PhD, RA, EOT, MIFPA, Conservationist
Kelly Ablard, PhD holds a Doctorate in Biology, an MSc in Conservation, and is a certied aromatherapist. As founder and CEO of the non-prot Airmid Institute, she is dedicated to the global education, research, and sustainability of medicinal and aromatic plants (MAPs), and to promoting and protecting the use of traditional medicine in Indigenous communities. Kelly has published in peer-reviewed journals and presented for professional associations including UpS, NAHA, IFPA, AIA, CAOA, ICAA, and ICAN. Kelly received the BCAOA Achievement of Excellence Award and has been awarded multiple grants for her global research. She served a decade on the CAOA Board, a term with the UpS, was Co-founder of the International Committee on Sustainability of Aromatic Plants used in Aromatherapy and Natural Perfumery, and was founder of the Vancouver Community College Urban Apothecary Learning Garden. Kelly currently works to protect threatened MAPs in Peru with the Shipibo people.