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Éric Hébert-Daly
National Executive Director

Éric has been CPAWS’ National Executive Director since April 2009. He was previously National Director and Chief Financial Officer for one of Canada’s major political parties. Éric is fluently bilingual, a graduate of Concordia University’s School of Community and Public Affairs, and is a candidate for ordained ministry in the United Church of Canada. He has worked with municipal, regional and national groups across Canada and has focussed his attention on social justice, ecological and human rights issues throughout his career. Éric is an avid cyclist and hiker and has travelled extensively throughout Canada, with a particular interest in remote and northern regions from Labrador to Inuvik. He enjoys canoeing, cross-country skiing and camping, as well as his home life shared with his partner on the north edge of Gatineau Park near Ottawa.


Florence Daviet,
National Director, Forest Progam

Florence has been the National Director of the CPAWS Forest Program since 2014. Her projects at CPAWS focus on the species at risk act, climate change policy, and forest management standards.  She has a Masters from John Hopkins School of Advanced International Relations focused on international environmental issues, and has been working on international and national forest and climate policy questions since 2006. Before joining CPAWS Florence produced key inputs for the Western Climate Initiative, the California Climate Action Registry, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and the Canadian government on forest carbon programs. Florence also managed a project working with 9 NGO partners in Brazil, Indonesia, and Cameroon where she worked with them in designing and implementing programs aimed at reducing deforestation and forest degradation, improving forest governance, and indigenous people’s rights in each country.

Sabine Jessen
National Director, Oceans Program

Sabine has been involved with CPAWS since 1991 when she began four years of volunteer work, prior to becoming the first Executive Director of the BC chapter. In addition to her current role as the National Director of the Oceans Program, she is also the Marine Conservation Director for the CPAWS British Columbia Chapter. Sabine brings a deep passion for protecting Canada’s coastal and ocean ecosystems to these roles.

Sabine holds a Masters Degree in Geography from the University of Waterloo, specializing in coastal zone management and environmental regulation. She has served as an Advisor to Fisheries and Oceans Canada, BC Parks, the British Columbia Commission on Resources and Environment, and the Economic Council of Canada. Sabine was an Adjunct Professor in the Resource and Environmental Management Program at Simon Fraser University (SFU) and in 2009, she began her PhD studies in the Department of Geography at SFU focused on ‘political will’ in the establishment of MPAs in Australia, Canada and New Zealand. Her contribution to coastal zone management in Canada was recognized in 2008 with the H.B. Nicholls award from the Coastal Zone Canada Association. She was awarded the Stan Rowe Home Place Graduate Award by the Canadian Council on Ecological Areas (CCEA) 2010, a Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions PhD fellowship in 2011, and an Australian Endeavour Research Fellowship in 2012.

In addition to her love of the ocean, Sabine is an avid photographer and bird watcher, which she combines with her pursuit of outdoor activities including hiking and kayaking in wild places around the world. Sabine is the proud mother of two beautiful daughters.

Alison Ronson
National Director, Parks Program

Alison holds a B.Sc.H. in Environmental Sciences, a J.D., and an M.A. in International Affairs with a focus on Environmental Governance. Before joining CPAWS' national office as the National Director, Parks Program, Alison was the Executive Director of CPAWS' Northern Alberta chapter. Before joining CPAWS Alison was a lawyer in a full-service law firm in Toronto, where she was an associate in both the Business Law Group and Banking, Finance and Insolvency Group. She also has experience working with a variety of science and conservation projects, including the promotion of wetland conservation in Ontario, the genetic study of song birds in Western Canada, the impact of climate change on Arctic soil and plant processes, habitat and population studies on Arctic sea birds, and waste management. Alison has a solid understanding of conservation issues and the ability to bring people together around key issues. She maintains her connection to Canada’s wilderness by visits to Canada’s national and provincial parks, where she enjoys running, canoe tripping, hiking, and cross country skiing.

Speaking Engagements: Alison is available for speaking engagements on parks and protected areas, climate change and protected areas, headwaters issues and headwaters protection, boreal forest conservation, caribou and species at risk, and connecting to nature.

Alison Woodley
National Director, Conservation

Alison is National Director of Conservation. She has more than three decades of experience working on wilderness protection issues, including 14 years with CPAWS.

Her first job after university sparked what has become Alison’s life-long passion for parks. As a nature interpreter in New Brunswick’s Fundy National Park, she quickly recognized the critical role parks play in protecting wildlife and wilderness, and in getting people excited about the wonders of nature. Since then she has pursued a career focused on creating and protecting Canada’s magnificent parks.

