Staff


The team at The Youth Harbor all youth that act as a support system for the youth-led climate movement. We’re here to help you find the best ways to amplify, scale, and sustain your work.

Kat Cadungog
Executive Director +


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Kat (26 years old) has been acting as the Executive Director for FES since late 2020 and officially came into the position in mid-2021. Kat has had her hand in everything FES. She has collaborated with youth across Canada in over 50 Action Projects in remote, rural, and Indigenous communities when she was Sustainability Project Consultant for FES’ 3% Project. She has also worked in FES’ SDGs portfolio, managing the SDGs Launch Program. Despite the hardships brought by COVID-19, she successfully expanded the SDGs Launch program not only in Canada, but to higher education institutions in the USA and now the UK.

Prior to joining FES, Kat has worked on diverse consulting projects from working with an engineering firm to advising local start-up social enterprises wanting to align their strategies with B-Corp principles. She graduated with distinction from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Commerce. Kat is passionate about empowering youth to take impactful action on sustainable development, strengthening and amplifying the youth *force* in the Canadian climate movement, and in essence, “getting the sh*t done” for a more inclusive, fair, prosperous, and sustainable future.

Kat grew up and lives in territories of The Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, Piikani), the Tsuut’ina, the Îyâxe Nakoda Nations, the Métis Nation (Region 3), and all people who make their homes in the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta.


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Julie Dunleavy
Program Manager +


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Julie comes to FES with years of connection, care, and experience in environmental and youth spaces. In Guelph, ON*, she was able to partake in experiential learning programs in the environment as well as business leadership.

In Ottawa, ON*, Julie studied an Honours Bachelor of Social Sciences in International Development and Globalization, Minor in Geography. She studied in French Immersion, graduating with a Second Language Certification.

The year 2020 allowed her to take on leadership positions in online workspaces, managing a team of 25 youth conducting nationwide urban research. In 2021, she decided to get her hands in the dirt and plant over 60,000 trees throughout Manitoba and Northern Ontario. She is elated to be coming into this management position while starting a new chapter living in Montréal, QC*.

*Haudenosaunee, Anishinabewaki ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᐗᑭ, Attiwonderonk (Neutral), Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, and Mississauga territories
*Omàmìwininìwag (Algonquin), Kanienʼkehá꞉ka (Mohawk) and Anishinabewaki ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᐗᑭ territories

*Kanienʼkehá꞉ka (Mohawk) and Haudenosaunee territories

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Kathryn Hoffart
Creative Director +


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Kathryn Hoffart is a Digital Designer who has a passion for sustainability and systems change. As a graduate from Mount Royal University with a major in Information Design and a minor in Psychology, Kathryn fuses her creative skills and empathy with human-centered design to create user-friendly and innovative solutions.

Kathryn strives to work on projects that create an equitable future and cultivate health and wellness. She has previously used her design skills to improve patient-focused systems and solve complex problems in the health and care sector. Additionally, she takes a role in her community by volunteering for Plastic-Free YYC, a local organization that focuses on inspiring actions that create positive change.

Kathryn believes that through cooperation, passion, and empathy, we all have the power to design a sustainable and equitable future.

When she is not designing, you can likely find her getting creative with plant-based recipes, thrifting unique finds, or getting her rambunctious pet rabbits out of trouble.


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Jessica LeBlanc
Responsable des partenariats et du développement +


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Jess (she/her) is your go-to girl for everything SDGs LAB and her passion for youth empowerment and sustainability exudes through everything she executes at FES. Studying International Development and Social Entrepreneurship in both Canada (Wilfrid Laurier University) and Europe (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia), the SDGs are part of her educational foundation, giving her insights on communicating wicked problems to youth in engaging and inspiring ways.

Before joining FES, Jess lived in Costa Rica, working in cross-cultural and experiential education programs for youth. She is an avid advocate for empowering youth to be change-makers through out-of-the-box, grassroots, educational experiences; a professional and personal passion that has led her all over the world to pursue. Whether it is introducing peace and conflict resolution workshops into the Canadian elementary curriculum, connecting youth with grassroots NGOs that address the SDGs in Costa Rica, or participating in wildlife conservation advocacy work in Malawi, Jess loves creating and facilitating powerful educational experiences for youth and believes in the positive impact that this youth engagement can have on our collective pursuit for a sustainable future.


