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.
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.
Jaime is currently a PhD student at the University of Toronto and a contractor for the Wildlife Conservation Society Canada (WCSC). Her research interests are centered on finding ecologically and socially-just outcomes for conservation issues and linking conservation research with policy and decision-making. Prior to beginning her PhD, Jaime completed a MSc at McGill University and worked as a research associate for the Key Biodiversity Areas program at WCSC.
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 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.
Justine is the Past-President of the Manitoba Chapter of the Wildlife Society and works as a Wildlife Biologist within Canada. Justine received her M.Env. from the University of Manitoba with a focus on raptor biology. Her Master’s research examined the breeding habitat, nest density and spatial movement patterns of urban Merlins, but she has studied raptors in a captive breeding capacity as well as in rural environments. She became involved with CSTWS as Student Representative, and has since transitioned to the Manitoba Chapter Representative on the Conservation Affairs Committee. She also currently sits on the Membership and Certification Committees.