The ALUS Team
Meet the Team
Across the country, the ALUS National Team is made up of passionate, highly committed individuals who bring diverse specialties and experiences to the table. The team shares a common goal: to help solve the climate and biodiversity crises.
Board of Directors
ALUS National Team
CEO of ALUS since 2016, Bryan Gilvesy was the third participant to join the ALUS program and has been raising grass-fed beef with ALUS’ support since 2006. Bryan is a champion for progressive, sustainable farming and ranching, having embraced these methods on his own farm, Y U Ranch. The Y U Ranch has received numerous awards for its contributions to the environment and sustainability, including: (2016) Beef Farmers of Ontario, Environmental Stewardship Award; (2013) Premier’s Leadership Award for Agricultural Innovation; and (2009) International Texas Longhorn Breeder of the Year. Bryan holds a degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University, where he is Executive in Residence for Agriculture and Sustainability. Bryan is based in Tillsonburg, Ontario.
Vice-President, Finance and Operations
Lynn ensures that ALUS 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, a founder and senior staff member at Everdale (Environmental Learning Centre and Organic Farm), the Co-op Coordinator at the West End Food Co-op, as well as a member of 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. Lynn is based in Toronto, Ontario.
Vice-President, Stewardship and Fulfillment
Michelle ensures our donors are kept informed and engaged. She oversees all aspects of ALUS reporting, and provides guidance and support on funding and grant opportunities. She brings more than 15 years of charitable and not-for-profit expertise to the ALUS 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. Michelle is based in Toronto, Ontario.
Jordan leads ALUS’ ecosystem services quantification and carbon quantification and credit issuance workplan. She is the former Vice President of Data Insights at Deveron, where she developed methodologies for field scale research which empowered farmers to utilize their own data to inform more efficient and sustainable management decisions. Prior to her work at Deveron, Jordan spent several years in academia doing research and modeling various ecological systems. From the causes of sudden aspen death in the Mid-Western United States, to the implications of lemur loss on tropical forests in Madagascar, Jordan strives to apply her knowledge of systems and mathematics to real world situations and challenges. Jordan has a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and an MA in Applied Mathematics from Wayne State University. Jordan is based out of Chatham, Ontario.
Senior Director, Corporate Partnerships
Katherine works with business leaders to cultivate high-impact partnerships that deliver brand value while achieving corporations’ sustainability objectives. Prior to joining ALUS, 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, Ontario.
National Budget Director / Western Lead
Rhonda is responsible for sound financial management and partnership development 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.
Head of Special Projects and Innovation
Mary-Ellen 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, Mary-Ellen 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. Passionate about sharing her breadth of experiences and knowledge, she now helps a range of organizations, including ALUS, break new ground in technology and innovation. Mary-Ellen is based in Toronto, Ontario.
Senior Director of Communications / Quebec Lead
Nadine is responsible of the development and implementation of our multiplatform strategy for internal and external communications. A digital and communications professional for more than twenty years, Nadine has been at the forefront of the digital transformation of the media industry and of the way we work and communicate. Nadine has held various leadership positions in media as well as at Microsoft and Cirque du Soleil. Before joining ALUS, as a consultant, she has assisted various enterprises and not-for-profit organizations 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 and to create collaborative and inclusive work environments. Nadine is based in Montreal, Quebec.
Director of Partnerships
Jill has a varied background in the non-profit sector, where she has worked closely with the business community. Prior to joining ALUS, Jill founded and managed for over 8 years Stock Exchange, a premium regenerative ag ‘nose-to-tail’ wholesale food production business. Jill’s personal interest and motivation to advance ALUS 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 stay connected to the agricultural community while helping to implement nature & climate solutions with the support of our partners. Jill is based in Waterloo, Ontario.
Director, Information Management
Casey works to support the administration and management of funding and grant opportunities for ALUS. Casey’s expertise also helps identify funding opportunities at both the national and community level and ensure clear communication between ALUS and our funders. Casey started with ALUS 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. Casey is based in Simcoe, Ontario.
Senior Hub Manager, Prairies / National Manager, Community Grants
Paige liaises with our community coordinators and serves as a management resource for local ALUS projects throughout Saskatchewan and Manitoba. 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. Paige is based in Regina, Saskatchewan.
Senior Hub Manager, Great Lakes
Alyssa liaises with our community coordinators and serves as a management resource for local ALUS projects around the Great Lakes. Working with ALUS since 2016, Alyssa started as the ALUS Elgin Program Coordinator, moving into the role of Eastern Hub Manager in 2020 and Great Lakes Senior Hub Manager in 2022. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Masters in Environment and Sustainability. Alyssa is based in Tillsonburg, Ontario.
