Meet the Team
Winter and summer, spring and fall, our team of Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) staff in Saskatchewan is more like a family. Working together, all team members are dedicated to conserving wild areas and the many diverse species of birds, mammals, fish and amphibians that contribute to healthy, functioning and sustaining natural ecosystems...For now and for well into our shared future.
Meet NCC's Saskatchewan Region team:
Regional Vice-president, Saskatchewan Region
Mark has been a Saskatchewan boy his whole life, and has committed a career to conserving its natural heritage.
During two terms with the Government of Saskatchewan, Mark served as the Minister of Agriculture and Food and earlier as Minister of Highways and Transportation. Before he joined NCC in August 2014, he was the development officer at the College of Agriculture and Bioresources in Saskatoon. He also served as a United Church minister for many years.
Ashley Sahulka's love of nature has stemmed from her many experiences exploring and camping around Saskatchewan. A natural adventurer and avid animal lover (especially of the canine variety), it was inevitable that she would be involved with conserving the beauty of this province so that future generations can enjoy it as much as she does.
In the fall, Ashley will be going into her third year at the University of Regina, aiming to achieve a BSc in biology, specifically concentrating in environmental studies and ecology.
Ashley is very excited to be working for the Nature Conservancy of Canada, and is looking forward to a fantastic summer as a Natural Area assistant intern.
Natural Area Assistant
Marla Anderson grew up in Regina, but has lived in four different countries. It was while working as a safari guide and large predator researcher in South Africa that Marla discovered her passion for conservation work. She returned to her roots to gain knowledge about Canada’s ecology. She obtained a diploma in wildlife and fisheries management from Lakeland College and a bachelor of science degree in environmental biology from the University of Regina.
In her spare time, Marla enjoys birding, hiking, photography and just about anything that takes her outdoors.
Director of Development and Communications
Before joining the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), Cody spent nearly a decade in marketing and fundraising roles in the corporate and non-profit sector. Cody’s passion for nature started young, growing up on a ranch on the Alberta-Saskatchewan border and exploring the valley of the North Saskatchewan River. Overseeing the development and communications efforts of NCC's Saskatchewan operations merges his personal interest with his professional life.
When he’s not helping people realize their philanthropic dreams, Cody escapes into nature — hiking, camping, canoeing or fishing.
Manager of Conservation Science and Planning
Matthew’s extensive knowledge of conservation science comes from his childhood, education and work experience. He grew up as a Saskatchewan farm kid, hopping between the grasslands and forests north of Saskatoon. During his master’s research, he looked at the effects of climate change on grasslands. Before joining NCC, Matthew worked for several years with the British Columbia Forest Service.
Matthew completed his bachelor's degree in agriculture, majoring in environmental science, and his master's in rangeland management.
Kayla Burak was born and raised in Alberta, but her heart has fallen for Saskatchewan. She spent her summers outside and her family made frequent trips to the mountains, but it was within the prairies that Kayla found her true calling.
Kayla's introduction to the Nature Conservancy of Canada was in 2009 when she was a conservation intern in Lethbridge. She has also gained work experience with numerous other environmental NGOs performing wildlife and species-at-risk surveys. Kayla completed her master of science degree at the University of Regina, where she studied the greater sage grouse. Most recently, Kayla managed the Saskatchewan Prairie Conservation Action Plan, where she discovered a passion for environmental education and engagement.
Program Director, Southwest
Before Mike worked for the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), he volunteered for us. His first NCC project was in 2009 alongside his now-wife, Kayla. He fell in love with both the organization and the woman, and now works as an integral part of the NCC team.
Before NCC, Mike worked in the environmental consulting industry as a wildlife biologist, overseeing pre-disturbance wildlife surveys and habitat assessments to minimize the impacts of energy development on wildlife and species at risk throughout the prairies. Mike holds a technical diploma in wildlife and fisheries conservation and a bachelor of applied science degree in environment management, with a major in monitoring and environmental protection.
Conservation Science/LIS Coordinator
Ryan is one of the best companions you could take with you while birding in Saskatchewan. Highly knowledgeable, he spends a lot of his free time banding and studying birds for conservation research.
