Staff and Partners


Katherine Heyland

One Health Program Manager

Katherine is a skilled program director with over a decade of experience managing wide-ranging interdisciplinary projects. She has degrees in both biology (neuroscience) and history (of science) and is equally at home in both the arts and sciences.

Katherine has found her professional home at the One Health Institute. She is privileged to be a member of a tight-knit team that brings together researchers, practitioners and educators from the arts and sciences; policymakers; and stakeholders from private industry in a framework that emphasizes the ongoing exploration of intrinsic connections between our natural world and built environments.

Katherine doesn’t mind video chats (that much), is always up for some strategizing and thinks that good project management and pie in the sky are often two sides of the same coin. Her love of checklists and order in her professional life is balanced by the chaos, noise and delightful messiness of her family life, and she is grateful to her career and her kids for keeping her nimble.

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Peter Kelly

One Health Institute Program Manager

Peter has developed a love for interdisciplinary projects over a career that has included positions as varied as coordinator of the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System project; a nine-partner initiative to preserve natural lands at the western end of Lake Ontario, as research director at the rare Reserve along the Grand River in Cambridge and as research associate in ecology in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of Guelph where he studied the ecology of cliff faces along Ontario’s Niagara Escarpment. 

With a passion for the nature, Peter volunteers on the boards of Nature Guelph and Ontario Nature. His passions are travelling and photography and he has photographed on all seven continents. He is a graduate of Western University with an Honours B.Sc. and M.Sc. in physical geography.

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Robyn Meerveld

Communications Planner

Robyn is a Guelph grad from the College of Biological Sciences and has come back to the U of G after a long career with OMAFRA and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

As a field biologist, research analyst and research editor, she’s not sure who makes the best colleagues – two legged or four, but she’s been happy working with both.

Lately she’s been inspired by a variety of freelance projects – for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers, and U of G’s Office of Research.

With stints in government, academia and industry, Robyn says she looks at the world from 30,000 feet (9144 meters) and can see how each of them fit together, in the same way that humans, animals and the environment are so intrinsically linked in their relationship with one other.

No surprise she’s enthused about working at Guelph’s One Health Institute.

When she’s not reading her favourite science and news magazines, Robyn loves scuba diving in warm, clear waters and skiing at her cottage.

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Anna McMenemy

One Health Institute Communications Intern

Anna recently graduated from the Bachelor of Arts and Science program with minors in both Neuroscience and Psychology. Her attraction to interdisciplinary programs and fields of study makes working in One Health a perfect fit.

Through her role as a communications intern, she has been able to conduct interviews with faculty members studying a range of different topics and to explore the world of audio editing. She hopes to one day use these audio skills in whatever career she chooses – whether that be occupational therapy, radio broadcasting and podcasting, or something completely new of which she’s never even dreamed. Anna loves to garden, curl, swim, and be among others who enjoy having great conversations.

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Marilyn Sheen

One Health Institute Communications Intern

Rebanks Family Loran Scholar – 2019
University of Guelph

Marilyn is the 2020 summer Communications Intern with the One Health Institute.
Marilyn is one of 35 recipients of the prestigious Loran Scholarship. She was a member of the first women’s mountain biking team to represent PEI at the Canada Games. She completed three gold test levels in figure skating and is a volunteer CanSkate coach.

Sheen is looking to pursue her passion for science and hopes to eventually write for National Geographic.

“I love reading National Geographic because I think it’s so cool how science writers are able to share their passion for whatever discipline it is … and whoever is going to read it is going to be passionate too — because the writer is so passionate,” she said. “I think that creates a community of people who are searching for knowledge … and that sort of community of people are the people who change the world. And I really want to be a part of that.”

[quotes excerpted from CBC news story: HERE]

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Mikayla Derewianko

Web Developer and Communications Student

Mikayla is currently in her fourth year of studies at the University of Guelph in the Bachelor of Commerce Marketing Management Coop program.

With a background in working with large amounts of data and analytics she brings a strong knowledge of analytical tools. She has been developing user-facing web pages for the One Health website and has been supporting communication and promotion of the One Health Agenda. She hopes to continue working for organizations that promote and work towards the betterment of the world.


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