Executive Committee - Atlantic

Samantha Black

Samantha received a Bachelor’s degree from St. Thomas University with a major in sociology and minors in political science, history and journalism. It was during her studies that Samantha’s activism started to take root as she explored how political parties in New Brunswick frame environmental issues. Samantha is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Environmental Practice through Royal Roads University, where her studies focus principally on sustainability and environmental policy, communication and accounting. She has a particular interest in participatory processes in resource management. Samantha started with the Sierra Club of Canada as a volunteer on the National Hike for the Environment and subsequently served as Atlantic Canada Ambassador for the Hike. She currently lives in Colpitts Settlement, New Brunswick, with her husband and two cherished dogs. She is an avid fitness enthusiast and can usually be found doing CrossFit, running or enjoying long rucks outdoors.

Emily Dodge (Co-Chair)

Emily was born in Massachusetts and first moved to Nova Scotia to attend Dalhousie University where she received her BA in International Development and Environmental Studies. From there she went on to earn her MS in Ecological Leadership and Education from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. Since then she has worked for various non-profits developing and delivering environmental themed programs and events. She has delivered after school programming for Sierra Club, as well as helped to establish the Wild Child Forest School in Halifax. She currently lives in Hammonds Plains, NS with her husband, son, and dog.

Shelby DowneShelby Kendra Downe

Shelby is a program coordinator at Cooper Institute in Epekwitk (known as Prince Edward Island). She is interested in the ways in which systems of oppression shape our interactions with the land and how cultural resistance can actively subvert those vertical relationships. She studies Environmental Studies with minors in Social Justice Studies and Philosophy at UPEI. 

Leah Fusco is a postdoctoral researcher in geography at Memorial University. Her research interests include resource development, environmental policy and planning, consultation processes, and climate justice. She received a PhD from the University of Toronto, where she conducted research on environmental assessment and review processes related to offshore oil development and fracking in Newfoundland and Labrador, including community participation and opposition to project proposals. Her current research expands on this, taking a comparative approach to look at the use of strategic environmental assessments internationally as well as on the ground in regional spaces.

Emma SeamoneEmma Hebb

Emma Seamone attended Acadia University where she obtained a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Environmental Science. After graduation Emma got her career start at Sierra Club Atlantic, where she worked as Volunteer Coordinator for one year in 2010/2011. Since 2011 Emma has sat on the executive committee of the chapter filling various roles most recently as Chapter Chair. For paid employment, Emma has worked for various non-profits throughout Atlantic Canada using skills she originally learned at Sierra Club. Emma currently resides in Saint John, NB with her fiance Jason and cat Harley Quinn and works for the United Church of Canada in Youth Ministry.

Tony Reddin (Co-Chair)Tony Reddin

Tony Reddin is a social activist and musician from Bonshaw, P.E.I., has been active in SCC since the Atlantic Canada Chapter began in 2001. A graduate of UPEI (BSc Physics), Tony was involved in the Maritime Energy Coalition for many years, and is presently the Energy Project Coordinator for the Environmental Coalition of Prince Edward Island (ECO-P.E.I. Tony has served on the Atlantic Board for OXFAM Canada and is active in the PEI Food Security Network. He also volunteers as an educator at schools, as a community event organizer, and as a leader of singalongs, contra dances, nature walks, canoe paddles and discussions of other alternatives to fossil fuel consumption.


Julie ReimerJulie Reimer (Atlantic Representative) is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Geography at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. Her research explores the role of marine spatial planning and management in bridging conservation and sustainability. Julie holds a Master of Marine Management from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in biology from Queen’s University. Her research experience spans conservation social science, conservation management, and land-based aquaculture. Julie has been actively engaged with non-profit organizations in Atlantic Canada for five years. She has worked as an Education Specialist for Ducks Unlimited Canada-Atlantic and has supported environmental education programs in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. Julie currently sits on the Board of Directors for the New Brunswick chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) and The Starfish Canada. In 2018, Julie proposed, developed, and successfully launched a bi-weekly blog for CPAWS-NB to produce new content and bolster public awareness of the organization. In addition to her passions for oceans and conservation, Julie enjoys a daily at-home yoga practice, an annual read of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and fresh baked bread any time!