About Our Team Teamwork makes Jane’s dream work. Driven by the cause. The JGI Canada team is a group that comes from all walks of life – from corporate sustainability, to arts and entertainment, to international development. We bring our skills and passion to work every day, to fight for a more just and sustainable world. Interested in having a JGIC expert speak at your event? Email email@example.com. Visit our careers page to learn about open opportunities. Bella Lam Joint Interim CEO and Director of Programs She/Her firstname.lastname@example.org Bella has over 20 years of experience in international cooperation, managing sustainable development projects and amplifying the work of local partners across regions of Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and South Asia. Bella joined the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada in 2016, where she currently leads a team to address the convergence of three crises: climate change, biodiversity loss, and environmental inequity. She has in-depth experience with community-centred conservation promoting the “One Health” approach that recognizes the well-being of people, animals and the environment are deeply interconnected. Her expertise in program management incorporates a rights-based approach to development that respects Indigenous perspectives. Bella holds a Master of Science in Environment and Development, with a focus on gender equality. ”What makes me proud to work at JGI is seeing the evolution of our community-centred conservation work being grounded on gender equality and Indigenous perspectives.” Lianne Black Joint Interim CEO and Director of Development She/Her email@example.com Lianne joins JGI Canada with more than 18 years of fundraising experience at a range of non-profit organizations that have focused on environmental, animal welfare and social justice issues. After living in Australia for a number of years, Lianne returns to Canada to pursue her passion to work towards a more caring and sustainable world – and is enjoying all four seasons, even winter! Alex Johnson Joint Interim CEO and Director of Marketing and Communications She/Her firstname.lastname@example.org Alex has worked in not-for-profit communications for over a decade, from founding Toronto’s then-largest travelling theatre festival to building a digital department at the Koffler Centre of the Arts, to leading the cutting-edge communications team at Jack.org, Canada’s largest charity training and empowering youth mental health advocates. With the JGIC, she’s responsible for building, protecting and activating a nationally-recognized brand, telling stories from the field, and compelling our community to act with hope, conviction, and authenticity. “At JGIC, every time we seek to do better, and be better, it’s always met with enthusiasm. This is a team that operates on the highest possible level, seeking to make a real impact at every stage.” Prakash Singh Senior Manager, Finance He/Him email@example.com As an ambitious accounting and finance manager, Prakash enjoys working collaboratively to manage multiple projects of varying complexity. His specialty is strategic planning with a focus on evaluating current processes for opportunities to make positive changes. Auditing, financial reporting, and CRA returns are key strengths that support robust compliance management, maximize revenue, and minimize costs. Prakash comes with CPA, CGA, and EMBA degrees with more than 20 years of experience in international development agencies. Lauren Saville Roots & Shoots Manager She/Her firstname.lastname@example.org Lauren has extensive experience teaching and facilitating educational programs for young people about science and the environment. She is passionate about showing youth that they can make a positive change in their communities and for the environment. She also loves to share her knowledge of all things primate-related, given her background in animal behaviour and evolutionary anthropology. “I’m proud to work here every time I read through the A.P.E. Fund end-of-year reports, and learn how impactful the funding and Roots & Shoots projects were to the youth involved. This is probably my favourite thing to do every year.” Marie Meloche Program Manager She/Her email@example.com Marie has worked with grassroots organizations, local and international NGOs in Canada and the Middle East before joining the JGI team in 2018. As the Programs Manager she supports the implementations of community-centred conservation projects in Africa and Canada. She believes that the key to sustainable development is to build meaningful partnerships with communities and local actors, with women at the center of the locally-led development strategies. “I am particularly proud of how collaborative our work is with other JGI chapters and other partners. We aim to work in a very horizontal, participatory, co-creative manner, and the human connections that stem from this are what I’m most proud of.” Thalia Kornhauser Development Manager She/Her firstname.lastname@example.org Thalia’s first experiences at JGI Canada were as a volunteer and intern with U of T’s School of the Environment in 2015 before joining the team full time in 2017. Armed with a degree in Environmental Studies and Human Geography, and a background in developing environmental education programs with the City of Toronto, Thalia is well positioned stewarding our supporters and putting on exciting events and campaigns that engage our community. With over a decade in development and administrative roles, Thalia is passionate about spreading awareness to live sustainably so that we can all enjoy our only home – planet earth. “My proudest moment was following up on our past projects in Uganda and seeing how they are still thriving for the people and the chimpanzees. It’s a proud reminder that JGI’s conservation solutions are long-term and long-lasting.” Catherine Collins Database Manager (on leave) She/Her email@example.com Catherine joined JGI Canada as Executive Assistant/Office Administrator and now works as Database Manager with the Fundraising Team. With more than 5 years of experience in international development, she is passionate about sustainability and conservation as a means to preserve a bountiful home on Earth for people, wildlife and all living things. “I’m proud of our completed and ongoing projects in Africa and across Canada – witnessing the incredible perseverance and dedication of everyone involved to innovate thoughtful programs that create meaningful change for animals, people and the environment.” Taylor Smith Fund and Resource Development Manager She/Her firstname.lastname@example.org Taylor joins JGI Canada following a 5-year period living in the United Kingdom. Whilst abroad, she completed