Board of Directors 2020-2021

Evie merrill BoD
Canadian Representative to Council
Evelyn Merrill, Ph.D., CWB
Evie currently is on the Faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta. She received her M.Sc. at the University of Idaho and her Ph.D. at the University of Washington. Her current area of research addresses mechanisms of animal behaviour 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 travelling, gardening, horseback riding and entertaining her grandkids.



Dennis Brannen

Dennis Brannen is a Caribou Biologist with the Wildlife and Fisheries Branch of Manitoba Agriculture and Resource 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 an 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.


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Sonja Leverkus, Ph.D., PAg, RPBIO, FIT, EP

Dr. Sonja Leverkus is an experienced professional in natural resource ecology and management. She is a Certified Wildland Fire Practitioner, a Registered Professional Biologist, Professional Agrologist and Registered Professional Forester. She encompasses all realms of ecological services from fieldwork and research to high-level strategic development. She is the Past President of the Canadian Section of The Wildlife Society. Dr. Leverkus completed her Ph.D. in Natural Resource Ecology and Management at Oklahoma State University. Her specialization was pyric herbivory and landscape ecology. Dr. Leverkus is an adjunct professor at the University of Alberta in the Wildfire Analytics lab and a member of the fire lab at Oklahoma State University. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Biology from McGill. Dr. Leverkus is a well-rounded professional with strong ethics and a deep understanding and foundation in science blended with cultural and local knowledge.  


Adam Sprott BoD

Adam Sprott

Adam Sprott grew up in Grey County Ontario on a farm near a spot where the highlands meet the headwaters along the Niagara Escarpment. He completed his Bachelor of Science with Honours in Biology at Queen’s University and his Post-Graduate Certificate in Ecosystem Restoration at Niagara College of Applied Arts and Technology. Adam is currently completing the final term of his Master’s of Science in Biology at the University of Regina.


Art Rodgers

Arthur R. Rodgers, Ph.D.

Dr. Art Rodgers is a Research Scientist at the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry 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. Art is a TWS Fellow and was the Canadian Section Representative to The Wildlife Society Council from 2012 – 2018 and President of the Canadian Section in 2010-2011.


Kara Macauley

Kara MacAulay, M.Sc. R.P.Bio.

Kara MacAulay is a Wildlife Biologist with the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations, and Rural Development in Smithers, BC. She received a B.Sc. in Biological Sciences from the University of Lethbridge, and an M.Sc. in Ecology from the University of Alberta. Kara has worked on a variety of wildlife species including songbirds, grizzly bears, elk, and mountain goats. She is looking forward to engaging with wildlife professionals across Canada in her first term as a Board member.


Rick Baydack BoD

Member at Large
Rick Baydack, Ph.D. CWB

Dr. Rick Baydack is a Professor and Chair of Environmental Science and Studies at the University of Manitoba, where he has been on faculty since 1979.  He holds an Honours Bachelor of Science (Zoology), a 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.


Don Sexton

Member at Large
Don Sexton, Retired DUC Biologist

Don is a TWS Fellow and has been a member of The Wildlife Society since 1976. He has served on the executive of the Manitoba Chapter, including 2 terms as president. He continues to serve the Chapter as an advisor to the executive. He has been a member of the Canadian Section since its establishment and hosted the first AGM of the Canadian Section in Gimli Manitoba which was a joint meeting with the Central Mountains and Plains Section of TWS.  Don was the Co-chair of the Local Arrangements and Planning Committee for the TWS Annual Conference in Winnipeg. He is Co-chair of the committee for Pioneers Recognition in the Canadian Section.


Ex-Officio Representatives

Erin McCance

Executive Director 
Erin McCance, Ph.D., PBIO

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 is a TWS fellow and has served for 6 consecutive years on the Manitoba Chapter Executive in the roles of student representative, a 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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