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.
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.
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.

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.

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Megan Christensen

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

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.  

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.
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.
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.
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.
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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 Michaud

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. 

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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