Jordan Flagel

Executive Director & Founder

Jordan is an environmental scientist and former elite athlete who has lived and worked/studied in seven different countries. He holds a BA in Environmental Geography from the University of Calgary, an MSc in Sustainable Environmental Resources Management from the University of Malta, and an 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. After graduating, he played both sports in Europe before finding his true calling. 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.       


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. Emil holds a BA in Environmental Science from Galen University and specializes in water quality testing and distribution systems.

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.


Andrea Marie

Marketing Director & Belize Trip Leader/Yoga Instructor

Andrea has a profound love for nature, yoga, and dance. She began her yoga journey eight years ago, shortly before completing a degree in Marketing from the University of Calgary. She did her yoga teacher training in Bali in 2014 and began teaching shortly after.

Andrea is in charge of marketing all TREE conservation + yoga trips, as well as helping to market custom and other featured trips. While she enjoys this aspect of her job, her true love is yoga - especially while in nature.