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Alyssa Obrand
Administrative Assistant +


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Alyssa worked as a Program Coordinator for the SDGs Launch team, where she was fulfilling her passion for environmental activism and climate education. She is a recent graduate from McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management, where she majored in Managing for Sustainability to attain her Bachelor of Commerce. Her support for sustainable development and conservation permeates everything that she does. Alyssa has experience working in environmental consulting, but has true enthusiasm for the social sector.

As an executive member of the Desautels Sustainability Network, the president of the Desautels Preparatory Case Competition, and an educator with the McGill Environment Engagement Program, she has seen first-hand the the power and strength of young minds, and believes that her own generation is the greatest force for change. Alyssa is now pursuing her MSc in Environment, Politics and Society at the University College London, in the United Kingdom.

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Miranda Podolinsky
Coordonnatrice de programme - Partenariats +


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Miranda (she/her) is a purpose-driven development professional committed to using the power of education to build an inclusive, just, and resilient world. Completing a Bachelor of Environmental Studies with an Honours in International Development at the University of Waterloo, Miranda brings an intersectional and holistic lens to all of her sustainability work, ensuring those most vulnerable are represented and placed at the center of change-making conversations.

With a constant desire to go beyond and connect globally, Miranda has collaborated with hundreds of diverse individuals, communities, and non-profit organizations around the world. By taking her knowledge to new heights, she successfully coordinated skill development for vulnerable youth in Ukraine, developed gender equality training for women entrepreneurs in Sri Lanka, and most recently supported a team in Tanzania to promote gender-transformative programming. Motivated by her passions for youth empowerment, gender equality, and climate action, she is eager to inspire and activate post-secondary students to make choices that reflect a sustainable future.

Outside of work, you can find Miranda exploring “off the beaten path” places, experimenting with new recipes, or practicing yoga.

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Amanda Sarellas
Program Coordinator +

(she/her)

Amanda is a recent graduate of the Lang School of Business and Economics from the University of Guelph. As a student she discovered her passion for training and development. Gaining experience in a corporate setting she has developed events for Summer Students including workshops, human resources check-ins, and case competitions. Throughout her involvement in university she has volunteered over 300 hours with student organizations in both leadership and project management roles.

Amanda believes that experiential learning opportunities will help youth develop a better understanding of sustainability and the current climate crisis. She is excited to help develop programs that will engage youth and push them to become a catalyst for change in their communities.

On her time off you can likely find Amanda working in her vegetable garden or practicing yoga.

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Jean-François Veilleux
Coach +

(he/him)

With a bachelor's degree in Outdoor Programming and Leadership and a graduate diploma in Management and Sustainability, Jean-François has become a specialist in strategic communications and social marketing along the way. Passionate about running and cycling, it is in the community sports sector and in the world of environmental education that he has developed a strong understanding of communication tools and processes. He is driven by challenges, whether it is creating content, learning new software, strategic planning, or running an ultramarathon. He is engaged in the community sector on a daily basis as Communications Coordinator for Santropol Roulant and Program Consultant for the Foundation for Environmental Stewardship, in addition to remaining involved as President and Coach for the Club les Pélicans, Vice-President of Héritage Saint-Bernard, and longtime volunteer for ENvironnement JEUnesse.

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Youth Steering Committee


The Youth Steering Committee is the team that guides The Youth Harbour’s operations and decisions. Our members are critical in developing The Youth Harbour’s thematic topics for funding and to assessing our processes.

