Conservation Affairs Committee Members


Chris Smith

Christopher E. Smith CWB®
Chair CAC 

Chris is a graduate of the University of Montana where he earned a degree in Wildlife Management and has spent his entire professional career working on Boreal forest conservation issues. He started his career in The Pas in 1980 working for Ducks Unlimited Canada on wetland conservation projects in the Saskatchewan River Delta. Chris then worked as a forest/wildlife biologist with what is now known as Canadian Kraft Papers. Here he was responsible for providing guidance on integrating wildlife habitat objectives into forestry plans and mitigating the implications of forestry operations on wildlife at the operational level. He later returned to DU where he worked on a range of conservation initiatives across the Canadian Boreal Forest and finished his career in 2018 as Manager of Boreal Conservation Programs. Chris became a Certified Wildlife Biologist in 2000. He is the current Chair of the Conservation Affairs Committee for the Canadian Section of TWS with a mandate to focus on public policy issues that can impact wildlife and wildlife habitat.  


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Chantal MacLean
CAC Secretary and Researcher

Chantal serves as the secretary and researcher for the CSTWS CAC, in addition to co-producing the weekly conservation newsletter. Working towards completing a Master of Natural Resources Management at the University of Manitoba, Chantal focuses on wildlife law. Specifically, her research examines the nuisances behind classifying animals as either “wildlife” or “livestock,” by creating a conceptual framework about wildness. This research has particular relevance when considering conservation concerns around species at risk, such as the Plains Bison, and wildlife disease transmission. In addition to academic pursuits, Chantal has worked in both the public and private sector as a wildlife professional in enforcement, policy, and avian species capacities. In her spare time, Chantal enjoys hunting, competitive rollerblading, birding, coaching fastball and rock climbing.


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Rod Davis

Rod Davis is a past-president of the BC Chapter of the Wildlife Society and works as a consultant with experience in wildlife conservation, natural resources management, and environmental assessment. He is currently the Chair of the Managed Forest Council, which is an independent agency established by the provincial government to regulate forest practices on private managed forest land; and is an adjunct professor at the University of Victoria.

He retired from the BC Ministry of Environment in 2007 as the Director, Ecosystems Branch after 35 years working on fish and wildlife conservation, forest and range practices, land use planning and environmental protection. He holds a Ph.D. in wildlife conservation, a Master’s degree in climatology, a Bachelor’s degree in agriculture, and is a Registered Professional Agrologist. 


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Peter Hettinga 

Peter has been the Ontario Chapter TWS representative on the Conservation Affairs Committee since 2019. He was President of the Ontario Chapter from 2017 to 2019 and has been a member of the Canadian Section since 2013. Peter’s interests are primarily in the management of wildlife species using novel monitoring techniques and promoting responsibility in decision-making around the use of crown resources. Peter also sits on the City of Kenora Environmental Advisory Committee and is a Regional Coordinator for the Ontario Envirothon. Peter is currently employed with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry in Kenora, Ontario. Previously he was employed with Wildlife Resource Consulting Services in Winnipeg, MB and graduated with a Master of Natural Resources Management from the University of Manitoba where he completed his thesis entitled “Use of fecal DNA to estimate population demographics of the Boreal and Southern Mountain Ecotypes of Woodland Caribou.” 


Mark Boyce CAC

Mark S. Boyce
CAC Alberta Representative 

Mark S. Boyce holds the Alberta Conservation Association Chair in Fisheries and Wildlife in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta. He obtained his MS from the University of Alaska working on beavers and a Ph.D. from Yale University where he studied muskrats. This was followed by a NATO Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Oxford and faculty appointments at the University of Wyoming and the University of Wisconsin. He has made major contributions to stochastic demography, population viability analysis, and habitat selection theory. He was elected to be a Fellow of both The Wildlife Society and the Royal Society of Canada.  In November 2016, he was awarded the Mirowaw Romanowski Medal by the Royal Society of Canada for using science to resolve environmental problems. He is a Certified Wildlife Biologist and maintains a Registered Fur Management Area in the Rocky Mountain


Moriah Tanguay

Moriah Tanguay 
CAC Saskatchewan Representative 

Moriah is currently a Master’s student in the department of biology at the University of Saskatchewan. She is researching habitat selection by boreal-breeding waterfowl in collaboration with advisors Dr. Kirsty Gurney and Dr. Eric Reed, and Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Moriah has been an active volunteer with multiple environmental organizations. Throughout her undergraduate degree in biology at the University of British Columbia, she volunteered as a Bird-Bander with the WildResearch Society, an Animal Care Attendant with the Wildlife Rescue Association of BC, and a Data Manager with Environment and Climate Change Canada. Following her undergraduate degree, she was employed as a Technician with Ducks Unlimited Canada as well as the Canadian Wildlife Service. Moriah continues her commitment to wildlife research and management in the role of Conservation Affairs Committee Representative of the Saskatchewan Chapter of the Wildlife Society.