Meet NCC's Saskatchewan Region board members:
Lorne Calvert served as Premier of Saskatchewan from 2001 to 2007 as part of his 24-year career as an elected member of the Saskatchewan Legislature. Prior to his election, Lorne was ordained to the ministry of the United Church of Canada and served congregations in Gravelbourg and Moose Jaw. Following his retirement from the Legislature, Lorne served as the principal of St. Andew's College at the University of Saskatchewan.
Now retired, Lorne and his wife, Betty, live in the Qu'Appelle Valley at Buffalo Pound Lake.
Lin Gallagher retired from the Government of Saskatchewan after 38 years, with her most recent position as Deputy Minister of Environment. She began her career as a naturalist with Parks Canada, and then moved to the Saskatchewan government, where she took on a variety of roles. These included biodiversity specialist, policy analyst and senior roles in natural resource and environmental management. Lin is a leader in applied public sector governance and a certified Professional Director, serving on several boards and commissions. Lin currently works with Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy as an Executive in Residence.
Lin obtained a bachelor of science degree from the University of Regina and a master's of science in environmental management from the University of London, UK. Both professionally and personally, she has a strong commitment and affinity to conservation and maintaining biological diversity. Lin and her husband spend their time in semi-retirement kayaking, hiking and cross-country skiing with their children and grandchildren.
Karen Henders, B.A., B.F.A, M.B.A, is a consultant in the non-profit and charitable sector, with a focus on strategy, and innovation. She brings to this role her experience as entrepreneur and business coach; as manager of provincial funding programs in support of the creative industries and arts and culture organizations in Saskatchewan; and as director of community foundation programs to strengthen the charitable sector and encourage philanthropy.
Karen grew-up in Saskatchewan and calls Regina home. She is an avid birdwatcher and was a natural history documentary producer in her early career in the film and television industry. Karen’s love of nature developed over summers at the family cottage in the Moose Mountains. There, she learned to appreciate the complexity and fragility of ecosystems. Karen is a long-time friend of NCC and joined its Saskatchewan Regional Board in 2023.
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 served on the Board of Directors for United Way from 2010-2020, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Plant Corporation.
Judith joined the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s Saskatchewan Regional Board in 2018.
A sports, business and community leader, Steve Mazurak has spent over 26 years with the Canadian Football League in various capacities. He was a Roughrider player and team captain (1973-1981), executive director of the CFL Players Association (1980-1985) and most recently vice president, sales and business development Saskatchewan Roughrider Football Club (2005-2018).
Having retired from the Saskatchewan Roughrider Football Club in 2018, he cherishes his 13 years with the club. His tenure with the Roughriders saw his team elevate its brand to national and international recognition through record-breaking community and fan engagement, merchandise sales, ticketing and corporate partnerships. Steve was instrumental in securing the team’s first ever Stadium naming rights (Mosaic Co) and jumbo videoboard (SaskTel Maxtron). Steve’s proudest moment was leading a corporate partnership team in securing over of $75 million in long-term funding toward the new Mosaic Stadium Capital Campaign.
Steve is active in the community as a former Board member with the Regina Open Door Society. He is currently involved in several projects as a member of the Regina Wascana Kiwanis Club including Highschool Football and the annual Salvation Army Kettle Campaign. As mayor of the resort Village of Pelican Pointe, he is highly active in land and water stewardship and chairs The Fox Point Advisory Committee. Steve enjoys hunting and outdoor activities and is a long-time member of Ducks Unlimited and Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation (East Shore branch).
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.
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 on 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. Dave also served on the Prairie Provinces Water Board and the Prairie Habitat Joint Venture Advisory Board.
Dave joined the Nature Conservancy of Canada's Saskatchewan Regional Board in 2013.
Cam Taylor is the CEO and Chairman of ROK Resources., a junior oil exploration company with headquarters in Regina and operations in southeast Saskatchewan.
Cam graduated from the University of Regina with a BSc in geophysics and has spent over 30 years working in oil and gas exploration. Cam and his family returned to Saskatchewan in 2000 after 12 years in Calgary. They live on a farm in the Qu’Appelle Valley where they run a 300-head cow/calf operation and enjoy living and working in one of Canada’s great landscapes.
Cam serves on the boards of various private and public resource companies. He joined the Nature Conservancy of Canada's Saskatchewan Regional Board in 2014.
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.