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 and Secretary
Liv served on the CPAWS NAB board from 2007 - 2010, and rejoined in 2013 following the completion of her Ph.D. from the University of Alberta. She became involved with CPAWS after CPAWS Wildlands League helped to fund her Master's research at Trent University on boreal caribou in Ontario. Liv currently works as a freelance writer and consultant, and loves caribou, reindeer, and being outdoors in wild places. Liv is the Chair of the Conservation Committee.
Nick Scott, Director and Vice-Chair
Nick Scott joined the board as a Director in the the Fall of 2015. Nick is a certified Gazelles executive coach and management consultant and has a B.Tech. (Management) degree from NAIT. Nick is also a P.Tech.(Eng.) and Registered Organizational Excellence Specialist. Nick's experience includes; Executive team development and coaching; Strategic planning and accountability; Process development and optimization. Nick is passionate about learning, sustainability and the environment. Before starting his consulting business Nick was an avid hiker, mountaineer and backcountry skier and hopes to do much more in the future.
Marcus Becker, Director
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.
Kecia Kerr, Director
Kecia is a prairie native who became a marine ecologist. She has conducted research in British Columbia, Panama, Belize, Australia, California, and Texas; most recently as a postdoctoral scientist at the University of Alberta. She received her MSc from the University of Victoria, and her PhD from McGill University in the Neotropical Environment Option, a partnership program with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. Kecia is passionate about conservation, sustainability, yoga, and cooking.
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.