CURRENT
EXECUTIVE TEAM

Brian Kiss - 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 - 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.

 

Mitchel Leclaire - President Elect 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.

Mitchel Leclaire - President Elect

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.

C-Jae Breiter - Past President C-Jae is a Research Conservation Specialist at the Assiniboine Park Zoo. She has an MSc from Concordia University, where she studied non-invasive monitoring techniques for reindeer and caribou. She's also done consulting work with Joro Consultants and conducted research in entomology, botany and species at risk conservation. C-Jae has been on the TWS-MB executive since 2013.  

C-Jae Breiter - Past President

C-Jae is a Research Conservation Specialist at the Assiniboine Park Zoo. She has an MSc from Concordia University, where she studied non-invasive monitoring techniques for reindeer and caribou. She's also done consulting work with Joro Consultants and conducted research in entomology, botany and species at risk conservation. C-Jae has been on the TWS-MB executive since 2013.

 

Laura Burns - Secretary-Treasurer Laura is a Research Laboratory Technician for Assiniboine Park Zoo. Prior to this, she worked at the University of Manitoba as a Research Assistant and Project Manager. She is serving on the Chapter Executive because she believes that the Manitoba Chapter provides excellent opportunities for professional growth and networking, especially for members who are students or early professionals. The Chapter has allowed her to integrate into the Manitoba wildlife community after moving to the province in 2014, and she'd like to help others receive the same opportunities to do so.

Laura Burns - Secretary-Treasurer

Laura is a Research Laboratory Technician for Assiniboine Park Zoo. Prior to this, she worked at the University of Manitoba as a Research Assistant and Project Manager. She is serving on the Chapter Executive because she believes that the Manitoba Chapter provides excellent opportunities for professional growth and networking, especially for members who are students or early professionals. The Chapter has allowed her to integrate into the Manitoba wildlife community after moving to the province in 2014, and she'd like to help others receive the same opportunities to do so.

Agnes Pelletier - Member at Large  Agnès is a wildlife researcher who teaches biology and communication at several universities in Winnipeg. She has a PhD from Trent University, where she studied gene flow and population trends of American black bears. Her current research, conducted in the Lingle lab at the University of Winnipeg, focuses on Chronic Wasting Disease.  

Agnes Pelletier - Member at Large

 Agnès is a wildlife researcher who teaches biology and communication at several universities in Winnipeg. She has a PhD from Trent University, where she studied gene flow and population trends of American black bears. Her current research, conducted in the Lingle lab at the University of Winnipeg, focuses on Chronic Wasting Disease.

 

Peter Tarleton - Member at Large Peter is a Resource Management Officer at Riding Mountain National Park, as well as a graduate student with the University of Saskatchewan. He has been working with Parks Canada seasonally for seven years. His M.Sc. project focuses on the role of Plains Bison as ecosystem engineers in the aspen parkland. He is serving on the Chapter Executive in order to become more involved in the wider community of wildlife professionals in the province, and to contribute to the conservation of wildlife throughout Manitoba. 

Peter Tarleton - Member at Large

Peter is a Resource Management Officer at Riding Mountain National Park, as well as a graduate student with the University of Saskatchewan. He has been working with Parks Canada seasonally for seven years. His M.Sc. project focuses on the role of Plains Bison as ecosystem engineers in the aspen parkland. He is serving on the Chapter Executive in order to become more involved in the wider community of wildlife professionals in the province, and to contribute to the conservation of wildlife throughout Manitoba. 

Melanie Dubois - Western Rep Melanie is a Senior Riparian and Biodiversity Biologist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, where she studies the wildlife-agriculture interface. She has a Masters degree from the Natural Resources Institute of the University of Manitoba. Melanie is a certified wildlife biologist, and did a brief stint on the TWS-MB executive in 1998/1999.  

Melanie Dubois - Western Rep

Melanie is a Senior Riparian and Biodiversity Biologist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, where she studies the wildlife-agriculture interface. She has a Masters degree from the Natural Resources Institute of the University of Manitoba. Melanie is a certified wildlife biologist, and did a brief stint on the TWS-MB executive in 1998/1999.

 

Christa Dubesky - Northern Rep Christa is a university science instructor at the University College of the North (Thompson Campus) in the Faculty of Arts, Business and Science. In 2012, she returned to graduate school to pursuit a PhD in Veterinary Medicine in the area of Ecosystem and Public Health at the University of Calgary. Her research interest is specifically looking at the role of industrial development on boreal caribou decline in both Northern Manitoba and West-central Alberta. She is interested in promoting wildlife research in Northern Manitoba, bringing awareness of concerns and research taking place to the individuals residing and working in the North.

Christa Dubesky - Northern Rep

Christa is a university science instructor at the University College of the North (Thompson Campus) in the Faculty of Arts, Business and Science. In 2012, she returned to graduate school to pursuit a PhD in Veterinary Medicine in the area of Ecosystem and Public Health at the University of Calgary. Her research interest is specifically looking at the role of industrial development on boreal caribou decline in both Northern Manitoba and West-central Alberta. She is interested in promoting wildlife research in Northern Manitoba, bringing awareness of concerns and research taking place to the individuals residing and working in the North.

Amelie Robert Charron - Grad Student Rep Amélie is an MSc student at the University of Manitoba, where she is studying the migratory ecology of the threatened Canada Warbler. She previously served as Executive Director at the Beaverhill Bird Observatory in Alberta, in addition to consulting and working for various labs at the University of Alberta.   

Amelie Robert Charron - Grad Student Rep

Amélie is an MSc student at the University of Manitoba, where she is studying the migratory ecology of the threatened Canada Warbler. She previously served as Executive Director at the Beaverhill Bird Observatory in Alberta, in addition to consulting and working for various labs at the University of Alberta. 

 

Dominik Simard - Undergrad Rep Dom is an undergraduate student at the University of Manitoba, majoring in environmental studies. He is excited to serve on the Chapter Executive because it is a unique opportunity to develop positive relationships with like-minded individuals and at the same time promote wildlife conservation.

Dominik Simard - Undergrad Rep

Dom is an undergraduate student at the University of Manitoba, majoring in environmental studies. He is excited to serve on the Chapter Executive because it is a unique opportunity to develop positive relationships with like-minded individuals and at the same time promote wildlife conservation.

PAST
EXECUTIVE TEAMS

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