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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 Forest Program Director

Florence Daviet, M.A (Environment) - Florence has worked on forest-related issues since 2006. She is a leading expert on Canadian and US forest carbon policy and has 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. For the past 5 years, Florence has managed a project working with 9 NGO partners in Brazil, Indonesia, and Cameroon on designing and implementing programs aimed at reducing deforestation and forest degradation and improving forest governance in each country. Since 2007, Florence has provided NGO coalitions working on forestry issues in the international and US climate negotiations strategic and technical support.

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.

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.

Alison Woodley
National Director, Parks Program

Alison is National Director of CPAWS’ Parks Program. She has more than three decades of experience working on parks 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 of 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
Marketing Manager, National

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.


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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.

Aran O'Carroll, LLB
National Manager, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs
(Currently on leave)

Aran was formerly a staff lawyer and the director of forest monitoring for Ecojustice, Canada’s foremost public-interest environmental law firm. Aran is a former director of both the University of Victoria Environmental Law Centre and the University of New Brunswick’s Environmental Law Society.

Aran is also a founding director of the forest monitoring organization, Global Forest Watch Canada. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Aran worked for many years as a whitewater paddling guide, instructor and trip leader.

As part of CPAWS commitment to the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA), Aran is currently on long term leave to the CBFA secretariat. Aran can be reached at the secretariat offices in Ottawa - (613) 235-2274 x 303 or

Chris Miller
National Conservation Biologist

Chris is the National Conservation Biologist for CPAWS.  He works to create networks of protected areas across the country, including the protection of critical habitat for boreal woodland caribou.  Chris is actively involved in the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement, working at both the national level to ensure the delivery of high-quality science products, as well as at the regional level directly with negotiations for new protected areas.  Chris has a Ph.D. in ecology from the University of Waterloo and a B.Sc. in biology and earth sciences from Dalhousie University.  He is also responsible for running the CPAWS conservation programs in Nova Scotia, including the successful campaigns to protect Birch Cove Lakes and Chignecto, as well as serving as the lead negotiator for CPAWS in the Colin Stewart Forest Forum. Chris is a Director for Global Forest Watch Canada and a long-time scientific advisor for the Nova Scotia Nature Trust.  He enjoys nothing more than exploring Canada’s amazing wilderness.

Tina Singh
Accounts clerk

<On maternity leave> 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.

Jill Sturdy
National Conservation Coordinator

Jill has been working to protect wilderness and wildlife for more than a decade. Jill holds a BSc in Environmental and Conservation Sciences, with a major in Conservation Biology from the University of Alberta. She first became involved with CPAWS as a volunteer in university, and in 2001, joined the staff at CPAWS-Northern Alberta. Originally from Edmonton, Jill moved to Ottawa in 2005 to work at the CPAWS National Office. She became actively engaged in nation-wide campaigns, including CPAWS campaign to protect the South Nahanni watershed in an expanded national park reserve, and even had the incredible opportunity to paddle the mighty Nahanni! As the National Conservation Coordinator, Jill works closely with the CPAWS chapters across the county to protect Canada's wilderness and wildlife, including protecting Canada's Boreal Forest and woodland caribou.

A Lorax at heart, Jill is dedicated to protecting all things wild. Now, as a new mom, she hopes to instill the wonder of nature in her young son. Jill lives south of Ottawa with her son and partner.

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.