Key People

RCE Tantramar Group 2012 - 2013Trevor Donald, Emily Phillips, Georgia Klein, Rob Burroughs, and Michael Fox.  Photo credit: Ian Chew.

Josette MacIsaac
Josette is the Outdoor Environmental Classroom Coordinator for the Education for Sustainable Development project at Salem Elementary School in Sackville. Josette is a graduate of Mount Allison’s Geography & Environment program, as well as a graduate of the B.Ed program at the University of Ottawa. Josette is a teacher who assists teachers and students in getting outside and using the recently developed wetlands area and other environmental education options available as part of the outdoor education program.

Emily Phillips
Emily is a graduate of Mount Allison University from the Department of Geography & Environment. She transferred from American University in September 2010 and completed her honours degree (BA) in Environmental Studies (2012) and her MSc in Environmental Science (2014).  She worked as the RCE’s main coordinator while she completed her Master’s, focusing on Sustainability Science and regional adaptation to climate change.  Emily currently maintains RCE Tantramar’s website and social media presence (

Mike Fox
Mike is a professor of Mount Allison University’s Department of Geography & Environment, where he has worked for the past decade, also serving as Vice President Academic & Research before returning to head and teach in the department in 2005. Before coming to New Brunswick, Mike was a professor at University of Winnipeg’s Faculties of Science (Geography and Environmental Studies) and Education. He was also the university’s Vice President Student Affairs and Dean, Collegiate Division — similar positions to the ones he held at Bishops University previously. Mike was one of the co-sponsors of the RCE Tantramar bid to the United Nations University and acts as its chair. He is currently on sabbatical.

Tracey Wade
Tracey is the senior planner at the Southeast Regional Service Commission. A member of the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) for more than a decade, Tracey was responsible for three major projects in the region, including the Sustainable Sackville plan and Tantramar 2040, both guiding documents for the RCE. She has been heavily involved in various climate change adaptation initiatives at the local, provincial, and national levels and was one of the co-sponsors of the RCE Tantramar’s bid to the United Nations University in 2011.

Georgia Klein
Georgia is a professor in the College of Sustainability at Dalhousie University, teaching in her specialised field of coastal issues. Her research on intertidal flats (of particular importance to Sackville and the Tantramar Region!) was the backbone of her PhD work at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research and the University of Bremen in Germany. Georgia’s research and teaching places particular emphasis on global coastal change & conservation issues, and its effects on human dependence on those aquatic resources.

Trevor Donald
Trevor, a Sackville native, transferred to Mount Allison University after studying Natural Resource Management in Ontario. He worked as the RCE Tantramar Environmental Communications Intern. He regularly wrote for Mount Allison’s paper, The Argosy, and the Sackville Tribune Post.  He brings expertise on social media from working as  a Parks Canada interpreter in Banff National Park and  initiated the innovative multi-media campaign, 10 Seconds of Tantramar.

Bernard Soubry
Bernard is a recent Mount Allison graduate (Anthropology and English Literatures, ’13) who brings his web-tinkering skills and his love of community-building to the organization.

Rob Burroughs
Rob is a recent alumnus of Mount Allison University, having completed his honours degree (BA) in international relations with a minor in geography. He was the RCE’s 2012 summer student.

Photo by Sterling Marsh