Our Team

Sue Hamel

Sue Hamel
Executive Director

I am deeply grateful to live and work in such a beautiful place on the Northshore of Lake Superior. Throughout my life, I have learned how adventure and connecting to the living landscape feeds the soul, how being on, in, and near water is deeply calming, and the value of savouring sunsets.

My formal education, graduate research, and professional work experiences have deepened my understanding of what I am passionate about and have reminded me of what matters most. For decades, I have been drawn to soulful work across Canada, the USA, and the continent of Africa, in the fields of environmental education, conservation, wilderness guiding, and activism, driven by my quest to seek ways of living well with each other, and, our places.

I am humbled to join such an inspiring, purpose-driven, and hard-working team, working for the well-being of present and future generations. I hold active hope that EcoSuperior continues to build and strengthen relations with existing and new partners within the community, the Boreal Forest, and beyond to co-create a healthy, just and sustainable world for all species.


Contact Sue:

T: 807 624 2145
E: executivedirector@ecosuperior.org

Ashley Priem

Ashley Priem
Program Director

Born in England and raised in Winnipeg, Thunder Bay has been my home since the 90's. My love of nature and the outdoors steered me towards a degree in biology and then work as a park interpreter in Manitoba and Ontario, before settling in at EcoSuperior. I have had the pleasure of working at EcoSuperior since its inception in 1995 with a 9-year break in the middle to raise my children. My programs have changed over the years which keeps me on my toes and always learning new things. These days, I coordinate the Adopt a Storm Drain program, the Keep it Superior program, and Depave Paradise, all of which encourage residents to appreciate, and protect our great lake, Superior. My proudest work accomplishment is introducing Open Streets to Thunder Bay and the positive feedback from participants! I believe that our built environment has a huge impact on how we connect with our community which impacts our health and well-being.


Contact Ashley:

T: 807 624 2658
E: ashley@ecosuperior.org

Erin Moir

Erin Moir
Education Director

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.

I have been a Program Coordinator with EcoSuperior Environmental Programs for 6 years. My main focus is Education and Outreach, working most often in classrooms delivering Ontario curriculum linked environmental programming. Since graduating from Lakehead University with an Honours in Outdoor Recreation, Parks & Tourism and a Bachelor of Natural Science, I started in the field of environmental education in 2006. I have worked as a naturalist and zone ecologist intern with Ontario Parks, a heritage interpreter and school programmer at Fort William Historical Park, and Environmental Education Coordinator for the Lakehead Region Conservation Authority. I love to explore the outdoors with my family and continue to learn the importance of connecting our youth to landscapes and wild places.


Contact Erin:

T: 807 624 2143
E: erin@ecosuperior.org

Stannis Gibson

Stannis Gibson
Support Guru

I grew up in beautiful downtown sunny Oxdrift. Always outside, gardening, and canning with my parents this was our way of life. I then had the amazing experience of front-line Customer Service as postmaster in the incredible communities of Hudson, Nestor Falls, and Vermilion Bay. I love NWO and the incredible beauty it has to offer, and Thunder Bay is no exception. I am so grateful to have lived here over the past 12 years. Hiking, exploring, and nature are huge parts of my life. I am overjoyed to have the opportunity to be your Support Guru at EcoSuperior. I believe everything we do impacts our lives and our planet, and we all have the option to leave each place in a little better condition than how we found it i.e. kind words or picking up trash. We are all in this together.

I look forward to connecting and serving you and our planet when you contact us at EcoSuperior.


Contact Stannis:

T: 807 624 2140
E: customerservice@ecosuperior.org

Katherine Brooks

Katherine Brooks
Communications Coordinator

My adoration for the environment sparked growing up in Thunder Bay and spending time outdoors all year round. I believe we have a responsibility to care for the landscapes around us, and we can make meaningful change together as a community.

As EcoSuperior's Communications Coordinator, I am ecstatic to combine my passion for the environment and my love of communications! Since graduating from McMaster University with a B.A. in Communication Studies, I have worked in the field and am currently expanding my studies through Duke University's Digital Marketing Certificate program.

