CPAWS Southern Alberta Board

Phil Nykyforuk, Vice Chair

Phil is a partner in the Advocacy Department of the law firm Gowling WLG ( Canada ) LLP in Calgary. He has practiced law for over 25 years and has resided in Calgary since 1993. Phil was an active volunteer with CPAWS in its campaigns to protect the Whaleback and Spray Valley in Kananaskis. He regards CPAWS Southern Alberta as an important and effective voice for the many Albertans who wish to protect and preserve our wild landscapes and the species that inhabit them. Phil welcomes the opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors and working to ensure that his children and grandchildren have the same opportunity to experience the wonders of nature in our province. Phil enjoys hiking, cycling, jogging, bird watching and nature photography. He and his family are frequent visitors to Alberta’s National and Provincial Parks.

Doug Firby, Director, Conservation Committee Member

Doug Firby is Editor-in-Chief of Troy Media, Canada’s largest independent source of online news, features, and commentary. He has more than three decades of experience of writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and online publications in Ontario and western Canada. He is also an award-winning editorialist. When he was Editor of the St. Catharines (Ont.) Standard, the newspaper won its second-ever National Newspaper Award. And, like many writers, he has a handful of half-drafted novels languishing on his computer.

Jim Donohue, Treasurer

Jim retired in 2015 after a 30-year career in IT, Operations, and Finance most recently as Controller – Western Canada for Rexel Canada. Growing up in northern Ontario (Thunder Bay) meant nature was always at his back door. Time spent living in Vancouver, Toronto, and now Calgary has helped him realize that nature cannot be taken for granted, but rather should be cherished and protected. He views joining the CPAWS Board as simply an opportunity to do the right thing in the right way!

Andre de Leebeeck, ICD.D. Director, Board Secretary, Finance Committee Member

Andre is currently consulting in the oil and gas sector after 40 years with various energy companies worldwide. Andre joined the CPAWS board in September 2015 with the goal of aiding in the preservation of Canada’s natural areas. Andre and wife, Barbara, share a love of travel and the outdoors. Active in skiing and hiking, both volunteer for natural area clean-up campaigns province-wide.

Jon Mee, P. Bio, Director, Conservation Committee Member

Jon Mee is a faculty member in the Department of Biology at Mount Royal University. His expertise includes basic and applied ecology and genetics, and he has published over 20 scientific papers in these disciplines. Jon has also worked with the Committee on the Status of Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) to provide wildlife status updates and to identify conservation units. Jon teaches introductory and advanced biology courses, and has participated in public outreach on fish biology and conservation issues. A volunteer on the Conservation Committee for the past year, Jon is excited by the opportunity to continue his involvement with CPAWS SAB as a member of the board.

Ross Glenfield

Ross worked as a park warden in Waterton Lakes and Banff National Parks before moving to Canada’s high Arctic to manage Quttinirpaaq National Park on Ellesmere Island. In addition, he has been a consultant to Parks Canada’s Park Establishment Branch and Atmospheric Environment Service. Prior to that, he conducted fieldwork with the Canadian Wildlife Service and the Geological Survey of Canada. Ross also spent many years as a guide leading cycling and hiking trips in the Canadian Rockies and sharing his knowledge of the national parks with visitors. The opportunity to continue working in the field of wilderness protection and establishment of park areas are key reasons for his participation with the CPAWS board. Raised in Red Deer, he has spent much of the last 30 years living in Banff. Ross enjoys hiking and camping with his family as well as cycling and skiing.

Jeff Goldberg

Jeff is a neurobiologist by training, with a BSc in Biology (Neurobiology) from McGill University and a Ph.D. in Medical Sciences (Neurophysiology) from the University of Calgary. Jeff's career path included postdoctoral training at The University of Iowa and Colorado State University, Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta, Professor and Head of Biological Sciences at the University of Calgary, Dean of Science and Technology at Mount Royal University, and Interim Provost and Vice President Academic at Mount Royal University. Most of his research used marine slugs and freshwater snails as model organisms to study a variety of biomedical and evolutionary questions, including the neurophysiological mechanisms of learning and memory, mechanisms of nerve cell growth, and adaptations to low oxygen and high temperature during embryonic development in the lab and field.

