Meet the ACEE staff

ACEE staff meeting, 2019

Back row (L to R): Brad Clute, Pat Worthington, Deb Rougeau-Bell, Gareth Thomson, Josh Naud (moved on)

Middle row (L to R): Maria Granados, Kathy Worobec, Laura Hughes (moved on), Sterling Rempel, Tanya Doran, Andrée Iffrig, Jim Sandercock, Shauna Kelly, Susan McKeague

Front row (L to R): Diana Kurila, Alexandra O’Rourke, Marie Tremblay

Missing: Melissa Easton, Jenn Hoffman

Gareth Thomson

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

Kathy Worobec is a Senior Education Advisor 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 programs and operations. Kathy is our lead in supporting, connecting and building capacity within the environmental and energy education community. She continues to play a supportive role in our K-12 initiatives and Energy Revealed program. Kathy has taught in the classroom, worked in the energy efficiency field and before joining ACEE was part of the Pembina Institute and GreenLearning Canada education teams. She received her education degree from the University of Alberta. Kathy lives in Edmonton and you can find her out biking or skiing with her husband or spending time with her two sons.  E-mail: Kathy[at]


Marie Tremblay

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 (on maternity leave)

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]


Maria Granados

Maria Granados joined ACEE in November 2018 as Program Coordinator. In her role, Maria is leading the Connecting Classrooms program and is assisting with marketing and communications for our Recharge 2019 conference. Maria has her Bachelor of Arts in Geography with an embedded certificate in Sustainability Studies from the University of Calgary.  She is also 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]


Diana Kurila

Diana Kurila is a volunteer at ACEE. She worked for ACEE during the summers of 2018 and 2019 and created the new ACEE Resource Hub and adapted an Energy Transition Game for Grade 9 and high school classrooms. Diana received her teaching degree in 2019 and is now teaching within the Calgary Board of Education. Email: Diana[at]


Shauna Kelly

Shauna Kelly joined ACEE in May 2019 as the Environment and Energy Education Intern and has now taken on the role of Youth and Program Coordinator for the Alberta Youth Leaders for Environmental and Energy Education (AYLEEE). She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental and Sustainability Studies at the University of Northern British Columbia and has a strong passion for environmental education. Shauna first discovered her passion while volunteering for the Alberta Climate Leadership Youth Network (now AYLEEE), where she had the opportunity to connect and collaborate with Alberta students on the importance of environmental education and youth voice. Shauna lives in Calgary and when she isn't working or studying; she can usually be found hiking. Email: shauna[at]