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Who We Are

"Behind Earthroots there are individuals who wear their passions on their sleeve, who are dedicated to a cause, and work tirelessly to get the message out. I thank all those who have made it happen over the years and am proud of the ongoing campaigns that inspire others to take action."

- Hap Wilson, Earthroots Founder, Artist, Photographer, and Author

Our Philosophy

Earthroots is a grassroots conservation organization dedicated to the protection of Ontario’s wilderness, wildlife and watersheds, through research, education and action.

We have been on the front lines of wilderness conservation since 1986, when our predecessor organization, the Temagami Wilderness Society (TWS) was formed. The TWS was created to fight for the preservation of rare old growth white and red pine forests in the Temagami region of northern Ontario. After campaign success in the Temagami region, the organization changed its name to Earthroots in 1991, in order to broaden the organization’s campaign focus beyond the Temagami issue.

Lake Temagami


Earthroots consists of two separate organizations: Earthroots Fund, a charitable organization (registration #135165140 RR0001) that engages in public education and research, and Earthroots Coalition, a non-profit organization that engages in advocacy and action. Earthroots’ campaigns focus on achieving meaningful protection for Ontario’s threatened wilderness areas and wildlife species. Earthroots acts on behalf of 12,000 supporters across the country.

Earthroots is a strong advocate and agitator for wilderness preservation in Ontario, combining grassroots campaign strategies with effective research and educational programs. Since 1986, Earthroots has used its grassroots expertise to organize, educate and mobilize the public, conduct successful media events, carry out wilderness research projects and ensure proper forest management planning.

We empower thousands of Canadians each year to advocate for better environmental protection and achieve conservation victories!

Staff

Barbara Steinhoff
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Executive Director
Mark Cooper
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Development Officer
Rebecca Kolarich
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Conservation Campaigns Coordinator
Teresita Tajanlangit
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Operations Manager

Board of Directors

Gord Miller
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Chair
Former Environmental Commissioner of Ontario / Consulting Ecologist
Andrea Wilson
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Vice-Chair
Ethics Professional / Eco-Tourism Entrepreneur
John Willms
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Secretary/Treasurer
Former Environmental Law Specialist / Willms Institutional Strengthening
Marjan Lahuis
Ontario Environment Industry Association / Consulate General of the Netherlands
Ellen Greenwood
Greenwood and Associates
David Oved
Environmental Consultant
Hap Wilson
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Earthroots Co-Founder / Author
Trails and Tourism Consultant
Burkhard Mausberg
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President of the Small Change Fund
Noted Environmental Leader

Council of Patrons

Robert Bateman
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Wildlife Artist / Author
Dr. Robert McGhee
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Curator of Archaeology
Canadian Museum of Nature
Farley Mowat
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Author/Wildlife Advocate
Rest in peace Farley, 1921 - 2014
Les Stroud
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"Survivorman"
TV Personality and Survival Expert

Advisory Board

Steve Abrams
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Co-Founder
Mill Street Brewery
Peter Kelly
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Cliff Ecology Research Group
Josh Kohler
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Former Southern Ontario Campaigner, Earthroots
Urban Planner
Vanessa Alsop
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Earthroots Forest Campaign Advisor
Science and Environmental Education Specialist
Andrew Athanasiu
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Senior Policy Advisor to Councilor
Canadian Museum of Nature
Lee Ann Mallet
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Former Campaign Director/Co-Director, Earthroots
Activist/Speaker/Writer
Carly Armstrong
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Former Forest Campaign Advisor, Earthroots
Communications Specialist
Barry Kent MacKay
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Naturalist
Writer/Artist
Audrey Bankley
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Former Outreach Coordinator and Event Planner
Entrepreneur
Elizabeth May
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Leader, Green Party of Canada
Lesli Bisgould
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Animal Rights Lawyer
Doug McRae
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Naturalist
Writer/Guide
Mark Calzavara
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Community Organizer
Bob Olajos
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Director, Friends of Temagami
Josh Garfinkel
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Senior Campaigner
Blaine Pearson
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Partner, Dot Dot Dash
Kim Cowan
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Former Economic Development Officer
Temagami First Nation
Dr. Peter Quinby
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Ancient Forest Exploration & Research
Evan Ferrari
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Program Manager
Community Energy Partnerships Program
Lesley Sampson
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Founding Executive Director, Coyote Watch Canada
Canadian Museum of Nature
Abbey Huggan
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Urban Agriculturalist
Artist/Community Educator
Dr. John Theberge & Mary Theberge
Wolf Researchers
Mark Kear
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Former Temagami Campaigner, Earthroots
Jason Van Bruggen
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Director
Partner, Dot Dot Dash/Photographer
Phil Winters
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Co-Founder and CEO, GoodLot Farmstead Brewing Company
Solar Energy Consultant

Financial Supporters

Donations from the public are essential to the success of Earthroots’ campaigns to protect wilderness, wildlife and watersheds in Ontario – we are very grateful for the ongoing financial support from our members.  Our donors, volunteers and dedicated staff make our important work possible!

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As a non-profit organization, we rely solely on donations from supporters to keep us going. If you're able to, please consider making a donation for a better tomorrow.

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