Celebrating NCC's female staff on International Women's Day

In honour of International Women’s Day (March 8), we’re celebrating female staff members at the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) who are working to create a stronger future for Canada’s landscapes.

Read about their careers and how nature has played a part in their lives.

Stats at a glance

Statstics of women in conservation at NCC


Roberta Weisbrot at Georgian Bay Islands National Park (Photo courtesy of Roberta Weisbrot/NCC staff)
Roberta Weisbrot

Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Roberta Weisbrot is NCC’s brand and digital marketing manager. A proud prairie girl, she grew up in Regina and also spent a lot of time at her family’s farm, east of the city.

Editorial services

Gayle Roodman cycling in Mesa, Arizona (Photo by Ian Woodworth)
Gayle Roodman

As NCC’s manager of editorial services, Gayle is a gatekeeper of the proper use of language in NCC’s communications, helping to bring great stories to light and sharing the message of conservation with the public.

Planned giving

Marcella at Waterton Park Front, AB (Photo by NCC)
Marcella Zanella

As the director, planned giving at NCC, Marcella uses her 12 years of experience as a lawyer to facilitate gifts in a will and other types of estate giving, such as legacy gifts.



Annie Ferland with the Google trekker on Alfred-Kelly Nature Reserve, QC. (Photo by NCC)
Annie Ferland

Annie Ferland is NCC’s project manager for Montreal and Basses-Laurentides. She recalls growing up seeing the river being filled with litter of all shapes and sizes. Annie kept thinking how nice it would be to go fishing without reeling in a boot or an old tire. She wondered how she could make an impact on this area. This helped fuel her desire to do more and help restore and conserve landscapes across Canada.

Carissa Sideroff capturing Old Man on His Back with the Google Trekker. (Photo by NCC)
Carissa Sideroff

Carissa Sideroff joined NCC as stewardship coordinator fresh out of university. Working for a non-profit conservation organization has built her appreciation for undisturbed nature, whether it be a wetland, forest or Saskatchewan’s native prairie.

Hillary Page, Director of Science and Stewardship, BC Region (Photo by NCC)
Hillary Page

Hillary Page, director of conservation planning and stewardship for NCC’s BC Region, began exploring the backcountry of BC's Columbia Valley in high school. She completed an undergraduate degree in conservation biology and a master’s in range and wildlife management.

Julie Vasseur (Photo by Mike Dembeck)
Julie Vasseur

Julie Vasseur’s life-long love for nature stemmed from a childhood immersed in Canada’s great outdoors. As NCC’s program director for Prince Edward Island, Julie gets to see all sorts of critters while out on NCC’s properties. Although they may not be as large as whales, their impact on conservation — and on Julie — is just as huge.

Kathryn Folkl (Photo by NCC)
Kathryn Folkl

From the swarms of burrowing mayflies under every lamp on the streets near her childhood home, to her role as NCC’s national manager of the North American Wetland Conservation Act program, Kathryn Folkl is drawn to nature.

Lisa McLaughlin, acting vice-president, conservation
Lisa McLaughlin

Lisa McLaughlin began working for NCC as an intern the summer after she graduated from her master's program at the University of Guelph. She has worked her way up to become NCC's vice-president, conservation planning and policy. Lisa has helped shape many programs and projects over her time with NCC. She helped launch Conservation Volunteers — one of NCC’s most impactful Canada-wide programs.

Mhairi McFarlane with leucospora (Photo by NCC)
Mhairi McFarlane

For Mhairi McFarlane, her love for landscapes began across the pond. She and her family would take long trips driving from Scotland to England, and to pass the time Mhairi would flip through her parents' identification guides. She began to memorize the intricate diagrams adorning the tattered pages and was able to spot species in the wild.

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