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Our team

From editors to reporters and all the people behind the scenes, our staff work together to help make The Narwhal’s independent journalism shine. Say hello to the team that supports our mission to tell stories about the natural world in Canada you can’t find anywhere else

Founders

Emma Gilchrist
Editor-in-chief/Executive director

Emma Gilchrist is a reporter, editor, public speaker and spreadsheet-keeper. She started her journalism career more than 15 years ago…

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Carol Linnitt
Executive editor (on leave)

Carol Linnitt is a journalist, editor and illustrator and co-founder of The Narwhal. Carol has been reporting on energy and…

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National

Mike De Souza
Managing editor

Mike De Souza has covered politics for more than a decade, focusing in recent years on energy and environment policies…

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Francesca Fionda
Director of newsroom development

Francesca Fionda is The Narwhal’s director of newsroom development, a role she took on after working as our mining reporter…

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Elaine Anselmi
Senior editor

Elaine Anselmi is a writer, editor and unawarded champion bread-baker. She is a senior editor with The Narwhal, based in…

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Michelle Cyca
Senior editor

Michelle Cyca is a journalist and editor from Vancouver, and a member of the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation in Treaty…

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Carl Meyer
Climate investigations reporter

Carl Meyer is The Narwhal's climate investigations reporter, based in Ottawa. From 2017 to 2021 he worked at Canada's National…

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Shawn Parkinson
Creative director

Shawn Parkinson is a creative director, designer and filmmaker. He helps lead and evolve The Narwhal’s award-winning brand and visual…

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Jacqueline Ronson
Assistant editor

Jacqueline Ronson is a journalist and editor based in Youbou, B.C., on the unceded homelands of Coast Salish and Nuu-chah-nulth…

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B.C. bureau

Lindsay Sample
B.C. bureau lead (on leave)

Lindsay Sample is a journalist, mother and fifth generation Scottish settler, living on Sinixt, Ktunaxa and syilx homelands, colonially known…

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Sarah Cox
B.C. bureau lead

Sarah Cox is an award-winning journalist and author based in Victoria, B.C. She has been covering energy and environmental politics…

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Ainslie Cruickshank
B.C. biodiversity reporter

Ainslie Cruickshank is a Vancouver-based journalist covering biodiversity issues for The Narwhal. She has previously written for The Walrus, The…

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Matt Simmons
Northwest B.C. reporter

Matt Simmons is a writer and editor based in Smithers, B.C., unceded Gidimt’en clan territory, home of the Wet'suwet'en/Witsuwit’en Nation.…

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Shannon Waters
B.C. politics and environment reporter

Shannon Waters is a political reporter and editor with experience covering municipal, provincial and federal governments. She began her reporting…

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Steph Kwetásel’wet Wood
B.C. reporter

Steph Kwetásel'wet Wood is a Sḵwx̱wú7mesh journalist living and writing in North Vancouver. She writes stories about Indigenous rights, the…

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Prairies bureau

Sharon J. Riley
Prairies bureau chief

Sharon is an award-winning journalist based in Edmonton. Her writing has also been published by The Walrus, Harper’s, The Tyee…

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Drew Anderson
Prairies reporter

Drew Anderson is the Prairies reporter for The Narwhal, based in Calgary. He previously worked for CBC and was the…

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Julia-Simone Rutgers
Manitoba reporter

Julia-Simone Rutgers is The Narwhal’s first Manitoba-based reporter through a brand new partnership with the Winnipeg Free Press. She joins…

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Ontario bureau

Denise Balkissoon
Ontario bureau chief

Denise Balkissoon is based in her hometown of Toronto. She has been executive editor at Chatelaine, where she edited a…

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Emma McIntosh
Ontario reporter

Emma McIntosh is a reporter based in Toronto who really likes being outside. She started her career in newspapers, working…

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Fatima Syed
Ontario reporter

Fatima Syed is a Mississauga-based journalist and host of The Backbench podcast. She has worked for The Walrus, the Toronto…

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Audience

Arik Ligeti
Director of audience

Arik Ligeti is The Narwhal’s director of audience, with a focus on growing a dedicated community of members and readers.…

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Kathryn Juricic
Development and impact manager

Kathryn has long been an advocate for resilient communities. She has spent the last decade organizing neighbourhood arts and culture…

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Karan Saxena
Audience engagement editor

Karan Saxena is an immigrant settler living on xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ territories. Karan is The Narwhal’s audience engagement editor,…

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Operations

Atenas Contreras
Director of operations and finance

Atenas is a settler from Mexico City who’s been living on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and səlilwətaɬ…

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Kyla Fitzgerald
Membership and operations coordinator

Kyla Fitzgerald is The Narwhal’s membership and operations coordinator, serving as the first point of contact for our members and…

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Board of Directors

Tanya Talaga

Tanya Talaga has been a journalist at the Toronto Star for 20 years, covering everything from general city news to…

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Faisal Moola

Faisal Moola, PhD, is an associate professor in the department of geography, environment and geomatics at the University of Guelph…

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Lauren Eckert

Lauren Eckert is a conservation scientist, adventure enthusiast and PhD candidate at the University of Victoria. Lauren’s early research experiences…

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Ziya Tong

Award-winning broadcaster Ziya Tong anchored Daily Planet, Discovery Channel’s flagship science program, until its final season in 2018. Tong also…

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Don Gordon

Don Gordon has served a variety of environmental non-governmental organizations as a senior executive for decades. He has also been…

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Marco Pimentel

Marco Pimentel has been CMO and partner at Redbrick, a Canadian technology company, for over a decade. During that time,…

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Adrian Harewood

Adrian Harewood is a professor in Carleton’s School of Journalism and Communication, which he joined in 2021. He completed a…

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Gä̀gala-ƛ̓iƛ̓ətko (Nadia Joe)

Gä̀gala-ƛ̓iƛ̓ətko (Nadia Joe) is an environmental professional in service of a sustainable and climate just world. She was raised by…

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The Narwhal’s reporters uncover energy stories that send shockwaves throughout Canada. But they can’t do it alone — we need to add 300 new members this month to meet our budget. Will you support crucial climate reporting that makes an impact?
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The Narwhal’s reporters uncover energy stories that send shockwaves throughout Canada. But they can’t do it alone — we need to add 300 new members this month to meet our budget. Will you support crucial climate reporting that makes an impact?