Meet the ACEE staff

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

Susan McKeague joined ACEE in June 2018 as is currently the Calgary EcoSchools Program Manager. 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 children and husband. Email: Susan[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]


Lia Harding

Lia Harding joined ACEE in 2020 as a Communications Specialist. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Calgary. She has previously worked as a technical writer and has done social media work as a volunteer for a number of non-profit organizations. Lia enjoys visiting the mountains, reading, and petting any animal that will sit still long enough. Email: lia[at]


Sneha Rose Jigo

Sneha Rose Jigo joined ACEE in 2022 and is the Youth Program Coordinator for the Alberta Youth Leaders for Environmental Education (AYLEE). She is currently studying Political Science at the University of Lethbridge and strongly believes that educating youth is the way to a brighter future. Sneha splits her time between Lacombe and Lethbridge; the traditional territories of the Néhiyaw (Cree), Niitsitapi (Blackfoot Confederacy), Tsuu T'ina, and Métis peoples. When she isn't working or studying, she can usually be found with a book and crochet hook in hand or learning something new just for fun. Email: sneha[at]


Kathryn Melrose

Kathryn Melrose joined ACEE in 2022 as the Executive Director with over a decade of leadership experience in the local non-profit sector. Originally from Montana, her career there spanned over a decade as a teacher and education coordinator. During much of that time, she taught environmental education in the K-12 system. After relocating to Alberta, she developed her non-profit leadership experience by supporting educators and Calgary educational districts. She has a B.A. in Education and a M.A. in Education. Kathryn is passionate about ensuring the advancement of high-quality environmental and sustainability education throughout the province. Email: Kathryn[at]


Dixie Taylor

Dixie Taylor joined ACEE in 2022 as the EcoSchools in Alberta Program Director after serving over a decade delivering, designing, and managing various youth programs and leading successful partnerships with school districts and community partners. Dixie attended the University of Calgary, where she completed a Bachelor of Arts and earned her Master of Arts in Community Development from the University of Victoria. While working for one of Calgary’s school districts early in her career, Dixie discovered a love and passion for supporting children and youth. She believes in leveraging her experiences to empower others. Email: Dixie[at]