The Amazon Rainforest Conservancy today boasts a management team in both Canada and Peru that includes conservation experts, business professionals and scientists. ARC’s Canadian team consists entirely of volunteers. This means all donations are directed to conservation projects.
Conservation of the Amazon addresses many challenges: climate change, biodiversity preservation and the loss of valuable ecosystem services provided by unique natural areas. We believe the purchasing of intact ecosystems in the Peruvian Amazon for conservation, protection, education and research is one of the most meaningful investments we can make for future generations.
Patrick Champagne (MSc Candidate – Applied Geomatics, Acadia University) is a spatial ecologist who has worked in the Madre De Dios region of Peru since 2012. Most of his research has focused on the ecology of reptiles and amphibians, using positional data and remotely sensed imagery (e.g., satellites and drones).
Currently, Patrick is writing his Master’s thesis on the ecology of green anacondas in the low-land Amazon rainforest. Another primary project he’s wrapping up is a change detection analysis of the Las Piedras Watershed to quantify and understand resource use and landscape change there. He is also providing remote sensing and geospatial support to collaborators and conservation entities in the region.
Guy Crittenden, B.A. (Hons), is a freelance writer, book author and communications consultant who specializes in environmental and shamanic culture themes. In 2014 he left a 25-year career editing environmental business publications after a life-changing journey to the Peruvian Amazon which he trekked and where he sat in ceremony with mestizo shamans. Over the course of his career, Guy has won 14 Kenneth R. Wilson Awards for excellence in business journalism. Going forward he hopes to use his research and writing skills to give voice to the animals and people who often remain unheard in the industrialized world.
Megan Christensen is passionate about the environment and has a strong background in conservation work. Megan has worked on trail crews in Southwestern Colorado where she helped build systems throughout the region. She has also worked on saw crews to assist in fuel and invasive species mitigation, and species and environment preservation.
Megan has interned with the Eyak Preservation Council (EPC) in Alaska, where she guided a two-week river trip down the Copper River to promote environmental appreciation and awareness of the Copper River Delta region. In addition, Megan helped host a Bioneers Conference on Sea Otter Island during her time with EPC.
Megan has also participated in ocean voyages with the Biosphere Foundation in the Bay of Bengal for marine mammal research and preservation efforts, with a focus on Sperm whales and Blue whales.
Megan has deep gratitude and love for the Amazon, stemming from her transformational experiences while working with sacred plant medicines in the region years ago. Megan recognizes the jeopardy and endangerment of this beloved and paramount region and is passionate about helping to preserve the “lungs” of our planet.
Matheu DeSilva is an experienced ranger-warden with a passion for protecting the earth’s wild places.
An expert in large game relocation and high-risk ranger programs, he started his conservation career with the Department of Wildlife Conservation in Sri Lanka, where his team was responsible for protecting the remote Kumana (Yala East) National Park at a time when it was under threat of closure due to its proximity to the frontline of the civil war. He was also part of a national task force responsible for transporting elephants away from zones of human-elephant conflict, including participating in large-scale, cross-country elephant drives.
Since arriving in South America in 2007, he has worked for various conservation projects in Ecuador and Peru, and is now responsible for the implementation and overseeing of ARC’s Wild Protectors ranger program.
Laura Jane Wilson
Laura Jane Wilson (aka Lady Jane) is a teacher, singer/song writer, gardener, polyglot and idea woman. Fluent in French, English and Spanish and fairly strong in Japanese and Italian she loves learning about other cultures through travel and connection with people.
Laura Jane started her teaching career in Japan and Spain as an English teacher and in 2012 entered the Ontario Public Education System as a planning time teacher for French Immersion. She now teaches mostly Music, Health and Social Studies.
She is most happy in her garden in Ontario, Canada “turning nothing into something”, biodiversifying the land, spending time with her nieces and relearning traditional ways.
Ashley is the founder & CEO of Elemental Growth, which offers coaching using the most effective tools available to help people with addictive behaviours maintain their recovery naturally. She’s also a published author, certified life coach, Reiki teacher and advocate of Amazonian teacher plants. After a spiritual awakening in 2014, Ashley went back to the roots of her childhood trauma and taught herself how to re-pattern addictive behaviours naturally. She feels it’s her obligation to share her secrets so that others who struggle with addiction / integration can become the hero of their own story too. It has a ripple effect that we love to watch unfold. Ashley loves learning with her son, hiking, and working with the Amazon Rainforest Conservancy.