Meet the ACEE staff

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ACEE staff meeting, June 20, 2018

Back row (L to R): Susan McKeague, Diane Kashuba, Kathy Worobec, Gareth Thomson

Front row (L to R): Marie Tremblay, Diana Kurila, Laura Hughes

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 is the Strategy and Operations Director for ACEE. She brings her more than 25 years of experience in environmental and energy education programs to this role. She provides strategic guidance for all program planning, communications, and grant opportunities. She also provides operational leadership to ensure efficiencies and coordination. She continues to play a supportive role in our key K-12 education initiatives and supporting agencies 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]

Laura Hughes serves as Program Lead for ACEE, supporting youth engagement and conference planning. 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]


Marie Tremblay joined ACEE in May 2018 as a Senior Education Advisor, bringing to her new role a dual passion for education and the environment. With university degrees in engineering, education, environmental design (Master’s) and ecology (PhD), it’s fair to say she also has a passion for learning. Marie’s professional experience includes over a decade of teaching in a variety of settings from grade 1 to university level, including five years in Indigenous communities of Canada’s far north. Marie has also been an active member of Alberta’s environmental community for over two decades as a graduate student, conservation scientist in the government and non-profit sectors, and board member of Nature Calgary and Alberta’s Prairie Conservation Forum. Marie lives in Calgary and when she is not working loves to explore southern Alberta’s diverse natural environments by foot, ski or paddle with her family and friends. She is also an avid cyclist and proud mother of two delightful young men, Eric and Alex. Email: Marie[at]


Susan McKeague joined ACEE in June 2018 as the Energy Revealed Program Manager. This exciting program will help students, teachers and school boards understand how energy efficiency best practices can lead to sustainability. Susan brings over 10 years’ experience in energy efficiency education. Prior to joining ACEE, Susan developed and managed a unique energy education program educating students and Albertans about where our energy comes from and how we can use it efficiently. Susan holds a Business Degree from Acadia University and a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of New Brunswick and brings a diverse perspective from time spent living in Africa and India.  Susan spends her spare time in the mountains exploring nature by bike or foot with her daughter and husband. Email: Susan[at]

Diana Kurila joined ACEE in summer 2018 as an Education Support Intern. She is entering her fourth year at Mount Royal University in the B.Ed program and is passionate about science and environmental education. Diana found her calling after becoming a Students on Sustainability volunteer, where she focused on inspiring students to take action through energy use reduction, wildlife conservation, and vermicomposting. With ACEE’s support, Diana was able to impact ten Calgary classrooms. Diana will be reviewing and upgrading ACEE's teaching resources and database in order to create easier access for teachers. Diana lives in Calgary and loves to volunteer and challenge herself in new ways. Email: Diana[at]
Maria Granados joined the ACEE team as an Education Support Intern in November 2018. She is on track to complete her Bachelor of Arts in Geography with an embedded certificate in Sustainability Studies at the University of Calgary in December of 2018.  Maria is a certified UN Sustainable Development Goals Advocate and as such she is passionate about climate action and quality education and sustainable cities and communities. Maria lives in Calgary with her dog Charles, and in her spare time she can be found horseback riding along the beautiful trails of Ya Ha Tinda Ranch. Email: Maria[at]