Former Microsoft tech advocate allies with ALUS

ALUS Canada is thrilled to welcome Mary-Ellen Anderson in the newly created role of Head of Special Projects and Innovation.

ALUS Canada is thrilled to welcome former Microsoft executive Mary-Ellen Anderson as our Head of Special Projects and Innovation.

“Mary-Ellen is an excellent addition to the national team. She brings an intimate knowledge of the technology sector and we know we can count on her to help us home in on new strategies to achieve innovative outcomes,” said ALUS Canada CEO Bryan Gilvesy.

As Head of Special Projects and Innovation, Mary-Ellen will strive to integrate technology solutions and develop impactful partnerships that can accelerate ALUS’ New Acre Project.

“The current climate crisis means each of us need to do whatever we can to accelerate the impact of programs like New Acre Project which supports farmers and ranchers, who can play a pivotal role by building nature on their land, one acre at a time,” Anderson said.

A former technology executive, Anderson served as a Vice President at Microsoft Canada for close to 13 years before retiring from the company a year ago. She received the ‘Founders Award’ in 2011 for launching MSN Canada, led Microsoft’s Developer Platform and Evangelism team to win ‘Top Developed Subsidiary’ in 2013, and was named Manager of the Year in 2018 for establishing the company’s Customer Success Unit.

Prior to working in technology, Anderson spent close to two decades with Canadian public and private broadcasters. She began her career as a forester, after graduating from Lakehead University with an Honours B.Sc. in Forestry.

Since leaving Microsoft, she has shared her expertise with several nonprofits and start-ups before deciding to focus her efforts on helping ALUS and New Acre Project.

“Working with ALUS is an opportunity to come full circle to my environmental roots,” she said.  “I’m excited to be able to draw on my communication and technology experience to help scale ALUS’ proven programs across North America and around the world.”

ALUS and New Acre Project cannot achieve our goals alone and look forward to leveraging Mary-Ellen’s experience and expertise to deliver technology innovations that help ALUS community partners and participants exceed their goals.


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