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 & Marketing |
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.

Bella Lam

Director, 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.

Lianne Black

Director, Development |
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!

A.J. Pilobello

Director, Finance and 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

Data Management |
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.

Thalia Kornhauser

Coordinator, Stewardship & Community Relations |
Thalia is well positioned for her role supporting donor stewardship and community outreach as her first experiences with JGI Canada were as an Intern, and then volunteer. Armed with a degree in Environmental Studies and Human Geography, Thalia has since joined the team full time and brings with her a passion for working with all our supporters to raise awareness about the importance of living sustainably and respecting the natural world.

Lauren Saville

Manager, Roots & Shoots |
Lauren has extensive experience teaching and facilitating educational programs for young people about science and the environment.  With degrees in Evolutionary Anthropology and Animal Behaviour, as well as participating in a wildlife ecology program in Tanzania, Lauren is thrilled to share her knowledge of all things primate and animal related and help inspire a new generation of Jane’s.  

Gillian Bilodeau

Executive Assistant/Office Administrator |
Gillian comes to JGI Canada with extensive experience in marketing and advertising as well as having held administrative and customer service positions in numerous sectors. Gillian is delighted to join the JGI family and contribute to an organization that seeks to make a difference for animals, people and the environment.

James Vyas

Assistant, Data Management |
Inspired by Dr. Jane since he was a child, James is thrilled to be part of the JGI family. He enjoys using the skills he has developed working in the design and tech worlds to support conservation goals and, of course, chimpanzees.

Marie Meloche

Program Officer |
After five years working in non-profit organizations in the Middle East with a focus on social justice, women and youth empowerment, and human rights, Marie joined the JGI team as a Program Officer in 2018.  Originally from Montreal, Marie returned to Canada motivated to continue to work towards a more just and sustainable world for all.

Hanna Smit

Coordinator, Communications & Public Awareness |
Having worked with international non-profit organisations in Scotland, Uganda and Canada, Hanna joins the JGI Canada team with a strong background in communications and educational project management. Hanna is committed to conserving the world we all share, and hopes to continue making an impact through her role as Communications and Public Awareness Coordinator.

Meagan Lortie

Project Coordinator, Uncovering Common Ground |
Meagan joins JGI Canada as the Project Coordinator for our Roots & Shoots initiative, Uncovering Common Ground. With a degree in Children’s Rights, a diploma in Indigenous Community and Social Development, and extensive experience working with Indigenous communities, Meagan brings a depth of experience and expertise to her position. As an advocate for truth and reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, Meagan holds a strong belief that true cross-cultural understanding occurs in the space where there is meaningful dialogue.
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