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.

Our Staff

Bree Jones – Executive Director

 

Bree is joins Calgary Wildlife from Solstice Environmental Management (SEM) where she worked as an Environmental Scientist. Prior to SEM she worked as a Development Manager with Ducks Unlimited Canada focusing her efforts on fund development and before that she worked at the Calgary Zoo as an Endangered Species Researcher which included work with Northern Leopard Frog and the Swift Fox wildlife species.

Bree has extensive wildlife research and conservation experience with a sophisticated understanding of the role of conservation organizations. She has a proven track record of fund development and stakeholder engagement.

To contact Bree please email her at admin@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

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

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.

Kyla Rae – Wildlife Technician

 

Kyla comes to CWRS with a diverse background in rehabilitation and animal care. Her background started in human rehabilitation working with an active population and incorporating animals into her work. The importance of animals in her life lead her back to school and into a career change. The experience she had in human rehabilitation helped her develop ways to use that knowledge to help animals. Her experience in animal care encompasses domestic, wildlife, and captive populations. She endeavours to treat each animal as an individual and assess and care for them to the best of her ability. She recognizes that every animal provides a valuable tool to help educate people and to facilitate a connection to the wild world; a connection that could help change how people see and interact with that world.

Jessie Benson- Wildlife Technician

 

Growing up in rural Saskatchewan, Jessie was exposed to all kinds of animals, large and small, from a young age. Because of this, she always knew that she wanted a career working with and caring for animals. To pursue this goal, she moved to Calgary in 2015 and enrolled in the University of Calgary’s Zoology program, from which she has recently graduated. While working in the field of wildlife rehab for a summer, Jessie fell in love with the hands on, fast paced, day to day life that comes with the job and narrowed her career scope to becoming a certified wildlife rehabilitator. She is eager to learn all that she can about wildlife rehabilitation and conservation in Alberta.

Breanne Marois – Wildlife Technician

 

Breanne is a Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator with a passion for animal welfare and conservation. After completing her Bachelor of Science, she worked as a junior biologist performing habitat assessments, nest surveys, fish salvages, and water quality monitoring. She is a current Biologist in Training with the Alberta Society of Professional Biologists. First exposed to the field of wildlife rehabilitation as an intern in 2016, she immediately fell in love with the fast paced environment, and helping wildlife in need. She aspires to be a veterinarian specializing in wildlife and conservation medicine, and to continue to work in the field of rehabilitation in that capacity. She loves to learn, and in her spare time, she can often be found reading, or hiking in Alberta’s natural areas.

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.

Alycia Smith – Director of Communications

 

Alycia recently moved to Calgary from Victoria on the west coast of Canada. She brings a wealth of experience from various marketing communications roles. Alycia is inspire by telling unique and engaging stories that educate listeners and inspire them to take action.  Alycia’s passion for wildlife started at a young age, growing up in camping, hiking and learning to live alongside wildlife and the important role they play in our eco-system.

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 Calgary Wildlife in 2015. After getting to know the organization Rachel was elected as Director of Communications on Calgary Wildlife’s board where she was able to put both her professional experience and her Masters in Professional Communications to use in service of Calgary Wildlife’s goals. In May 2017 she continued her journey with Calgary Wildlife as the President of the Board. Rachel is also the Manager, Global Diversity & Inclusion, Culture & Engagement at Parkland Fuel.  In 2019 Rachel won Top 40 under 40 in Calgary in part due to her work securing sustainable funding for Calgary Wildlife.

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

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.

Robin Biagioni – Director of Human Resources

 

Robin is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) with a passion for Science, Education and the outdoors. Robin’s professional background includes over ten years working in not for profits in the areas of business planning, human resources, volunteer engagement, community relations and health and safety.

Robin’s interest in wildlife and ecosystems stems from her educational background in Biology and her love of hiking, camping and biking. She is keen to support Calgary Wildlife because it is a local cause with a global impact, inspiring Calgarians to care for wildlife and wild spaces. Robin’s favorite activities are cuddling her cats and guinea pig and spending time outdoors with her partner and two kids.

Harvey Steblyk – Secretary

 

Born and raised in Edmonton, Harvey has been practicing law since he moved to Calgary over 20 years ago. He is well versed in the areas of corporate and board governance, compliance, regulatory law, and risk management.

Harvey has served on several committees of the Law Society of Alberta. He is also the Past Chair of the Legal Committee of the Canadian Electricity Association. His involvement with these organizations, coupled with his professional experience, has provided him with a strong appreciation and understanding of best practices in the areas of governance and risk mitigation.

Harvey’s love of animals and his personal commitment to public service has led him to become the Board Secretary with Calgary Wildlife where he is relied upon to support the effectiveness and good governance of the Board.