Andria Teather

Chief Executive Officer |
In 2002, Andria left the corporate world to work in the not-for-profit sector on diverse projects for organizations such as Volunteer Vancouver, Volunteering Western Australia and YWCA Vancouver.  She was the Executive Director of the Giving in Action Society and Vice-President, Grants and Community Initiatives, at the Vancouver Foundation. She has been a volunteer for a number of organizations and is pleased to be making a difference for people, animals and the environment.

Victoria Foote

Director, Communications & Fund Development |
Victoria has worked in the environmental non-profit sector for more than a decade where she spearheaded numerous campaigns and edited a magazine that received multiple Gold and Silver National Magazine Awards for excellence in environmental reporting. Inspired by Dr. Jane, Victoria works with JGI Canada’s awesome team to maximize the organization’s impact here and around the world.

Jennifer Duffy

Manager, Roots & Shoots |
With more than 10 years’ experience as an educator, Jen joined the Jane Goodall Institute to focus her efforts on encouraging young people protect the Earth. Jen created the Tales from the Science Buffalo educational outreach program with WISEST (Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science & Technology at the University of Alberta) to engage Aboriginal students and train teachers through Indigenous Ways of Knowing.

Danielle Sarusi

Coordinator, Community Engagement |
With a background in anthropology and almost a decade of youth programming and project coordination experience, Danielle joined JGI Canada to support young Canadians who are making a difference in their communities while learning about the connection between people, animals, and the environment. Dani brings experience in coordinating and leading international service learning projects for university students on community development initiatives.

Bella Lam

Manager, Africa Programs |
Bella joined JGI Canada in 2016, bringing with her over 15 years of experience working in international development. A passionate advocate for building local capacity, Bella has worked collaboratively with communities, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa, to improve their well-being in different sectors, including health, nutrition, water and sanitation, food security, and economic empowerment.

A.J. Pilobello

Manager, Finance & Administration |
A.J. is a Chartered Professional Accountant with a background in commerce and economics and joined JGI in 2015. He brings with him extensive experience in the not for profit sector having worked and volunteered for numerous non-profits including serving as Treasurer, Board Member and as a School Mentor.

Danielle Allen

Coordinator, Fund Development |
Danielle joined the team in 2015, inspired by JGI Canada’s holistic approach to animal and environmental protection. Danielle has worked as a Philanthropy Associate and as the IT manager at Ecojustice Canada and as a Youth Coordinator with Ladies Learning Code, a non-profit organization empowering women and children to become makers of technology.

Kylie Mondorf

Grant Writer & Researcher |
Kylie joined the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada in 2016, and is thrilled to be part of a team that has the profound ability to inspire individual action to make a positive difference in the world. Kylie brings strong experience in fundraising and grant writing for non-profit organizations and expertise from her degree in Tourism and Parks Management where she focused on environment and wildlife conservation and community engagement to foster environmental stewardship.

Thalia Kornhauser

Executive Assistant & Office Administrator |
Thalia was one of JGI Canada's outstanding volunteers before joining the team as a staff member in 2017. Thalia brings nearly a decade of office administrator experience to her role here, and is excited to put her skills to good use in support of community conservation and all things chimp.

Board of Directors

Carlos D. Colorado, Chair

Dr. Carlos Colorado is a researcher, filmmaker, and Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Religion and Culture at the University of Winnipeg. His research focuses on the intersections between religion, power, social justice, and public life.

Helen Hirsh Spence

Helen Hirsh Spence brings a wealth of experience in senior leadership positions and is past Chair of the Board of Directors. Helen consults, lectures and facilitates internationally with a focus on leadership development, education and environmental issues. The Canadian Board Diversity Council recently selected Helen as a Diversity 50 winner.

Rick Quinn

Dr. Rick Quinn, a veterinary ophthalmologist in private referral practice with academic experience in teaching and research, has lectured internationally. The Founding Director of Docs4GreatApes, Rick is passionate about humanitarian, conservation and social justice issues in developing countries and a strong proponent of the One Health approach to attain optimal health for people, animals and the environment.

Shawn Lehman

Dr. Shawn M. Lehman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto.

Vivian Leung

Vivian Leung is a corporate lawyer with more than 15 years of experience, both in private practice at nationally recognized law firms in Canada and the United States, and as in-house counsel at two Canadian technology companies.

Lisa R. Lifshitz

Lisa R. Lifshitz is a partner in Torkin Manes’ Business Law Group, specializing in the areas of information technology and business law and is the leader of the firm’s Technology, Privacy & Data Management Group.

Rohit Ramchandani

Dr. Rohit Ramchandani trained as a Doctor of Public Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He works to improve the health of women, children and adolescents in low and middle income countries around the world, and is Founder and CEO of Antara Global Health Advisors, a Canadian consultancy that provides public health and management advice to leading organizations around the world.

Martha Turner

Martha Turner is a seasoned digital and marketing executive with over 20 years experience. She holds a M.A. from the University of Toronto, is a Huffington Post author on marketing innovation and was previously an appointed member of both the Canadian Marketing Association Executive Council and the Sick Kids Digital Marketing Advisory Council. Outside of work, Martha is a proud mom, wife, supporter and collector of emerging artists’ works, animal lover, and local organic foodie.

Sarah Wertkin

Sarah Wertkin volunteered in the JGI Canada office before becoming a Board member. She holds a MA in education from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently working on a master’s degree in Anthrozoology at Canisius College. Sarah is most interested in animal behaviour and dog cognition. Sarah, her husband, two children, dogs and cats love living in Toronto after relocating from the United States.

Chelsea Caldwell

Chelsea Caldwell is currently in her last year of the JD program at Osgoode Hall Law School, with an interest in human rights & international law. Her passion for social justice has led her to work with UNICEF in their Geneva & Bangkok regional offices, as well as intern with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Sujeet Kini

Sujeet Kini is the Chief Financial Officer at Hootsuite. He has an extensive background in corporate finance and accounting at public and private companies around the world, including leadership roles at OpenText, GT Group Telecom, and PwC. He also sits on the Committee for Corporate Reporting of Financial Executives International Canada.

Laura Couvrette

Laura is a Chartered Professional Accountant and nature enthusiast at heart, who lives and works in Toronto as a Partner at Fuller Landau LLP. She was recently designated a Woman for Nature through Nature Canada, and at Fuller Landau, she champions the firm’s environmental sustainability initiatives. Laura loves when she is able to combine her favorite activities together, spending time with her family, running and traveling.
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