Julia is an experienced environmental campaigner and grassroots mobilizer. With a BSc in Conservation Biology from McGill University, a Masters in Adult Education and Community Development from the University of Toronto and five years’ teaching experience in secondary school science and geography, she strives to combine her background in education and mobilization with her passion for and knowledge of environmental protection.
Julia has organized a multitude of environmental advocacy campaigns and hundreds of events across Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, Russia and Italy on issues ranging from opposing illegal forestry practices to promoting community-based renewable energy and preventing the use of neonicotinoid chemicals which harm bee populations.
She has had the opportunity to be involved in many exciting projects, including spending a month in the Ecuadorian Andes planting organic, fair-trade tea gardens in remote Quechuan villages to enable these communities to join a local cooperative run by Quechuan women. Julia also recently participated in a six-week expedition by sea to Clyde River, Baffin Island. There, she assisted in installing the community`s first solar system. She also designed and implemented a series of widely-attended campaign trainings for community members.
Julia has always been dedicated to ocean conservation. In the past she has campaigned against offshore oil drilling in the Mediterranean, in favour of stricter regulations for fisheries in Europe and increased traceability of tuna products. Most recently, she has campaigned with the Inuit hamlet of Clyde River against seismic blasting in their waters.
Julia is thrilled to be able to continue fighting for ocean conservation as Oceana Canada’s Seafood Fraud Campaigner.