Craig ScottExecutive Director
I moved to Yellowknife in 2002, and immediately got involved with Ecology North when an excited member nominated me to the Board (muttering something about fresh blood). Not knowing quite what I was getting into, I ended up loving the experience and spent 6 years on the Board, learning and volunteering time. This Board experience led to work as a contractor and I was hired to complete climate change adaptation plans for NWT communities. This turned into a short-term contract with EN and eventually, I parlayed all these EN experiences into a position at the helm of the organization as the Executive Director.
I completed an honours Environmental Studies degree at Waterloo University, with a business option. This degree led to a variety of experiences across the world, Canada and the North. Upon moving to Yellowknife, I worked in Environmental consulting with FSC Consulting, and with the GNWT as the Climate Change Specialist. These experiences allowed me to start CS Environmental and work independently as an environmental consultant. Highlights of this work include, authoring climate change adaptation plans for three NWT communities, developing Permafrost Guidebooks for Homeowners for NWT and Nunavut and doing a wide-variety of energy, and climate change projects. When not in the office, I can be found with my wife and three young girls, canoeing, fishing, kite-skiing, or playing hockey or Frisbee. In the Spring I can be found in the woods harvesting birch syrup, and collecting wild foods as part of my partnership in the wild food company Arctic Harvest.
Dawn TremblayCompost Specialist
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 AugerOffice Manager
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 ThomasEducation Program Manager
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.
Caleb DickeyProject Officer
I moved to Yellowknife from Manitoba in 2019. I have completed a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Manitoba. Before joining Ecology North I had a background in youth education, having worked at various camps in Canada and New Zealand doing outdoor education. I also worked with The Nature Conservancy of Canada with restoring habitat and biodiversity. I am passionate about the outdoors and enjoy every opportunity to get away and enjoy what it has to offer.
Nuni SansparielProject Officer
Bio (and photo) coming soon!
Nancy VailProject Officer
Bio (and photo) coming soon!
Margeaux GuileSummer Student
Margeaux was born and raised in the Northwest Territories and is very excited to be joining the Ecology North team for a second summer. During this time, she will be designing resources, canoeing, camping, and enjoying all that our northern wilderness has to offer. She will be returning to Nanaimo this fall to complete her Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design.
Our Volunteer Board of Directors
Stacey is from Dettah, and she 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 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 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.
Dr. Courtney Howard
Courtney is a Yellowknife ER doctor and the President of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE). Part of the NWT Medical Association team, she led the successful campaign to have the Canadian Medical Association divest from fossil fuels. With CAPE she coordinates MD-advocacy on climate-health across Canada & has been involved in work on active transport, plant-rich diets, integrating health impact assessments into environmental assessments, carbon pricing, coal phase-out, and the health impacts of fracking.
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.
Bio coming soon!