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Thunder Bay Food Strategy
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Our Team




Ellen Mortfield 

Executive Director

I am very proud of having been involved with EcoSuperior since it began as Thunder Bay 2002 Clean & Green back in 1995. Of course, that makes me one of the most ancient life forms around the office, but it’s great fun seeing how the people and programs continue to evolve and grow.

I grew up on a small farm near Kingston, Ontario, and those early connections to land and animals gave me an affinity for environmental issues. But my background is in advertising and marketing, and I worked previously as a radio copywriter, a publishing proofreader and a freelance writer before moving to Thunder Bay.

The continued success of EcoSuperior is owed largely to an emphasis on working cooperatively with community partners and bringing people together to achieve results. It’s wonderful to be able to work with so many like-minded people, here at EcoSuperior and through my role as Chair of Green Communities Canada.

Contact Ellen at 624-2145 or by email -


Ashley Priem

Office Supervisor/Program Coordinator

I have had the pleasure of working at EcoSuperior since its inception in 1995 with a 9 year break in the middle to raise a family.  My programs change regularly which keeps me on my toes and always learning new things. I now coordinate the Back to the Tap program, the Water Bar, and Canada Water Week, all of which encourage residents to appreciate, protect, and drink our superior water. I recently organized Thunder Bay’s first Open Streets program and couldn’t be happier about the positive response. Continuing to grow the Open Streets initiative has me really excited about re-imagining our city streets and relying less on motorized vehicles!

Contact Ashley at 624-2142 or by email -



Aynsley Klassen

Program Coordinator

While I have come and gone many times over the past 16 years, there is something remarkable about Thunder Bay that always draws me back. EcoSuperior is a great hub for two of the things I love most about this city – the natural environment and the community – and I feel privileged to be a part of the work we do here. I continually draw on my background in education and outdoor leadership to support my program areas: Central Natural Environment Gardens, our annual spring plant sale, Lake Superior Day, and various school and outreach activities. When not at work, I love to spend time outside with my family – gardening, hiking, skiing, sliding, and just being!

 Contact Aynsley at 624-2148 or by email -



William Vanderploeg

Program Coordinator

I was born and raised in Thunder Bay and feel a strong connection to the city and surrounding area. As a child, I often went with family to Sleeping Giant Provincial Park and spent several summers on my dad's sailboat. Through these experiences, I gained an appreciation for the natural environment in which we live. 

I studied Water Resource Science and Environmental Management at Lakehead University and Confederation College. My goal is to promote the sustainability and conservation of the aquatic and terrestrial environments throughout Northwestern Ontario. I was hired in 2018 as a program coordinator with EcoSuperior where I coordinate the Drainage Rebate Program and lend a hand in stormwater management initiatives. I enjoy spending my days off at my family’s cottage and fishing with friends and family as much as possible.  

Contact Will at 624-2658 or by email -


Erin Moir

Program Coordinator

I grew up being strongly encouraged to play outside and I was fortunate to spend summers on family camping trips.  As a result I have become passionate about the outdoors and the environment, so a position with EcoSuperior as the Youth & Community Outreach Coordinator is a perfect fit.  I have had the privilege of learning, working and teaching through Lakehead University, Ontario Parks, Fort William Historical Park and the Lakehead Region Conservation Authority.  I enjoy engaging participants of all ages through important, interactive, environmental programming, and I am inspired by the impacts these programs can have on positive change.  In my spare time, I love playing in our garden, paddling around the lake at camp, and cruising down the ski hill.

Contact Erin at 624-2147 or by email -



Shannon Costigan

Project Supervisor/Program Coordinator

I started working with EcoSuperior in the spring of 2013. I love that every day here is a new adventure. I get the opportunity to interact with so many different people on different projects on a regular basis.  On any given day I can be working with fellow staffers, other environmental professionals, volunteers, students, and public officials.  I really feel like the work that I do has the ability to impact a lot of people. I currently coordinate the waste reduction and litter prevention programs at EcoSuperior and have recently been a sessional instructor at both Lakehead University and Confederation College. I am originally from Paris, Ontario, but moved to Thunder Bay in 2005.  I love Thunder Bay – it has the perfect combination of city amenities and access to outdoor adventures. I really enjoy spending time exploring all there is in and around this unique place.

