Meet NCC's Saskatchewan Region board members:
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.
Wilson (Wil) Olive is a founding partner of Olive Waller Zinkhan & Waller LLP. In 2013, he left the partnership and assumed a counsel role with the firm.
Mr. Olive has served on a number of boards, including the Canadian Cancer Society in Regina, the Regional Economic Development Authority (chair), the Saskatchewan Institue of Applied Arts & Science (chair) and Knight Archer Insurance Ltd. He was chair of the Capital Development Project, Food Bank of Regina.
He has been on the Nature Conservancy Canada Saskatchewan Regional Board since September 2016.
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.
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.
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.
Dean E.G. Potter of Calgary is a petroleum exploration geologist who continues his work in both Canada and continental United States. Mr. Potter was raised, then studied and began his career, in Saskatchewan. He then extended his oil exploration activities into Manitoba and central Alberta, North Dakota and Montana. Mr. Potter was instrumental in exploration for Mississippian and Bakken reserves in southeastern Saskatchewan and in discovering Saskatchewan's first significant Red River oilfield at Minton, then winning the Saskatchewan Oilman of the Year Award in 1991.
Mr. Potter has owned and managed several private upstream oil and gas companies, including Elkhorn Resources Inc., Medora Resources Inc. and Sito Geoconsulting Ltd. He remains a special advisor for Steel Reef Infrastructure Corporation and continues to explore and develop oil and gas reserves in his private company, DPX Inc.
Mr. Potter joined the Nature Conservancy of Canada's Saskatchewan Regional Board in 2014.
Lorne Scott farms near Indian Head and serves as Reeve of the Rural Municipality of Indian Head #156. During the 1990s Mr. Scott served as a Member of the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly and as Saskatchewan Minister of Environment, enacting conservation easement and endangered species legislation. He oversaw the protection of almost four million acres of natural landscapes through Saskatchewan's Representative Area Network Program and changed protocol to enable conservation officers to carry side arms.
Mr. Scott has received numerous environmental awards including two Governor General Conservation Awards. More recently he received the Order of Canada and Saskatchewan Order of Merit. He remains involved with most of Saskatchewan's wildlife conservation programming and initiatives through volunteer involvement with several outdoor conservation organizations. Mr. Scott joined the Nature Conservancy of Canada's Saskatchewan Regional Board in 2003.