Staff and Instructors

Andrew McMartin

Executive Director

Andrew believes that dirt under fingernails and rain in a child’s hair are essential components to growing up healthy, resilient, and connected to the place we call home, the local natural environment. He is passionate about education, having spent the better part of the last 20+ years working with children in the outdoors. He’s a certified teacher in Ontario and has taught and traveled around the world as an outdoor educator and adventure guide. Andrew founded the p.i.n.e. project in 2008, and brings 20 years of teaching experience in the outdoors, and 15+ years of nature based mentoring and community building work with affiliate and parent organizations across North America.

andrew(at)pineproject(dot)org


Jennifer Peerfullsizerender4

Director of Operations

Jennifer loves gantt charts, budgets, strategic planning, and number crunching almost as much as she loves the great outdoors.  Jennifer grew up exploring the ravines of Toronto, the English countryside, and the wilds of Algonquin. Her love of adventure and spending time in nature took her to the mountains of British Columbia, the remote Solomon Islands and the bustle of Nairobi before settling in the UK for 11 years.

Jennifer returned home to Toronto and joined the p.i.n.e. project in September 2016, where she is eagerly applying her project management, fundraising, financial management, and communications skills. She holds a Masters Degree in International Development from the London School of Economics and has 10+ years of experience working in program management for conservation and development organizations, including the United Nations Environment Program and the World Wildlife Fund.

She loves spending time outside with her young daughters and is inspired by their innate connection with nature.  She also loves practicing yoga.

jennifer(at)pineproject(dot)org


Tatiana HayekTatiana_Mountains

Operations Manager

Tatiana is a nature-loving global citizen with a knack for organization and a passion for working with people. She grew up exploring the eastern U.S. coastline and hiking the Swiss Alps, but has found her forever home in Canada’s forests. Tatiana believes that authentic, compassionate collaboration is the key to a sustainable future.

Tatiana holds a Masters Degree in Environmental Management from Yale University and has 5+ years of experience working in environmental research, outreach, and project coordination for non-profit and academic organizations. After sailing across the Pacific Ocean and van-camping her way through eastern Canada, she joined the p.i.n.e. project in June 2018. She applies her love of nature, her gift of gab, and her analytical mind to support the team in and out of the office.

tatiana(at)pineproject(dot)org


Nikki Satira20031822_10154734041496297_2999865595664316641_n

Lead Instructor / Social Media Coordinator

Nikki holds a Bachelors Degree in Environmental Studies with a specialization in culture and education and a certificate in Community Arts Practice. She has 10+ years of experience in outdoor education and is passionate about facilitating experiences for people of all ages that cultivate a love and respect for nature. She uses her skills in friction fire, edible and medicinal plants, storytelling, song-leading, theatre, tracking, bird language and bushcraft to deliver programming that serves p.i.n.e.’s mission and vision.

Nikki has been working for the p.i.n.e. project since the spring of 2013. Since then she has completed both Wild Deer Wilderness Skills Program 1 and 2, her certificate in herbal studies, and is currently studying plant biology and ethnobotany. She is also an accomplished songwriter and musician, using her love for nature as inspiration for her music.

nikki(at)pineproject(dot)org


Lee Earl11143138_10102026726840097_6198054247688283449_n

Lead instructor / Volunteer and Intern Coordinator

Lee is an avid naturalist and frequenter of the wilds. Some of her favourite activities include looking at beautiful birds, tracking mink and deer throughout the city and geeking out with field guides. When she’s not hanging out in the ravines running programs with kids, she can be found foraging, preserving, fermenting and making all manner of goods from plants. Ever since growing up in the Taylor Creek watershed and traveling the northeast to learn from many mentors, she is grateful to have opportunities to share her enthusiasm and passion about the beautiful planet we inhabit.

Lee has studied plant medicine and wildlife tracking with Earth Tracks Outdoor School and White Pine Programs in Maine and continues to be an ongoing student with both organizations. Lee is also co-founder of Wild Foragers Society, facilitating hands-on exploration of wild plants with a large group of plant-lovers in Toronto.

lee(at)pineproject(dot)org


Eileen Tranindex

Lead Instructor

Eileen eagerly became involved with the p.i.n.e. project in 2012. Eileen grew up exploring ravines, making mud soup, and pretending to live in her family garden. Since then, she’s been passionate about wilderness survival, primitive living skills, and continually working towards skills and knowledge to live more self-sufficiently.

