ICFC Board of Directors and Staff

Anne Lambert (Managing Director) has a degree in wildlife biology from the University of Guelph and worked as a biologist at Long Point Bird Observatory and at the Wildlife Research section of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources before starting a business (Science Connection) in 1991. Anne admits to being ICFC's website and projects database programmer, among other roles.
Tom Welch (Managing Director) holds degrees from Queen's University and the University of Windsor, has founded and run several small businesses (most recently Trumps Fish Ltd.), and is involved in private equity. He recently served on the Board of the Ecology Action Centre. Tom and Anne live in Chester, Nova Scotia and founded ICFC in 2007.
John McWilliams, QC (Chairman), has over 30 years experience in the international oil and gas business and recently retired as Senior Vice-President and General Counsel, Nexen Inc. He is counsel to Fraser, Milner, Casgrain LLP. John has played a leadership role in governance, ethics and corporate responsibility, including the development of the International Code of Ethics for Canadian Business, a portion of which, human rights, was adopted by the United Nations Global Compact. He is Board Chair of the EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts, a former Director of Transparency International Canada, former President of the Canadian Petroleum Law Foundation, Founding Director of Bank West, and winner of the 2006 Canadian General Counsel Award for Corporate Governance.
Claude Gascon, PhD (Director), is Chief Science Officer and Executive Vice-President at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. He was with Conservation International from 1999 to 2010, most recently as Executive Vice-President for Field Programs. Claude serves as co-chair of the Amphibian Specialist Group of the Species Survival Commission at IUCN. He is a visiting professor with the department of ecology at the Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazonia (National Amazon Research Institute) and a research associate at the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution. Along with Intel co-founder Gordon Moore, Claude was awarded the prestigious Order of the Golden Ark by His Royal Highness Prince Bernhard of The Netherlands for his outstanding contributions to nature conservation. A Canadian, Claude started his professional career in the Brazilian Amazon as project director and scientific coordinator for the Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments Project. His research has resulted in more than 70 publications and three books.
Barbara Zimmerman, PhD (Kayapo Program Director and Tropical Ecologist) trained as a tropical ecologist, doing field research in the Brazilian Amazon for Master's (University of Guelph) and PhD (Florida State University) degrees on an amphibian and reptile community in terra firme forest. Since 1989 she has been working with the Kayapo Indians of Brazil's Xingu Basin to develop conservation-based economic alternatives to logging and to strengthen Kayapo capacity for territorial control so that they are able to continue to protect from deforestation 110,000 km2 of their legally ratified territories. Barbara works closely with ICFC's Kayapo NGO partners, other Brazilian NGOs and government agencies, and, of course, the Kayapo people themselves.
Michelle Colero (Managing Director, Development) has a personal and professional passion for conservation and the environment. Michelle brings almost 20 years' experience working in the non-profit sector as a fundraiser, development team-leader and director. Her career has spanned grassroots non-profits to large health-care organizations, and most recently she served as as International Development Director for Centennial College, leading fundraising efforts for projects in Ghana, Cuba, Nicaragua, Peru, Panama and Brazil. Michelle spends her vacations volunteering for conservation organizations around the globe. Here she is holding a sloth at a sanctuary in Costa Rica. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from York University and is currently pursuing an MBA at Ryerson University. She is also enjoying learning Spanish in her spare time.
Ariadne Angulo, PhD (Director of Conservation) Ariadne is an amphibian biologist and conservationist who grew up in the tropics. Ariadne holds a Master's degree in Conservation Biology from the University of Kent and a PhD in Zoology from the University of Toronto. She became involved with the landmark Global Amphibian Assessment (GAA) as a coordinator and assessor before concluding her PhD. Subsequently, Ariadne coordinated a regional amphibian research and conservation project spanning all five tropical Andean nations with Conservation International - Colombia, and is currently the IUCN SSC Amphibian Red List Authority (RLA) Coordinator, overseeing the maintenance and curation of the global amphibian database on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Ariadne is also IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group Co-Chair and is a Research Associate with the Department of Herpetology at the Museo de Historia Natural de San Marcos in Lima, Peru.
