Our Team

ALUS Canada has a small group of dedicated Board members, directors and staff who work to support the delivery of the ALUS program in communities across Canada.

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ALUS Canada Board of Directors

Chip Pitfield
Chair
Toronto

Paul Douglas
Vice President
Calgary

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Larry Kaumeyer
Director
Edmonton

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Mary Buhr
Member
Saskatoon

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ALUS Canada Senior Staff

Bryan Gilvesy, CEO

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ALUS Canada’s CEO, Bryan Gilvesy, has been a tireless advocate for the ALUS concept over the last ten years. He is a champion for progressive, sustainable farming and ranching, having embraced these methods on his own farm, Y U Ranch. Bryan holds a degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University, where he is Executive in Residence for Agriculture and Sustainability. Among his many awards are the Canadian Farmer-Rancher Pollinator Award, the Canadian Agri-Food Award of Excellence for Environmental Stewardship, the Beef Farmers of Ontario Environmental Stewardship Award, the Premier’s Award for Agricultural Innovation, and the Ontario Environment Minister’s Award for Environmental Excellence. His appointments have included the Ministers Species at Risk Advisory Council and the Ontario Bobolink Roundtable. He is also a past Chair of the Norfolk ALUS PAC and the Sustain Ontario Advisory Committee. Bryan is based in Tillsonburg, Ontario.

Lara Ellis, Vice-President, Policy and Partnerships 

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As our Vice-President, Policy and Partnerships, Lara is eager to scale the conservation work of ALUS Canada across the country, while finding effective ways to strengthen environmental protection and grow community sustainability and resilience. Prior to joining ALUS, Lara was Program Director at the Ivey Foundation, where she notably helped develop the Economy and Environment Program, and has also worked at Nature Canada and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society’s Wildlands League. Lara holds Master’s of Management (McGill-McConnell Program) and Bachelor’s of English Literature from McGill University. She is a committee member and former board member of the Canadian Environmental Grantmakers’ Network. Lara is based in Toronto.

 

Lynn Bishop, Vice-President, Finance and Operations

lynnAs Vice-President, Finance and Operations, Lynn ensures that ALUS Canada runs smoothly all over the country. Lynn has been working in the non-profit sector for over 20 years, notably as the General Manager of ALUS Ontario, the founder and senior staff member at Everdale (Environmental Learning Centre and Organic Farm), and as a founder and/or significant contributor to the West End Food Co-op, the Environmental Advisory Committee of Erin, the Everpure Biodiesel Co-op, and the Climate Change Action Group of Erin. She was the winner of the Credit Valley Conservation Award of Excellence in 2010. Lynn holds a Certificate in Co-operative Management from the Schulich School of Business. She is based in Toronto.

 

Michelle Primus, Senior Director, Donor Relations 

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As our Senior Director, Donor Relations, Michelle ensures ALUS’ fund-reporting requirements are met, provides administrative support on funding and grant opportunities, prospects for new funding opportunities, and helps to increase ALUS Canada’s reporting capacity. She brings more than 15 years of charitable and not-for-profit expertise to the ALUS Canada team, having worked in such fundraising and development settings as Reena Foundation, West Park Healthcare Centre Foundation, Holland Bloorview Children’s Rehabilitation Foundation, KCI Philanthropy and the University of Guelph. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Guelph as well as a certificate in records management from the University of Toronto. She is based in Toronto.

 

Bridget Wayland, Director of Communications

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Bridget leads the communications and marketing arm of ALUS Canada. Prior to joining the ALUS team, she was the longtime senior editor at Harrowsmith Country Life magazine and the founding editor of Harrowsmith’s Truly Canadian Almanac, then handled digital fundraising communications at the Trans Canada Trail and McGill University’s fully bilingual Faculty of Law. Bridget holds a Master’s degree in creative writing from Concordia University and a Bachelor’s degree in literature from McGill. She has a passion for social media, syntax and country living. Bridget is based on a few acres in southern Quebec.

