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ACEE staff meeting, June 29, 2017. From left to right: Diane Kashuba, Gareth Thomson, Christina Pickles, and Kathy Worobec.

Gareth Thomson is the Executive Director of ACEE. He has over twenty-five years experience in environmental education, working for the government of Alberta and then as Education Director for an NGO. He has taught high school, served on Canmore town council, been a judge for the Alberta Emerald Awards and a volunteer with Alberta Ecotrust Foundation on their grant review committee. He has an engineering degree, an M.Sc. in Environmental Geology, and is a certified teacher. He received a lifetime achievement award from the Alberta Teachers Association’s GEOEC, and the national ‘Non-Profit – Individual’ award from EECOM. Gareth lives in Canmore, where he divides his time between parenting three exceptional young people, and exploring little-known hiking trails and hidden valleys with his wife Kelly. E-mail: Gareth[at]
Kathy Worobec has been ACEE’s Education Director since 2012. She leads ACEE's work on key K-12 education initiatives: our Energy REC program (Renewables, Efficiency, and Conservation), curriculum redesign, and Alberta Green Schools.  She also supports our Edmonton region Community of Practice and creates and delivers many of our education stakeholder events. She has more than 25 years of experience in developing, implementing, delivering and managing energy and environmental education programs for youth and teachers. Kathy has taught in the classroom, worked in the energy efficiency field with the Alberta Department of Energy, consulted, and spent nine years as part of the Pembina Institute and GreenLearning Canada education team. She received her education degree from the University of Alberta. Kathy lives in Edmonton and enjoys biking, skiing, gardening and numerous activities with her family and friends. E-mail: Kathy[at]
Christina Pickles has been an environmental educator since 1998, and has been a Program Manager with ACEE since 2010. Her responsibilities with ACEE include leading our Get Outside and Play program, developing and delivering capacity-building workshops to environmental education agencies and teachers, designing ACEE's conferences, and supporting environmental education communities of practice. Prior to joining ACEE she completed a geography degree at the University of Calgary, delivered education programs for Ducks Unlimited, worked with the University of Calgary delivering and developing residential school programs, and spent two years in Edmonton with Alberta Environment. She and her husband and their daughter Elizabeth live in Calgary close to the Bow River. E-mail: Christina[at]  

Diane Kashuba is the Fund Development Manager with ACEE, bringing nearly 10 years of experience partnering with donors to make a bigger impact. Her passion for the outdoors and her passion to connect donors with amazing, worthwhile causes have come together wonderfully in this new role. As Fund Development Manager, Diane helps ACEE diversify its revenue through strategic fund development and donor stewardship. Prior to joining ACEE, she completed her Masters at University of Guelph in Consumer Behaviour. Then, leaving industry for a role at a large NGO, Diane went on to create engagement opportunities that shared emotion and information - touching the hearts of Canadians, and encouraging action. She helps children, youth, adults, professionals and corporations connect meaningfully with the cause. Diane and her family continuously seek outdoor opportunities at the river, mountain or campground. Email: Diane[at]



Laura Hughes joined the ACEE team in 2017 as the Youth Coordinator for Climate Change and Energy Education.  Laura brings two years of energy conservation outreach experience to the team, as well as two years’ experience in international environmental conservation, primarily in the Caribbean and the South Pacific. Most recently, she lived with a tribe in Papua New Guinea as she studied environmental economics and climate change impacts in low-lying islands of the South Pacific. Laura completed her MSc in Environment and Resource Management at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam in 2016 and has an undergraduate degree in Geography from UBC. Based in Calgary, Laura can be found at yoga on weekdays and climbing mountains on the weekends. Email: Laura[at]