About Us

Earthroots is a grassroots conservation organization dedicated to the protection of Ontario's wilderness, wildlife and watersheds, through research, education and action.

We have 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.

We empower thousands of Canadians each year to advocate for better environmental protection and achieve conservation victories!




Amber Ellis
Executive Director

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Hannah Barron
Director, Wildlife Conservation Campaigns

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Emma Hawley-Yan
Canvass Field Manager / Outreach Coordinator

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Teresita Tajanlangit
Operations Manager

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Board of Directors


Gord Miller, Chair
Former Environmental Commissioner of Ontario / Consulting Ecologist

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Andrea Wilson, Vice-Chair
Ethics Professional / Eco-tourism Entrepreneur


John Willms, Secretary / Treasurer
Former Environmental Law Specialist / Willms Institutional Strengthening 


Ellen Greenwood
Greenwood and Associates


Marjan Lahuis
Ontario Environment Industry Association / Consulate General of the Netherlands


David Oved
Environmental Consultant


Hap Wilson
Earthroots Co-founder / Author / Trails and Tourism Consultant


Special thanks to

Clayton Ruby
Lawyer, Ruby & Shiller

for 20 years of dedicated service to Earthroots!


Council of Patrons

Robert Bateman - Wildlife Artist / Author

Dr. Robert McGhee - Curator of Archaeology, Canadian Museum of Nature

Farley Mowat - Author / Wildlife Advocate (RIP Farley - 1921 - 2014)

Les Stroud - "Survivorman", TV Personality and Survival Expert


Advisory Board


John Ellis
Privacy Officer

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Steve Abrams - Co-founder, Mill Street Brewery

Vanessa Alsop - Earthroots Forest Campaign Advisor / Science and Environmental Education Specialist

Andrew Athanasiu - Senior Policy Advisor to Councillor Josh Matlow, Toronto City Hall

Carly Armstrong - Former Forest Campaigner, Earthroots / Communications Specialist

Audrey Bankley - Former Outreach Coordinator and Event Planner, Earthroots / Entrepreneur

Lesli Bisgould - Animal Rights Lawyer

Jean Buie - Lawyer

Mark Calzavara - Community Organizer 

Kim Cowan - Former Economic Development Officer, Temagami First Nation 

Evan Ferrari - Program Manager, Community Energy Partnerships Program

Josh Garfinkel - Earthroots Southern Ontario Campaign Advisor 

Brigitte Hebert - Communications Specialist

Abbey Huggan - Artist / Urban Agriculturalist / Community Educator 

Mark Kear - Former Temagami Campaigner, Earthroots

Peter Kelly - Cliff Ecology Research Group

Josh Kohler - Former Southern Ontario Campaigner, Earthroots / Urban Planner

Lea Ann Mallett - Former Campaign Director / Co-Director, Earthroots / Activist / Speaker / Writer

Barry Kent MacKay - Naturalist / Writer / Artist

Elizabeth May - Leader, Green Party of Canada

Melissa Matlow - Campaigner, World Animal Protection Canada

Doug McRae - Naturalist / Writer / Guide

Bob Olajos - Director, Friends of Temagami

Blaine Pearson - Partner, Dot Dot Dash

Dr. Peter Quinby - Ancient Forest Exploration & Research

Wayne RobertsFormer Project Coordinator, Toronto Food Policy Council / Author

Lesley Sampson - Founding Executive Director, Coyote Watch Canada

Phil Saunders - Communications Specialist

Dr. John Theberge & Mary Theberge - Wolf Researchers

Jason Van Bruggen - Director / Photographer / Partner, Dot Dot Dash

Phil WintersCo-Founder and CEO, GoodLot Farmstead Brewing Company / Solar Energy Consultant



Financial Supporters


Donations from the public are essential to the success of Earthroots' campaigns to protect wilderness, wildlife and watersheds in Ontario - we are very grateful for the ongoing financial support from our members.  Our donors, volunteers and dedicated staff make our important work possible!


We would also like to thank the following foundations and granting programs for their generous support of our projects:




EDLC - Home 


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 Impact Fund


Max & Anna Levinson Foundation


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