Earthroots is a grassroots conservation organization dedicated to the preservation of wilderness, wildlife and watersheds in Canada, with a focus on Ontario.
Earthroots has been on the front lines of wilderness conservation since 1986, when our predecessor organization, the Temagami Wilderness Society (TWS) was formed. The TWS was created to fight for the preservation of rare old growth white and red pine forests in the Temagami region of northern Ontario. After campaign success in the Temagami region, the organization changed its name to Earthroots in 1991, in order to broaden the organization’s campaign focus beyond the Temagami issue.
Earthroots consists of two separate organizations: Earthroots Fund, a charitable organization (registration #135165140 RR0001) that engages in public education and research, and Earthroots Coalition, a non-profit organization that engages in advocacy and action. Earthroots' campaigns focus on achieving meaningful protection for Ontario's threatened wilderness areas and wildlife species. Earthroots acts on behalf of 12,000 supporters across the country.
Earthroots is a strong advocate and agitator for wilderness preservation in Ontario, combining grassroots campaign strategies with effective research and educational programs. Since 1986, Earthroots has used its grassroots expertise to organize, educate and mobilize the public, conduct successful media events, carry out wilderness research projects and ensure proper forest management planning.
Earthroots empowers thousands of Canadians each year to advocate for better environmental protection. We achieve wilderness victories!
Tools for Change Co-ordinator
Volunteer Co-ordinator / Administrative Assistant
Board of Directors
Clayton Ruby, Chair
Lawyer, Ruby & Shiller
Community Affiliations: Board Member, Greenpeace Canada; Advisory Board Member, Ecojustice
Boreal Forest Campaigner, Greenpeace
Wilderness Guide / Artist / Writer
Community Affiliations: Author of several outdoor books including Temagami Canoe Routes; recipient of the Bill Mason Award for environmental achievement
Council of Patrons
Robert Bateman - Wildlife Artist / Author
Dr. Robert McGhee - Curator of Archaeology, Canadian Museum of Nature
Farley Mowat - Author
Carly Armstrong - Former Forest Campaigner, Earthroots / Communications Specialist
Audrey Bankley - Former Outreach Co-ordinator / Event Planner, Earthroots
Lesli Bisgould - Animal Rights Lawyer
Jean Buie - Lawyer
Kim Cowan - Director, Friends of Temagami
Evan Ferrari - Program Manager, Community Energy Partnerships Program
Brigitte Hebert - Communications Specialist
Abbey Huggan - Artist / Urban Agriculturalist / Community Educator
Stephen Hurlbut - Former VP of News Programming, CityTV
Mark Kear - Former Temagami Campaigner, Earthroots
Peter Kelly - Cliff Ecology Research Group
Josh Kohler - Former Southern Ontario Campaigner, Earthroots
Victor Lorentz - Former Forest Campaigner, Earthroots
Elizabeth May - Leader, Green Party of Canada
Barry Kent MacKay - Naturalist / Writer / Artist
Melissa Matlow - Campaigner, World Society for the Protection of Animals
Doug McRae - Naturalist / Writer / Guide
Bob Olajos - Director, Friends of Temagami
Dr. Peter Quinby - Director, Ancient Forest Exploration and Research
Wayne Roberts - Former Project Co-ordinator, Toronto Food Policy Council / Author
Phil Saunders - Communications Specialist
Rikk Salamat - Technical and Communications Specialist
Sharon Smith - Former Campaigner, Rainforest Action Network
Dr. John Theberge & Mary Theberge - Wolf Researchers
Nicole Thouard- Director of Development, Wildlands League
Phil Winters - Business Development Manager, Renewable Energy, Cooper Industries Ltd.