Our Staff

Note: Staff emails are full name separated with dot and end with ‘@olta.ca’

Alison Howson

Executive Director

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.

Phyllis Lee

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.

Kristen Callow

Program Officer

Kristen is OLTA’s Program Officer, working on our three-year Cross-border Conservation Training Program in partnership with the American Friends of Canadian Land Trusts. Kristen has a diploma of Ecosystem Management and has worked in many capacities for land trusts throughout central Ontario during the past 10 years. At the Magnetawan Watershed Land Trust, Kristen worked through the process of becoming a land and cash grantee with American Friends and helped complete the Land Trust’s first cross-border transaction. Kristen enjoys living in and exploring Muskoka with her young family.

Morgan Roblin

Species at Risk Specialist

Morgan is OLTA’s Species at Risk Technician. 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.

Freya Potter

Communications & Development Manager

Freya has recently joined OLTA as the new Communications and Development Manager. In this new role, Freya will be looking to increase OLTA’s social media engagement and online & media presence, largely through the art of storytelling. Freya will also be working to secure more funding for OLTA’s valuable programming through various fundraising efforts, such as monthly and annual giving, third party fundraising and workplace giving.

Freya holds an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts Cultural Studies with a minor in Environmental Studies from York University. She also holds a post-graduate certificate in Fundraising & Volunteer Management from Humber College. Prior to joining the OLTA team, Freya spent more than a decade working in the charitable sector in a variety of roles, including fundraising, communications and volunteer management.

Freya grew up on a small family farm just outside of Stayner, Ontario where she spent much of her childhood outdoors, surrounded by animals and beautiful countryside. Although now raising her young family in bustling urban Toronto, Freya is thrilled to be working for OLTA, an organization that helps to save the land she loves!

Jean Labrecque

Bookkeeper

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.