CURRENT
EXECUTIVE TEAM

Michel Leclaire - President   Michel is a Wildlife and Fisheries Biologist with EcoLogic Environmental Inc. Having completed a certificate in Natural Resource Management Technology from University College of the North in The Pas, an honours degree in Environmental Sciences, and a Master of Science degree at the University of Manitoba, Michel is well versed with all aspects of field related work to desktop research and analyses. Michel has worked on numerous wildlife baseline and monitoring projects in northern Manitoba. He has delivered presentations, information sessions, and workshops to a wide array of people from varying backgrounds.

Michel Leclaire - President

Michel is a Wildlife and Fisheries Biologist with EcoLogic Environmental Inc. Having completed a certificate in Natural Resource Management Technology from University College of the North in The Pas, an honours degree in Environmental Sciences, and a Master of Science degree at the University of Manitoba, Michel is well versed with all aspects of field related work to desktop research and analyses. Michel has worked on numerous wildlife baseline and monitoring projects in northern Manitoba. He has delivered presentations, information sessions, and workshops to a wide array of people from varying backgrounds.

Justine Josephson Laidlaw - President Elect   Justine is Master of Environment student at the University of Manitoba, her current research is focused on the nesting habitat, home range and spatial ecology of urban Merlins ( Falco columbarius ) in the city of Winnipeg. Previous work has focused on the development of wildlife management strategies for birds of prey and volunteer work with rehabilitation centres. Justine has previously served on the Canadian Section of the Wildlife Society as Student Representative from 2017 to 2019.

Justine Josephson Laidlaw - President Elect

Justine is Master of Environment student at the University of Manitoba, her current research is focused on the nesting habitat, home range and spatial ecology of urban Merlins (Falco columbarius) in the city of Winnipeg. Previous work has focused on the development of wildlife management strategies for birds of prey and volunteer work with rehabilitation centres. Justine has previously served on the Canadian Section of the Wildlife Society as Student Representative from 2017 to 2019.

Brian Kiss - Past President   Brian is a Habitat Mitigation Biologist for the Wildlife and Fisheries Branch of Manitoba Sustainable Development. He has an MSc from the University of Manitoba, where he monitored vital rates and movement patterns of female wild turkeys in Manitoba’s Pembina Valley. He has been a member of the Manitoba Chapter since 2007 and has previously served as Graduate Student Representative.

Brian Kiss - Past President

Brian is a Habitat Mitigation Biologist for the Wildlife and Fisheries Branch of Manitoba Sustainable Development. He has an MSc from the University of Manitoba, where he monitored vital rates and movement patterns of female wild turkeys in Manitoba’s Pembina Valley. He has been a member of the Manitoba Chapter since 2007 and has previously served as Graduate Student Representative.

Emma Ausen - Secretary   Emma is a MSc student at the University of Manitoba studying beluga habitat in the Western Hudson Bay estuaries and the effects of noise pollution from shipping traffic on the belugas. She completed her bachelors degree in Environmental Science at the University of Manitoba and has experience working with prescribed fires with The Nature Conservancy of Minnesota and as a naturalist with Minnesota State Parks and Trails.

Emma Ausen - Secretary

Emma is a MSc student at the University of Manitoba studying beluga habitat in the Western Hudson Bay estuaries and the effects of noise pollution from shipping traffic on the belugas. She completed her bachelors degree in Environmental Science at the University of Manitoba and has experience working with prescribed fires with The Nature Conservancy of Minnesota and as a naturalist with Minnesota State Parks and Trails.

Kathryn Yarchuk - Member at Large   Kathryn is an avid backpacker and long distance runner that spends her summers working for Parks Canada in Riding Mountain National Park. She is pursing an Environmental Studies, Honours degree while working towards a Certification in Wildlife Biology. As the former Undergraduate Representative she is excited to collaborate with the new executive members.

Kathryn Yarchuk - Member at Large

Kathryn is an avid backpacker and long distance runner that spends her summers working for Parks Canada in Riding Mountain National Park. She is pursing an Environmental Studies, Honours degree while working towards a Certification in Wildlife Biology. As the former Undergraduate Representative she is excited to collaborate with the new executive members.

