Keenan Reimer-Watts is the founder of Communities for Conservation. A musician and composer by profession, Keenan's love for the natural world has led to his involvement in groups such as the David Suzuki Foundation, Ecology Ottawa, REEP Green Solutions, Kitchener-Waterloo Climate Save, Divest uOttawa, Divest Waterloo, Kitchener-Waterloo Climate Save, Fridays for the Future, and Sustainable Waterloo Region. While studying music at Wilfrid Laurier University, the philosophy course Environmental Ethics for Canadians was influential on his approach to environmentalism. His self-directed study has brought him to topics such as sustainable agricultural practices, indigenous sovereignty, "bottom-up" conservation policy, species conservation, and ultimately the Nature Needs Half movement. These days, he works to help build community around our shared love for the planet through Communities for Conservation.
As a non-Indigenous settler on the unceded territory of the Haudenosaunee, Anishnaabe, and Neutral Nations, Dr. Heather Taves is actively allied with Indigenous community members to seek justice and decolonize her workplace of Wilfrid Laurier University, where she is Associate Professor of Piano in the Faculty of Music. Under the guidance of Elder Jean Becker, she is a member of the Mino Ode Kwewak N’Gamowak Drum Circle, and Music Liaison to the Office of Indigenous Initiatives at WLU. Heather is a mom of one, aunt of ten, and great-aunt of six. She is an avid organic gardener and member of Bailey's Local Foods. She has been a member of Waterloo’s Community CarShare since its early days as The People’s Car Co-op.
Shane Mulligan works on a number of environmental projects, mostly as a researcher, writer, and project manager. For a number of years he has also managed community energy solar and wind projects with LIFE Co-operative (www.lifecoop.ca). In a previous life he a scholar, researching and teaching about environmental politics at universities in Kingston, Cambridge England, Victoria B.C., and Montreal. He is happiest when walking with his dogs in the woods around Kitchener, Ontario.
Kai Reimer-Watts is a first year PhD student in the Community Psychology program at Wilfrid Laurier University, working with Dr. Manuel Riemer on research focused on nurturing a deeper Culture of Sustainability (COS) across our society. His passion is to explore diverse, compelling ways to connect to people on our global climate, which amazingly sustains life on earth – creating a deeper bond to our environment and efforts to protect it through use of the creative arts, storytelling and social activism. Kai is a visual artist and director of the feature documentary for climate action Beyond Crisis which screens in festivals and communities around the world, and is also co-founder of the Canadian not-for-profit The People's Climate Foundation, dedicated to empowering a creative cultural response to global climate change. Kai holds a Masters in Climate Change from the University of Waterloo, is a volunteer member of the climate action group RISE Waterloo Region, and a proud board member with Communities for Conservation.