Sarah Jackson, JD (Programs, Research and Legal Associate) is a lawyer with a background in environmental science and sustainable development, and a passion for international conservation. She has experience in Canadian and international environmental law, and laws regulating NGOs. She holds a J.D. from the University of Victoria and a B.Sc. from the University of British Columbia. She is a part-time Ph.D. student at the UNESCO Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science, University of Dundee, UK, focused on legal aspects of payments for ecosystem services as a tool for conservation. Fluent in Spanish, she spent a year in Uruguay working on watershed management. She joined ICFC in 2011.
Carmen Lishman, MSc (Associate) has a dual career as conservation biologist and speech pathologist. Doing biological field research at James Bay, Carmen developed a passion for plovers which took her to the extreme south of Argentina to study a poorly understood species called the Magellanic Plover for her Master's thesis. Once setting foot in Latin America it was hard to direct her interests elsewhere as she made connections there with conservation groups throughout South America and eventually ended up working on grassroots conservation efforts for sea turtles on the Pacific coast of Nicaragua. Since returning to Canada in 2011 she has been working with ICFC while training and now practicing as a speech pathologist. (Here, right, she holds a male Long-tailed Manakin.)
Laurie Havinga (Office Manager) started her career with 10 years in the hospitality industry and for the last 21 years has run a bookkeeping & consulting business. During this time, she owned and operated 3 gyms, while serving clients in various business sectors, including not-for-profit. She bugs ICFC colleagues to keep things organized.
David J. Agro, OAA LEED (Associate) is an architect and conservationist based in Toronto. David worked during the 1990s at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. His research on birds in South and Central America led to an active role conservation, notably as a founding board member of the Jocotoco Foundation in Ecuador. He is actively involved in conserving and restoring forest, savanna, and wetland in the Long Point area near his home in southern Ontario. David's interest in conservation has led him to work on design projects related to scientific and environmental research, education, and interpretation around the world. David has been a vital supporter of and volunteer at ICFC, contributing many hours to help ICFC protect important areas for biodiversity in Latin America.
Anton Struchkov, MSc (Associate, Program Development) is a Russian-born conservationist who moved to Canada in 2009. Anton earned his Master's degree in biogeography and conservation from Moscow State University, followed by postgraduate study in the history of environmental thought at the Russian Academy of Sciences. Anton's work has included field studies in mammalian ecology and behaviour, design and implementation of programs aimed at recovering species at risk and preserving critical wildlife habitat, environmental education, and research in environmental history. His career has spanned academia, conservation NGOs such as the Denver Zoological Foundation, and intergovernmental agencies such as UNESCO — as well as varied sociopolitical settings, including stints in Russia's Far East and Siberian taiga during the communist era, in the arid grasslands of Mongolia during its transition from socialism to a free-market economy, and, more recently, in the high alpine areas of the Altai Region and in the Canadian Maritimes. A major focus of Anton's work has been developing locally tailored solutions to conservation problems that foster resilient communities deriving sustainable benefits from protecting and respectfully using their natural heritage.
Susan Canney, PhD, leads the Mali elephant project, a joint project of ICFC and WILD Foundation. Susan has been key to research and conservation of Mali's elephants since 2003. She teaches at Oxford University, where she obtained her PhD on understanding changing human land use and its impact on a protected area in Tanzania. Susan has worked on a variety of nature conservation projects in Africa, Asia and Europe, and as a research officer at the Green College Centre for Environmental Policy & Understanding (UK). She is co-founder of the Earth Systems Science Special Interest Group of the Geological Society of London and collaborates with the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) based in Oxford. She has co-authored the book Conservation (2nd edition), published by Cambridge University Press in 2012.

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