Meet NCC's Saskatchewan Region board members:
Dave Phillips is retired from provincial and federal government service with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment and Agriculture and Agri-food Canada, where he provided executive leadership relating to natural resources and wildlife conservation. Prior to this, he was general manager of the Saskatchewan Wetland Conservation Corporation and superintendent of Saskatchewan Parks and Renewable Resources. Mr. Phillips also served on the Prairie Provinces Water Board and the Prairie Habitat Joint Venture Advisory Board.
Mr. Phillips joined the Nature Conservancy of Canada's Saskatchewan Regional Board in 2013.
Dr. Dorothy Thomson was a cardiovascular thoracic surgeon at Royal University Hospital for 20 years. She obtained her MD at Queen’s University as well as her FRCSC (Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada) in cardiovascular thoracic surgery. Dr. Thomson was also an associate professor at the University of Saskatchewan for more than 24 years. She has an interest in nature conservation and cherishes Saskatoon’s natural areas, especially along the South Saskatchewan River Valley.
She joined the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s Regional Board in 2018.
Marlene Evans is a research scientist with Environment and Climate Change Canada. She obtained her B.Sc. in biology at Carelton University and a PhD in oceanology and zoology from the University of British Columbia. She is currently the associate editor on the Journal of Great Lakes Research Editorial Board. Marlene is also an adjunct professor for the biology department at the University of Saskatchewan, member of the toxicology working group and an adjunct professor for the biology department at the University of Waterloo.
She joined the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s Saskatchewan Regional Board in 2018.
Carmen Leibel is an experienced consultant having guided diverse, cross-organization, cross-country and cross-cultural teams working together to support and ultimately deliver on business objectives and shared goals. Carmen obtained a B. Admin. degree from the University of Regina. She has an extensive track record in strategic planning, business management and implementation as well as project management, facilitation and team building.
She was the regional vice-president for the Nature Conservancy of Canada from 2010 to 2014. She joined the NCC’s Saskatchewan Regional Board in 2018.
Bernadette McIntyre is a partner in Scoreco Inc., specializing in business consulting. She is also the vice-president of sports entertainment and events at Evraz Place. Bernadette retired from the chief executive officer position at Wascana Centre Authority in 2017, where she led the Authority for nine years, implementing major projects such as a safety program, an expanded ecology program and a wide variety of infrastructure projects. Previously, she was the vice-president of driver and vehicle safety services with SGI. She holds two degrees from the University of Regina, a BA in Economics and a business administration degree.
Bernadette is an active curler and volunteer and was awarded the Canadian Sport Tourism Association Canadian Volunteer of the Year. She co-chaired the Volunteer Host Committee for the 2018 CP Women’s Open. She chaired the Bid Committees for the 2017 Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling, 2018 Brier, 2016 Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championships and continues to volunteer on many other boards and committees.
She joined the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s Saskatchewan Regional Board in 2018.
Jean-Michel DeVink is an adjunct professor for the School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan. He received a bachelor of science degree in forestry and environmental management from the University of New Brunswick, a PhD in biology from the University of Saskatchewan and a post-doctoral in NSERC Industrial Research and Development Fellowship from Jacques Whitford Ltd. in Fredericton, New Brunswick.
Jean-Michel is also associate environmental scientist with Dillion Consulting, where he is the lead environmental scientist for the prairie region and a technical advisor on projects across Canada related to terrestrial biology.
He joined the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s Saskatchewan Regional Board in 2018.
James Baker has extensive experience in the oil and gas industry and currently operates J. P. Baker Management Inc., a management consulting business.
He has served on numerous industry boards in the past and is currently a director for Keystone Royalty Corp., a private junior oil trust based in Regina, a member of SaskEnergy’s Board of Directors since 2008, and is also on the Board of Kineticor Resource Corporation, a company that converts oilfield flare gas into power.
Mr. Baker was the founder and an equity interest owner in UFR (Urban Forest Recyclers), a world class paper recycling and paper moulding business, that was based out of Swift Current, SK.
Judith May has 11 years of experience in executive decision making and board and government briefing. She worked with SaskPower for more than 30 years and her last role was vice-president, special projects and acting vice-president, human resources, safety and environment. Judith achieved her bachelor of administration from the University of Regina. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for United Way Regina as well as the Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Plant Corporation.
Judith joined the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s Saskatchewan Regional Board in 2018.
John Dipple is a partner with the Western Canadian law firm MacPherson Leslie & Tyerman LLP. His practice focuses on construction and industrial project development. Mr. Dipple has participated in numerous professional and community service organizations, including Communities of Tomorrow, Regina Planning Commission, RCMP National Heritage Centre, Canadian Bar Association and as a volunteer and coach for various local and provincial sports organizations. Mr. Dipple joined the Nature Conservancy of Canada's Saskatchewan Regional Board in 2009.