If you need anything social media or advertising-related, please feel free to reach me at the contact link below.


Contact

E: communications@ecosuperior.org

Brian Mpoza

Brian Mpoza
Finance Manager

My passion for finance can be traced back to my pre-professional days. Whether as a young shareholder in the family business or as a student at Confederation College, I have been on a finance and human resource trajectory from the start. I enjoy learning about different financial management skills and how I can use them to help individuals and organizations make effective financial decisions. This has enabled me to meet and network with a diverse group of people.

Prior to coming to Thunder Bay in 2018, I lived in Kampala, Uganda, where I obtained a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Makerere University in 2015. I gained experience working as a risk mitigation officer at Stanbic Bank, Uganda and as a finance administrator at Bold Ventures, a non-profit Organization in Entebbe, Uganda. Since then, I have obtained Ontario graduate certificates in International Business Management and Human Resource Management at Confederation College. At the college, I also had the opportunity of participating in a leadership role as a student representative on the student union executive board. Besides work, I am committed to playing musical instruments at a local church and offering basic guitar and piano lessons. I also enjoy playing and watching basketball.

I am inspired by EcoSuperior’s overarching mission geared towards building a healthy future for people and the planet. I am thrilled to be part of a dynamic, purpose-driven, and eco-friendly team. “The Planet is ours but also for the future generations to come”


Contact Brian:

E: finance@ecosuperior.org

Denise Smith

Denise Smith
Rethinking Waste Coordinator

I was born in Thunder Bay, and though I have since lived in many different communities across Canada, I’ve always been drawn back to this city as the most wonderful place to live. This area is blessed with an abundance of places to connect with the land through hiking, skiing, paddling, camping, and more. I am thrilled to be a part of an organization that promotes the well-being and protection of the land, waters, and all its inhabitants through everything we do.

In my career as coordinator and educator in the non-profit field, I have gained a wide range of knowledge and experience in creating inclusive, accessible, and engaging programs and events for folks from all walks of life. My background is in the arts; I completed my HBFA degree at Lakehead University and my Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Regina. I am excited to bring my creative approach to programming to the EcoSuperior team.


Contact Denise:

T: 807 624 2142

E: rethinkingwaste@ecosuperior.org

Haley Gillies

Haley Gillies
Program Coordinator

I am originally from southern Ontario, and I have always enjoyed spending time outside and learning about the landscape around me. In 2019, I completed my BSc in Biology at Nipissing University in North Bay and then decided to settle in Thunder Bay. Over the past few years, I have loved exploring the area in and around Thunder Bay, and I feel so lucky that I get to live in such a beautiful part of the province. When I am not at work, you can find me out hiking or sipping a coffee at Marina Park. I am very excited to be taking on the role of Program Coordinator! I strive to be a helpful and friendly first point of contact for the community as they reach out to EcoSuperior. I am grateful to be working with such an amazing team and organization!


Contact Haley:

T: 807 624 2148
E: raingardens@ecosuperior

 

Marcel Bananish

Marcel Bananish
Climate Health & Land Relations Program Coordinator

I am a Father and a Baba who has successfully graduated from both Thunder Bay's Confederation College and Pearson World College in Victoria, British Columbia. My experience in the field is quite extensive, including my role as a Fire Chief, an interior park warden with the beautiful Quetico Park, a heavy equipment operator, and a water plant tech assistant. I have also experienced working in the forest industry as a harvester and as a road and housing constructor for several years. The latest jobs from the past 8 years consist of working with the wonderful organizations within Thunder Bay, including Thunder Bay Children Centre, Thunder Bay Anishinaabe Friendship Center, Matawa FN Care Center School, and my family at Roots to Harvest- with whom I volunteer for on a seasonal basis.

My passion in life is the land, it has given me the opportunity to witness a community raising a child because it's in unity we find community. Expand your roots to a higher level and harvest the energy of the sun.


Contact Marcel:

E: marcel@ecosuperior.org