Emily Thoroski - Treasurer   Emily Thoroski is a student at the University of Manitoba completing her Bachelor of Environmental Science Honours degree with a Focus Area of Wildlife Management. Emily has been a proud member of The Wildlife Society, including the Parent Society, Canadian Section and the Manitoba Chapter since 2016. Ever since she was a kid she loved animals and throughout the years she has become very passionate about wildlife management and conservation. Emily’s goal is to take wildlife conservation to a whole new level by combining her passion for music and filmmaking, with her passion for science, in hopes to make a difference.

Emily Thoroski - Treasurer

Emily Thoroski is a student at the University of Manitoba completing her Bachelor of Environmental Science Honours degree with a Focus Area of Wildlife Management. Emily has been a proud member of The Wildlife Society, including the Parent Society, Canadian Section and the Manitoba Chapter since 2016. Ever since she was a kid she loved animals and throughout the years she has become very passionate about wildlife management and conservation. Emily’s goal is to take wildlife conservation to a whole new level by combining her passion for music and filmmaking, with her passion for science, in hopes to make a difference.

Allison Krause Danielsen - Western Rep   Allison has worked as the regional wildlife biologist for Sustainable Development in Brandon for the last seven years. She has a passion for grassland conservation and have surveyed varied Manitoban wildlife, from moose to skinks. She also enjoys camping and exploring new and interesting landscapes from the Canadian shield to Californian desert!

Allison Krause Danielsen - Western Rep

Allison has worked as the regional wildlife biologist for Sustainable Development in Brandon for the last seven years. She has a passion for grassland conservation and have surveyed varied Manitoban wildlife, from moose to skinks. She also enjoys camping and exploring new and interesting landscapes from the Canadian shield to Californian desert!

Elizabeth Walsh - Northern Rep   Elizabeth Walsh is a Regional Biologist with Manitoba Sustainable Development for the Northwest Region based out of The Pas. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in Biology and a minor in Chemistry from Mount Allison University and a Graduate Diploma from Niagara College in Ecosystem Restoration.  Originally from New Brunswick, Elizabeth has a wide range of wildlife experience throughout the country. Prior to joining Sustainable development she was an Environmental Assessment Officer and Resource Management Officer for Parks Canada in Nova Scotia. She has also spent many years within the Prairie Provinces working for government, industry, academics and non-government organizations including Alberta Environment and Parks, Environment Canada, TERA Environmental Consultants, University of Alberta and Ducks Unlimited Canada with a main focus on species at risk and migratory birds

Elizabeth Walsh - Northern Rep

Elizabeth Walsh is a Regional Biologist with Manitoba Sustainable Development for the Northwest Region based out of The Pas. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in Biology and a minor in Chemistry from Mount Allison University and a Graduate Diploma from Niagara College in Ecosystem Restoration.  Originally from New Brunswick, Elizabeth has a wide range of wildlife experience throughout the country. Prior to joining Sustainable development she was an Environmental Assessment Officer and Resource Management Officer for Parks Canada in Nova Scotia. She has also spent many years within the Prairie Provinces working for government, industry, academics and non-government organizations including Alberta Environment and Parks, Environment Canada, TERA Environmental Consultants, University of Alberta and Ducks Unlimited Canada with a main focus on species at risk and migratory birds

Cody Carlyle - Grad Student Rep   Cody is a masters student at the University of Manitoba with Fisheries and Oceans Canada studying the feeding and distributions of ringed seals in the Canadian Arctic. Obtaining his honours degree from the University of British Columbia, Cody has studied marine life from sea lions and cetaceans to sea urchins, and worked in ecotourism, fisheries, and consulting. He loves talking about his experiences growing up on BC waters.

Cody Carlyle - Grad Student Rep

Cody is a masters student at the University of Manitoba with Fisheries and Oceans Canada studying the feeding and distributions of ringed seals in the Canadian Arctic. Obtaining his honours degree from the University of British Columbia, Cody has studied marine life from sea lions and cetaceans to sea urchins, and worked in ecotourism, fisheries, and consulting. He loves talking about his experiences growing up on BC waters.

Hannah Martin - Undergrad Rep   Hannah Martin is an Environment Science student with a focus area in conservation and biodiversity. She has been a member of the the Wildlife Society since October 2017. Working towards becoming certified as a wildlife biologist where research will take her around the globe to study various wildlife species and learn new conservation techniques. She is excited to get more students involved with the Wildlife Society and plan fun events for members!