Neria Aylward


Neria Aylward (she/her) is on the steering committee of DecarbonizeNL, an organization that envisions and organizes toward a fair, prosperous, and carbon-free economy for Newfoundland and Labrador, the traditional lands of Mi’kmaq, Innu, Inuit and Beothuk peoples. Neria’s approach to climate action is feminist, decolonial, and informed by both her upbringing around the world and roots in Newfoundland and Labrador. Neria’s grandparents settled in St. John’s and Gander when Newfoundland was a new province, coming from Canada (Halifax), rural Newfoundland (St. Lawrence), India (Delhi) and England (Birkenhead). Before graduating from high school in St. John’s, Neria grew up in Malawi, France, and Toronto, and spent summers in Newtown, New-Wes-Valley. She completed her undergraduate degree in Social Anthropology and Politics at the University of Cambridge as a Blyth Scholar, and her master’s degree in Development Studies at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. Neria lives in St. John’s, where she is the Executive Director of the Jimmy Pratt Foundation, a board member of The Independent, watches a lot of TV, and has a red Jack Russell Terrier named Penelope.


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Manvi Bhalla


Manvi (she/her) has over 12 years of experience as an intersectional community organizer. She co-founded Shake Up The Establishment, a national nonprofit dedicated to climate justice and political advocacy; is a member of the Canadian Coalition for Environment and Climate Justice; is on the steering committee of the ENRICH project; and is co-founder of missINFORMED, a nonprofit dedicated to the health of women and gender-diverse peoples. Alongside lecturing on environmental justice, Manvi is a published health researcher who has worked at Hospital for Sick Children and Universities of Guelph, Waterloo and Dalhousie. Manvi has an Honours BSc in Biomedical Science from University of Guelph and an MSc in Public Health and Health Systems from University of Waterloo. Her MSc research investigated barriers towards climate action within the public health sector. Presently, she is a PhD student at University of British Columbia, alongside Climate Policy Lead at UBC Climate Hub.

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Sunshine Dunstanmoore


Skw’akw’as Dunstan-Moore (She/Her) is a Nlakapamux and Yakama Indigenous Youth from BC. She works as a Community Climate Justice Coordinator with VIDEA. In addition, she is a Generation Power Intern with Indigenous Clean Energy. She is a member of the Youth Advisory Group with the Canadian Commission of UNESCO. Skw’akw’as is on the Stockholm+50 Youth Task Force organized by UNEP's Children and Youth Major Group. She is a strong advocate for climate justice and human and Indigenous rights. Her other passions include filmmaking, kayaking, and hiking.

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Eymie Labbé


Based on the traditional and unceded territories of the Sinixt, Ktunaxa, and Syilx peoples, Eymie (she/her) has been acting as the Communications Marketing Director for Youth Climate Corps since 2021. Eymie values finding creative ways to elevate voices toward the same vision.

Eymie has a background in marketing and communications. Her passion for youth empowerment and sustainability is expressed through her performance in Youth Climate Corps. She aspires to empower youth's voices and actions.

"Being part of Youth Climate Corps feels aligned with my core values. My energy is wholly directed to a mission bigger than us and for the better of our planet. "

Her role is to plan, develop, implement and monitor the organization's Marketing & Communications Strategy. She facilitates company growth & awareness, internal & external communication, branding management, purpose sustainability, and website development.

As hobbies Eymie is a yoga teacher, she sails in the Kootenays, spends a lot of time gardening, and adores creating vegan meals out of her harvest.

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Albert Lalonde


Albert Lalonde has been co-spokesperson for the Pour le futur collective, behind the Friday climate strikes in Tiohtià:ke/Mooniyang (Montreal) high schools since 2019. They are a founding member and former co-spokesperson of CEVES (Student Coalition for an Environmental and Social Shift), a union of the student groups that have been organizing the global strikes and protests for climate justice in Montreal, Quebec City and Sherbrooke since 2019, including the historic September 27, 2019 demonstration that brought more than 600,000 people to the streets throughout the province. Albert is suing the Canadian government for its responsibility in the climate crisis along with 14 other young people (La Rose v. Canada). They work as a project manager for the David Suzuki Foundation's Climate Awareness Lab

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Léonard Leclerc


Leonard is a co-founder of CEVES, la Coalition étudiante pour un virage environnemental et social (the Student Coalition for an Environmental and Social Shift) which aims to bring together and mobilize Quebec's student population on climate justice issues. He has participated in the organization of major climate strikes called Fridays For Future, including the historic one on September 27, 2019, which gathered half a million people in Tiohtia:ke (Montreal). In addition to continuing his involvement in a variety of settings, Leonard works as a trainer for the Climate Justice Hub (also known as The HUB) and is pursuing studies in ecology at the University of Quebec in Montreal.

