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 |
Bio coming soon!

A.J. Pilobello

Director, Finance |
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.

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 to 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 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

Executive Assistant & Office Administrator |
As one of JGI Canada's awesome volunteers, Thalia joined the JGI team as a staff member in 2017. Thalia brings nearly a decade of office administrator experience to her role and is excited to put her skills to good use in support of community conservation and all things chimp-related. With her knowledge and passion for environmental leadership, Thalia manages the volunteer program at JGI Canada and loves working with supporters of all ages who care deeply for the cause.

Danielle Sarusi

Coordinator, Community Engagement (on maternity leave) |
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.

Caitlin Russell

Coordinator, Community Engagement |
Caitlin has a background in film production and a passion for community focused development. After spending a number of years travelling and coordinating international service learning programs for university students, she believes in the power of youth to create positive change in their neighbourhood. Caitlin is excited to engage the JGI community online and through the Roots & Shoots program.

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.
Photo credits on this page: Caitlin Russell, Ophir Sarusi, Alana Pitamber