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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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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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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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