Our Team

Our team has delivered on a wide variety of projects rooted in the Georgian Bay Biosphere.  We each bring unique perspectives, skills and lived experiences to our work. Together we share a passion to collaborate for a cleaner, greener, more equitable future.

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Angela Vander Eyken

Angela has over 7 years experience planning and executing both large and small-scale environmental engineering restoration projects, including streambank and erosion hazard restoration solutions, in addition to conducting wildlife surveys and working closely with reptile Species at Risk. Angela blends her environmental engineering and project management background in designing and implementing road mortality mitigation projects, such as wildlife fencing and underpasses, and developing site-specific mitigation solutions. Angela holds a Bachelors in Bio-resource Management (University of Guelph), an Environmental Technician diploma (Seneca College) and Environmental Professional certification from Eco Canada.

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Benjamin John

Benjamin has expertise in planning and implementing practical and pragmatic climate solutions in the buildings and transportation sectors. Having held positions in non-profit and local governments settings, Benjamin has experience in calculating GHG emissions, EV charger rate design and infrastructure development, climate action planning and implementation, and is adept in providing high-quality data and analysis for decision-making. Benjamin holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a focus in Sustainable Business (Wilfrid Laurier) and a Masters of Resource & Environmental Management (Dalhousie University).

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David Bywater

David has more than 20 years of experience in the environmental field, working as an environmental consultant, project manager, as well as director of conservation and stewardship projects. He has experience working with public and private sector clients as a member of multi-disciplinary teams on large multi-million-dollar projects. He was involved in all aspects of these projects, including: project management, development of terms of reference, completion of baseline conditions, impact assessment, development of mitigation measures, report writing, and attendance at meetings and hearings. David has also managed smaller scale development projects at the site level, such as habitat-based assessments for Species at Risk, detailing site-specific opportunities and constraints, and the development of practical solutions to issues encountered. David holds a Bachelor of Environmental Sciences (University of Guelph).

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Erika Kramer

Erika held senior leadership roles in her 30-year media career which spanned the highly transformational analog to digital transition for the broadcasting sector. She delivered on a wide variety of strategic and/or mandated priorities in educational, for-profit, and non-profit television, and was accountable for several multi-million-dollar projects. Erika is adept at leveraging opportunities that come with change. Recently she has been applying her extensive experience in operations, strategy, change management, business development, team building and project management to help develop this social enterprise. Erika holds a BA in Radio and Television Arts (Toronto Metropolitan University).

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Greg Mason

Greg has worked in a co-executive management role at Georgian Bay Mnidoo Gamii Biosphere since 2008, developing programs, organizational capacities and community partnerships including work with all levels of government and indigenous partners. He is a former municipal land use planner with a background in environmental policy and strategizing (MES University of Waterloo) and environmental sciences (Bsc Env. Sci, Carleton University). The blend of science and policy allows Greg to navigate application of knowledges to policy and regulatory regimes while his practical experience provides an understanding of organizational systems needed to sustain programs and initiatives over a long term.

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Katrina Krievins

Katrina has a background in sustainability and ecosystem restoration. She has experience conducting research, collecting social and ecological data both in the field and through desktop studies, and analyzing and summarizing data for written reports, peer-reviewed papers, and presentations. She is keenly interested in aquatic ecosystems and has been involved in fisheries projects in eastern Georgian Bay and southern Ontario. Katrina holds both Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network (CABIN) and Ontario Benthos Biomonitoring Network (OBBN) certifications.

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Sherrill Judge

Midwewekamigokwe is an Anishinaabekwe from Shawanaga First Nation and is of the Sturgeon clan. Sherrill has been an educator with a foundation in cultural knowledge and language sharing for 16+ years.  She brings a wealth of knowledge in building relationships and is excited to continue her work with the communities along Mnidoo Gamiing.

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Tianna Burke

Tianna is a wildlife biologist and project manager who has been providing expertise in project management, wildlife monitoring, species at risk planning and research, and science communication. She has over 13 years experience as a biologist in the public and private sector. Tianna specializes in reptile and avian ecology and monitoring, road ecology monitoring, species at risk planning, peer reviews, and SAR assessments. She regularly supervises field crews, authors reports, presents findings to a variety of audiences, and communicates science through a variety of mediums. Tianna holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies (Waterloo) and a Master’s of Science (Trent University studying Bank Swallow Reproduction and Habitat).