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 briefly a research assistant to Dr. Jake Bicknell. Jordan was also a marine educator in the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System of Belize. In Canada, his home country, 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 B.A. 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 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.


Hannah Wilson

Director of Strategy & Development

Hannah works with TREE part-time to help further partnerships with collaborators, educational institutions, and potential participants. She grew up in the beautiful city of Vancouver and attended the prestigious McGill University in Montreal. Her passion for sustainability centers mainly on food systems, from sustainable agriculture to locally produced and consumed products. Hannah works full-time as the Community Development Coordinator for an organic food distribution company - on top of exploring new destinations, preparing gourmet local meals, and helping TREE in any way that she can.