Ashley Wallis

Associate Director

Having spent over a decade working for environmental non-profits, Ashley has designed and led citizen science programs, advocated for the protection and restoration of the Great Lakes, and campaigned to end plastic pollution and protect the world’s oceans.


As a former Great Lakes surfer, she would often lament the plastic trash she had to share the surf with. Inspired by what can be accomplished by engaged individuals and the power of environmental advocacy, Ashley was instrumental in the creation of Environmental Defence’s campaign to end plastic pollution. She now provides strategic leadership to both the plastics and freshwater campaigns. 

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Apr 06, 2020

Plastics and Pandemics: The real facts about single-use plastics and the COVID-19 crisis

A lot has changed over the last couple of weeks. Many of us are anxious…

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Nov 12, 2018

Is the Earth doomed? Not unless we let it – Responses to the Anthropocene

Have you heard about the ‘Anthropocene’?   It’s basically the idea that the Earth has been…

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Oct 19, 2018

Styrofoam is polluting our environment. Let’s #BanTheFoam.

There’s no single solution to plastic pollution. We need to do a better job of…

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Oct 17, 2018

Already got your canvas shopping bag? Here are five other ways to go #PlasticFree

Maybe we’ve finally seen enough photos of dead and dying animals choking on or entangled…

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Sep 27, 2018

G7 Environment Ministerial to #BeatPlasticPollution: we need less spin and more action.

Last week, G7 environment, energy and oceans ministers met in Halifax. There were lots of…

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Aug 07, 2018

Plastic Pollution and the Circle of Life – A Problem-Free Plastic Economy

Why the plastic industry needs to take a leaf out of the Lion King’s book…

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Jul 12, 2018

From blue to green: another year, another nasty algae bloom

Imagine kicking back on a sunny patio with a cold drink and good friends. You…

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Jun 12, 2018

Turning the tide – a landmark agreement on plastic pollution

If you saw media coverage of the G7 meeting in Charlevoix, Quebec, last weekend, it…

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Jun 06, 2018

The Plastics Declaration and the G7; time for Canada to step up

Did you know that only 11 per cent of all plastics are recycled in Canada?…

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May 03, 2018

Welcome to the plastic pollution party, Canada. Better late than never.

The federal government plans to use its G7 presidency to advance action on plastic pollution….

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