her master’s studies in Global Wildlife Health and Conservation and worked with several nonprofit organisations that focused on wildlife conservation and environmental sustainability. Having returned to Canada, Taylor is thrilled to contribute her skills, passion, and commitment to nature conservation to the JGI Canada team. In her free time, you can often find Taylor hiking or exploring biodiversity on nature walks. “I am proudest of the strides our team has taken to help pass the Jane Goodall Act in Canada. If passed, this will be a momentous step towards ensuring a safer future for endangered animals in captivity.” Rachel Gruber Manager, Communications She/Her email@example.com Rachel has over 5 years of experience leading and creating meaningful communications that inspire change. With an extensive background in marketing and communications for the charitable and nonprofit sector, she brings a depth of sector-specific knowledge to her role. If you’ve scrolled through our social media pages, received an email from us, or visited our website, you’ve directly experienced her work. Rachel is dedicated to building digital communities where people feel seen, heard, and inspired to take action for our planet. “I am proud to be part of a team that brings genuine care, passion, and curiosity to their work. This group truly believes in what we’re doing and this belief drives our impact. I know that with a team like this we are making a real difference for animals, people, and the environment.” Alison Cuffley Indigenous Relations Manager They/Them firstname.lastname@example.org Alison joins JGI after working with SPCAs and Humane Societies across the country to improve and develop their Indigenization, Decolonization, and Equity policies. Alison holds a unique lived experience from both their German immigrant settler family as well as their relations of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation. A lifelong advocate for the ‘One Health’ concept in animal welfare, Alison is excited to bring their passion for reconciliation and Indigenous-led partnerships to JGI. Alison resides on, and will be working from, the unceded territories of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ speaking peoples – xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, and the Skwxwú7mesh-ulh Sníchim speaking peoples of Skwxwú7mesh Uxwumixw (Squamish) Nation. “I am proud to be a part of a team that strives towards (and succeeds in) working with Indigenous partners in a good way. Through respectful and community-led initiatives, I know that JGI will continue to be a leader in reconciliation based programming for the betterment of all people on this land.” Meagan Lortie Indigenous Relations Manager (on leave) She/Her email@example.com Meagan joined JGI back in 2019 after working alongside Urban Indigenous Community members supporting health and wellbeing. Her passion for supporting her community lead her to a bachelor degree in Children’s Rights and later her diploma in Indigenous Community and Social development. Through her education, personal, and work experiences, Meagan has dedicated herself to supporting Indigenous-led projects and helping organizations navigate decolonization. She is enthusiastic about bringing that knowledge and passion to JGI. “My proudest moment was at the Uncovering Common Ground (UCG) Final Forum in February 2020. The first year of UCG was a lot of learning and a lot of advocacy so it felt a bit like scrambling at times and very unsure on how the vision of UCG was translating to participants and partners. However, seeing that year’s work culminate at the final forum was incredibly rewarding and inspiring. Having the chance to work alongside many young people who have dedicated a large part of their year to collaborating with communities in creating decolonization initiatives was inspiring and motivating. That feeling feed my passion to continue working with and supporting JGI in continuing their decolonization/ Indigenous-led programming.” Lyila Omar Coordinator, Operations & Projects She/Her firstname.lastname@example.org Lyila joins JGI Canada after working with various NGO’s and nonprofits focused on youth, education, and sustainability. She graduated with a degree in Political Science and Environmental Studies, and furthered her education in International Development & Project Management. As someone that has worked in diverse industries prior to development, Lyila is excited to share her knowledge and skills to help reach JGI Canada’s goals. I’m proud to work at JGI Canada because I get to witness colleagues that are dedicated and engaged with their work in conservation, biodiversity, and animal welfare. All the while, bringing hope and positivity to make an impact. I’m also proud to work at JGI Canada because this organization makes a point to change for the better each year with each project, learning lessons along the way to truly make an impact that is sustainable in our communities. Ty Styner Uncovering Common Ground Project Coordinator He/Him email@example.com Hello and Kind Greetings from the Coast Salish, Kwakwaka’wakw, and Nuu-chah-nulth territories of Vancouver Island, BC. My name is Ty Styner and – as my red beard might imply – my ancestry lies in the fields of Ireland and the fjords of Iceland. As a settler-descendant with a passion for wildlife, I am incredibly grateful to learn from Indigenous leaders and community knowledge-carriers whose ancestral ties to the sacred ecologies, and biodiverse territories of British Columbia far exceed my own story here. Through intercultural connections grown from shared values of sustainability and respect for other living beings, I feel an immense sense of gratitude for the opportunity to support the continuation of Indigenous-led stewardship on the west coast today. “Whenever I stand on the land, amongst the cedar trees and sea breeze, side by side with community leaders, I always feel a collective wave of pride and purpose. The joy of seeing a charismatic black bear in a healthy, stewarded environment may be rivalled only by the joy of participating in community celebrations and the sharing of a delicious feast. Funny enough, I’m learning more and more how each supports the other.” Bir Gurung Accountant He/Him firstname.lastname@example.org Bir joined the JGI team in February 2020. He holds an MBA and has extensive experience in accounting/finance, audit, and operations management. He has brought his expertise to a variety of industries including non-for-profits, bi-lateral international development agencies, and corporations. Bir has been inspired to care and work for nature, people, and the animal world ever since his first job with the people-oriented biodiversity conservation program ACAP in Nepal.