Our Staff and Board of Directors

 

Calgary Wildlife relies on a synergy between our volunteer board of directors, who govern the organization, and our paid staff who are on the front line, carrying out Calgary Wildlife’s mandate through our programs and services. We are grateful to everyone on our team for their dedication, expertise, and collaborative spirit.

Employment Opportunities

 

A career in wildlife rehabilitation is challenging, emotionally & financially, but is also rewarding. We are not currently hiring; please check back for job opportunities.

Our Staff

Andrea Hunt, BA – Executive Director

 

As Executive Director, Andrea fills many roles including running the business side of CWRS, overseeing the education program, coordinating volunteers, and liaising with media and the community. Andrea started at CWRS as an animal care and pickup volunteer. She transitioned from this to a position as Business Administrator, which allows her to have in depth knowledge of the many streams of this organization. Andrea brings an eclectic skill set to her role as executive director having worked with child protective services, managing a software development and media company, and maintaining a successful independent music career. Andrea brings enthusiasm, a love of animals as well as an extremely varied skill set including experience with marketing, grant-writing, business administration & communication skills to her work at CWRS.

To contact Andrea please email her at andreahunt@calgarywildlife.org

Melanie Whalen – Director of Animal Care

 

Melanie has a diverse career that includes wildlife research, rehabilitation and husbandry that spans over 20 years. Melanie has worked as a wildlife technician doing field research and wildlife rescue for both the Ontario and Newfoundland provincial governments. She has worked on a variety of projects from Rabies ,Chronic Wasting Disease research to nest ecology studies to moose and wolf studies in Algonquin Park. Melanie has worked with the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative where she contributed to co-ordinating the first province wide white-nose syndrome surveillance program nationally. Melanie has worked with a variety of species from bats to musk ox in wild and captive settings. She is an advocate for wildlife conservation and in her spare time enjoys nature photography and painting.

To contact Melaine please email her at melaniewhalen@calgarywildlife.org

Britany Borodenko – Assistant Manager

 

Britany joined the CWRS team in the summer of 2013 and has been an invaluable member of the team ever since. A recent graduate of the University of Calgary’s Bachelor of Science program, Britany is a biologist in training (BIT) with the Alberta Society of Professional Biologists and aspires to become a working wildlife biologist. She has a passion for fitness and photography and is CWRS’ resident “bird nerd”. Britany is currently on leave.

To contact Britany please email britanydowney@calgarywildlife.org

Emily Brennan – Wildlife Technician

 

Emily joined the CWRS team 5 years ago as a volunteer but has been working for the centre for the past 3 years. She is our resident skunk enthusiast and looks forward to baby skunk season all year!

Lottie Taylor – RVT

 

Lottie was born and raised in Aldworth, England, but moved to Cochrane, Alberta with her family when she was 10. On her family’s acreage north-west of Cochrane, she grew up with Flat-Coated Retrievers, chickens, and sheep. She spent weekends and summers working as a technician assistant at a small animal clinic in Cochrane, which reinforced her desire of working in the veterinary field. Lottie has a keen interest in wildlife, ecology, and conservation, and works full-time at a small animal veterinary clinic; birds are her all -time favourite patients. Currently, she shares her house with Bow, a Flat-Coated Retriever; Mac, a German Short Haired Pointer puppy; and Red Rock, Barred Rock, and New Hampshire Red chickens.

Photo Credit:  Evan Buchanan

Brooke Whitmarsh – Junior Wildlife Technician

 

Brooke is a Biological Sciences student at the University of Calgary. Outside of school and the clinic, she rides, trains and shows reining horses throughout Canada and the United States. She has been with Calgary Wildlife since September 2018 and is really excited to be a part of a team where giving back to the community and learning is such a huge focus! Brooke takes a special interest in orphaned infant rehabilitation (especially for mammalian species) and can’t wait for another baby season.

Tobyn – Junior Wildlife Technician

 

Tobyn started volunteering with CWRS in 2016 and, after a brief hiatus, started as a tech in 2018. She is currently finishing a zoology degree at the UofC and finds both this job and her classes quite applicable to each other. Tobyn has a great passion and love for all living beings so, when not feeding baby corvids at work or asking too many questions in class, she can be found birding, x-country skiing, or engaging in social and political activism

Armaan Bhatia – Junior Wildlife Technician

 

Born and raised in Kenya, the time spent in Africa’s game reserves sparked Armaan’s love for wildlife. Having previously interned at a veterinary clinic and volunteered with both CWRS, as an animal care volunteer, and a local animal shelter, as part of their medical team, he joined the CWRS staff in May 2018. Fuelled by his passion for conservation and ecology, he is now pursuing a degree in biological science at the University of Calgary, hoping to be able to help animals in need for many years to come!

Jacson Gillrie – Junior Wildlife Technician

 

Jac is currently in his second year at U of C for a degree in biological sciences with hopes to specialize into Zoology. He has been working here since September 2018 and has developed a love for all wildlife however he is most passionate about pigeons. Jac’s interest in wildlife started off at a young age and has continued to grow deeper and deeper as he got older.

