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Staff

Erinn Lawrie

Executive Director

erinn.lawrie@lakehuron.ca

Erinn joined the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation as Coastal Stewardship Coordinator in 2015, implementing the Centre's stewardship and restoration programs along the Canadian shoreline of Lake Huron. She took over the role of Executive Director in 2017.

 

Erinn currently serves as Chair of the Town of Goderich Environmental Action Committee, and as Secretary on the Board of Directors for the Maitland Trail Association. She is a member of the Huron County Water Protection Steering Committee, and the Lower Maitland Stewardship Group.

 

Erinn Lawrie is a graduate of the Ecosystem Management Technology advanced diploma program at Fleming College. Her background in water management and stewardship includes her employment with multiple Conservation Authorities and the Centre for Advancement of Water and Wastewater Technologies.

 

In her free time Erinn enjoys hiking, running, stand-up paddleboarding, camping, travelling, and reading.

Hannah Cann

Coastal Stewardship Coordinator

hannah.cann@lakehuron.ca

Hannah is a graduate of University of Waterloo with a Masters degree and Undergraduate degree in Environmental Resource Studies. Hannah has spent time working across the province for agencies such as the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry in London and Sault Ste. Marie; Atomic Energy of Canada Limited in Deep River; Parks Canada in Tobermory; Ontario Parks at Algonquin Park; and Conservation Authorities across Southwestern Ontario. Her focus as an environmental resource management professional has given her opportunities to do species at risk tracking, ecological land classifications, invasive species removal, wetland monitoring, and restoration projects.

Hannah is passionate about agency/ landowner partnerships to work towards lake-wide symbiotic conservation efforts, ensuring healthy ecosystems for future generations.

Hannah lives on a farm in Huron County and enjoys spending her free time gardening, playing guitar, hiking, and traveling.

Samantha Ventura

Coastal Restoration Technician

samantha.ventura@lakehuron.ca

Samantha is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University with a BA in Environmental Studies. She recently obtained OSAP certification and is completing the Ontario Naturalist certification through Toronto Region Conservation Authority. Her environmental career began with environmental program management and delivery in energy conservation at The Urban Environment Centre. Here she engaged with municipalities and businesses across Ontario to reduce their carbon footprint and work towards GHG reductions in the Province.

Passionate about environmental monitoring, stewardship and education, Samantha shifted her career focus to work in the area of habitat and wildlife restoration. She has volunteered with a number of environmental organizations on projects to monitor and restore native fish populations in tributaries of the Great Lakes as well as ecosystem restoration projects on Georgian Bay and Lake Simcoe. She has also had the opportunity to volunteer with an avian atlas in the Azores and sea turtle conservation in the Caribbean.

Samantha loves being in and around the water. She is a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and has spent several hours exploring the depths of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River. In her free time Samantha enjoys back-country camping, canoeing, angling, gardening, and training her bird dog, Pepper. 

Consultants

Patrick Donnelly, M.Sc., RPP
Coastal Science and Stewardship Advisor

pat.donnelly@lakehuron.ca

As the co-founder of the Coastal Centre, Pat has worked in water management and coastal zone stewardship for over 35 years. This has included experience in provincial, municipal, conservation authority and private consulting as well as working in both riverine and Great Lakes ecosystems. He currently serves as the Watershed Program Manager for the City of London.

 

His experience as a Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and a Registered Professional Planner with a Masters of Science Degree provides a wide range of tools and knowledge to the benefit of the shoreline projects and community initiatives. His skill in communicating complex issues and principles to a wide audience including cottagers, urbanites, government officials, council members and interest groups has successfully steered many projects. He has a keen interest in climate change adaptation and assisting municipalities through the transition that is required.

The Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation

76 Courthouse Square, Goderich, Ontario, Canada N7A 1M6

Coastal Centre Office: (226) 421-3029 | Email: coastalcentre@lakehuron.ca

Charitable Registration Number: 872138938 RR0001

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