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

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!

Zain Ali

Education Program Manager

Email zain@ecologynorth.ca

About me
Coming soon!

Brandon Pludwinski

Project Officer – Education

Email brandon@ecologynorth.ca

About me
Coming soon!

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!