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Claude Gascon
Anne Lambert (Managing Director)
John McWilliams
Tom Welch (Managing Director)

Staff & Associates
Susan Canney
Michelle Colero
Patricia Gonzalez
Laurie Havinga
Scott Hecker
Sarah Jackson
Carmen Lishman
Anton Struchkov
Barbara Zimmerman

David Agro, architect; President, Fundación Jocotoco
Jedediah Brodie, PhD, University of British Columbia
Michael de Pencier, MA, LLD, CM, O.ONT, Investeco Capital Corp.;
      Chairman, Key Publishers Company
Adrian Forsyth, PhD, President, Amazon Conservation Association;
      Executive Director, Andean Amazon Fund
Daniel H. Janzen, PhD, University of Pennsylvania
Robert Pringle, PhD, Princeton University

Michael de Pencier
Anne Lambert
Dr. Erica Nol
Roy B.H. Smith
Tom Welch

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 is involved in programs and communications and admits to being ICFC's website and projects database programmer (although we're now re-designing our website).
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.
Sarah Jackson, JD (Program and Legal Director) has a passion for international conservation and brings to ICFC experience in environmental and international law. She holds a J.D. from the University of Victoria and a B.Sc. from the University of British Columbia (environmental science). She is pursuing a Ph.D. 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 and is involved in developing and managing programs, policy, and legal aspects of our work including compliance with Canadian charities law.
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) maintains our complex financial records in good order and keeps other aspects of our administration running smoothly. Laurie 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.
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.
Scott Hecker, MSc (Shorebird Projects Lead) is an environmental consultant who has devoted his career to coastal bird conservation, while also conducting lectures nationwide, publishing research papers and guidance manuals, leading professional workshops, and appearing as an expert witness in legal hearings. Notably, Scott led Piping Plover recovery efforts for the Massachusetts Audubon Society, which saw the state's population of this threatened species increase from 126 pairs in 1987 to 530 pairs in 2002. He then expanded his efforts to protect terns and shorebirds as the Director of Coastal Bird Conservation at the National Audubon Society. In 2008 he co-founded Conservian Inc., where he consults on coastal conservation in the Gulf of Mexico. Scott completed his Master's work in Belize, and has traveled extensively in Latin America and the Caribbean. Scott works with Patricia Gonzalez in managing and developing ICFC's shorebird conservation efforts.
ICFC Associates
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.
Patricia M. Gonzalez (Shorebird Program Coordinator) has for 20 years coordinated conservation and research teams working to protect shorebird wintering and staging sites in Argentina and more recently in Uruguay. She advises provincial and federal governments in Argentina, and participates in cooperative work with teams in Argentina, Chile, Peru, Brazil, Uruguay, French Guiana, USA and Canada. She trains rangers, coordinates conservation projects and is active in public outreach, garnering much attention to shorebirds and their needs. For her pioneering work in shorebird flyway protection, in 2000 she was the first recipient of the Pablo Canevari Award for Shorebird Conservation awarded by Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences. Patricia runs our project at Bahía de San Antonio, Argentina, conducts other conservation actions and, with Scott Hecker, oversees ICFC's Shorebird Conservation Initiative.
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.

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