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A group shot taken on National Sweater Day, a holiday in February that encourages Canadians to conserve energy by bundling up and turning the thermostat down.  

 

 

 

 

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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.

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Jay Eingold

Operations Supervisor

I arrived in Thunder Bay in 2003 after spending most of my life in Florida. I quickly came to appreciate the beauty and significance of Lake Superior , the region and its people. My background is in environmental and business management and I’ve worked in engineering consulting firms, industry, and managing my own consulting practice. After learning of the mission and work of EcoSuperior I was fortunate to find myself in my current position and be surrounded by wonderful people doing wonderful work. I very much enjoy discovering the unique aspects of the communities and lakeshore that make the Lake Superior area so attractive and unique.

Out of the office until further notice. Please direct all inquiries to Ashley Priem; see below for contact details.

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Ashley Priem

Program Coordinator/Acting Operations Supervisor

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.

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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.

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Jamie Saunders

Program Coordinator

I have been actively involved in remedial action for aquatic environments in Northwestern and Eastern Ontario throughout my 12 year career. Since beginning my career as a co-op student in the local pulp and paper manufacturing sector (including the mill adjacent to the Thunder Bay North Harbour site) my experiences have included work with Conservation Authorities, Educational Institutions, Municipalities, Consultants and Non-profit sector. I currently coordinate EcoSuperior’s water programs and work as a sessional instructor at Confederation College and as a licensed on-site wastewater system installer. I live in town, where I spend as much time as possible adventuring, snowboarding, camping, fishing and hunting with my dog Polly, family and friends.

Contact Jamie at 624-2658 or by email.

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Erin Moir

Youth & Community Educator

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.

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Shannon Costigan

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.

 

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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.

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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.

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Don Rutledge

Energy Advisor

After attending EcoSuperior's rollout in 1995 I kept in touch, watching both the growth and increasing scope of services provided by the team to the community.

In late 2003 I was presented with the opportunity to join the team in an official capacity, performing Residential Energy Audits under the then Energuide for Houses program. To date I have submitted over 2,900 Home Performance reports into the federal database. For the past 2 years I have been busy doing audits primarily for the utilities as part of a geared to income assistance program which may perform upgrades to eligible people’s homes at no charge.

Recently I have become certified through C-NRPP to perform radon testing and am looking forward to assisting homeowners with the issues associated with radon in the home.  

To leave a message for Don, contact Matt Spackman at 624-2141 or by email.

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Matthew Spackman

Customer Service Coordinator

I have always been drawn to natural beauty and the wonders of the world around me. I was lucky enough to be born and raised in Thunder Bay to a family that valued outdoor activity and that inspired curiosity. I spent many summers on camping and paddeling trips with my dad as a child. Upon graduating highschool, I spent 6 months in Europe, which was a transformitive experience. I spent a lot of time drinking up new cultures and languages, and exploring the diversity of ecosystems across Europe and North Africa, including the islands of Greece and the deserts of Morocco.

I graduated university with degrees in English, Philosophy and Education, and immediately moved to South Korea, where I spent the next few years teaching English and immersing myself in Korea culture and the Korean countryside.

As a member of the EcoSuperior team, I strive to bring my experiences in diverse settings to bear on issues of environmental stewardship and social justice in my home town, in an effort to sustain and embolden the beauty of Northwestern Ontario.

Contact Matt Spackman at 624-2141 or by email.

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Amy Bumbacco

Food Strategy Coordinator

 

A transplant to Thunder Bay, I used to spend my days in the dirt managing a CSA farm in St. Agatha, Ontario and studying small scale agriculture. I joined the EcoSuperior team in 2016 as the Food Strategy Coordinator to work toward building a sustainable, healthy, and equitable food system for the Thunder Bay region. Every day, I am inspired by the EcoSuperior team and local food players who have a true passion and drive to build a vibrant community. My role has a major focus around developing connections across sectors in Thunder Bay and fostering partnership to inspire action projects that tackle local food system issues. In my spare time, I like to explore hiking trails around Lake Superior, tend to my community garden plot, and get crafty.

Contact Amy at 624-2143 or by email.

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