CPAWS Southern Alberta Board


Gord James, Chair, Finance Committee Member

Gord recently retired after working at Suncor Energy for 25 years, spending the last 10 years as the corporate controller. He used his skills as an accountant in the CPAWS office and was so successful he was asked to join the Board. Over the years, Gord has volunteered for a variety of organizations and has always had a love of wilderness. His job at Suncor took him and his family from Toronto to Calgary in 1995. Gord spent much of his time in the parks in Ontario, and here he has enjoyed living near the mountains and getting to experience a different landscape. He is passionate about hiking, cycling and running.


Riley Prescott, Director

Riley is currently in his last year at the University of Calgary pursuing a degree in environmental science. Originally from a farm in central Alberta, he grew up with a connection to the outdoors. He appreciates the value of maintaining natural landscapes and parks areas. Riley enjoys hiking, camping, mountain biking and snowboarding. He is excited to contribute time to club involvement at the University and looks forward to becoming further involved through this board opportunity.


David McIntyre, Director, Conservation Committee Member

David writes and photographs the land that he loves, working from his home on Rock Creek, in the shadow of the Livingstone Range in southwestern Alberta. For more than three decades, he has led educationally-focused hiking tours throughout the Canadian Rockies, along the Pacific coastline and across the storied mountains of Alberta, British Columbia, Montana, Oregon and Washington. David has also led whitewater rafting trips down Idaho's celebrated Salmon River (the "River of No Return"), and the Colorado River (through Grand Canyon). During this same time, he has managed public interpretive programming at the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre, Writing-On-Stone National Historic Site and two World Heritage Sites (Dinosaur Provincial Park and Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump). Today, David's work-and-play environment revolves around the enjoyment and protection of heritage landscapes.


Phil Nykyforuk, Vice Chair

Phil is a partner in the Advocacy Department of the law firm Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP in Calgary. He has practiced law for 20 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.


James Early, Director, Engagement Committee Member

James is a lawyer in Calgary, Alberta and has practiced law since 2006. As a civil litigator, his areas of interest are environmental, insurance, employment, products liability, directors and officers liability, professional liability and corporate/commercial matters. James participates in pro-bono work, assisting a number of charities and non-profit organizations in various legal matters. James’ volunteer work includes being the past-Chair of the Friends of Kananaskis Country and involvement with the Calgary Folk Music Festival. His hobbies include soccer, traveling, hiking, photography, yoga, and reading non-fiction papers and other works related to environmental issues. James is also an avid Tweeter and blogger both in relation to travel and general environmental matters (@a_b_world) (, and in relation to environmental legal matters (@YYCeLaw) ( He lives in Calgary with his wife, Sylvia, and their dog, Maple.


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.


Dave Delawski, Director, Conservation and Engagement Committees Member

David is a Civil Structural Architectural Technologist by day and an activist for the natural landscape and it’s inhabitants by evening. He has been involved with CPAWS (north and south chapters ) for more than 11 years. He volunteers at outreach events and now as a member of the Conservation Committee. He enjoys meeting people and discussing ongoing environmental issues facing Alberta. David believes in continuous learning and has certificates in Project Management and Environmental Management. He took Environmental Management at the University of Calgary in 2013 to better understand environmental issues. David is an avid traveler in Southern AB and our local National Parks. Living beside the Elbow River, he enjoys walking the area trails.  David believes in the words of Mahatma Gandhi  “Be the change you want to see in the world”. 


Liv Vors, Director

Liv is a wildlife biologist who attributes her love of nature to growing up in northeastern Saskatchewn where lakes and forest were readily accessible. She spent time studying caribou in northern Ontario, Baffin Island and the Northwest Territories, but now makes Edmonton her home. She holds a Master's degree from Trent University and a PhD from the University of Alberta. Her research interests include climate-body condition interactions in large mammals and range disturbance issues for caribou. Her hobbies include camping, fishing, playing the bass, reading and cooking. Liv has been involved with CPAWS since 2008 and is passionate about conserving Canada's wild spaces.


Duncan Taylor, Director, Chair of Engagement Committee

Duncan is originally from Edmonton and currently practices law in Calgary. After receiving his Juris Doctor and Masters of Public Administration from Dalhousie University in Halifax, he returned to Alberta to practice in 2012. He has a passion for Canada's wild places, developed through many years working and playing in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta and British Columbia. 


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.