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Meet Our Team

Meet our passionate rare team, consisting of individuals with varied backgrounds in education, skills and expertise. Their dedication to rare’s mission of conservation, research and education is propelled by their belief of rare’s limitless growth.

Our Staff

Stephanie Sobek-Swant

Executive Director

stephanie [dot] sobek-swant [at] or 519-650-9336 x113

Veronica Chapman

Manager Finance, Fundraising and Administration

veronica [dot] chapman [at] or 519-650-9336 x117

Christine Thompson

Major Gifts Manager

christine [dot] thompson [at] or 519-650-9336 x118

Chris Ainsworth

Sponsorship and Events Manager

chris [dot] ainsworth [at] or 226-989-8838

Catherine Becsky

Catherine Becsky

Administrative Assistant

catherine [dot] becsky [at] or 519-650-9336 x120

James Bow, photo by Christine Saunders

James Bow

Communications Officer

james [dot] bow [at] or 519-650-9336 x126

Alissa Fraser

Conservation Technician

alissa [dot] fraser [at] or 519-650-9336 x114

Taryn Jarvis

Gill Ratcliffe Gardens & Facilities Coordinator

taryn [dot] jarvis [at] or 519-650-9336 x115

Michelle MacMillan

Education Assistant

michelle [dot] macmillan [at] or 519-650-9336 x112

Jessica O'Connell

Jessica O'Connell

Engagement and Eco-Management Intern

jessica [dot] oconnell [at] or 519-650-9336 x115

Jenna Quinn

Program Scientist - Research & Education Priorities, Partnerships, & Monitoring

jenna [dot] quinn [at] or 519-650-9336 x111

Kim Robichaud

Administrative Coordinator

kim [dot] robichaud [at] or 519-650-9336 x125

Istafa Sufi


istafa [dot] sufi [at] or 519-650-9336 x116

Tom Woodcock

Planning Ecologist

tom [dot] woodcock [at] or 519-650-9336 x121

Our Fellows



mackenzie [dot] lesperance [at] or 519-650-9336 x123