 

Katherine Balpataky, Director of Corporate Partnerships and Business Development

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Through the New Acre™ Project, Katherine works with business leaders to cultivate high-impact partnerships that deliver brand value while achieving cleaner air, cleaner water, new wildlife habitats and climate resiliency. Prior to joining ALUS Canada, she led a national multimedia trade publication, Water Canada, and held leadership roles at Canadian Water Network, Grand River Conservation Authority and the former National Roundtable on the Environment and Economy. She holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from York University, a Bachelor of Journalism from Ryerson University, and a certificate in Water Management and Wetland Restoration from the University of Guelph. Katherine is based in Toronto.

 

Rhonda King, Western Canada Lead

As our Western Canada Lead, Rhonda works on several ALUS files, including Alberta Wetland Mitigation and developing the New Acre™ Project in Alberta. Prior to joining ALUS, Rhonda was the Chief Administrative Officer for the County of Vermilion River, where she worked closely with County staff and Alberta Environment to pilot the first Wetland Restoration Agency in rural Alberta and to integrate ALUS Canada into municipal programming. She is a graduate of Business Management from Lakeland College and holds certificates in Local Authority Administration and Local Government Management. Rhonda was raised on a mixed farm in Northern Alberta and is now based in Kiscoty, Alberta.

 

Casey Whitelock, Eastern Hub Manager

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As our Eastern Hub Manager, Casey liaises with our community coordinators and serves as a management resource for local ALUS projects throughout Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes.  Working with ALUS since 2015, Casey started as the ALUS Norfolk Program Coordinator, moving into the role of Eastern Hub Manager in 2017. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Conservation Biology, and Graduate Certificate in Ecosystem Restoration.  Casey is based in Simcoe, Ontario.

 

Paige Englot, Prairie Hub Manager

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As our Prairie Hub Manager, Paige liaises with our community coordinators and serves as a management resource for local ALUS projects throughout the Prairies. She has been involved with ALUS since 2012 when she came on board as the Program Coordinator for the first ALUS pilot program launched in Saskatchewan, and has also worked with a number of not-for-profit watershed organizations. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (BSA) from the University of Saskatchewan with a minor in Soil Science. Along with her ALUS Canada responsibilities, Paige continues to actively work with the Wascana and Upper Qu’Appelle Watershed (WUQWATR) to deliver ALUS on the ground. Paige is based in Regina, Saskatchewan.

 

Christine Campbell, Western Hub Manager

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As our Western Hub Manager, Christine liaises with our community coordinators and serves as a management resource for local ALUS projects throughout Western Canada. Christine has extensive reclamation and project-management experience with collaborative research groups working in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region. She has also worked extensively with non-profits, chairing boards for animal rescue and many local events and initiatives. Christine obtained her B.Sc. in Biological Sciences from the University of Calgary, where she focused on wildlife conservation and genetics, and holds a Diploma in Animal Sciences. An entrepreneur with her own consulting agency, Christine continues to act as wildlife and biodiversity expert and advocate for First Nations stakeholders in Northern Alberta. Christine is based in Calgary, Alberta.

Howie Bjorge, ALUS Canada Agrologist

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Howie joined ALUS Canada as an Agrologist in January 2017. An Agricultural Fieldman at the County of Vermilion River for the past twelve years, Howie has been instrumental in developing ALUS ever since Alberta’s first program was launched there in 2010. In his new capacity, he serves as ALUS Canada’s in-house wetland specialist, and works closely with ALUS Canada’s Western Hub Manager to support  ALUS Canada’s municipal partners and help them capitalize on Alberta-specific opportunities. Howie has previously worked as a 4-H and extension agrologist, a provincial forage agronomist and a confined livestock operation agrologist, having attended the University of Alberta Agriculture Faculty and the University of Regina Faculty of Administration. He is a beef cattle and grain producer who continues to operates the family farm. Howie is based in the Camrose-Stettler area of Alberta.

Dave Reid, Director of Research (Retired)

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Dave was involved with ALUS since 2002 until his retirement in 2018. He a is the primary author of the organization’s principles and ecological restoration guidelines. After earning his Fish and Wildlife Biology degree at the University of Guelph, Dave embarked on a 36-year career with Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources as a biologist and stewardship coordinator. He is a director of the Norfolk Woodlot Owner’s Association, where he has served as an advisor since its inception, and received the Carolinian Canada Coalition Conservation Award in 2011. Dave was raised on a mixed tobacco farm in Norfolk County, Ontario, where he still maintains a 50 acre Carolinian woodlot.