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Leah Luciuk


Leah Luciuk (she/her) grew up on Treaty 4 Territory in Wynyard, Saskatchewan. She earned a B.A. &; Sc. in Environment and Society and an Undergraduate Certificate in Sustainability from the University of Saskatchewan in 2015. During her time at university, Leah was president of the Environmental Studies Student Association(ESSA). ESSA organized academic, networking, and social events, including a local concert called EcoBash that raised money in support of the first solar co-operative in Saskatchewan. In 2013, Leah began volunteering with the Saskatchewan Environmental Society (SES), and would go on to serve several different staffing roles, educating students on a wide variety of environmental issues. During her time with SES, she created a comprehensive toolkit to help other communities in Saskatchewan start their own renewable energy co-operatives. Leah now volunteers as a Board Member for SES. Leah began working as a Park Interpreter with Sask Parks in 2015, and has since coordinated opportunities for youth to connect with natural spaces all across the province. She currently works with Sask Parks’ Visitor Experiences branch as a customer service supervisor. Leah is an alumni of Ocean Bridge, an Ocean Wise program that empowers youth through two immersive expeditions and local community service that address ocean health and ocean literacy in Canada. In 2018, Leah was recognized as one of Corporate Knights Magazine’s Top 30 Under 30 Sustainability Leaders in Canada for her work with youth. Leah currently lives on Treaty 6 Territory in Saskatoon.

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Dakota Norris


Dakota is a member of the Gwich’in First Nation and a current Master of Environment and Sustainability student and Coordinator, Northern and Indigenous Sustainable Energy Initiatives at the University of Saskatchewan. He is also a Youth Climate Lab Associate, Indigenous Representative on the federal Sustainable Development Advisory Council, and involved in various volunteer roles. He brings several years of experience working across youth, Indigenous and climate spaces, often leading research and projects at their intersection

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Chúk Odenigbo


Chúk is a black Franco-Albertan from Calgary. He is passionate about the interactions between health, culture and the environment. This passion inspired him to pursue his PhD in Medical Geography after completing his master's degree in Environmental Health. He is one of the Founding Directors for Future Ancestors Services Inc., and the Co-founder of The Poison and The Apple. Chúk has worked in a variety of industries, including oil and gas, fashion retail, and academia. He is interested in the multidisciplinary nature of our existence and in exploring new solutions that respond to recurring problems.

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Board Of Directors


Anthony Boright +


Director

Anthony has 30+ years of marketing and sales experience in the technology, financial services and consumer packaged goods industries, spending the last 15 years launching and operating start-up companies that helped financial services firms meet their communication and regulatory requirements through digital technologies.

Kyle Boutilier +


Director

Kyle is a recent graduate of the global economics program at the University of Western Ontario with a strong interest in environmental economics and public policy. He currently chairs FES’ Vetting Committee and has served as a director since 2017. Outside of FES, Kyle is heavily involved with Lions Clubs International, a global service organization. From 2018-2019, Kyle was appointed to serve as one of two Leo Lion Board Liaisons, a newly created position to represent young people on the Lions Clubs’ International Board of Directors. He also co-founded the West London Lions Club and the Canadian Young Lions Retreat. In his free time, Kyle enjoys reading, hiking, and serving his local community. He grew up and lives in the unceded traditional territories of the Semiahmoo, Katzie, Kwikwetlem, Kwantlen, Musqueam, Qayqayt, Tsleil Waututh and Tsawwassen First Nations.

Kathy Falconi +


Director

Kathy Falconi, CPA, is an executive with over 30 years experience in the financial services industry. She has held executive roles in finance, operations and most recently technology at both large and medium-sized organizations. In her most recent roles she has an extensive track record executing successful transformation initiatives, optimizing operational and business performance within the Financial Services sector.