While growing up in southwest Saskatchewan, he became so passionate about ecology and the rich natural history of Saskatchewan's prairies that he spent much time exploring. This led him to pursue his honours bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Saskatchewan.
Natural Areas Manager, Missouri Coteau
Kylie Garchinski grew up as a Saskatchewan farm girl, learning the operations of a working ranch at a young age. She was an enthusiastic member of the 4H and Canadian Pony Club. Her love of animals and nature led her to pursue an environmental sciences diploma, with a major in wildlife and fisheries conservation.
Kylie's favourite part of her job is working directly with nature and animals and focusing on the relationship between conservation and agriculture. Kylie first joined NCC as an intern, got hooked, and is now an experienced member of the conservation team.
Natural Areas Manager, Southwestern Saskatchewan
Natalie grew up near the Alberta mountains, and since moving to southwest Saskatchewan her connection to the area is invaluable. She mixes her knowledge of the community, love of nature and environmental knowledge in her work. She studied environmental science and holds a master's degree in sustainable environmental management.
Her hobbies include horseback riding, snowboarding, yoga and cooking. Natalie lives on a mixed farming operation near Claydon, Saskatchewan, with her husband and son, and large (and growing) list of animals, including dogs, horses, cows, pigs and cats.
Senior Development Officer
Vanessa Headford grew up on a farm near Kedleston, Saskatchewan, and had an overall love of animals and nature. After receiving her bachelor's degree in agriculture, majoring in animal science, Vanessa began a career with not-for-profit organizations, such as Canadian Western Agribition, Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership, and then STARS air ambulance.
Focused on sponsorship, sales or fundraising, it has always been about raising money to make a difference, and Vanessa is excited about the opportunities to do so at the Nature Conservancy of Canada.
Vanessa lives near Dilke, Saskatchewan, where she and her husband enjoy a rural lifestyle at home and at the lake.
Natural Area Assistant Intern
Morgan Kanak is an applied plant ecology student at the University of Saskatchewan. Growing up, she spent her summers camping all across Saskatchewan with her family. Exploring the natural wonders of the province left a lasting impression and motivated her studies. When Morgan's eyes are not on the ground searching for plants, she enjoys camping, canoeing and watching movies.
Stewardship Coordinator, Saskatoon Prairie, West Parklands, and West Boreal Transition Natural Area
Emily Little grew up in southern Ontario and moved to Saskatchewan in 2014. She joined NCC’s team in 2015, and her favourite days on the job are spent exploring Saskatchewan’s unique and beautiful natural landscapes. Emily has a BSc in ecological restoration and enjoys working on NCC’s grassland and forest restoration projects. She is very passionate about preserving the natural environment for current and future generations to enjoy.
When Emily is not working hard to conserve natural habitats she enjoys cooking, cycling, watercolour painting and camping.
Conservation Science/GIS Coordinator
Sarah loves the prairies and is passionate about the conservation of this unique habitat. Her master’s thesis investigated the effects of oil and gas development on prairie birds. Following her graduate degree, she consulted for Canadian Wildlife Service and Parks Canada on projects related to the conservation of grassland songbird species at risk. She has an MSc in biology.
In her spare time, Sarah enjoys birding, hiking, reading and belly dancing.
Elan Marsall is going into her second year at Lakeland College in Vermillion, Alberta, where she is studying environmental sciences in the Conservation and Restoration Ecology program. She is a graduate of the Outdoor School program at Greenall High School, where she learned that she could take her passion for the environment and turn it into a career.
Elan is interested in expanding her knowledge on biodiversity, the arts, different religions and cultures, and climate change. She is excited to learn what the Nature Conservancy of Canada is all about and to help engage the community in conservation this summer.
Daphne May grew up in Saskatoon and loves to explore the natural habitat along the riverbank while biking or running. She also enjoys to run in races and plays both women’s and co-ed soccer. You’ll likely catch her on the sidelines too, coaching youth soccer.
