ALUS Canada ,
Director of Strategic Initiatives
Lara Ellis is Vice-President of Policy and Partnerships of ALUS Canada. She is eager to scale the conservation work of ALUS Canada by finding effective ways to strengthen environmental protection and grow community sustainability and resilience. She is currently focused on the development of new regulated and unregulated ecosystem services markets and growing support for natural infrastructure on agricultural lands.
Prior to joining ALUS in August 2015, Lara was Program Director at the Ivey Foundation, where she helped develop the Economy and Environment Program, and worked on the Conserving Canada’s Forests Program in her earlier capacity as Program Officer.
Lara is pleased to be a member of the Women for Nature network. This initiative links 150 influential Canadian women to leverage efforts to save wildlife, protect nature and inspire young leaders for nature. She is also former Chair and current Board Member of Upstream, an organization that seeks to improve the health of Canadians by addressing the greatest influences on our health, including education, early childhood development, housing, nutrition and the wider environment.
Lara was recognized with a Clean 50 award for her contribution to developing innovative environmental solutions in 2017. She is proud to have previously served as a Board Member of the Canadian Environmental Grantmakers’ Network, and as a Steering Committee Member of the Natural Capital Accounting Lab.
Lara has two degrees from McGill University, a B.A. in English Literature and a Master’s of Management (McGill-McConnell Program). She is based in Toronto, Canada.