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Lisa Chen, Marine Biologist!

Eco-Career Panel

July 2022

On July 24th, 2022, HNP Ontario held its first Eco-Career Panel, where three guest speakers working in the environmental industry were invited to virtually share their experiences, academic and professional journeys as well as the various lessons and strategies they have learned throughout their careers. This was a great learning experience as the attendees got to explore multiple job sectors and their relation to and impacts on the environment. In total, there were over 80 youth volunteers in attendance who explored new and innovative career opportunities, got the chance to ask three professionals in the field about the environmental industry, and earned up to three volunteer hours all from home.

Lisa Chen

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Marine Biologist

Having worked as a marine biologist and educator around the world, Lisa is extremely passionate about ocean conservation and education. She is an avid reader, world traveller, gardener, and photographer, who enjoys a warm cup of tea. Lisa recently completed a Master of Marine Management degree at Dalhousie University with a research project focusing on creating an ocean literacy framework to guide future ocean education initiatives and create an ocean literate community. This research was inspired by her experience with the Canadian Conservation Corps, which taught her the importance of experiential learning in inspiring conservation efforts. She is the Founder and CEO of the Let's Talk Butts campaign and Marine Way, which focuses on tackling cigarette butt litter and ghost fishing gear. In her spare time, Lisa can be found volunteering with Canadian Youth Biodiversity Network, Canadian Wildlife Federation, Ocean Wise, and other environmental organizations.

Running a small plant nursery, Chris primarily sells berry plants and fruit trees, offering yard-to-food conversion as a service locally and via consultation. Most recently, Chris and his company obtained more land and have started testing a small-scale affordable CSA. His experience throughout the process led him to realize how naturally gardening came to him, both as a skill and a hobby. More specifically, plant propagation and teaching others to be sustainable themselves is something that Chris enjoys. His goal is to help people learn how to be more sustainable in everything they do in life.

Chris Kallick

Small Business Owner 


Josh Dewitt 

Youth Leadership Specialist  

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Josh has a background in Environmental Biology and works for the Canadian Wildlife Federation as a Youth Leadership Specialist for the WILD Outside program. He loves to spend his free time hiking, fishing, and camping. He also loves to travel and has travelled around the country and other parts of the world to pursue his passion for wildlife photography, as well as for service work. When he is not travelling, he loves to create art!

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