CPAWS Northern Alberta Staff

Alison Ronson
Executive Director

Alison holds a B.Sc.H. in Environmental Sciences, a J.D. and an M.A. in International Affairs with a focus on Environmental Governance. She has experience working with a variety of science and conservation projects, including the promotion of wetland conservation in Ontario, the genetic study of song birds in Western Canada, the impact of climate change on Arctic soil and plant processes, habitat and population studies on Arctic sea birds, and waste management. Prior to working with CPAWS, Alison was a lawyer in a full-service law firm in Toronto, where she was an associate in both the Business Law Group and Banking, Finance and Insolvency Group.  Alison has a solid understanding of conservation issues and the ability to bring people together around key issues. She maintains her connection to Canada’s wilderness by visits to Canada’s national and provincial parks, where she enjoys running, canoe tripping, hiking, and cross country skiing. Alison sits on the board of directors of the Alberta Environmental Network and the North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance. She was recently appointed to the Government of Alberta's Oil Sands Advisory Group.

Speaking Engagements: Alison is available for speaking engagements on parks and protected areas, climate change and protected areas, headwaters issues and protection, boreal forest conservation, caribou and species at risk, and connecting to nature.

Danielle Pendlebury (Currently on Leave)
Conservation Planner

Danielle’s passion for the outdoors and curiosity about the environment has led her to work on a diverse range of research projects: from studying forest tent caterpillars in Alberta’s boreal forest, assessing biodiversity in Honduras’ cloud forests, to studying marine sponges in the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean.  Originally from outside of Vancouver, she moved to Edmonton for her BSc in Evolutionary Biology at the University of Alberta and is now completing an MSc in Ecology.  Danielle strongly believes in the need to educate youth and the public about the state of our environment, and has been involved in Environmental Education around Alberta for a number of years.   She is excited for the opportunity to be involved in the protection of Alberta’s wilderness as the Conservation Coordinator with CPAWS NAB. Danielle is an avid cross-country skier and hiker, spending as much time as possible exploring Alberta’s parks and wilderness.

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
Conservation Assistant

Tara is a long-time lover of the outdoors from Vancouver, with a BSc.H in Biology from Queen’s University. As a relatively new Albertan she has had an awesome time 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 travelling 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.


Stephane Bowen
Conservation GIS Analyst

Having travelled the country from coast to coast Stephane has fallen in love with all of the nature that Canada has to offer. He has a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Natural Resource, Energy, and the Environment from the University of Alberta and an Honours Advanced Diploma in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from the Centre of Geographic Sciences in Nova Scotia. Being born and raised in Edmonton, and a proud Albertan, Stephane is thrilled to pursue his passion for environmental policy through GIS to preserve the natural landscapes within his home province. When he has a weekend free from coaching or playing hockey he can be found exploring the outdoors through hiking, camping, cross country skiing or biking.

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.

Aaron Budnick
Fund Development, Volunteer

Aaron is passionate about the outdoors and enjoys camping, backpacking and experiencing Alberta's all-too-short summer months by exploring Edmonton's many festivals. These passions have motivated Aaron's involvement with CPAWS to ensure that Alberta's natural beauty can be preserved for generations to come. Aaron holds a B.Sc. in Mathematics from the University of Alberta as well as a Chartered Insurance Professional designation from the Insurance Institute of Northern Alberta, and has strong analytical and technical capabilities. These capabilities, combined with a sales and customer service focused career have helped Aaron develop his excellent networking and collaboration skills. Aaron leverages these skills to build excellent relationships and approach problem solving from a common benefit perspective.