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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Mary Buhr
Member
Saskatoon

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John Coyne
Member
Toronto

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ALUS Canada 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, Senior 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, Vice-President, Donor Relations 

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As our Vice-President, 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.

 

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.

 

Mary-Ellen Anderson, Head of Special Projects and Innovation

As Head of Special Projects and Innovation, Mary-Ellen Anderson looks for intersections where technology services and solutions can help ALUS reach its objectives. She aims to help ALUS build unique partnerships with individuals and corporations to develop new strategies that deliver innovative outcomes.  A former technology executive, Anderson served as a Vice President at Microsoft Canada for close to 13 years.  Prior to working in technology, Mary-Ellen spent close to two decades working for Canadian public and private broadcasters and began her career as a forester after graduating from Lakehead University with an Honours B.Sc. in Forestry. She now helps a range of organizations, including ALUS Canada, break new ground in technology and innovation. Passionate about sharing her breadth of experiences and knowledge, Mary-Ellen lives and works in Toronto.

Katherine Balpataky, Senior Director of Corporate Partnerships

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.

 

Nadine Mercure, Director of Communications & Digital Strategy

A digital and communications professional for more than twenty years, Nadine Mercure has been at the forefront of the digital transformation of the media industry, the way we work and communicate.
Nadine has held various leadership positions at Bell Media, Microsoft, La Presse, and the Cirque du Soleil group. More recently, as a consultant, she has assisted organizations in the education and transportation sectors as well as a non-profit organization in the innovation sector with their internal and external communications and project management needs.
Throughout her career, she has been guided by her desire to engage in meaningful work that brings people together and to create collaborative, high-performance work environments. She is based in Montreal, Quebec.

 

Casey Schelock, Associate Director, Development and Operations

As Associate Director, Development and Operations, Casey works to support the administration and management of funding and grant opportunities for ALUS Canada. Casey’s expertise also helps identify funding opportunities at both the national and community level and ensure clear communication between ALUS Canada and our funders. Casey started with ALUS Canada in 2015 as a Program Coordinator and held the position of Eastern Hub Manager prior to moving into her current role. She has a degree in Conservation Biology from The University of Western Ontario, and a Certificate in Ecosystem Restoration from Niagara College. She is based in Simcoe, ON.

 

Jill Weaver, Manager of Business Development

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Jill comes to ALUS with experience in a variety of roles, predominantly in the not-for-profit sector working directly with the business community. She founded Stock Exchange, a premium regenerative ag ‘nose-to-tail’ wholesale food production business. Jill was awarded a FedDevON grant through Innovation Guelph, for this work. Jill’s personal interest and motivation to advance the national initiative of the New Acre™ Project dovetails naturally with her desire to contribute to a strong community and create a healthier environment for her children to grow-up and thrive in. Jill is excited to remain connected with her farming community, while expanding her knowledge and appreciation for conservation.

 

Alyssa Cousineau, Eastern Hub Manager

Alyssa CousineauAs our Eastern Hub Manager, Alyssa 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 2016, Alyssa started as the ALUS Elgin Program Coordinator, moving into the role of Eastern Hub Manager in 2020. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Masters in Environment and Sustainability. Alyssa is based in Tillsonburg, Ontario.

 

 

Paige Englot, Prairie Hub Manager, National Manager of Community Grants

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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.

 

 

Christine Campbell, Senior Hub Manager, Western Hub

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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.

 

Karen Snethun, Associate Hub Manager, Western Hub

Karen SnethunAs Associate Hub Manager, Karen will support western community ALUS Coordinators as well as Hub Managers from across Canada. Karen is from Central Alberta and has spent her career in the Alberta agriculture sector. She has specific experience in the non-profit area particularly with the development of the organic grain sector where she applied her skills in program delivery and fund development. Karen also offers a background in agricultural lending and admits to enjoying budgets and ag finance. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (BSc) with a specialty in Agricultural Economics. Karen is based in Clive, Alberta.

 

Todd Westcott, Communications Associate

A communications and digital marketing specialist, Todd was previously the Content & Marketing Manager at Actual Media, where he applied his skills in web development, search engine optimization, copy editing and client management. Prior to that, he lived and worked in Japan, volunteered in theatre and event production, and engaged in community organizing and activism. Todd holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Guelph and a certificate in print and digital publishing from Centennial College. Passionate about the environment, cycling and chess, he lives and works in Toronto.

 

Koral Wysocki, Partnerships Manager

KKoral Wysockioral holds a deep commitment to community-led conservation. Her experiences in this field across Ontario and before that in Scotland, Cambodia and Zimbabwe, are what drew her to ALUS. As the Partnerships Manager with ALUS, Koral will work to build effective networks to support the ALUS mission of building place-based projects to serve communities and the environment. Koral’s understanding of the connection between respectful community interaction and transformative approaches to environmental conservation previously led her to join the board of directors of the Global Institute of Forest Therapy (GIFT) and to become certified as a Regenerative Practitioner. Koral is based in Hamilton, Ontario.

 

Joe Csoff, PAC Liaison

Joe Csoff is a farmer from Otterville, Ontario, who has been involved with ALUS Norfolk since 2008, first as a participant, then as a PAC member, farmer liaison, teacher and mentor, and has now joined the ALUS Canada team on a part-time, ongoing basis to help support its national network of ALUS community leaders as our PAC Liaison. Joe is available to provide PAC Chairs and PAC members with support and advice as needed: ALUS PAC members can ask their Hub Manager to set up an in-person meeting, or they can contact him directly by phone anytime from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Eastern time)—visit the Contact Us page for contact information.