Monica Shore

Executive Director & Co-Founder

Monica is a highly strategic, creative, and solutions-oriented leader, acknowledged for her ability to transform visions, concepts and ideas into successful programs and initiatives. She deeply enjoys building meaningful relationships based on mutual respect, curiosity, and openness to change. An experienced and meticulous program manager and communicator, Monica possesses a unique ability to weave together western and Indigenous knowledge systems in Ethical Space. Monica is a knowledge expert on Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas and UNESCO biosphere reserves and was Executive Director of the Canadian Biospheres Reserves Association from 2018-2019. Reconciliation is at the heart of her work and she is dedicated to building long-lasting partnerships that foster collaborative solutions for a sustainable future. Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Monica speaks English, French, and Spanish, and is learning Hebrew and Nuu-chah-nulth to ensure that her children are connected to their cultural heritage. She currently lives with her family in the traditional territory of the WSÁNEĆ peoples in Victoria, BC.

The ‘OLAM’ in the IISAAK OLAM Foundation is a nod to Monica’s cultural roots. It comes from the Hebrew language and is connected to the Jewish ethic of Tikkun Olam, which means “to repair, heal, or perfect the world.”

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Other Team Members

Co-founder & President
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Executive Director & Co-Founder
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Officer of the Order of Canada
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Videography and Storytelling
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IPCA Infrastructure and Systems Design
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