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General Inquiries

Phone: 705-326-1620
Email: courtney@couchconservancy.ca

Mailing Address: 
Box 704
Orillia, Ontario 
L3V 6K7 Canada

Office Address: 
1485 Division Road West
Orillia, Ontario 
L3V 0X6 Canada

During the Covid-19 Pandemic, our office is closed to the public with staff working from home and at the office. You can contact us in three ways:

  • Phone the office (we check the answering machine daily)
  • Email staff directly
  • Make arrangements to drop off or pick up items via our mailbox or storage room at the office. 
Executive Director – Mark Bisset

Email: mbisset@couchconservancy.ca

What I love about working at the Conservancy: The privilege of doing work that is aligned with my personal values.

Indulgence: boats and sailing magazines

What I wanted to be when I was a kid: Explorer

When you’re not at the Conservancy, what do you do with your time: Mess around in sailboats, canoe, camp, cycle, garden, read, ski, snowshoe, swim, weep for the Toronto Maple Leafs and occasionally build things that refuse to be level.



Administrative Assistant – Courtney Baker

Email: courtney@couchconservancy.ca

Contact me about: general inquiries, booking spaces, exploring options to protect your property, and the Wine Club! If you aren't sure who to talk to, talk to me first. I will put you on the right track.

Indulgence: Giving sugar to my nieces and nephew and watching mayhem ensue.

What you love about working for the Conservancy: Everything! It is my dream job, and the conservancy community is smart, fun, caring, laid back and unstoppable. Our supporters and volunteers inspire me every day.

Favourite Nature Reserve: I could never choose. They each have a beating heart, they are all beautiful and precious.


Development Coordinator – Tanya Clark

Email: tanya@couchconservancy.ca

Contact me about: donation options such as Membership, Monthly Giving, Stock Donations, Heartwood Fund, Corporate Partnerships, fundraising for nature and more. I also coordinate the Carden Challenge. If you haven't received your charitable receipt for your donation, I can help with that too.

What I love about working here: The community. I love that this is ultimately community work. When I protect nature, I do so for all members of the community.

Favourite Nature Reserves: Thomas C. Agnew Nature Reserve & Adams Nature Reserve near Washago. Both lovely in different ways (Agnew is a longer walk, which I like) BUT beware of mosquitoes though! They are brutal in the spring/summer.

Most rewarding experience: protecting 730 acres and over 4km of the Black River. We had over 100 people attend the unveiling of the Ron Reid Nature Reserve. A very good day!


Engagement Organizer – Samantha Vessios

Email: engage@couchconservancy.ca

Contact me about: taking your first step towards protecting the precious nature in our region. I support new volunteers with their application process, coordinate the Ambassador Program, and Passport to Nature Program.

When you’re not at the Conservancy, what do you do with your time: Travel the world, hike, garden, bike, snowshoe, create, thrift, renovate our 1975 cottage in the city, listen to my husband sing outside of the shower, daydream.

Indulgence: PC Loads of All Dressed chips

Favourite Nature Reserve: Alexander Hope Smith for the fall colours, Agnew in the winter, and Grants Woods for the thousands of spring Trilliums.

Stewardship Team


Conserved Lands Manager – Dorthea Hangaard

Email: dorthea@couchconservancy.ca

Contact me about: Stewardship and maintenance issues on  Conservancy nature reserves and easements,  our citizen science stewardship program, and becoming a member of our maintenance teams.   I coordinate the land stewardship teams, the water monitoring teams, and the property maintenance teams. 

Fundraising, grant administration, publicity and communication, and community partnerships as they relate to stewardship of our nature reserves are all on my beat.  Special Projects:  Sundial Creek, Copeland Forest Friends.



Community Science Field Coordinator – Toby Rowland

Email: citizensci@couchconservancy.ca

Contact me for help with your citizen science monitoring activities including Bats,  Reptiles, Salamander & Vernal Pools, the Carden Bird Blitz, and the Grassland Bird monitoring program. 

I provide training and field orientation, and also help private landowners establish citizen science monitoring on their property through our Landowner Stewardship program.  




Conservation Analyst – Aiesha Aggarwal

Email: aiesha@couchconservancy.ca

Contact me for help  with the Avenza Mapping app, and citizen science monitoring activities including Frog Calls, Monarch Monitoring, Water Monitoring, and Wildlife on Roads.  

I provide training and field orientation, and make maps to support acquisition and stewardship of Conservancy Nature Reserves, including our public trail maps. 



Field Technician – Ryan Lamoureux

Email: ryan@couchconservancy.ca

Contact me for help with: trail maintenance/property stewardship tasks, annual boundary surveys & in-field practice with the Avenza Mapping app.

Please let me know if you have any recommendations for hiking trail improvements or notice any recently fallen trees (please provide a photo and GPS location).

I also provide training and orientation for the new Monarch Butterfly monitoring program.


Carden Coordinator
Ron Reid

Email: ronreid@couchconservancy.ca

Terry-Lynn Hazlet

Email: info@couchconservancy.ca

Carden Grassland
Bird Monitoring
Ginny Moore