Meet the 2016/2017 Exec


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.


President-Elect - 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. 

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Vice-President - Al Arsenault  (

I’m currently an Associate Wildlife Biologist, Senior Wildlife Discipline Lead for western and central Canada, Science Advisor, and Project Manager with Amec Foster Wheeler, a global environmental and engineering consultancy.  Prior to joining Amec Foster Wheeler, I served 25 years (1984-2010) in the Saskatchewan public service, including 16 years as Saskatchewan Provincial Population Biologist, and lesser terms as Provincial Fur Manager, and Waterfowl Crop Damage Biologist.  My initial years were in the environmental consulting industry and contractor with the Canadian Wildlife Service.  All of my graduate and post-graduate education was acquired through University of Saskatchewan, which includes:  PhD Student (2013 and 2014), M.Sc. 1994, Post Graduate Diploma 1991, and B.Sc. (Adv) 1983.  My professional interests focus on: (1) wildlife population ecology and demography specializing in ungulates, furbearer species and waterfowl, (2) wildlife population assessment using invasive and non-invasive techniques, (3) landscape ecology (i.e. the interaction of habitat connectivity/configuration on wildlife populations, and predator-prey dynamics), and (4) disturbance ecology of wildlife species of conservation concern.   I’ve been a member of TWS parent organization since 1997, acquired a CWB® designation in 2002, am a member on several TWS working groups, and serve as a peer reviewer.  I’ve maintained annual membership with the Canadian Section of TWS since inception and am currently a member of the Canadian Section Awards Committee.  At the chapter level, I’m a charter member of the Saskatchewan Chapter of TWS, currently serving as Vice President and previously served 2 terms as Treasurer (2011, 2012).


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.


Past President - Mark Boyce (

Mark Boyce is the Alberta Conservation Association (ACA) Chair in Fisheries and Wildlife at the University of Alberta. He has served as Editor in Chief of the Journal of Wildlife Management, editor of Ecology, and is currently an editor for PLoS One, the world’s largest scientific periodical. He was named International Conservationist of the Year by Safari Club International in 2007, the William Rowan Award by Alberta Chapter of The Wildlife Society in 2008, a Killam Professorship Award for 2011-2012, and in April 2012 was selected by The Wildlife Society to be a TWS Fellow.


Outgoing Secretary - Matt Dyson (

Matt Dyson is a PhD student at the University of Waterloo.  His research is investigating the influence of industrial development on waterfowl nest success in Alberta's Western Boreal Forest.  Matt is a former student chapter President of the UNBC Fish and Wildlife Student Chapter, has served as the Student Chapter Representative of the CSTWS Executive Board, and currently manages our website and Facebook page.


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.


Incoming 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 rainforest, and is excited to be a part of The Wildlife Society in Canada.


Student Chapter Representative - Kristin Denryter (

Kristin Denryter is a PhD student at the University of Northern British Columbia.  Her research uses tame caribou, as a habitat assessment tool, to determine the nutritional value of plant communities in northern British Columbia.   Kristin was involved with the Northern Michigan University Student Chapter while working on her Master’s degree and is currently involved with the UNBC Student Chapter.