Trevor Carlson is a principal environmental consultant with Geosyntec, and recently launched its new office in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. His focus is on helping clients find ways to sustainably manage their environmental portfolios in the agricultural, oil and gas, and mining sectors across western Canada.
Carlson has been heavily involved with industry environmental and agriculture associations, both regionally and nationally. Most recently, he had the opportunity to work with agricultural sector leaders tasked with developing a social license strategy for Canadian agriculture.
Carlson is also passionate about knowledge transfer. In addition to regularly publishing his research work in the areas of contaminated site remediation, he is also a regular guest lecturer on contaminated site assessment and remediation. He has presented lectures at the University of Saskatchewan (2010, 2011) and the University of Coimbra in Portugal (2015, 2016, 2017).
Carlson’s personal brand focus is on bringing the right people together using strategy, teamwork, widespread collaboration and sound science to solve environmental and contaminated site issues facing industry and society. Over the past several years, he has gained a great deal of experience in this space by creating an industry/academic "collaboratory" to help develop new processes to sustainably manage these issues. This work grew to include more than a dozen researchers from across Canada, as well as numerous industrial and regulatory stakeholders.
Daniel Gagnon, PhD
Daniel Gagnon is the dean of science and a professor of biology at the University of Regina. Daniel has undergraduate (University of Ottawa) and master's (Université de Montréal) degrees in biology, and a PhD in botany from the University of British Columbia, where he studied the old-growth forests of the west coast of Vancouver Island. Daniel joined the University of Regina after a 29-year teaching and research career at the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM), where he directed environmental sciences and biology graduate programs, training 59 graduate students and securing funding from various private and government (local, provincial, federal) agencies and World Wildlife Fund Canada.
He has co-authored over 70 peer-reviewed scientific articles, published articles on ecology and the environment, including 86 weekly newspaper columns in Montreal's La Presse, and given many public presentations about ecology and the environment. Daniel has worked internationally (Ecuador, USA), is co-editor of the international ecology journal Écoscience and served on numerous boards and advisory committees. He has conducted research on the conservation of many at-risk plant species in Canada. He is currently investigating the carbon sequestration potential of hybrid poplar agro-forestry plantations and riparian buffers.
Daniel joined the Nature Conservancy of Canada's Saskatchewan Regional Board in 2013.
Ryan Kendall Brook, Ph.D.
Ryan Brook is an assistant professor at the College of Agriculture and Bioresources, University of Saskatchewan. Mr. Brook's research focuses on wildlife ecology and health issues that intersect with indigenous and rural communities in central and northern Canada, including caribou health, deer and elk, and their impacts on agriculture and human health through disease transmission. His research combines local and traditional knowledge with ecological and social research to answer theoretical and applied questions about wildlife movements and disease.
Mr. Brook's work uses both ecological and social research and involves collaborations with scientists in veterinary medicine, biology, environment, law and geography. His research group offers aboriginal and rural youth education programs that connect human, wildlife and ecosystem health. He is also a provincial expert on feral wild boar and farmland moose research.
Ryan Brook joined the Nature Conservancy of Canada's Saskatchewan Regional Board in 2011 and has chaired its Science Advisory Committee since that time.
Candice Pete is from the Little Pine First Nation, Treaty 6 Territory, Saskatchewan. She is a proud mother of two and grandmother to two precious little girls. Ms. Pete graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a certificate in Indigenous business administration, a bachelor's of commerce and a master's in public administration. She will be beginning her PhD studies at the University of Saskatchewan in the fall in the area of Indigenous governance.
Ms. Pete started her career with Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada. During her time with the federal government, she gained experience in human resources, economic development, financial and audit management and federal treasury board policies specific to First Nation funding arrangements. Her expertise in these areas led her to the University of Saskatchewan where she joined the management team as the coordinator of Aboriginal Programs, College of Agriculture and Bioresources, for over 10 years. During her time at the university, 200 students successfully graduated with a in lands and resource management. Ms. Pete endeavours to ensure that the program meets the needs of Indigenous communities by continually striving to incorporate Indigenous worldviews into curriculum.
Ms. Pete also took some time to pursue a new learning opportunity and joined the executive team with the Government of Saskatchewan as the executive director, Northern Engagement Branch, Ministry of Government Relations. She enjoyed the new challenge, and believes that living life should be full of new learning opportunities. Her passion for working for and with Indigenous communities has brought her back to the University of Saskatchewan. She will continue to dedicate her time towards building capacity in the area of lands and resource management for Indigenous communities.
Cam Taylor is Chief Operating Officer of Villanova 4 Oil Corporation, a private junior oil exploration company with operations in southeastern Saskatchewan. After achieving a BSc in geophysics from the University of Regina, Mr. Taylor worked for 12 years in Calgary before returning to Saskatchewan, where he now runs a cow-calf operation and has continued his work in oil and gas exploration.
Mr. Taylor is also a director of Pan Orient Energy with operations in Thailand and Indonesia. He joined the Nature Conservancy of Canada's Saskatchewan Regional Board in 2014.