Daphne has a bachelor of commerce degree. She spent 10 years in marketing and communications with Saskatchewan Polytechnic and seven years as a certified business counsellor with Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan. When she's not sharing NCC’s remarkable conservation stories or cranking out media releases, Daphne enjoys spending time with her family — Chris, Kayla and Brett — and going for walks with their dog, Rocky.
Director of Conservation
Jennifer’s first introduction to NCC was when she visited our Old Man on His Back property in southwest Saskatchewan. She took her then five-year-old son there and fell in love with the property. She looked at the interpreter who got to spend the summer there and thought, “how does someone get a gig like this?”
Fast-forward several years, and Jennifer joined NCC to oversee all conservation operations in Saskatchewan. She previously worked as the executive director of the Landscape Stewardship Branch of the Government of Saskatchewan. She has a bachelor's degree in native studies and a master's degree in environmental design. Her career has focused on the human-environmental interface, with specific interest in First Nations consultation, public engagement and landscape planning.
Michelle Neufeld has lived in Saskatoon since she was four, moving there from Neuanlage, a small farming community north of Saskatoon. As a child, she spent most of her days catching grasshoppers and frogs, flying kites and exploring trails at the lake, which all seemed like appropriate past times before the internet came into play. She can still be found exploring trails and is working on fostering the same love for nature in her son, who has fallen victim to the world of Minecraft.
Before starting at NCC, Michelle spent many years gaining experience in non-profit and governmental organizations. She has worked on various social programs for youth, adults and seniors. Her educational background is in youth care work and sociology.
Straddling the worlds between the office and the field, Logan Salm will be working as a Nature Conservancy of Canada communications intern for summer 2018. Logan holds a BA from the University of Regina and is currently a second-year law student at the University of Saskatchewan. He would like to work in environmental policy in the future, and he enjoys spending time outside in the field whenever he can.
Logan is an avid hiker and biker of Saskatchewan’s many valleys. Also when he can manage it, you will find him rock climbing in the Rocky Mountains.
Stewardship Coordinator, Upper Qu'Appelle, East Parklands, Moose Mountain Natural Area
Carissa grew up in the small town of Fairview, Alberta, and has always loved the outdoors.
She values the conservation of our beautiful natural environment so future generations can enjoy it as much as she does. She has a BSc in geology.
In her spare time, Carissa is an avid cross-fitter. When she is not training or competing, she enjoys reading and hiking.
Breanna Silversides grew up in Brandon, Manitoba, and has spent her summers kayaking in many of Manitoba’s lakes and riding bikes past tall coniferous trees. This summer she’s exploring the beautiful rolling hills and aspen forests of Saskatchewan as the Nature Conservancy of Canada's intern.
Breanna’s love for nature and her understanding of conservation started close to home while spending time in a wildlife management area that is used for hiking and biking. Breanna’s pursuing an environmental studies degree through the University of Regina, with future hopes to help conserve nature.
In her spare time, Terri writes stories and poetry about nature, always moved by the way nature makes her feel and think. She’s committed more than 10 years to help the mission of the Nature Conservancy of Canada. Admired and respected by all, Terri has previously worked as a ministerial assistant and legislation officer with the Government of Saskatchewan.
Waqas has managed all financial and accounting for NCC Saskatchewan for almost five years. Waqas is a Certified General Accountant who has worked in both England and Canada.
Natural Area Assistant Intern
As a child, Madeline Weafer spent a lot of time camping in southeast Saskatchewan and the East Kootenays in British Columbia. She is passionate about wetland ecosystems and wildlife conservation.
Madeline attends school in BC, where she obtained a diploma in fish, wildlife and recreation management and will be completing her BSc in ecological restoration. She has spent her summers focused on marine interpretation and outreach in parks and is now looking forward to working in the field this summer.
Program Director, Central/Southeast
Cameron Wood’s experience in the environmental field has been about connecting the conservation sector with landowners and interested parties in order to make practical advances in conservation efforts across the prairies. Before joining the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), Cameron’s main work was in Alberta doing field work to improve management for riparian areas.
Cameron has a BSc in environmental practice, a post-diploma certificate in fish and wildlife technology and a diploma in renewable resource management.