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.

Leah Fusco is a PhD candidate in geography at the University of Toronto. Her current research examines environmental assessment and review processes related to oil development in NL, including community participation and opposition to project proposals. She has a BA in economics/sociology from St. Thomas University and an MA in sociology from Memorial University. She has been researching and working in the area of oil and energy since 2005, when she started looking at the NL oil industry as part of her MA. This work examined how environmental groups have responded to offshore oil development in the province. She has worked as a research assistant on several projects related to oil development in NL and Canada. Before beginning her PhD, she also spent several years working in energy policy for the Government of Nunavut and as a research assistant at the Leslie Harris Center of Regional Policy and Development at Memorial University. 

Emma HebbEmma Hebb

Emma Hebb 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.