Hannah Martin - Undergrad Rep

Hannah Martin is an Environment Science student with a focus area in conservation and biodiversity. She has been a member of the the Wildlife Society since October 2017. Working towards becoming certified as a wildlife biologist where research will take her around the globe to study various wildlife species and learn new conservation techniques. She is excited to get more students involved with the Wildlife Society and plan fun events for members!

PAST
EXECUTIVE TEAMS

2018/2019

President - Michel Leclaire
President Elect - Justine Josephson Laidlaw
Past President - Brian Kiss
Secretary - Elise Couillard
Treasurer - Emily Thoroski
Member at Large - Megan Dudenhoeffer
Northern Rep - Christa Dubesky
Western Rep - Melanie Dubois
Grad Student Rep - Jessica Lang
Undergrad Student Rep - Kathryn Yarchuk

2017/2018

President - Brian Kiss
President Elect - Michel Leclaire
Past President - C-Jae Breiter
Secretary/Treasurer - Laura Burns
Member at Large - Agnes Pelletier
Member at Large - Peter Tarleton
Northern Rep - Christa Dubesky
Western Rep - Melanie Dubois
Grad Student Rep - Amelie Roberto-Charron
Undergrad Student Rep - Dominik Simard

2016/2017

President - C-Jae Breiter
President Elect - Brian Kiss/Serge Scrafield
Past President - Stephen Petersen
Secretary/Treasurer - Laura Burns/Alana Wilcox
Member at Large - Agnes Pelletier
Member at Large - Michelle Ewacha
Northern Rep - Karlyn McFadyen
Western Rep (non-voting) - Melanie Dubois
Grad Student Rep - Amelie Roberto-Charron
Undergrad Student Rep - Eric Melvin

2015/2016
President - Stephen Petersen
President Elect - C-Jae Breiter
Past President - Dennis Brannen
Secretary/Treasurer - Rosemary Dohan
Member at Large - Meagan Hainstock
Member at Large - Daniel Dupont
Northern Rep - Maria Arlt
Grad Student Rep - Michelle Ewacha
Undergrad Student Rep - Cassandra Clayton

2014/2015
President - Dennis Brannen
President Elect - Stephen Petersen
Past President - Rob Officer
Secretary/Treasurer - C-Jae Breiter
Member at Large - Rosemary Dohan
Northern Rep - David Raitt
Grad Student Rep - Marika Olynyk
Undergrad Student Rep - Laura Kiernan

2013/2014
President - Rob Officer
President Elect - Dennis Brannen
Past President - Erin McCance
Secretary/Treasurer - C-Jae Breiter
Member at Large - Tim Sallows
Northern Rep - David Raitt
GradStudent Rep - Allyson Menzies
Undergrad Student Rep - Karlyn McFadyen

2012/2013
President - Rob Officer
President Elect - vacant
Past President - Erin McCance
Secretary/Treasurer - Marianne Schutz
Member at Large - Tim Sallows
Northern Rep - Shaun Greer
Grad Student Rep - Brian Kiss
Undergrad Student Rep - Jenna Black

2011/2012
President - Erin McCance
President Elect - Fiona Scurrah
Past President - Jonathan Wiens
Secretary/Treasurer - Dale Wrubleski
Member at Large - Chris Smith
Member at Large - Marianne Schutz
Grad Student Rep - Robert Officer
Undergrad Student Rep - Lauren Hayhurst

2010/2011
President - Jonathan Wiens
President Elect - Erin McCance
Past President - David Walker
Secretary/Treasurer - Dale Wrubleski
Member at Large - Jennifer Ruch
Member at Large - Chris Smith
Member at Large - Lauren Hayhurst
Student Rep - Marianne Schutz

2009/2010
President - David Walker
President Elect - Jonathan Wiens
Past President - Garth Ball
Secretary/Treasurer - Dale Wrubleski
Member at Large -  Erin McCance
Member at Large - Chris Smith
Member at Large - Lauren Hayhurst
Student Rep - Jennifer Ruch

