Steering Committee

Katia Gianneschi

Katia Gianneschi has over 25 years of experience as a communications specialist in human rights and development. Katia has provided strategic communications advice and media training to Oxfam Canada, the Canadian Council for international Co-operation, Make Poverty History and Amnesty International Canada, among others. Katia is a life-long volunteer. She was on the national executive committee of Amnesty International, part of the media team for the Ottawa United Way campaign and provided peer support at a second-stage shelter for women.

Katie Gibbs

Katie Gibbs is a scientist, organizer and advocate for science and evidence-based policies. While completing her Ph.D. at the University of Ottawa in Biology, she was one of the lead organizers of the ‘Death of Evidence’—one of the largest science rallies in Canadian history. Katie co-founded Evidence for Democracy, Canada’s leading, national, non-partisan, and not-for-profit organization promoting science and the transparent use of evidence in government decision making. Katie has also been involved in international efforts to increase evidence-based decision-making and advises science integrity movements in other countries and is a member of the Open Government Partnership Multi-stakeholder Forum.

Charles Hodgson

Charles began volunteering with Ecology Ottawa in the summer of 2011. He has been involved in many of Ecology Ottawa’s initiatives including monitoring City Council, researching the City of Ottawa’s stances and progress on a variety of issues, and writing Ecology Ottawa publications. As well, Charles has helped out doing technical work with our database and website. He is now working on the Climate Change campaign.

Dale Marshall

Dale grew up in northeastern Quebec, roaming the boreal forest that began at his family’s backyard fence and, during the one month it was possible, splashing around in the North Atlantic waters. For over 20 years, Dale has worked on environmental protection, mostly related to energy and climate change. Policy research and advocacy in Vancouver and Ottawa was followed by two years in Cambodia to assist people and communities most vulnerable and impacted by climate inaction. Dale is now the National Climate Program Manager at Environmental Defence, working to move Canada towards greater action and responsibility on climate change and towards clean, modern renewable energy technologies, while phasing out all fossil fuels such as oil, coal, and natural gas.

Charlee Heath

Charlee is a recent graduate of a Joint Honours in Communications and Political Science from the University of Ottawa. With the public service, she worked on environmental and science policy specific to the Canadian Arctic, with Polar Knowledge Canada and with the Canadian International Arctic Centre at the Canadian Embassy to Norway. While at Polar, she organized the Women in Northern Science panel discussion on increasing diversity and accessibility in northern science. She is excited to apply this experience and her passion for environmentalism to working with Ecology Ottawa. Charlee is a Young Director in the Girls on Boards 2020 cohort. Girls on Board places community-minded, motivated and trained young women (aged 18-25) on non-profit governance boards in their communities across Canada, challenging the status quo of low female representation on governance boards.”

Kate Reekie

Kate started volunteering with Ecology Ottawa in 2009, and has been a supporter of the organization ever since. She has worked in the sustainable development field for over twenty years, principally with Global Affairs Canada and the former Canadian International Development Agency, and has spent over ten years living abroad in Costa Rica, Japan, Kosovo, Honduras, and Vietnam. While thinking globally, Kate has also been one to act locally, volunteering over the years with a wide range of Ottawa-based non-profits including CKCU-FM, Great Canadian Theatre Company, Citizens for Safe Cycling, Peace and Environment Resource Centre, and Samba Ottawa. She is currently active on environmental and waste management issues with the Glebe Community Association while pursuing graduate studies in sustainability at Harvard University.

Elizabeth Bernstein

Liz is the Executive Director of the Nobel Women’s Initiative. Previously, Liz served as coordinator of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines and Make Poverty History Canada. She sits on the board of directors of Mines Action Canada and the Lowertown Community Association, as well as the Ecology Ottawa board.

Pam Foster

Pam has worked for the United Nations Environment Program, Environment Canada, Friends of the Earth, the Halifax Initiative, and South Asia Partnership. Pam is currently director of campaigns and communications at the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions. Pam is also the founder of Centretown Movies and the initiator of Imagine Ottawa.

Maureen Hollingworth

Maureen is a freelance editor and writer, with more than 30 years experience in international development, peace and environmental issues. Maureen is also a member of the Ecology Ottawa board of directors.

Stefan Reinecke

Stefan studied civil engineering at the University of Waterloo and the University of Toronto. He was also involved in starting Ottawa’s first pilot-scale community fine paper recycling program. Stefan spent four years working for an environmental engineering company and he currently works with a sustainability consultancy in Ottawa.

Graham Saul

Graham Saul has more than 25 years of experience working on social and environmental justice issues. His background includes five years with Oxfam International in Maputo, Mozambique, and five years in Washington, D.C., with the Bank Information Centre. Since returning to Canada in 2004, he has worked as the International Programme Director for Friends of the Earth Canada and Oil Change International, and was the Executive Director of Climate Action Network Canada. Graham was a founding member and Executive Director of Ecology Ottawa. He believes that in order to build a better world, we need to learn how to build a better city.

Jennifer Auten

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