Over the past decade, Alison has played leadership roles in many CPAWS campaigns, including the successful effort to massively expand Nahanni National Park Reserve, for which CPAWS earned the Royal Canadian Geographic Society’s Gold Medal, with the Dehcho First Nations and Parks Canada.  She represents CPAWS on Canada’s Species at Risk Advisory Committee, has been an advisor on parks issues to the federal Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development, and sits on the Green Budget Coalition -- a coalition of environment and conservation groups working to “green” the federal budget.

Alison holds a B.Sc. in Forestry from the University of New Brunswick, and a Masters degree in Geography from the University of Waterloo, specializing in parks and protected areas. In her spare time, Alison is happiest out hiking, canoeing and otherwise enjoying nature across Canada and around the world. She lives in Chelsea, Quebec, with her husband and two daughters, and can often be found on the trails of her neighborhood protected area, Gatineau Park.

Karen Turner
National Director, Communications and Development

Karen has been writing and executing a variety of internal and external communications for over 16 years. Her experience covers the full content-creation continuum, from planning, strategy and coordination, to writing, publishing and evaluation. She has worked with leading advertising agencies in Toronto, Ottawa and the US, and has written engaging content for every type of audience, industry and media.

A natural curiosity and love of learning keeps her in tune with evolving trends, technologies and best practices. Her educational resume includes a BA Honours in Psychology/Sociology, a postgraduate certificate in Media Copywriting, and additional studies in social media, SEO, web analytics, graphic design, print production, and learning principles.



Maxwell Brennan
National Marketing Manager

Max joined the CPAWS National team in Spring 2013.

Max brings over 12 years of industry experience to the CPAWS family. He has a diverse marketing background having worked at some of the top creative advertising agencies in eastern Canada. Prior to joining CPAWS, Max spent 5 years managing web design and development projects for one of the biggest digital studios in Ottawa.

Max grew up in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia where he developed a strong affinity for our lakes and freshwater systems. Max lives in Ottawa with his partner and family of three (very active) little girls.

Ursula Dechnik
Donor Database Manager

Ursula joined CPAWS in the summer of 2008. She has a BA in Environmental Science and Chemistry from Poland and a Diploma in Computer Programming from Canada. She has 10 years of experience in fundraising.

Prior to her role at CPAWS, Ursula worked for Nature Canada as their Database Manager and for the Canadian Cancer Society as a Programmer Analyst. She enjoys traveling from coast to coast across our beautiful country with her husband, two children and dog which she takes camping during the summer.

Vicki DiMillo
Donor Relations Manager

Vicki has 12 years of experience fundraising for charities and not-for-profits. She joined CPAWS in 2003 as a part-time membership assistant, and expanded her role in 2005 as the full-time Donor Relations Manager.

Prior to her role at CPAWS, Vicki worked for the Association of Fundraising Professionals as the Administrative Coordinator, and she was employed 10 years as the Development Officer for the Queensway-Carleton Hospital Foundation. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Canadian Marketing Association.

Vicki resides in Ottawa with her husband and three children.

Kailash Dongol
National Finance Manager

Kailash Dongol joined CPAWS team in September 2010 and brings with him more than two decades of experience in accounting and finance. An internationally trained accounting professional, Kailash, who has a master's in accounting from the Tribhuvan University, enjoys meeting new challenges and community based activities.

Prior to joining CPAWS, he worked for charities and non-profit sectors which include Global Campaign for Climate Action, La Siembra Cooperatives, Canadian Red Cross, Micronutrient Initiatives and the CIDA's Project Support Unit in Nepal. For fun, he likes music, volleyball and spending time with family and friends. He resides in Ottawa with his wife and three children.

Tina Singh
Accounts clerk

Tina joined CPAWS in summer 2011 as a volunteer in the Accounts & Finance department. Later in April 2012, she joined the CPAWS team as a full-time Accounts clerk. A well trained auditor with 3 years of working experience, she holds a Master's degree in finance from a renowned University in Nepal. She has volunteered for Canada Africa Community Health Alliance (CACHA) as well. She loves to do painting and cooking in her leisure time.

Emily Smith
Manager, National Fund Development & CBFA Contract Manager

Emily Smith returns to CPAWS after two years in the Yukon wilds where she worked in diverse roles: managing the Wilderness Tourism Association of the Yukon; teaching at Yukon College; Bear Awareness training for industry; and contracting as a project manager for an Aboriginal Women’s group. In her spare time she helped out at a local horse ranch acting as rear guide on day-trail rides and teaching kids at a day horse-camp, and sat as Secretary-Treasurer on the CPAWS Yukon Board. Always open for adventure, Emily spends her vacations exploring the wilderness CPAWS fights to protect – paddling the Dumoine watershed with colleagues; exploring the Muskwa Kechika Management Area on horseback; floating down the Tatshenshini River by raft; or traversing the populated watersheds of the Eastern Woodlands by voyageur canoe.

