Meet the 2017/2018 Exec


President - Dr. Erin McCance 

Erin currently co-owns and operates an Environmental consulting company, EcoLogic Environmental Inc., where she works as a Project Manager and Wildlife Biologist/Ecologist with a specific interest and focus on terrestrial mammals, namely boreal woodland caribou, moose, and wolves. Her work includes baseline and effects assessment on various landscape change/development projects. In addition to working as a wildlife biologist, Erin is a Sessional Instructor at the University of Manitoba, teaching 4th year and graduate level courses such as Ecosystem Management and Biogeography. 

Erin served for 6 consecutive years on the Manitoba Chapter Executive in the roles of student representative, member at large, president elect, president, and two years as past president (2007-2012). Erin also served for 2 years on the CSTWS executive in the role of Secretary/Treasurer (2009-2011). Over the past decade, Erin has served and chaired several committees at both the local and national levels. She is delighted to be a part of the CSTWS executive once again and looks forward to the opportunity to continue to support and grow this great organization. 

Vice-President - Don Barnes

In 2013, I retired from Lakehead University after 40 years of service, where I worked to develop their first fish and wildlife program within the Faculty of Natural Resources Management.  Over the years, I have made every effort to become involved in wildlife proposals with special emphasis on furbearer biology and management.  In 1997 I completed a Master of Science degree researching and publishing on beaver dam ecology.  I have been a professional trapper in northwestern Ontario for 53 years.  This practical perspective, coupled with my academic background at Lakehead, has allowed me a unique opportunity to interact with students, trappers, First Nations, forest companies, and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) in many research and management initiatives.

Being a university educator and a member of The Wildlife Society (TWS), both since 1974, my interest has always centred on student involvement culminating with my mentorship of the TWS Student Chapter at Lakehead University.  I have maintained professional status within TWS by receiving CWB designation in 1999. I have been involved in such working groups (WGs) as the College and University Education WG and the Native Peoples Wildlife WG.  Currently, I am a member of the Hunting, Trapping, and Conservation WG.  I am also a Director with the Northwestern Ontario Fur Trappers Association (NWFTA), the Trapper Representative and member of the Forest Management Team for the MNRF’s Dog River Matawin Local Citizens Advisory Committee.  I hold memberships with the Ontario Fur Managers Federation (OFMF), Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH), and the Northern Ontario Sportsman Alliance (NOSA).     

President Elect - Rick Baydack, Ph.D., CWB 

Dr. Rick Baydack is Professor and Chair of Environmental Science and Studies at the University of Manitoba, where he has been on faculty since 1979.  He has also held a number of academic administrative positions at the University of Manitoba, including Associate Dean (Academic) of the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources; Acting Head of the Department of Environment and Geography; Associate Director of the Natural Resources Institute; Chair of the University Senate Committee on Awards; and Graduate Chair of the Department of Environment and Geography and Natural Resources Institute.  He holds Honours Bachelor of Science (Zoology) and Master of Natural Resources Management degrees from the University of Manitoba, and a Ph.D. in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University.  His research interests include applied ecosystem management, conservation of biological diversity, wildlife conservation, and human dimensions of wildlife management.  His University teaching is in the areas Ecosystem Management, Biogeography, Environmental Field Investigations, Wildlife Management, and Sustainable Environmental Management.  He has been awarded the Hamerstrom Award for Excellence in Prairie Grouse research and management, the University of Manitoba President’s Outreach Award for outstanding contributions to the community, and has been recognized by The Wildlife Society as a Certified Wildlife Biologist and as a TWS Fellow. Rick served as Canadian Section Representative to TWS Council from 2007-2012, was elected as TWS Vice-President in 2013, advancing to the position of President of The Wildlife Society in 2014-2015, was Chair of the 22nd Annual Conference of The Wildlife Society held in Winnipeg in October 2015, and Co-Chair of the Vth International Wildlife Management Congress held in Sapporo, Japan in July 2015.  Rick was also previously elected as Chair of the TWS Biological Diversity Working Group, Vice-President of the Central Mountains and Plains Section, and President of the Manitoba Chapter.  He has been a TWS member since 1980.

Past President - Dee Patriquin

Dee is an environmental consultant with specialties in wildlife biology and environmental policy development.  Her training includes a BSc and MSc in Zoology, and in 2014, she completed a PhD focusing on collaborative approaches to policy.  Through her 25 year career in environmental assessment and natural resource management, Dee has worked with clients across government and industry sectors to address management concerns based on best available science, innovative technologies and an inclusive, collaborative approach.  She is a frequent guest lecturer at the University of Alberta’s North and Augustana Campuses and has developed courses on environmental policy for Lakeland College and NAIT, relationships that allow her to maintain active links with the research community.  In her spare time, you can find Dee outdoors, hiking, canoeing or volunteering on wildlife projects near her home in the Beaver Hills moraine area, southeast of Edmonton.

Secretary - Ali Hughes-Juneau 

Ali is a recent graduate from the University of Alberta, where she majored in Biological Sciences. Throughout her undergraduate degree she developed a keen interest in conservation and genetics and is hoping to pursue a meaningful career in these areas. She has assisted in conservation and biodiversity research in the Amazon rain forest, and is excited to be a part of The Wildlife Society in Canada.


Treasurer - Mary Toews 

Mary is a Biologist with the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, and lives and works on Vancouver Island. She graduated with a BSc in Natural Resource Conservation (Forestry) from UBC, and completed her MSc in Biology at the University of Victoria. Her thesis work investigated the impacts of the cumulative effects of human footprint on large mammal abundance, focusing on the responses of grey wolf, lynx, coyote, moose and white-tailed deer in the boreal forest of Alberta. Her past work experience has predominantly been in environmental consulting, completing stream assessments, marbled murrelet and goshawk surveys, ungulate winter range assessments and a range of other projects throughout Vancouver Island and the South and Central Coast of BC. She has broad interests in ecology, and other past work and volunteer opportunities have included small mammal behavioural studies, aquatic invertebrate sampling and identification, salmon biology and sampling, and silviculture surveys.

Section/Council Representative - Art Rodgers 

Art Rodgers is a Research Scientist at the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources Centre for Northern Forest Ecosystem Research in Thunder Bay where he is currently involved in a collaborative research program to develop a spatially-explicit PVA model for caribou in the boreal forest. He is an Adjunct Professor at Lakehead University, the University of Guelph, and Dalhousie University. In addition to being the Canadian Section Representative to The Wildlife Society Council, Art has served as President of the Section.

Membership Committee Chair - Merlin Shoesmith 

Awards Committee Chair - Dr. Evelyn Merrill 

Evelyn Merrill is Professor in Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta. Her research focuses on ungulate foraging ecology, predator-prey relationships, and disease spread in heterogeneous environments. In addition to her ongoing duties with the Canadian Section, she is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Wildlife Management, and a grandmother.

Newsletter Editors -

Laura Trout, Derek Leask 

Website Editors -

Laura Trout,  Derek Leask 

Student Representative - Alana Wilcox 

Alana Wilcox is a PhD student at the University of Guelph, where her research examines the effect of neonicotinoid pesticides on monarch butterfly behavior and development. Previously examined conservation methods to enhance survival of little brown bats affected by white-nose syndrome. Alana was involved with the Manitoba Chapter as the secretary-treasurer and is a member of the Native Peoples' Wildlife Management Working Group

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