2008/2009
President - Garth Ball
President Elect - David Walker
Past President - Derek Kroeker
Secretary/Treasurer - Dale Wrubleski
Member at Large - Grant Wiseman
Member at Large - Erin McCance
Student Representative - Sarah McEwan

2007/2008
President - Derek Kroeker
President Elect - Garth Ball
Past President - Dale Wrubleski
Secretary/Tresurer - Leanne Wyenberg
 Member at Large - Loriena Bernier
Student Representative - Jonathan Wiens

2006/2007
President - Dale Wrubleski
President Elect - Derek Kroeker
Past President - Karla Guyn
 Secretary/Treasurer - Leanne Wyenberg
Member at Large - Marc Schuster
Student Representative - Jonathan Wiens

2005/2006
President - Karla Guyn
President Elect - Dale Wrubleski
Past President - Alex Miller
Secretary/Treasurer - Monica Reid
Member at Large - Marc Schuster
Student Representative - Pat Bergen

2004/2005
President - Alex Miller
President Elect - Karla Guyn
Past President - Rick Riewe
Secretary/Treasurer - Monica Reid
Member at Large - Garth Ball
Student Representative - Pat Bergen

2003/2004
President - Rick Riewe
President Elect - Alex Miller
Past President - Don Sexton
Secretary/Treasurer - Jacey Scott
Member at Large - Garth Ball
Student Representative - Derek Kroeker

2002/2003
President - Don Sexton
President Elect - Rick Riewe
Past President - Cory Lindgren
Secretary/Treasurer - Lisa Matsuba
Member at Large - Jacey Scott
Member at Large - Neil Mochnacz
Student Representative - Alex Miller

2001-2002
President - Don Sexton
President Elect - Vacant
Past President - Cory Lindgren
Secretary/Treasurer - Tanys Uhmann
Member at Large - James Froese
Member at Large - James Hood
Student Representative - Neil Mochnacz

2000-2001
President - Cory Lindgren
President Elect - Shane Roersma
Past President - Rhian Christie
Secretary/Treasurer - Tanys Uhmann
Member at Large - Dale Hutchison
Member at Large - Rich Davis
Student Representative - Neil Mochnacz

1999-2000
President - Rhian Christie
President Elect - Cory Lindgren
Past President - Bob Emery
Secretary/Treasurer - Tanys Uhmann
Member at Large - Dale Hutchison
Member at Large - Rich Davis
Student Representative - Shane Roersma

1998-1999
President - Bob Emery
President Elect - Rhian Christie
Past President - Jim Fisher
Secretary/Treasurer - Tanys Uhmann
Member at Large - Jackie Dixon
Member at Large - Melanie Dubois
Student Representative - Christian Hagen

1997-1998
President - Jim Fisher

1996-1997
President - Bruce Pollard
President Elect - Diane Bell
Past President - Cheryl Nielsen
Secretary/Treasurer - Jim Fisher
Member at Large - Glenn McMaster
Member at Large - Ron Bazin
Student Representative - Tanys Uhmann

1995-1996
President - Cheryl Nielsen

1994-1995
President - Dave Howerter

1993-1994
President - Dan Chranowski
President Elect - Dave Howerter
Past President - Robert Gill
Secretary/Treasurer - Dean Berezanski
Member at Large - Mike Etches
Student Representative - Diane Bell

1992-1993
Robert (Bob) Gill

1991-1992
Barry Jansen

1990-1991
President - Barry Jansen
President Elect - Vacant
Past President - Mark Mattson
Secretary/Treasurer - Ulrike Schneider
Member at Large - Dean Berezanski
Student Representative - Robert Gill

1989-1990
President - Mark Mattson

1988-1989
President - Ken DeSmet

1987-1988
President - Valerie Sutton/
Richard (Dick) Stardom

1986-1987
President - Rick Baydack

1985-1986
President - Jack Dubois

1984-1985
President - Kent Whaley

1983-1984
President - William (Bill) Koonz

1982-1983
President - Barry Verbiwski

1981-1982
President - Larry Bidlake

1980-1981
President - Wayne Cowan

1979-1980
President - Ron Larche

1978-1979
President - Bruce Batt

1977-1978
President - Merlin Shoesmith

1976-1977
President - Robert (Bob) Jones

1975-1976
President - Eugene Bossenmaier

1974-1975
President - Brian Ransom