Our judges for Canada's Top 25 Environmentalists Under 25 are some of the country's best thinkers and doers in the environmental sector. Just like our Top 25 list, these change-makers are committed to progressive, positive change in their communities and are lending their expertise to finding our next round of young Canadian leaders.
Raaj Chatterjee - British Columbia
Raaj is a leader and mentor for youth environmentalism and social justice in Vancouver's Lower Mainland. Raaj is a founder of The Compassion Project, an interfaith program to bring nutritious food and clothing to homeless citizens in Whalley. Raaj works as a junior leader with the Metro Vancouver Youth Sustainability toolbox. He studies Mechatronics Engineering at Simon Fraser University and is a student organizer in the Divest SFU movement that led to reducing SFU endowment portfolio’s greenhouse gas emissions down by 30% by 2030.
Lauren Crickmore - Ontario
As a Client & Services Representative at Real Food for Real Kids, Lauren is helping connect kids around the GTA with healthy food and encouraging them in developing lifelong healthy eating habits. In her previous work she developed educational materials, planned educational conferences, and trained hundreds of youth to be environmental leaders and peer facilitators. After completing her Honours BA in Environmental Policy at the University of Toronto, she has enjoyed put her lifelong passion for the environment into practice.
Erin Daly - British Columbia
Erin strives for social and environmental community well-being. In her previous work, she built and ran youth violence prevention programming as well as provided crisis counselling to survivors of relationship abuse. Since completing her master’s degree in public health, focusing on climate justice movements and equity, Erin now supports students tackling sustainability challenges as the Executive Director of Embark Sustainability.
Brett Dolter - Saskatchewan
Brett Dolter is an ecological economist specializing in climate and energy policy research. Brett completed his PhD degree at York University and holds a Masters in Economics from the University of Victoria and a Masters in Resource Management and Environmental Studies from UBC. Brett is the David Suzuki Foundation Climate Change Economics Fellow and his research focuses on pathways to a zero-emissions future. His research to date has focused on evaluating pathways for decarbonizing the Saskatchewan electricity sector, and the role of inter-provincial electricity trade in balancing the variability of renewable energy.
Kieran Dowling - Alberta
Kieran Dowling is currently working with Alberta Parks as the team lead for William Watson Lodge and Inclusion Accessibility based in Kananaskis Region. He lives in Canmore, Alberta, where he enjoys the mountain culture and lifestyle. In his role, he supports Albertans of all abilities, cultures and ages to access and enjoy the outdoors. He oversees operations for a wilderness lodge, cabins, campground and surrounding trails for disabled persons and seniors within Peter Lougheed Provincial Park.
Bethany Downer - Newfoundland and Labrador
Bethany Downer was on The Starfish Canada's Top 25 for the last two years and was named one of the Canadian Top 30 Under 30 in Sustainability by Corporate Knights in October of 2016. She founded the non-profit organization One Step Shoe Recycling to share her passion for sustainability. Bethany now resides in Strasbourg, France where she is completing her masters degree from the International Space University.
Shailyn Drukis - Yukon
Shailyn Drukis is a steering committee member of the Global Youth Biodiversity Network, a network that she helped to establish through the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity negotiations. Her research interests focus in the Kluane region of the Southwest Yukon, looking at obstacles to better addressing cumulative effects assessment on wildlife, and exploring the possibilities of capturing baseline wildlife data from park visitors and local citizens.
Jennifer McRae - British Columbia
Jennifer McRae builds learning communities that drive social transformation. She is particularly interested in shaping the future of work and learning. She has built two leadership programs, an undergraduate program at Simon Fraser University, and the curriculum for a graduate program in civic innovation and systems leadership. An enthusiastic generalist, her curiosities are too many to name. Jennifer lives on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples.
Chúk Odenigbo - Québec
Chúk is the co-founder of The Poison and The Apple, a collaborative entity aiming to
reconnect Canadians with Nature through innovative, fun, cultural projects. He has a masters degree in environmental health (focus on toxicology) and undergraduate degrees in
environmental science and chemistry. Through speaking at various national and
international conferences and events on the intersection between the environment and
human health, Chúk has been a part of some exciting projects to both better the
environment and our relationship with it.
Peter Ormond - Ontario
Green Party member Peter Ormond created the Green Being character, and loves working on sustainable community projects - regardless of the simplicity or complexity. As an engineer and educator, he is an instructor at various colleges and is active as a guest speaker. He has also hosted web-based Green TV and the radio show "Green Sense" for several years. Each summer, Peter sharpens his pencil to create a play for Hamilton's Fringe Festival and reminds all who cross his path that "a vote is cast with every choice made". He is the Roving Energy Manager for Horizon Utilities.
Abhayjeet Singh Sachal - British Columbia
Abhay is a 16 year-old environmentalist and activist from Surrey, BC. He has been involved in various organizations and was inspired to start an organization called Break The Divide Foundation after traveling to the Arctic on a Students on Ice Expedition in 2016. Through Break The Divide, youth from around the world are connected to discuss prominent issues facing their communities, such as climate change. Abhay is also an avid public speaker, hockey player, and pianist.
Carly Welham - Manitoba
Carly is a community-based researcher and health activist working with the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation and student food nonprofit Meal Exchange. Originally from Manitoba and currently living in Vancouver, she explored how environmental racism impacts food security and reproductive health through her Masters of Public Health. Carly loves to get nerdy about science fiction and urban agriculture, and sits on the Board of Directors of Learning for Sustainable Futures.
Kate Whalen - Ontario
As the Senior Manager of University Sustainability, Kate collaborates and facilitates the strategic direction, communication, implementation and management of various aspects of University sustainability, including providing direction for the Sustainability Internship Program. Kate is also the Director of the Sustainable Future Program, where she directs the development and operation of the Program through building and fostering relationships and forming collaborations with staff, students, faculty and members of the broader Hamilton community. Kate has an Honours B.A. and M.A. from McMaster University and is currently a PhD candidate in McMaster’s School of Geography and Earth Sciences.