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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Mar 27, 2018

First Waukesha, now Racine. Another Wisconsin town wants to take water out of the Great Lakes.

UPDATED May 1, 2018: Last week, Wisconsin gave permission to Racine to divert Lake Michigan…

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Mar 05, 2018

Government action plan to save Lake Erie leaves some to be desired

Recently, the federal and Ontario governments released their finalized plan to tackle Lake Erie algae…

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Jan 30, 2018

Taste the disappointment: Coca-Cola’s latest commitment to fight plastic pollution falls flat

It looks like Coca-Cola is slowly waking up to the global threat of plastic pollution….

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Jan 17, 2018

Why we need to stop over salting our roadways this winter

This winter, you might encounter something outside that’s white, makes crunchy sounds when you walk…

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Nov 29, 2017

Government plan still needs to address the biggest causes of out-of-control algae blooms

Earlier this month, the Ontario and federal governments released a second draft of their plan…

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Nov 20, 2017

Plastic bottle collection events give Toronto residents a chance to Cash it! Don’t trash it

Over the last month, Environmental Defence organized a series of bottle collection events around the…

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Oct 26, 2017

The association representing Coca-Cola, Nestlé and Pepsi says they won’t support a deposit return program in Ontario

When it comes to dealing with plastic pollution, big bottling companies are falling flat. We’re…

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Sep 06, 2017

When will Ontario get with the (deposit return) program?

Earlier this week, Scotland took a huge step towards reducing plastic pollution. The Scottish government…

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Aug 22, 2017

#WeAreLakeErie: On August 28, we’re creating a tidal wave of support for Lake Erie

Why is Lake Erie important to you? And why do you think it needs to…

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Aug 08, 2017

We’ve got the dirt … on the connection between soil and a healthy Lake Erie

Algae blooms happen in the water, but what happens on the land dictates the size,…

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