member of the ESPHS & UTM Jack Chapter, involvements with Saving The Bees Project, UTM Green Team, working with youth in various age groups and other social organizations, Kate Shanrey has flourished a passion and devotion to be a Mental Health advocate for youth, especially for protecting the North’s beautiful environment and wildlife. She continues to spread the love and the hard-working motivation around Yellowknife by volunteering for various organizations. Kate Shanrey is beginning to start a new chapter in her life with the experiences she will endure and carry at Ecology North.

As one of the young individuals of this generation, she continues to believe that mental health and the environment have a positive impact on our everyday life and it’s what keeps us alive!

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!

Jennifer Broadbridge
Bio coming soon!

Nancy Vail
Bio coming soon!