Phone: (519) 858-3442
Suzanne McDonald is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario in Political Science and French. While at Western Suzanne was elected to the University Senate. She followed her studies at Science Po in Paris, France. Upon her return to London, she married and started her career at John Labatt Limited. She continued her studies in general business at the Ivey School of Business. She left her position as Director of Public Affairs and became a publisher of a small local newspaper. McDonald has directed several capital campaigns including the Children's Museum, the Merrymount Children's Centre, the Brescia University College Foundation and most recently the Goodwill Industries campaign. Suzanne has served on several boards including the United Way of London and Middlesex, Fanshawe Pioneer Village, the Centre for Philanthropy, UWO Alumni Board, the Stratford Festival and recently completed her appointment to the Ontario Heritage Trust Board and the Western University Senate. For more than 10 years, Suzanne was a part time faculty member for Western University in their Continuing Studies Department teaching Not for Profit Management.
Development and Communications
Phone: (519) 858-3442
Julia is TTLT's Development and Communications Officer, a position made possible with an Ontario Trillium Foundation grant in May, 2012. Julia holds an honours specialization from King's University College (UWO) in political science and social justice and peace studies. She earned a Masters of Arts (MA) in political science from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2008 and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from John Molson School of Business (Concordia University) in April 2012. Julia has worked as a consultant with the Small Business Consulting Bureau, where she designed business plans and specialized marketing plans for a range of small and mid-size business clients. She has also worked as an administrative assistant at Miller Thomson, a national law firm. Julia is passionate about working in the not-for-profit sector and is a nature enthusiast.
Conservation Property Manager
Daria joined TTLT in April 2014 as the Conservation Property Manager. Daria has been actively involved in conservation and land stewardship in Ontario since 2000 through her education, work and volunteer experience with environmental groups. She has been a volunteer with TTLT since 2008 as a member and Chair of the Property Management Committee and a Director on the Board. Daria received her BSc and MSc from Queen's University and her PhD from Western University and has a strong background in ecology, population genetics and habitat fragmentation. Daria is also an Assistant Professor at Western University and teaches part-time in the Department of Biology. She previously worked with Carolinian Canada Coalition as an Ecosystem Recovery Specialist focusing on conservation planning in southwestern Ontario. Daria enjoys spending time in nature, restoring habitats, and sharing her enthusiasm for local biodiversity through educational programs.
Rebecca joined TTLT in May 2016 as the Stewardship Coordinator. She has worked in the environmental non-profit sector for the past 5 years and has a background in land stewardship, environmental outreach, and partnerships development. She has worked and volunteered on a range of stewardship projects in Ontario and enjoys working out in the field. Rebecca is a nature enthusiast and loves the outdoors. She grew up in Yorkshire, England and holds a Master’s degree in Forest Conservation from the University of Toronto.
Summer Property Steward
Drew completed his undergrad at Western University where he specialized in Environmental Science, he will be returning to Western in the fall to complete his Master’s in Environment and Sustainability. Growing up in a family that encouraged his passion for all outdoor related activities, it became important to him at a young age to ensure that future generations would be able to enjoy Ontario’s outdoors. Specifically interested in species at risk and controlling invasive species, Drew previously worked at the Ministry of Transportation out of the Eastern Region head office. There he managed projects concerning species such as blanding’s turtle and bobolink, and helped raise awareness of invasive species whose movement is facilitated by our transportation corridors. When not in the office Drew can usually be found at the closest possible fishing hole, claiming that a bad day fishing is still a little better than a good day at work.
Summer Property Steward
Lauren graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a major in biology. She will be returning to school this coming September in the Ecosystem Restoration program at Niagara College. From a very young age, Lauren has been extremely passionate about conservation and restoration, which is fueled by her love of the outdoors and nature. She has a special interest in monitoring and helping species at risk, particularly fauna, as well as removing invasive species. She plans to make helping the environment into a career.
Web & Graphic Design Marketing Intern
Julia is currently studying Business Marketing at Fanshawe College. Prior to her studies at Fanshawe, she graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a degree in English Language and Literature. She is passionate about using her skills to create positive change in the world. Julia is excited about the opportunity to be a part of the Thames Talbot Land Trust community.