Board of Directors/Officers

2019-2020

CANADIAN SECTION REPRESENTATIVE to TWS COUNCIL

Evelyn Merrill, Ph.D., CWB

Evie currently is on the Faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta.  She got her MSc at the University of Idaho and her PhD at the University of Washington. Her current area of research addresses mechanisms of animal behavior in predator-prey relationships and disease spread in heterogeneous environments. She is a Fellow of The Wildlife Society and was Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Wildlife Management. She received William Rowan Distinguished Service Awards from the Alberta Chapter, the Dedicated Service Award from The Wildlife Society, and the Wildlife Researcher Award from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Her hobbies include traveling, gardening, horseback riding and entertaining her grand kids.

BOARD OF DIRECTOR - PRESIDENT

Sonja Leverkus, Ph.D. PAg RPBio FIT EP

Sonja owns and operates two uniquely Canadian companies: Shifting Mosaics Consulting, an ecological consulting company where she is the Sr. Ecosystem Scientist, and Northern Fire WoRx Corp., a company dedicated to prescribed fire and wildland fire where she is the Sr. Fire Lead.  Sonja’s specific interests are in conserving biodiversity from the past in the present for the future.  Her research includes specialization in pyric herbivory, landscape ecology, fire and range ecology and management, and cultural interactions.  She earned her PhD from Oklahoma State University (2015), B.A.(French) from the University of Victoria (2006), and B.Sc. (Agr.) in Environmental Biology from McGill University (2001).  Sonja is a Registered Professional Biologist, Professional Agrologist, Environmental Practitioner, Ignitions Specialist and AFE Certified Wildland Fire Professional.  Her specific interests include working with endangered species (wood bison, caribou) and developing creative approaches to industrialization mitigation (native plant propagation and implementation) while working with Governments, Indigenous Communities, stakeholders, and local communities across northern Canada.  Sonja has also recently joined Dr. Jen Beverly’s lab at the University of Alberta as an adjunct professor focusing on fire across Canada.  Sonja and her team recently revitalized the Peace-Liard Prescribed Fire Program based on the Landscape Disturbance Matrix and time since fire.  Sonja is a TWS Leadership Institute Alumni (2014) and she has served on numerous committees at local and national levels including the Society for Range Management.  Sonja looks forward to solidifying relationships across the North for the CSTWS and to working together with the Alberta Chapter for another epic joint-conference in 2019.

BOARD OF DIRECTOR – BOARD CHAIR & PAST PRESIDENT

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 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.  Rick 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.

BOARD OF DIRECTOR – VICE PRESIDENT

Dennis Brannen

Dennis Brannen is a Caribou Biologist with the Wildlife and Fisheries Branch of Manitoba Sustainable Development. Much of his work focuses on policy, management and monitoring of caribou populations in Manitoba. Currently, Dennis is leading Manitoba in the development of boreal caribou range plans. Dennis graduated from Acadia University with a M. Sc. (Biology) degree in Wildlife Ecology in 2004. Over the past fifteen years, Dennis has worked on many different wildlife management projects with the last 12 years focused primarily on Species at Risk management.

BOARD OF DIRECTOR - TREASURER

Arthur R. Rodgers, Ph.D.

Art Rodgers is a Research Scientist at the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources Centre for Northern Forest Ecosystem Research in Thunder Bay. His primary research has been on the effects of forest management and other forms of anthropogenic disturbance on moose and caribou. Previously, Art was the Canadian Section Representative to The Wildlife Society Council (2012-2018) and served as President of the Section (2010-2011).

BOARD OF DIRECTOR - SECTRETARY

Alexandra (Ali) Hughes-Juneau

"Ali Hughes-Juneau is a full time student and Chemical Analyst at the Biogeochemical Analytical Service Laboratory at the University of Alberta. Previously, she conducted field work in Peru in the Amazon jungle as well as in Northern Alberta in the Boreal Forest. She is currently pursuing an after-degree in Education

BOARD OF DIRECTOR – MEMBER AT LARGE

Evelyn Merrill, Ph.D., CWB

Evie currently is on the Faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta.  She got her MSc at the University of Idaho and her PhD at the University of Washington. Her current area of research addresses mechanisms of animal behavior in predator-prey relationships and disease spread in heterogeneous environments. She is a Fellow of The Wildlife Society and was Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Wildlife Management. She received William Rowan Distinguished Service Awards from the Alberta Chapter, the Dedicated Service Award from The Wildlife Society, and the Wildlife Researcher Award from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Her hobbies include traveling, gardening, horseback riding and entertaining her grand kids.

BOARD OF DIRECTOR – MEMBER AT LARGE

Donald Sexton, Retired DUC Biologist

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EXECUTIVE COORDINATOR

Erin McCance, Ph.D.

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.

STUDENT CHAPTER REPRESENTATIVE

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Newsletter/Website Editors 

Derek Leask

Derek is the co-owner and operator of Ecologic Environmental Inc. located in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Responsible for the spatial component of the company, he is also conducting his masters research on the Cape Churchill caribou population, identifying the home range, seasonal core-use areas and analyzing movement patterns.  Derek has been responsible for maintaining the Canadian Section newsletter and website since early 2017.

MEMRBERSHIP COMMITTEE CHAIR

Merlin Shoesmith, Ph.D., CWB, Retired, Manitoba Sustainable Development

Merlin began working for the Province of Manitoba in 1971 as a Big Game Research Specialist.  He retired from his government career in 2001 as Assistant Deputy Minister, Resource Programs.  From there, he went on to work as an instructor of graduate courses in ecosystem management at the University of Manitoba and chaired several graduate student committees until 2007.  In full retirement, Merlin continues to be active in The Wildlife Society and participates on graduate student research projects.

AWARDS COMMITTEE CHAIR

Joe Northrup, Research Scientist

Wildlife Research and Monitoring Section

 

Conservation Committee Chair

Chris Smith, CWB, Retired DUC Biologist

Retired from Ducks Unlimited Canada, Chris spent his professional career working on boreal forest conservation. He is a Certified Wildlife Biologist, graduate of the University of Montana, and lives in northern Manitoba. In the early years he worked as a regional biologist working on wetland management projects in the Saskatchewan River Delta. He spent 10 years as a biologist working for the forest industry where he worked on mitigating the implications of forest management on wildlife and other environmental concerns. He later returned to DUC and worked on a range of wetland conservation initiatives and across the boreal forest including wetland mapping, industry best management practices and various policy initiatives. He finished his career as Manager of Boreal Forest Conservation Programs.

CERTIFICATION COMMITTEE CHAIR
Don Barnes, MSc, CWB,

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).

EDUCATION COMMITTEE CHAIR

Jennifer Rodgers, Wildlife Biologist

PIONEER/MEMORIAL COMMITTEE 

Co/Chairs

Donald Sexton, Retired DUC Biologist

and

Merlin Shoesmith, Ph.D., CWB, Retired, Manitoba Sustainable Development

Merlin began working for the Province of Manitoba in 1971 as a Big Game Research Specialist.  He retired from his government career in 2001 as Assistant Deputy Minister, Resource Programs.  From there, he went on to work as an instructor of graduate courses in ecosystem management at the University of Manitoba and chaired several graduate student committees until 2007.  In full retirement, Merlin continues to be active in The Wildlife Society and participates on graduate student research projects.

To receive contact information for any of the current executive members, please email :

csoftws@gmail.com