CCC Staff & Consultants | Carolinian Canada

CCC Staff & Consultants

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Executive Director
Michelle Kanter
IT Systems Coordinator
Network Coordinator, Webmaster, Chief Editor, Communications Director
Tristan Bentley
Go Wild Grow Wild

Michelle Kanter

Executive Director

Michelle Kanter has held the position of Executive Director of the Carolinian Canada Coalition since 2003 and has been involved with the Coalition since its inception in 1984. With 30 years of experience in wildlife research and land stewardship, she has worked with a broad range of stakeholders around the world on innovative conservation partnerships to save, steward and seed important habitat and rare species. Since she started at the Coalition, programs have grown five-fold, thanks to a strong team of individuals and groups that focus on ecosystem recovery in southwestern Ontario. With a home base in Dorchester Swamp, she enjoys exploring nature’s role in healthy communities, photography, hiking and writing. She currently sits on the Ontario Species at Risk Public Advisory Committee.

Jarmo Jalava

Director of Ecosystem Recovery

Jarmo Jalava manages Carolinian Canada's Ecosystem Recovery Program. Since volunteering at the Long Point Bird Observatory as a teenager in the 1970s, Jarmo has worked in many capacities in the conservation field – from extensive field surveys in some of Ontario’s most treasured natural areas to high-level international, national and provincial conservation planning initiatives. Jarmo has authored or co-authored more than 120 reports and articles in the fields of ecology and the environment, including baseline ecological studies of two of Ontario's UNESCO World Biosphere Reserves (Niagara Escarpment and eastern Georgian Bay coast). Recipient of Ontario Nature's Steve Hounsell Greenway Award in 2013, Jarmo's vision is to promote the informed protection and recovery of ecosystems, sustainable land uses and lifestyles, and deep reverence for the natural world, by applying his experience as an ecologist, songwriter, writer, educator and facilitator.

Lisa Boyce

Administrative Assistant

Lisa Boyce has lived in London, Ontario since the age of eight when her family moved from Hastings, England. After attending Fanshawe College in London for Accounting, Management and Business, Lisa opened her own business, Boyce Business Services, to use her skills and aid other small businesses with their management, bookkeeping and administration needs. Lisa and her husband Warren continue to raise their children Matthew and Alexandria in London and enjoy hiking, camping and bicycling so they can teach their children to enjoy and take care of this fabulous country we live in.

Tristan Bentley

IT Systems Coordinator, Webmaster

Tristan Bentley is a visual artist, web designer, and teacher. The Internet is synonymous with communication in today's society. As the webmaster and eco-news editor for the Carolinian Canada Coalition since October 2010, Tristan brings his diverse educational background to bare in helping the Coalition move forward technologically. Camping, hiking, and canoeing since childhood, Tristan also feels very at home in the natural settings of the Carolinian Zone, and feels that CCC is the right place to be in order to help protect all of the things in nature that he loves.

Ben Porchuk

Carolinian Zone Ecologist

Ben Porchuk has over two decades of experience in wildlife biology and ecology, non-profit management, environmental consulting, and sustainable living. Working with rural threatened ecosystems in southern Ontario and in densely population urban centres, Ben has become both a highly experienced practitioner on ecological systems recovery and an strong agent for restoring urban ecology to greater resiliency. Now living in a densely populated area of a London, Ontario, Ben's property consists of over 150 species of native plants, including a wetland, all visited by many rare species of wildlife, seldom observed in the downtown of a city.

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Karolyne Pickett

Carolinian Zone Ecologist

Karolyne Pickett manages Carolinian Canada Coalition’s Landowner Leaders program. Karolyne is an ecologist with over 10 years of experience working on species at risk in Ontario at both the federal and provincial government levels. From identifying habitat impacts to recommending mitigation measures, she has extensive experience working through challenging land-use issues. Karolyne thrives on the successful navigation of our modern way of life’s competing interests. Nothing is more fascinating to her than the diversity of life forms and the beauty of nature. Karolyne finds it extremely fulfilling to collaborate with landowners that share that same sense of wonder for the natural world, and looks forward to helping many landowners conserve and restore natural habitat on the lands they hold dear.

Daniel Fuentes

Corporate Strategy Specialist

Daniel graduated from Ivey MBA Program earlier this year. During his MBA, he chaired Ivey's Sustainability Forum in 2016, participated at a number of case competitions (including Hult Prize at Western University—putting forward a microfinance business proposal for refugees in Canada—, and, at Simon Fraser's sustainability case competition—leading the only business-school team that put forward a social impact bond model to engage First Nation communities and utility companies in energy delivery, job creation, and financial innovation). Before starting his MBA studies, Daniel worked for the Embassy of Mexico's Multilateral Affairs Branch, assisting the Embassy's leadership in the development of international strategies and policies.

Go Wild Grow Wild

Lauren Selby

Go Wild Grow Wild Manager - Education Specialist

Growing up on a farm outside of Chatham, Lauren is passionate about the outdoors. Beginning her career at the Ministry of Natural Resources focused on restoring natural habitat with landowners, Lauren started to pursue other avenues to share and spread the knowledge of what people can do for nature. Now a qualified teacher, Lauren has worked as an Environmental Educator for school boards and privately as a consultant, designing, developing and implementing environmental education programming for the Ontario Curriculum for the last 15 years. Her most recent outreach event is managing the Go Wild Grow Wild expo. She now lives north of Guelph happily raising two active frog spotters.

Betsy McClure

Go Wild Grow Wild Assistant

Jessica Kirschner

Exhibitor Support

Kathryn McLeod

Marketing & Communications Strategy Specialist

Kathryn is a forest wanderer, activator, innovator, traveler, and awkward dancer. She has a professional background in the private and not-for-profit sectors and is a pioneering business marketer specializing in Social Enterprise.

Her life and professional experiences have led her down a different path than most. A few years ago, she had an insane dream that would require her to leave her job, sell all of her possessions, buy a one-way ticket to Africa and risk everything. In 2012, she made that dream a reality by co-founding a web-based initiative geared towards raising the awareness of Global Citizenship. Was she scared? You bet! Confident that traveling around the world would broaden her mind? Absolutely!

After hundreds of days spent living the digital nomadic life, she is committed to sustainable community development through social innovation and meaningful change. Now, she's super stoked to join the CCC team and support the Go Wild Grow Wild Expo!

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