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.
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 (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 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.
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.
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.