Kathy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and Economics from the University of Toronto and is a Chartered Professional Accountants designation from CPA Ontario. She lives in Toronto, is an active volunteer in her neighbourhood and serves as an executive board member for the resident’s association.

Anita Lazurko +


Director

Anita Lazurko is a PhD Candidate in Social and Ecological Sustainability at the University of Waterloo. Her research addresses the use of participatory scenarios and imagination to navigate transformations to sustainability, focusing on adaptation to climate change in river basins. After her B.Sc. in Civil Engineering at the University of Calgary, Anita completed a joint Erasmus Mundus MSc in Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management at the Central European University (Hungary), Lund University (Sweden), and the University of the Aegean (Greece). She has experience in transboundary strategic planning, decision making under uncertainty, and natural infrastructure for climate adaptation with various institutions in Sri Lanka, Canada, the Netherlands and across southern Africa. She is a Donella Meadows Fellow and a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar and sits on the board of WaterAid Canada.

Sarah Hanson +


Director

Sarah Hanson is Anishinaabe from Biigtigong Nishnaabeg, currently living and working on the traditional lands of the Fort William First Nation, currently referred to as Thunder Bay. She graduated from Queen’s University with a degree in Biology, which combined with her held Indigenous Knowledge informs her work in climate action, sustainability, and reconciliation.

Prior to finishing her degree at Queen’s University, Sarah participated in an international internship for Indigenous youth where she lived and worked in Guyana, setting up robotics programs in 5 high schools. After returning to Canada, Sarah finished her Biology degree, spent 8 months working as a Junior Environmental Policy Analyst and then transitioned to the non-profit sector working with both educational and climate action organizations.

Sarah currently dedicates her time to organizing the Virtual Youth Leadership Forum on Reconciliation for Experiences Canada, leading capacity building and knowledge sharing efforts for the North American region for Youth4Nature and teaching a policy class for Canadian Roots Exchange. When she gets the chance she spends time reconnecting to her ancestry through beading, ribbon skirt making and learning Anishinaabemowin.

Cyrielle Noël +


Director

Cyrielle Noël is a spatial planner, with an expertise in marine and coastal environments. Being born and raised on the river island of Tiohtiá:ke (Montréal), Cyrielle is described as a soulful thalassophile, who moonlights as a social entrepreneur while also working as a Program Specialist for Ocean Wise. Cyrielle is the founder of Eau-Dacité: a planning studio focused on rehabilitating and reconnecting people to sustainable blue spaces. Cyrielle is a volunteer with Montréal Global Shapers and, in her free time, she enjoys connecting with nature by snowboarding, caving, and fishing.

Tim Ross +


Chair


Dominque Souris +


Director

Dominique Souris is co-founder and Executive Director of Youth Climate Lab, a youth-for-youth organization focused on transformative climate action. She leads YCL’s partnerships, strategy, and design of projects that enable young people to build just, climate-resilient futures.

Dominique holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies and Master of Arts in Global Governance from the University of Waterloo, and nerds out on all things climate finance, social innovation and international policy. She’s also a Board Member with the Canadian Institute for Climate Choices and Foundation for Environmental Stewardship, and a member of WEF Global Shapers and Smart Prosperity’s Leaders Initiative.

Austin Zackarcko +


Director

Austin grew up in Alberta and is a registered E.I.T. with APEGA. He has completed a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta as well as an M.Eng in Sustainable Energy Engineering at Carleton University. With these programs, he has developed a strong understanding for a broad range of topics related to sustainability and climate change.

Austin has gained experience from working in government, academia, consulting, industry, and with NGOs. He currently works with Capital Power as an Energy Management Engineer.

Austin is a member of the Metis Nation of Alberta and holds his heritage in high regard. He strives to ensure indigenous ideas and cultures have been represented in all projects he works on. He is an active member of his community where he volunteers for numerous organizations such as the Edmonton Food Bank.

In his free time, Austin enjoys spending time outdoors. This often includes rock climbing, backcountry hiking, multi-day canoe trips, and snowboarding.

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