Senior Hub Manager, Western Hub
Christine liaises with our community coordinators and serves as a management resource for local ALUS projects throughout Alberta. 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.
Hub Manager, Western Hub
Karen supports ALUS Coordinators in Alberta as well as Hub Managers from across Canada, and is also acting as program coordinator for ALUS Lacombe, Flagstaff and Vulcan. 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.
Eastern Hub Manager
Jennifer liaises with our community coordinators and serves as a management resource for local ALUS projects throughout Eastern Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes. Jennifer has experience in the municipal and private sectors. Her experience has primarily been in the environmental field, where she focused on urban forestry and contaminated soils and groundwater. She also has experience in the construction industry. Jennifer obtained her B.Sc. in Environmental Sciences at Concordia University in Montreal. Jennifer is located in Montérégie, Quebec.
Nicole liaises with our community partners on the implementation of projects rooted in regenerative agriculture principles. Nicole has experience in the environmental non-profit sector, including the development, implementation, and management of nature-based solutions programs on a local, provincial and national level. She holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Toxicology from the University of Saskatchewan and has served in the Royal Canadian Navy as a reservist for 10 years, deploying both nationally and internationally as a Naval Combat Information Operator. Outside of work, Nicole enjoys reading, cycling, camping and hiking. She is located in Saskatoon.
Associate Hub Manager, Eastern Hub
Rebecca liaises with community coordinators and serves as a management resource for local ALUS projects in Ontario. Rebecca has experience in the agricultural and environmental non-profit sectors, most recently in the development and implementation of grasslands restoration programming at the provincial level. She obtained a B.Sc. in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems from Trent University. Outside of her work with ALUS, Rebecca can be found wandering the trails of Norfolk County with her family, introducing her toddler to the beauty of living in the Carolinian life zone. Rebecca is based in Port Rowan, Ontario.
Project Manager, Partnerships
Penny brings an extensive not-for-profit background in fundraising, stewardship, and database implementation and management to ALUS. As a member of the Partnerships team, she collaborates with corporate partners to ensure their sustainability objectives are met. Penny lives in her multi-generational childhood home where she raises chickens, has an extensive organic garden, and stewards the ecologically sensitive and diverse land she lives on. She is based in Prince Edward County, Ontario.
Community Fulfillment Manager
Kirsten works to support ALUS’ community reporting and program evaluation efforts. She has experience working in rural stewardship across sectors, from academia to industry, focusing on agriculture and water quality in the Great lakes region. Previously, Kirsten also worked in the ag space as a Crop Specialist at AGRIS Co-operative. She brings project management, reporting and knowledge mobilization experience to ALUS from her time coordinating the Lake Futures project at the University of Waterloo. Kirsten holds a Bachelor of Environmental Science from the University of Guelph, and a Master of Science in Geography from the University of Waterloo. Kirsten is based in Sarnia, Ontario.
Koral 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.
Community Fulfillment Manager
Zehra works to support ALUS’ reporting and data management initiatives. With a versatile background encompassing project coordination, knowledge management, and non-profit programs expansion across multiple sectors, she brings a breadth of experience to her role. Zehra has notably contributed to sustainable technology and business development initiatives. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from Queen’s University in Biochemical Engineering. Outside of work, she pursues her passion for rock climbing. Zehra is based in Squamish, British Columbia.
Strategic Partnerships and Communications Manager
Calantha funnels her passion for words and the wild outdoors into crafting creative content and behaviour change marketing strategy to inspire on-the-ground action for environmental resilience and social good. Prior to joining ALUS, she worked for an Ontario conservation authority developing and delivering private land stewardship marketing and outreach strategies. She’s also owned her own artisan bakery and has been involved in supporting and promoting local culinary and agri-tourism initiatives. When not deep in the words, you’ll find her deep in the woods running trails. Calantha is currently based in Sutton, Quebec.
Communications Specialist and Community Liaison
A communications and digital marketing specialist, Todd is responsible for content creation and our digital communication platforms. He also supports communities with their communication needs. Todd was previously 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, and is passionate about the environment, cycling and chess. Todd is based in Toronto, Ontario.
Content and Social Media Manager
Emma is an Environmental Anthropologist who studied wetland landscapes. Fieldwork for her master’s thesis took place in the marshes of Norfolk County, Ontario. Emma believes in the power of collaboration and community action. She has experience working in wildlife research and outreach. When not biking or reading, Emma can be found outdoors exploring the infinite wonders of the natural world. In her role with ALUS, Emma wants to promote the work of communities and farmers. Emma is currently based in Montreal, Quebec.
Joe is a farmer 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). Joe is based in Otterville, Ontario.