A long history with CPAWS, Emily first started volunteering with the Ottawa Valley Chapter in event planning and public outreach in 2003 and jumped at the chance to take on an administrative role at the CPAWS national office. She has acted as Executive Assistant, Office Manager, Chapter & Board Relations Manager, and is now splitting her time between finding ways to fund CPAWS’ diverse and critical conservation programs, managing the contracts of the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement, and providing financial and administrative support to the ENGO Caucus of the CBFA.

Jennifer Scott
National Communications Manager 

Jennifer joined CPAWS as the National Communications Manager at the end of 2015.

Jennifer has been working in the communications field for over ten years, predominantly in the not-for-profit sector in the area of medicine and health promotion. She has experience writing a diverse medley of materials for a variety of audiences and developing confident, articulate spokespeople through focused and interactive media training.

She grew up in the Toronto-area but quickly fell in love with Ottawa when she moved to the National Capital Region to pursue a degree in Sociology-Anthropology at Carleton University, where her studies also included a concentration in linguistics. She’s also gone on to complete professional certificates in public sector & non-profit marketing, social media & e-marketing, graphic design, public relations & media communications.

When free time abounds she likes to spend it hiking in the Gatineau hills, climbing in Pontiac, cycling or skating along the Rideau Canal, and checking out the various festivals that roll into town.

Jennifer Ruddy
National Investment and Internal Structures Manager

Jennifer is the National Investment and Internal Structures manager.  She oversees emerging grant opportunities for CPAWS with its current and prospective institutional funders, manages the Foundation for Canadian Parks and Wilderness and the Friends of Canadian Wilderness, the US 501c3 charity benefitting CPAWS.   She began her fundraising development experience volunteering with EcoJustice (then the Sierra Legal Defence Fund) and has been involved with the environmental community, in one way or another,  for over 20 years.   Jen has a diverse background which includes working as an advocate for nature-based learning and play in early childhood education, working with the Child and Nature Alliance of Canada and is a long-standing advisor, former board member of her local forest school, the Chelsea Forest School.  Additionally, Jen has an M.A., (University of British Columbia) in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology, and is a trained chef (Stratford Chef School, 1994-96).  Having grown up in Kingston and spending much of her youth on the water, she is passionate about clean, healthy bodies of water; in particular, the Great Lakes. Jen, her children, and her partner, Aran O’Carroll, live in the forests of Chelsea, Quebec, on the margins of the magnificent but under-protected, Gatineau Park and then escapes, every summer, to Wolfe Island, ON.

Erinn Drage
National Conservation Campaigner and Planner

Erinn joined the CPAWS team as a summer student in 2016 and returned in the spring of 2017 as the National Conservation Campaigner and Planner. She holds an Honours BSc. in Environmental Studies from Queen's University and has been an active contributor to policy and public education about parks and protected areas in Canada. She has a keen interest in arctic and subarctic environments and cultures that has inspired much of her work. Erinn currently holds a leadership position with a project that uses nature and wilderness spaces to build connections between indigenous and non-indigenous youth. Originally from Halifax, NS, she has traveled all over the country hiking, canoeing, and skiing in many of Canada's diverse and beautiful environments.

Dr. Stephen Ban
Ocean Spatial Analysis Manager, National

A west coaster through-and-through, Stephen originally hails from California, but has lived in Vancouver for more than 20 years and now calls Victoria home. He has a B.Sc. in marine biology from McGill, a Technical Diploma in Geographic Information Systems from the British Columbia Institute of Technology, an M.Sc in zoology from UBC, and a Ph.D. in Conservation Biology from James Cook University in Queensland, Australia. His work experience includes stints with the Vancouver Aquarium, Vancouver Museum, BC's Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations, and the private environmental consulting sector, as well as several years as an independent biological consultant. Stephen is keenly interested in the implications of climate change for marine ecosystems, and uses the tools of remote sensing and GIS to analyze complex problems in marine ecology and conservation. In his spare time, he enjoys photography, kayaking, rock-climbing, and tinkering with everything from electronics to automobiles.

As the latest addition to the CPAWS BC marine conservation team, Stephen is excited to be embarking on a new career path, and contributing to marine conservation science and policy in Canada.

Andrée Charlebois
National Executive Assistant

Andrée brings with her significant experience in the arts and non-profit sector, as well as in administrative support. As Executive Assistant, she ensures that the National Office in Ottawa is run in an organized and efficient manner, and is the first point of contact for public enquiries. Andrée is fluently bilingual. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Contemporary Dance from Concordia University, and participates in the arts culture in Ottawa, as an educator and youth leader.