Alyssa Bougie grew up in British Columbia. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of the Fraser Valley in 2016. Through her studies, she discovered a passion for working cross-culturally during an internship in India focused on public health and urban gardening. Afterwards, Alyssa worked engaging the public on the environment in urban landscapes and in protected areas. In 2017, she moved to Germany, where she obtained a Master of Science in Landscape Ecology from the University of Hohenheim. There, she gained an understanding of different approaches to community-driven conservation across the globe. Alyssa believes strong relationships between people and nature are key to mitigating many of the world’s challenges, and she is very eager to support Sahtú communities in their work.