Jaclyn (she/her) joined the CPAWS SAB team in June 2015 and is an Environmental Educator with over 10 years of experience leading science and environmental education programs. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Business minor from the University of Alberta and Master of Education from the University of Calgary. Her interdisciplinary Master of Education included studies in Education for the Environment and Poo’miikapii: Niitsitapii Approaches to Wellness. Jaclyn is passionate about social and environmental justice and is working with the CPAWS team to break down systemic barriers to outdoor recreation and environmentalism. Jaclyn grew up on an acreage outside of Strathmore where she explored nature, played with her dogs and cats, and helped grow garden and greenhouse crops. In her spare time Jaclyn can be found cooking, baking, gardening, and exploring nature with her husband.
Finance and Operations Director
Conservation Science & Programs Manager
Vanessa (she/her) is certified as an Apprentice Interpretive Hiking Guide with the Interpretive Guides Association (IGA). Childhood trips to the mountains grew into a passion and lead her to complete a Bachelor of Health and Physical Education in Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership at Mount Royal University. At CPAWS, Vanessa shares her love of nature and the outdoors with others.
Interpretation and Experience Manager
Quite simply, Sheri (she/her) believes that all humans are better humans when they are encouraged to learn, explore and play outdoors. For more than 15 years, Sheri has dreamed, delivered and inspired a vast spectrum of environmental education programming on behalf of national parks, provincial municipalities, county school boards and her very own ecoliteracy outreach venture, In Their Nature. Possessing an honour’s degree in Canadian Studies from the University of Guelph, she is an accredited Professional Interpretive and Hiking Guide renowned for her infectious enthusiasm and wide-eyed love of nature. At her best and brightest when outdoor adventure and travel adorn her ‘someday soon’ calendar, Sheri joined CPAWS Southern Alberta in October 2018 with her heart set on a tango with Canada’s one and only West Coast Trail—so, stay tuned, as the universe has now been ‘officially’ informed…
Outreach Coordinator & Interpretive Guide
Lisa moved to Canada from the United Kingdom in 2009 where she continued her strong love for outdoor adventure and conservation. For the past 10 years Lisa has been with Search and Rescue. As a team leader, she leads weekly trail patrols and has been on the Board of Directors. Lisa is certified as a Professional Coach and Interpretive Specialist Hiking Guide. In a previous life in law enforcement Lisa achieved a provincial leadership award and now enjoys passing on leadership skills in a wilderness setting. Lisa’s passion for outdoor pursuits includes hiking, backpacking and mountain biking, but her greatest passion is inspiring people to love and protect our beautiful and magical rocky mountain parks by creating positive and life-changing experiences for all that attend.
FUND DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR
Environmental Educator - Southwest Alberta
Sabrina is passionate about helping youth and adults get outside and connect with their local landscape. She considers herself very lucky to have been able to build a career doing exactly that. Sabrina has a Bachelor of Applied Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership and holds certifications with the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides, the Interpretive Guides Association, Outdoor Council of Canada, Canadian Avalanche Association and Paddle Canada. Born and raised in Alberta, she is currently based out of the Crowsnest Pass where you can generally find her skiing, hiking, whitewater canoeing, or experimenting with new recipes.
Indigenous Event Consultant
Justin has been working as a conservation educator and wilderness guide for over 10 years, hiking and climbing throughout western Canada. He has a Diploma in Biological Sciences and is currently pursuing a Degree in Psychology. A professional Hiking Guide with the ACMG and the IGA, Justin spends his spare time volunteering with Search and Rescue – where he is a Team Leader and Training Instructor. With his unique Métis perspective, Justin feels blessed to share his indigenous teachings and passion for the environment on CPAWS hiking programs.
Board of Directors
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.
Nigel is an emeritus professor of law, having retired from the University of Calgary in 2021. Nigel spent much of his career working in the areas of energy and natural resources law, as well as international environmental law. He posts regularly on these issues on the University of Calgary's Faculty of Law blog. Nigel enjoys spending time in the mountains, cross country skiing, hiking and backpacking, and is passionate about maintaining the natural spaces of southern Alberta for the benefit of future generations. He is proud to have raised, with his wife Jane, two young adults with a love of the outdoors.
Lana is a finance and strategic planning professional with over 10 years of experience, primarily in the agriculture sector. Her expertise includes strategy formation, forecasting, and financial analysis. She holds a CPA designation and an MBA from Queen’s University. Lana grew up biking and hiking on the protected land near her family farm in rural Manitoba. These days, you can find her taking advantage of Alberta’s beautiful landscapes – skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer. Lana looks forward to taking an active role on the board, as she feels that preserving our beautiful land for future generations is of the utmost importance.
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 help 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.