Teresa Calla – RVT

 

Teresa is originally from Ontario and has always had a passion for animals and wildlife. I have been a veterinary technician for 14 years and have worked with all sorts of pets. Working with wildlife is very rewarding and I am always learning new things. If I am not working I am usually spending time with my dog or travelling.

Tiffany Millan – RVT

 

Tiffany graduated the AHT program at Olds College in 2015. Since graduating she has worked with both small animals and wildlife. Tiffany has a tortoise (Elliott) and a cat (Kash) who mean the world to her. In her spare time she enjoys yoga and going to the movies.

Vince Capuano – Wildlife Technician

 

Vince grew up in the mountains of British Columbia, before moving to Lethbridge for school. While enrolled at the Lethbridge College, he acquired his Diploma in Renewable Resource Management, followed by his Bachelor’s of Applied Science in Ecosystem Management where he specialized in Fish and Wildlife Biology. Vince is passionate about wildlife and conservation, and can often be found hiking or snowboarding in the mountains on his days off. As one of the newest members of the CWRS team, Vince is eager to utilize his past experience of working with birds of prey and other grassland species.

Our Board of Directors

Elizabeth Huang – Treasurer

 

Elizabeth grew up in Calgary and graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor’s of Commerce. She then pursued her Masters of Professional Accounting at the University of Saskatchewan and became a designated Chartered Accountant. She has held various positions with companies in Calgary with a focus on financial reporting, budgeting and forecasting, internal controls and process improvement. She has also held the role of Treasurer with a non-profit organization that focused on providing health care to a small community in India. When away from the office, Elizabeth enjoys travelling, spending time with her friends and family, and enjoying the outdoors with her two dogs.

Andrew Pozzobon – Secretary

 

Andrew is currently a lawyer with a large national law firm. His practice includes a range of civil litigation matters including employment law, director and officer liability, and contract disputes. In the community, he is involved in a number of volunteer programs that provide legal services. Additionally, he has been involved with a number of animal rescue organizations in Calgary, Ottawa and Toronto. Andrew is committed to animal welfare and ensuring that all animals are treated with compassion and respect.

Rachel Wade – President

 

Rachel is a born and raised Calgarian with a passion for animals and community which inspired her to get involved as an animal care and pickup volunteer at CWRS in 2015. After getting to know the organization Rachel was elected as Director of Communications on CWRS’ board where she was able to put both her professional experience and her Masters in Professional Communications to use in service of CWRS’ goals. In May 2017 she continued her journey with CWRS as the President of the Board. Rachel is also the Director, Equity for Diversity Markets at ATB Financial where she is focused on creating greater financial equity for the under-heard and under-banked.

To contact Rachel about sponsorship or board opportunities please email her at rachelwade@calgarywildlife.org.

Camie Leard – Director of Communications

 

Camie is a professional communicator, artist, musician and animal lover. Currently serving as VP of Marketing Communications for the Calgary branch of an international non-profit, Camie brings 20 years of communications and leadership experience to the board. When she’s not at work, Camie paints (mostly in acrylic) and gigs with the Camie Leard Band at local music venues. You’ll also find her hanging out with her pets: Pooshie (cat) and The Jooge (dog). Camie was drawn to Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society’s potential to inspire human compassion for our animal neighbours.

Jaryd Zinkewich – Director of Governance

 

Jaryd recently, moved to Calgary from Denmark after completing his Masters in Disaster Management at the University of Copenhagen. Jaryd’s respect for wildlife accelerated during his four years of tree planting in University. His crews lived primarily in the bush in Northern Alberta for four months at a time. Because of their isolated camps, interactions with both small and large wild animals occurred on almost a daily basis. This coexistence fostered both an appreciation and respect for wildlife.

Jaryd’s past work experience focuses on using data to inform and support operations, strategy and process refinement. Jaryd’s work history positions him well as the Director of governance with CWRS.

Shayenne Selleck – Director of Fundraising

 

Shayenne is a professional fundraiser, communicator and designer, with nearly a decade of experience working in non-profit development. Shayenne brings to the board a diverse educational background in math, public relations and visual design that allows her to integrate storytelling, data analysis and relationship building into a successful fundraising practice. Born in Germany, raised in Edmonton and now living in Calgary, she is a lover of travel, music, books, food and, of course, animals (especially her two cats). Shayenne is inspired by connecting people to the causes they care about and building a culture of philanthropy in the Calgary community and beyond.

Karen Carlson – Director of Human Resources

 

With a Bachelor of Commerce and Masters in Communications, Karen’s career in HR and communications has taken her from consulting in Saskatoon to healthcare in Calgary, with stops in management at the Town of Banff, and senior leadership in the energy sector too.  She has experience volunteering on boards, including professional associations (Human Resources Institute of Alberta and Saskatchewan) and also the Bow Valley SPCA. In 15 years of mountain adventuring in the Bow Valley her wildlife encounters include wolves and wolverines on ski and hiking trails.  Before recently moving to Calgary, moose sightings were highlights of her daily commute to Calgary. Karen’s passion for animals extends from her pets to the wildlife we share our urban spaces with, and is keen to contribute to draw attention and support to the important work of the CWRS.