Contact Shannon at 624-2142 or by email -



Caroline Cox

Program Coordinator

I’m a writer who has always loved nature and the outdoors, so I was excited when the opportunity came up to coordinate EcoSuperior’s social media.  I’m also lucky enough to explore my other interests here. Before joining EcoSuperior’s team, I did a lot of traveling. I always gained a sense of accomplishment when I learned how to get around a city efficiently—whether it was by foot, bike, public transportation, or carpooling. Through coordinating EcoSuperior’s Safe Cycling program, I am excited to share this passion by helping people have more enjoyable and active commutes that are financially and environmentally sustainable. In my spare time, I hike, run, and hang out with my dog.

Contact Caroline at 624-2144 or by email -



Julia Prinselaar

Program Coordinator

I joined the EcoSuperior team in 2014 and feel fortunate to call our lakeside city home.  I grew up in Thunder Bay and try to make the most of what our region has to offer in the outdoors, like fishing and hunting, cross country skiing, paddling, and interacting with the landscape by practicing traditional skills. I also write about these and a number of other subjects in local and regional publications.

I currently coordinate programs and projects having to do with stormwater and low-impact development, including the rain garden rebate and a community green infrastructure project in Castlegreen Co-operative. In part, my work involves increasing public awareness around local water quality and habitat, particularly through education and facilitating action.

Contact Julia at 624-2143 or by email -


Karen Kerk

Food Strategy Coordinator

I recently joined the Thunder Bay & Area Food Strategy as the Coordinator. Since moving to Thunder Bay 11 years ago, I've been most active operating Bare Organics Inc. (a natural skin care company using food grade ingredients) out of the Thunder Bay Country Market, teaching in a variety of capacities at Confederation College and working with local food groups such as the Food Security Research Network and the Cloverbelt Local Food Coop. I really love the local food movement and I want to do my part to ensure a stronger and more vibrant food system in NWO. When I'm not at work, you can find me hunting for beach stones along the shores of Superior.

Contact Karen at 624-2147 or by email -



Victoria Pullia 

Food Strategy Intern

I joined the Thunder Bay & Area Food Strategy in April 2018 as an Intern. My passion for food studies, food security and becoming involved in the local food movement emerged while completing my Women’s Studies degree at Lakehead University. During my years as a student I was Co-Chair of the Lakehead University WUSC Local Committee from 2015-2017 advocating for student refugees continuing their post-secondary education in Canada. I helped organize a Symposium on Ethical Consumption in March 2017 within my role as Co-Chair to discuss global food systems, food security, and food policies. Born and raised in Thunder Bay, I found the Thunder Bay & Area Food Strategy to be a perfect fit to help me engage in building a sustainable food system in the region. Aside from my love for all things food, I enjoy sitting by the lake, gardening, and spending my free time with friends and family.

Contact Victoria at 624-2147 or by email -

Jenelle Thacker

Customer Service Coordinator

As the Customer Service Coordinator, you will find me at the front reception desk helping customers with a variety of environmental questions, providing information on our many programs, events and rebates including the Home Energy Rebate program.  When I’m not at work I enjoy teaching yoga, creating art at my studio or enjoying the outdoors with friends and family.

Contact Jenelle at 624-2141 or by email -


Melissa Davidson

Invasive Species Intern

I have had the privilege of spending my summers with EcoSuperior for the past few years as a summer student while completing my biology degree at Lakehead University. This opportunity has allowed me to see all the great work that EcoSuperior does. I am excited to have started my new position in May 2018, as Invasive Species Intern. I have lived just outside of Thunder Bay my entire life and have grown up with a very close connection to nature. I am excited to be working towards controlling and preventing the spread of invasive species in our area to safeguard the ecosystems where we live, work, and play. In my free time I like to paddle, explore, take pictures, and spend time with friends and family.

Contact Melissa at 624-2143 or by email -


562 Red River Road,
Thunder Bay, Ontario
P7B 1H3

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Phone: 807-624-2140
Fax: 807-622-0005

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