Team

Robert Orland
President & Founder
Robert founded Orland Conservation in 2003 as an environmental consulting group that specializes in protecting natural areas for long-term conservation and offers environmental land conservation services to municipalities, conservation authorities, land trusts, and environmental organizations in Canada. Acquiring almost 30 years of experience in land conservation, Robert began his career as an environmental planner with the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority in Ontario and worked in a variety of positions before specializing in land securement with the Nature Conservancy of Canada. A skilled strategist, public speaker, and accomplished entrepreneur, Robert has delivered presentations and workshops as an expert in land securement for conservation across Canada. Working in partnership with municipalities and government agencies for many years, Robert has facilitated and advised on the protection and creative stewardship of over 10,000 acres of environmentally significant natural heritage lands and parks. Robert is committed to making a sound contribution to the land conservation and sustainability movement in Canada.

Karen Abel, BES, MES
Conservation Specialist

Karen has over 15 years of experience in land conservation, natural heritage protection, and ecological restoration including work with the Ontario Heritage Trust, Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation, Royal Ontario Museum, Ontario Streams, and Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. She was previously a Natural Heritage Coordinator with the Ontario Heritage Trust where she maintained and monitored a portfolio of over one hundred natural heritage lands and nature preserves protected for conservation by the province including Niagara Escarpment lands on the Bruce Trail. She has produced stewardship plans and natural heritage reports for over a dozen nature reserves protected by land trusts and conservation authorities in Canada.

Ana de Castro, MASc
Conservation & Outreach Specialist

Ana has over 10 years of experience working for municipalities in customer support, business analysis, and innovation to enhance and develop community-centric service. Ana previously worked with Toronto Water to improve resident awareness and understanding of community roles in protecting Toronto water resources and watershed health through presentations and workshops. She brings public and stakeholder outreach experience, as well as technical and GIS analysis skills to the Orland Conservation team.

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Thomas Armitage, BSc Agriculture
Food Security Projects Coordinator
Thomas worked with Orland Conservation’s Backyard Bounty program between 2010-2014. Taking on the role of Program Manager in 2012, he coordinated the program each growing season, managing field staff, generating partnerships, delivering educational presentations, facilitating workshops, and organizing the CSA and farmers’ market sales. In 2013, recognizing that food banks have a need for fresh, quality, organic produce, Thomas sought out investors to fund the new Grow Local Sponsorship Program, allowing Backyard Bounty to grow food specifically for the Guelph Food Bank. He holds a BSc in Agriculture from the University of Guelph and a Master’s in Geography.

Extended Team & Consulting Partners

Bryan McPherson, BSc, MLA, OALA Associate
Parks Planning & Landscape Design Specialist
Bryan has over 20 years of experience in landscape assessment and visualization for parklands, Indigenous communities, and natural resource management projects. Bryan’s work on land use values and parks scenario mapping for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry aided in the expansion of parks and protected areas throughout Ontario. Bryan’s West Coast work included land appraisals, acting as an expert witness at appeal tribunals, and performing land-use planning services for Indigenous communities. Bryan has prepared multi-use-path design plans and active transportation presentations for the City of Guelph. Bryan is working towards accreditation as a Landscape Architect with a focus on parks planning, planting plans, greenway (corridor) design, and green infrastructure projects.

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Contact

Robert Orland
President
Orland Conservation
4-118 Michigan Street
Victoria, British Columbia
CANADA V8V 1R1
Phone 519-241-4022
robert.orland@orlandconservation.ca