Eileen has been teaching and mentoring children and adults inside and outside of the classroom since 2010, is a nature connection consultant for several schools, and also loves taking on major organizational projects.

eileen(at)pineproject(dot)org


Paul KitzIMG_8655

Lead Instructor

Paul is a Child and Youth Care Practitioner who spent much of his early twenties working for non-profit organizations focused on inspiring people to protect the natural world. In his later twenties Paul shifted his focus to supporting the healthy development of young people in order to build healthier families, communities, and a healthier society.

Laughter, embodied play, songs, lessons learned from nature and supporting the holistic growth of young people are some of Paul’s passions. From a childhood spent eating beach mud (to his parent’s dismay) and finding special places in the neighbourhood to be with animals, to canoeing and camping trips as a teenager, and longer trips and solo experiences to connect as an adult, nature has played an essential role in how Paul has come to understand himself and his place in the world. He is excited and grateful for the opportunity to meet the passions of young people and to get to explore the outdoors together.


Lucas DonaldScreen Shot 2018-09-13 at 12.27.09 PM

Instructor

Lucas first started his journey into deep nature connection as a teenager in Massachusetts at Coyote Camp. In the mountainside wilderness he learned about friction fire, how to carve, identify plants, navigate the forest at night with no lights and build shelters out of sticks and leaves to sleep in overnight. The same summer he was introduced to the p.i.n.e. project as a participant of the teen program at Art of Mentoring, and that winter he began volunteering at p.i.n.e.

Since then Lucas has completed a 7 month apprenticeship program at Sticks and Stones Wilderness School and the p.i.n.e. project’s own Wild Deer 2 apprenticeship program. Lucas has accumulated years of experience as a volunteer and instructor working in outdoor programs with kids and adults and maintains a strong commitment to learning and teaching naturalist studies and survival skills.


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Lead Instructor

Elissa grew up in the City of Toronto and spent the summers at her cottage near Halliburton. She spent time exploring the forest, climbing trees, building forts and swimming. As a child she spent almost every day in a canoe with her parents exploring the lakes around her cottage. When she was a teenager she began doing extended white water canoe trips and has paddled many lakes and rivers throughout Ontario.

After completing her degree in Geographic Analysis Elissa began working for the p.i.n.e. project and has been doing so since 2013. She is passionate about getting kids outside and has fallen in love with urban parks and primitive skills. She loves bird language, plant identification, tracking, games, nature crafting, and exploring outside with kids.


Adrian Iacovinoimg_20160913_155310935

Lead Instructor

Adrian grew up cycling through the willow-banked ravines of Agincourt in Scarborough, Ontario. He spent summers at his Grandparents’ home in the Eastern Townships of Quebec learning to garden, picking berries, mushroom hunting, and swimming in lakes and ponds. Other summers were spent catching frogs and running through the pine forest at Unicamp. Having just completed 3 years as Camp Director at Unicamp of Ontario, Adrian will be bringing with him the community’s strengths of inclusivity and the spirit of empowering others to be themselves. Adrian will be continuing to grow his path as a facilitator in nature connection at both the p.i.n.e. project and the Guelph Outdoor School.

Adrian is passionate about friction fire, wood carving, tree identification, and has a growing interest in tracking and tanning. Adrian is also a wordsmith fascinated and inspired by language, cycles, and how to create meaning for ourselves and others using habit and puzzling the world with words.


Chris Gilmour

Adult Program Coordinator

Chris Gilmour runs our adult Wild Deer Training Program and founded and directed our Northern camps: Wild Things and Red Wolf. He is a professional outdoor educator, wilderness guide and skills instructor and emergency management planner. He lives on a modern day permaculture homestead up in Muskoka where he and his wife Laura run Wild Muskoka Botanicals, grow organic food, medicinal herbs and practice forest gardening. He has 12+ years of experience helping people of all ages deepen their knowledge of the natural world through experiential education, wilderness guiding and wilderness & urban survival training. Chris is passionate about wildlife tracking, herbal medicine, bow making, ancient wilderness living skills and is a devout student of the natural world. Chris has guided back country canoe trips, led dog sledding expeditions, directed summer camps and worked with several outdoor organizations and programs such as: Sticks & Stones Wilderness School, Earth Tracks Outdoors School, Outward Bound, Art of Mentoring and Headwaters Gathering.

chris(at)pineproject(dot)org

Visiting Instructors

Laura Gilmour

Wild Muskoka Botanicals

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Alexis Burnett 

Earth Tracks

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Doug Getgood

Survival Skills Instructor

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Skeet Sutherland

Sticks and Stones Wilderness School

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