His interest in CPAWS stems from the overwhelming scientific evidence of the need for more protected areas, as well as his personal enjoyment of parks and protected areas throughout his adult life.

Dr. Steve E. Hrudey, AOE, FCAE, P.Eng.

Steve is Professor Emeritus in Analytical & Environmental Toxicology, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, following a 33-year career at the University of Alberta and is president of his own environmental risk consulting firm. He was invested to the Alberta Order of Excellence, Alberta’s highest civilian honour, in October 2017 and he served as the 97th President of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta, western Canada’s largest professional self-regulatory agency. Steve served 13 years as an administrative law judge on the Alberta Environmental Appeals Board, his last 4 years as Chair and he was a founding member of the Canadian Water Network. He and his wife Elizabeth have written extensively, including two books, on ensuring safe drinking water after he served on the Research Advisory Panel to the Walkerton Inquiry. Steve has served on another 27 expert panels addressing major environmental risk issues. He is a resident of the Bow Valley and sees this extraordinary landscape as being on the front lines of a growing challenge to conserve natural landscapes and functional habitat for wildlife.

Kathi Irvine

Kathi Irvine is the founding partner of The Watershed Group, an organizational development consulting firm that works to engage people and transform organizations. She has worked with and volunteered on not-for-profit boards for over twenty years. Working with the CPAWS team of Southern Alberta provides her the opportunity to continue to contribute to the conservation and protection of our land and water, and work in partnership with our parks.

Kathi lives in Canmore, Alberta, and takes advantage of the great hiking, cycling, and skiing in the Bow Valley.

Sara Jaremko

Sara Jaremko grew up in Calgary, in chinook air and under big sky, and developed an early passion for the wild, natural, and recreational areas in Southern Alberta and beyond.  She holds an LLM in Natural Resources, Energy & Environmental Law from the University of Calgary, and is a member of the Alberta Bar. Sara is honoured to contribute to the governance of CPAWS SAB, and to thereby contribute to the effective management of increasing pressures on our landscape, as this region continues to evolve.

Peter Kloiber

Peter is a student at Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, studying Chemical Engineering Technology. He has been working in the oil and gas field for the past 6 years doing regulatory and compliance reporting for energy companies. Since his childhood, he has spent much of his life outdoors camping and hiking. His love for nature has prompted him to do all that he can to preserve it. Joining the CPAWS Board in September 2017, he looks forward to working with his community to protect nature.

Megan Leung

Megan is in her final year studying Environmental Science at the University of Calgary, with expertise in water resource conservation. She has engaged in research projects investigating wastewater applications in agriculture, as well as water and air quality assessments of select areas in Kananaskis Country, and welcomes future opportunities. Megan demonstrates her commitment to nature through active participation in local efforts within her community, Green Calgary, and has also been involved with wildlife conservation efforts in Central America. Through her passion for hiking, rock and ice climbing, she has gained a deep appreciation for the great outdoors. Alberta’s park have truly become a haven for her, and she is excited for the opportunity to join the CPAWS Board, and collaborate with those who value and prioritize the preservation of natural landscapes for generations to come.

Cinthia Nemoto

Cinthia is a strategic marketing and communications professional with more than 15 years of experience in Latin and North America, including 4 years managing the rebranding, and the international positioning of, companies in Europe, Middle East, and Asia Pacific. She has assisted numerous for-profits and non-profits with their domestic and international marketing strategy, brand positioning, building strategic partnerships, establishing integrated communications, and use of the latest platforms for customer engagement. She is a Rescue scuba diver who loves nature, the wildlife, and the outdoors. Active in volunteer projects since the age of 15, Cinthia is always looking for the next opportunity to make a difference.