CPAWS Northern Alberta Staff

Kecia Kerr
Executive Director

Kecia is a prairie native with a background is in research and education. She completed her M.Sc. at the University of Victoria, and her Ph.D. at McGill University in the Neotropical Environment option, a partnership program between McGill and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama. Her postdoctoral research was conducted at STRI, the Australian National University, and most recently, the University of Alberta. Her research has included investigations of population dynamics of bottlenose dolphins in Belize, southern California, and Texas, gray whale feeding ecology in Clayoquot Sound, BC, temporal variation in the risk of predation for planktonic larvae in Panama, and the effects of environmental conditions on behaviour and morphology in fiddler crabs in Panama and Australia. She has worked as an educator at the university-level teaching biology and earth and ocean sciences to undergraduates, training ecotourists to conduct scientific research, and enhancing the ecological knowledge of park rangers and nature centre staff. She is thrilled and honoured to join the CPAWS family as Executive Director of CPAWS NAB, and looks forward to putting her passion and experience to work to protect Alberta’s wild spaces.

Ellyn Davidson
Conservation Planner

Ellyn is originally from Vancouver Island where she grew up exploring the lands and waters of the Salish Sea. She holds a BSc. in Biology from the University of Victoria and has recently completed a M.R.M from the University of Akureyri in Iceland. After further study focused on ice-covered ecosystems and ecosystem-based fisheries management on Svalbard, Norway, she moved to Alberta and is excited to gain more experience in the terrestrial landscape. Ellyn is passionate about advancing science-based decision making and about conserving biodiversity. Ellyn originally joined CPAWS Northern Alberta as a volunteer on the Conservation Committee and is stoked to continue in her new role as Conservation Planner. Outside of work, she can often be found hiking mountains, running, camping and practicing yoga.

Tara Russell
Program Director

Tara is a long-time lover of the outdoors from Vancouver, with a BSc.H in Biology from Queen’s University, and loves exploring the amazing outdoor life that Alberta has to offer. Tara loves hiking, skiing, mountain biking, and camping, and takes every opportunity she can to do these activities. Living in three provinces and traveling Canada from coast to coast has given Tara a great appreciation of Canada’s wild spaces and a fantastic sense of adventure.  Her most recent adventures into Alberta’s wilderness have made her more passionate about protecting this beautiful province!  After volunteering with the Conservation Committee,  Tara is excited to join CPAWS’ team as a Conservation Assistant and use her background in Biology and passion for Canada’s and Alberta’s wild spaces to positively effect change in her new backyard.

Speaking Engagements: Tara is available to speak on Headwaters and Caribou and Species at Risk.


Rayleigh Conley
Summer Student

Rayleigh Conley is CPAWS Northern Alberta’s Conservation Outreach Assistant for Summer 2017. Rayleigh has a Diploma in Environmental Science and is working on a B.Sc. in Environmental Economics and Policy at the University of Alberta. She is very sustainability focussed and has worked on outreach projects for Lakeland College, Sustainability Resources, the City of Edmonton, and the City of Spruce Grove. She uses the community based social marketing model to raise awareness and inspire action to protect Alberta’s last remaining wild spaces.  


Carlos Bautista
Financial Controller

Carlos is a Canadian Chartered Accountant and Mexican Certified Public Accountant and has been involved in the non-for profit, private and public sectors for more than 12 years; He was employed with PricewaterhouseCoopers where he gained extensive experience in Accounting and Finance, Audit and Advisory Services. He enjoys traveling to the Rocky Mountains and Sun destinations with his wife and daughter. For fun he likes music, soccer, baseball and spending time with family and friends.