Note: Staff emails are full name separated with dot and end with ‘@olta.ca’
Alison is our Executive Director. Alison has been a passionate supporter of land and environmental protection for many years. Before joining OLTA, she held positions leading teams focused on protecting habitats and species in the context of sustainable development and changing land use policy in the private sector. Her career experience includes leadership in business and financial development, team building, and operations. Alison started with OLTA in 2014 as the Species at Risk Specialist (SAR). She focused on delivering technical training and working one-on-one with local land trusts to develop targeted SAR action plans to inform their conservation work. As Director of Programs, Alison supported this program along with a number of new initiatives, including improving standards in the development of Conservation Easement Agreements, data management and land securement strategies.
Alison has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Biology and a Research Masters in Ecology and Environmental Management. She has 20 years of experience working in the field of conservation and natural heritage protection, in both for-profit and not-for-profit positions. Alison lives in Toronto with her family and spends as much time as she can hiking, biking and spending time outdoors.
Member Services Coordinator
Phyllis has been OLTA’s Member Services Coordinator since August 2008. Her responsibilities include organizing the annual conference, managing OLTA’s external communications and maintaining the office and related information. Phyllis has worked in the not-for-profit sector since 2002. Her experience includes event management and outreach projects. Prior to this career change, Phyllis held numerous senior management positions within the Reuters Group, both in Toronto and London, UK. Phyllis lives in Limehouse, on the Niagara Escarpment with her husband Glenn.
Conservation Science Manager
Morgan is OLTA’s Conservation Science Manager. Morgan holds a BSc in Ecology from the University of Guelph where she completed a thesis focused on the impact of the Algonquin Park logging industry on arthropod biodiversity. Morgan has also completed a post graduate certificate in Ecosystem Restoration from Niagara College. While completing her studies, Morgan attended Ontario Biodiversity Summit in 2015 as a youth delegate and helped to form the Emerging Leaders for Biodiversity, a network for youth interested in the conservation of Ontario’s biodiversity.
Prior to joining OLTA, Morgan worked as Conservation Coordinator for the Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy, coordinating stewardship activities including invasive species management, species at risk monitoring and trail maintenance. She also coordinated outreach events such as bioblitzes, workshops and festivals.
But when the work day ends Morgan keeps on going, volunteering her time with the Hamilton Naturalist Club’s Community Peregrine Project and Wildlife Preservation Canada’s Native Pollinator Initiative.
Program & Communications Coordinator
Jeff is OLTA’s Program & Communications Coordinator, which involves compiling reference material and resources for the newly updated Standards and Practices, and assisting with OLTA’s Species at Risk and Climate Action programs. Jeff recently completed an internship-based Master of Environmental Science, specializing in Conservation and Biodiversity, at the University of Toronto. Prior to this he completed a MSc in Biology at Concordia University, where his thesis focused on how variation in sex ratios influenced the mating behaviour of male and female reindeer. Jeff also completed a BSc in General Biology at the University of New Brunswick, where his independent research project focused on the utilization of ageing methodologies in crustaceans and their importance for sustainable fisheries practices. In his free time Jeff likes painting, traveling, baking, visiting his family in the Maritimes, and keeping active with hiking and running.
Mikayla is OLTA’s Program Assistant. Mikayla is currently working towards a Master of Environmental Science, specializing in Conservation and Biodiversity at the University of Toronto. Prior to this, Mikayla completed a BSc. in Zoology at the University of Guelph. During her studies at the University of Guelph, Mikayla participated in an Arctic Ecology field course in Churchill, MB, where she completed an independent research project exploring variation in spider community compositions with changes in vegetation density. In her spare time, Mikayla enjoys reading, skiing, hiking, and visiting her family’s cottage near Haliburton.
Sarah is OLTA’s GIS Technician. Sarah completed her Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto and obtained a post graduate certificate in Geographic Information Systems from Fanshawe College. She is very interested using geospatial data to investigate both human and ecological landscapes.
Sarah is passionate about combating climate change, fascinated by cartography and is eager to create digital maps. Sarah previously worked as a GIS Student at the County of Frontenac and hopes to support the use of GIS applications in conservation planning.
Sarah spends her free time painting, hiking and occasionally volunteering with humanitarian mapping projects like the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap.
Erinn is OLTA’s Grant Administrator. She holds a Master of Environmental Science from the University of Toronto, specializing in Conservation and Biodiversity. She also completed a BSc. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto. Erinn has done several stints in the field, including as a Volunteer Coordinator in Cuba for a marine research project, as a research assistant in northern Ontario studying the impacts of logging on small mammal ecology, and an independent research project in the Peruvian Amazon on ant feeding ecology.
Before coming to OLTA, Erinn worked as the Operations Manager at Green Venture, managing residential energy efficiency programs, bookkeeping, and their demonstration EcoHouse. In her free time, Erinn co-runs a recreational performance dance company and enjoys reading, yoga, traveling, cooking, hiking, and volunteering.
Jean is a non-profit consultant in the accounting field. Having worked for not-for-profits for over 37 years, she has extensive experience with accounting as well as charity guidelines. Jean lives in Port Credit with her husband Paul and enjoys the small town feeling of the Port. Any free time they have is spent at the cottage in Georgian Bay.