CPAWS Northern Alberta Board of Directors

Pat Chan, Chair

Pat Chan joined the board as a Director in the Fall of 2015. Pat is a retired business consultant and holds B.Sc. (Zoology) and M.B.A. degrees from UBC. He has experience in business development, strategic planning and event planning. Before moving to Edmonton he was very involved with environmental organizations in PEI. Pat is very interested in active living, sustainability and the environment. He enjoys hiking, bicycling, paddling and generally enjoying the great outdoors.

Dan Thompson, Director

Dan joined the CPAWS Board shortly after arriving in Alberta in 2011 to work as a forest scientist.  Dan has travelled widely in arctic and boreal Canada for both scientific fieldwork and to pursue his passion for wilderness travel. While he has a background in the environmental sciences, Dan has experience in conservation planning at the municipal and regional level and is keen to work towards preserving larger spaces with CPAWS. 

Liv Vors, Director

Liv has been a member of the CPAWS NAB board since 2007, and currently serves as Secretary. She became involved because she has a passion for wilderness. Liv studied caribou for both her PhD (University of Alberta) and Master's (Trent University), and has provided input to the Federal Recovery Strategy for Boreal Woodland Caribou. She has spent considerable time in Canada's boreal forest, and loves to go skiing, canoeing, bird watching and hiking there. When she isn't outside, Liv writes for the Globe and Mail.

Marcus Becker, Director and Secretary

Marcus Becker holds a BSc in environmental science and is currently pursuing an MSc in agricultural and resource economics, both at the University of Alberta.  His research primarily focus' on the tradeoffs between environmental quality and agricultural profitability in southern Alberta.  Born and raised in Edmonton, Marcus is passionate about preserving the integrity of Alberta's (and Canada's) natural heritage.  Although he loves any outdoor activity, Marcus is particularly keen to continue his quest to paddle all of Alberta's major rivers.

Chris Sargent, Director

Chris is currently the Director of Policy Coordination at Alberta Health and works on a wide range of issues from improving public health care to Aboriginal health. Prior to this, Chris was the Managing Director of Health Technology Assessment international (HTAi), providing him the opportunity to work in Asia, Europe, Latin America and across North America to promote evidence based decision-making in health care. Chris has an MPH and B.A. (Political Science) from the University of Alberta, and his research led to working with Aboriginal communities in Alberta and Nunavut. Beyond this, Chris has a range of experiences, from working on waste reduction strategies with Alberta Environment to malaria prevention in Tanzania. Chris also serves on the Students International Health Association's Board, is an avid hiker, canoeist, angler and traveller and is passionate about the conversation of Northern Alberta's wild places.

Matt Dow, Director

Matt joined the CPAWS Northern Alberta board in 2017. Matt is a Policy Analyst with a municipal non-profit in Alberta with a keen interest in municipal, energy, and environmental policy. He has pursued these interests through his graduate work in political science from the University of Alberta and public administration from the University of Saskatchewan. When he finds free time, Matt is most often on a bike, in a canoe, skiing, or wandering through Alberta’s wild spaces.

Cathy Cullingham, Director

Cathy stepped down from the Board in 2015 due to relocation but is happy to be back in Edmonton and back on the board in 2017. She has over 15 years of research experience in wildlife management and conservation; many of the questions she addresses are issues that greatly affect species at risk such as: disease risk, climate change, and landscape disturbance. Her research has had significant impacts and in 2011 she was listed as one of Alberta Venture magazines most influential of 2011. When she is not working at the University of Alberta, she is likely outside hiking, running, skiing, and showing her daughter all of the wonders of the great outdoors!