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Jordan Flagel

Executive Director & Founder

Jordan, aka Jord of the Jungle, is an environmental scientist and former athlete who has lived and worked/studied in nine different countries. He holds a BA in Environmental Geography from the University of Calgary, MSc in Sustainable Environmental Resources Management from the University of Malta, and MSc in Integrated Science and Technology from James Madison University.

Before starting TREE, Jordan spent several years in Guyana and Belize leading excursions and educating student groups on the environment. In addition to leading groups, he has done forest monitoring, river monitoring, and was also a marine educator in the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. Jordan was one of 11 participants selected for the Young Leaders for a Sustainable Future program and one of the inaugural participants in the United Nations Green Corps program for environmental professionals. He was also a short-term consultant for the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and an environmental policy analyst for the Canada West Foundation. 

Prior to life in the tropics, Jordan was a dual-sport athlete at the University of Calgary, playing four years on the varsity football and basketball teams before going on to play both sports in Europe. Even though he is most content in the forest, Jordan can still be found in cities and at the beach, surfing, free diving, and interacting with all walks of life. Traveling, spending time with family and friends, and laying in a hammock are the most enjoyable things in his life.       


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Emil Grinage

Program Coordinator

Emil was born and raised in the beautiful country of Belize. He is an experienced water treatment technician and environmental educator with a BA in Environmental Science from Galen University. He specializes in water quality testing, water distribution systems, and forest conservation.

Working with Dr. Ed Boles, a watershed ecologist and professor at Galen, Emil has increased his knowledge of ecological systems and the importance of riparian forest conservation. He is also a member of the Belize chapter of the Mesoamerican Society for Biology and Conservation (MSBC).

Emil's interests are mainly in ecological restoration, permaculture, regenerative agriculture, and reversing the negative effects of ocean acidification as a means of mitigating climate change.

Prior to working in water treatment and environmental education, Emil was also an athlete on the Galen Eagles basketball team, Association of Tertiary Level Institutions of Belize (ATLIB) champions for four consecutive years. Other than that, he enjoys cooking traditional Belizean meals and hanging out at family barbecues by the river in San Ignacio or Corozal.


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Natalie Yergatian

Marketing & Sales Specialist

Natalie is a creative people-person and resident storyteller with TREE. Natalie engages community through online media and real-life social networking — you can’t miss her in a room full of people.  

As the first woman to obtain a Bachelors of Music in Jazz Drums from McGill University (BMus ’17), Natalie wasted no time by simultaneously learning French, producing events, recording music and performing all over Canada, the USA, Haiti, Cyprus, and Rwanda. Natalie’s curiosity and zeal for life are constantly leading her to new friendships and creative endeavours worldwide. But don’t let her youthfulness fool you — Natalie is on a mission to bring people together through music, story, photography, and film.

When she isn’t researching ethical clothing brands and her favorite NGO’s on Instagram, you can probably find Natalie making new friends in a café, practicing the drums, or riding her bicycle.

Have questions about TREE Trips? Natalie is your go-to.

(Ask if she prefers the rainforest or the reef -- we dare you)