Jacalyn Normandeau: Elk (Cervus canadensis) on the top of a mountain at the Ya Ha Tinda near Banff National Park, Alberta


Standing Committees

Nominations and Elections Committee: A three-member Nominations and Elections Committee chaired by an individual appointed by the President, shall prepare a slate of candidates to stand for election for the upcoming open Board of Director seats. For more information about the Nominations and Elections Committee, please email us at csoftws@gmail.com

Membership Committee: This committee shall encourage the maximum number of qualified persons residing or working within the Section’s organizational area to become members of the Canadian Section of The Wildlife Society. The committee works on recruitment and retention initiatives as well as manages and maintains the CSTWS membership database, including letters of welcome to new members and letters of encouragement to renew. Find out more about the membership committee HERE

Certification Committee: The CSTWS Certification Committee will work with the TWS Parent Organization’s Certification Review Board (CRB), provincial certification associations within Canada (e.g., Alberta Society of Professional Biologists, the College of Applied Biology in British Columbia, L'Association des Biologistes du Québec, and ECO Canada), and various levels of government in Canada (e.g., Canadian Wildlife Directors Committee) to achieve a nationally recognized wildlife certification standard. Find out more about the certification committee HERE.

Conservation Affairs Committee (CAC): This committee shall review legislative proposals, administrative regulations, environmental assessments and impact statements, prepare white papers on critical wildlife issues, and other subjects or issues affecting wildlife or wildlife habitat within the geographical area of the Section and make recommendations to the Executive Board for any action that should be taken by the Canadian Section. This committee is comprised of a chair, interested members, as well as the chair from each of the active chapter CACs. Find out more about the conservation affairs committee HERE. 

Awards Committee: This committee shall solicit nominations for the Canadian Section and TWS awards for deserving members of the Canadian Section of The Wildlife Society. The committee will receive and adjudicate nominations for the Section’s Lifetime Achievement and TWS’s Distinguished Service Award. The committee also solicits and adjudicates applications for the Student Travel award given by the Section. The scope of this committee’s work includes nominations for annual awards of both the Section and parent Society. Find out more about the conservation awards committee HERE. 

Education Committee: This committee shall seek education resources and opportunities for members of the Canadian Section of The Wildlife Society, such as access to online training courses, web-based seminars and workshops. Find out more about the education committee HERE. 

Website and Newsletter Committee: This committee shall work with the executive and chapter membership to gather information and updates for a newsletter to be assembled and distributed to the membership every second month. This committee also works with the executive and membership to provide updates and important information on the Section website including contact information, award information, meeting information, job postings, among other items. This committee consists of a chair or co-chairs and one to two committee members. For more information about the Website and Newsletter Committee, please email us at csoftws@gmail.com

Pioneer Recognition Committee: The purpose of this committee is to identify individuals who were/are important in the origins and evolution of wildlife conservation and management in Canada and to recognize them for their outstanding achievement. Find out more about the Pioneer Recognition Committee HERE


Ad-Hoc Committees

Curriculum Review Committee: This committee was developed to compile, examine, review, and ultimately to recommend changes to the existing curricula of Canadian universities/colleges involved in educating wildlife biologists. Find out more about the Curriculum Review Committee HERE

Long-Range Planning Committee: This committee was developed to work in close collaboration with the executive to draft a long-range plan for the Section to include short and long-term planning goals, strategic stepping stones and milestones to goal achievement as well as short and long term financial planning. This committee consists of a chair or co-chairs and at least 5 committee members representing a cross-section of Section geography as well as committee members that are long-standing TWS members as well as some new-professional TWS members. For more information about the Website and Newsletter Committee, please email us at csoftws@gmail.com