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.

Jana Bell
Jana Bell (Honors B.A., Queen’s University) spent many years working in the corporate world as a Human Resources Advisor. However, her life path took a different turn after she visited the Peruvian Amazon in 2011 and returned to Canada feeling an overwhelming call to directly address the deforestation and destruction of that magical place. In 2012 she founded Amazon Rainforest Conservancy (ARC) and its Peruvian sister organization (PARC). With these two organizations, Jana hopes to bring an integrated approach to conservation that preserves the natural habitat and species of the area and also contributes to a sustainable livelihood for the indigenous inhabitants.
Guy Crittenden

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.

Patrick Champagne

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.

Matheu DeSilva

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.  

Dan Cleland
Dan Cleland (MA from Royal Roads University, Intercultural and International Communications) is a serial social entrepreneur in tourism and holistic healing as well as an author and media producer. He’s founded two unique shamanic healing centers in Peru and Costa Rica, authored the book Pulse of the Jungle: Ayahuasca, Adventures and Social Enterprise in the Amazon, produced two documentaries; Drinking the Jungle (2014) and The Plant Teacher (2018), and hosts the podcast The Daniel Cleland Experience. He speaks three languages, has traveled 30+ countries all over the world and believes in supporting sustainability initiatives, such as the work being done by ARC.
Dany Granados
Dany Granados (B.A., San Martin de Porres University) was born and raised in Puerto Maldonado. He moved to Lima, Peru after completing high school where he studied Tourism and Hotel Management. He spent many years working for IRTP (PERU- National TV) in the audio-visual area, TV production and as a cameraman during which time he had the opportunity to see the sad reality of what is occurring in the Peruvian rainforest. Dany has returned to his roots in Puerto Maldonado and is the founder of Amazon Green Heart, a project that is developing a concession for ecotourism and conservation.
Charlotte Henry

Charlotte Henry has been with ARC since the very beginning and helped put together the documentary that convinced the Canadian federal government to issue ARC its charitable status. Charlotte studied broadcasting in Toronto on a scholarship, and currently works in the entertainment industry as a video technician working on some of the largest events that come to Toronto. While visiting the rainforest in Panama, Charlotte experienced it’s magic first-hand. She has a passion for the outdoors and animals, spending as much time as she can with her horse.

Carlos Peña
Carlos Peña (M.A., La Molina University) leads a group that organizes Amazon rainforest expeditions, and also coordinates sustainable management activities in the Madre de Dios region with local people, public organizations and private companies. Carlos has been a tour guide and natural resource management consultant, and has also done environmental interpretation and sports promotion work, working with recognized organizations in Madre de Dios. Carlos holds a degree in Tourism Business Administration from the Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola, and a Master’s degree in Ecotourism from the La Molina University (UNALM). At the same time, Carlos is a researcher and professor at the Faculty of Ecotourism in the Amazon National University of Madre de Dios (UNAMAD), and is likely the only team member who knows all the departments of Peru! In his spare time he enjoys kayaking and cross-country biking through remote routes in Madre de Dios.
Shaun MacIntosh
Shaun MacIntosh (BSc., Acadia University. AdvDip., Centre of Geographic Sciences) is a Geospatial Engineer specializing in UAV applications for industrial surveying and asset management. Shaun grew up on the East Coast of Canada where his spare time was fully entrenched in the exploration of the outdoors. This love for nature and adventure pushed him to travel to the Madre De Dios region for the first time in 2015. Working within the Tambopata National Reserve, Shaun assisted in data collection for a rapid faunal assessment of the reserve. Following the month and a half spent within the reserve Shaun returned to Canada with a complete admiration for the beautiful yet unforgiving landscape of the Amazon. In 2016, Shaun was provided an educational opportunity to collaborate with ARC and return to Peru in which he promptly jumped at the chance. Moving forward Shaun hopes to integrate his education of remotely sensed data and ecological concepts for application in the fields of research and conservation.
Jason Pednault
Jason Pednault was a gold prospector until he was attacked and nearly killed in the Ecuadorian Amazon in 2011. Since then he has become an activist, teacher, protector and facilitator for various sustainability and conservationist causes and an advocate for indigenous rights. An expert in permaculture and reforestation, his projects have helped indigenous communities in the Amazon basin move away from slash and burn agriculture and into more sustainable practices that assist eco-system regeneration. He’s also the founder of Jungle Visions, a not-for-profit company that supports ARC and other conservationist causes – along with many indigenous communities within the region – through the sale of wild-harvested products and visionary artwork.
Dylan Singer
Dylan Singer
Dylan Singer is a Herpetologist that has been working in the Tambopata, Las Piedras, and Madre de Dios river basins for the past 3 years. In the past his studies have focused on Mark/Recapture projects with caiman, baseline assessment of herpetological communities, and the ecology of serpents. As the Herpetological Research Coordinator of Fauna Forever, he carried out various successful projects such as the mapping of caiman distribution in relation to ecotourism and native communities, a study of anuran reproduction within Guadua sp. Bamboo, and raising small colonies of tadpoles and metamorphs in the field to study their development. As the cofounder of Centro Biologico Tambopata, he is currently working to establish a dedicated research center in the Upper Tambopata. He is passionate about the protection and restoration of true wilderness and the conservation of biodiversity at all levels.
Ashley Michaud

Ashley Michaud is an entrepreneur, mother, holistic practitioner and author. Her focus is helping people get healthier and wealthier naturally. She’s building a community of entrepreneurs empowered to step into their full potential and unapologetically be the change they wish to manifest in the world!

Ashley fell in love with the Amazon rainforest while backpacking through South America in 2015. Following that she was attuned as a Reiki practitioner in 2016 and received her training and education from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2017. This all supports her vision of integrating eco-tourism, permaculture and shamanic visionary plants.

Her current projects include a practice she calls Elemental Growth and seasonal “be the change” challenges.

Jared Schachter
Jared Schachter (Honours Business Administration, Richard Ivey Business School) has a diverse business background in management consulting and leadership in multiple technology companies. As an aspiring Effective Altruist he has always been passionate about social impact, with a specific focus on the environment. After a 4 month trip to South America in 2019 which included a multi-week stay in the Amazon, he felt a specific calling to focus his philanthropic efforts on conservation and protection of this precious area.

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