Alison is CPAWS' National Director, Parks Program. She has more than two decades of experience in the conservation field, including eight years as CPAWS’ National Manager of the Protected Areas Program, and Northern Conservation Specialist. She coordinated CPAWS’ nation-wide campaign to protect the South Nahanni Watershed, and contributed to many other national park and northern campaigns.
Alison holds a BSc in Forestry from the University of New Brunswick, and a Masters in Geography from the University of Waterloo, specializing in parks and protected areas and community-based tourism planning. Alison is also an active volunteer with the local environmental group, ACRE, in her home community of Chelsea, QC where she lives with her husband and two teenage daughters.
Eric has been CPAWS’ National Executive Director since April 2009. He was previously Executive 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 a Certified Lay Worship Leader for the United Church. 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 is CPAWS' National Forest Program Director, and 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.
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.
Victoria Franken is originally from Peterborough, but moved to Ottawa to pursue her studies at Algonquin College in the Advertising and Marketing Communications Management program. Now, in her final year of her program, she came to CPAWS to complete a six-week internship in the marketing and communications field.
Eden Osmar is currently a public relations student at Algonquin College in Ottawa. She grew up in northern Ontario, where she spent most of her time camping, learning from a young age to appreciate the outdoors. Eden began volunteering for CPAWS for the Dr. Sylvia Earle lecture, and continues to be a communications volunteer.
Ellen has been CPAWS' Director of Communications and Marketing since June 2005. Previous to that, she worked for several years as an independent communications consultant assisting groups including CPAWS with strategic communications planning and activities.
Trained as a journalist, she has over 20 years of experience in Ottawa providing communications advice and program management to national organizations and government agencies including the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy, the Canadian Boreal Initiative, the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada and the Canadian Council on Social Development.
Erica earned her B.Sc. in Biology from the University of Victoria. An indigenous northerner, she has worked as a naturalist and heritage interpreter and forestry research technician in coastal BC, but chose to return to the boreal forest in 2003. She has dedicated her time to conservation in the NWT with CPAWS since 2005, and spends as much of her time as possible exploring the wild places near Yellowknife with her young family.
Larry Innes is a partner at Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP. He represents First Nations dealing with major mining, forestry and energy developments, and is involved in several leading First Nation conservation and land use planning initiatives across the North. He divides his time between Yellowknife, NT and Goose Bay, Labrador – and many places in between.
Sabine Jessen is the National Manager of the Oceans and Great Freshwater Lakes Program for the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. She also serves as the Conservation Director for the British Columbia Chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. 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. She has worked on marine conservation issues since 1993, and also conducted research on land use planning in Canada’s Arctic.
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 appointed as an Adjunct Professor in the Resource and Environmental Management Program at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in 2008 and is currently co-supervising a project reviewing previous experience with marine protected areas (MPAs) in Canada’s Arctic. In 2009, Sabine began her PhD studies in the Department of Geography at SFU focused on international comparative experience with MPA and MPA network establishment. Her contribution to coastal zone management in Canada was recognized in 2008 with the H.B. Nicholls award from the Coastal Zone Canada Association, and she was awarded the Stan Rowe Home Place Graduate Award by the Canadian Council on Ecological Areas (CCEA) 2010, and a Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions PhD fellowship in 2011.
Sabine is currently on leave until December 2012.
Mary Jane Wood
Mary Jane joined CPAWS Wildlands League in November 2013 and brings her expertise in fundraising to what she considers a truly important cause. She became committed to conservation while working at Royal Botanical Gardens, and has also raised money for arts and international development organizations, but she feels helping to preserve Canada’s boreal forest and thus mitigate the impact of climate change will be her most important legacy.
Justine is a recent graduate of a Master in Environmental Studies (Planning) degree from York University, specializing in wildlife conservation. She holds a BAH in Geography and Environmental Science from Queen’s University. She has worked in a variety of locations, including Nunavut, where she says that while gazing at a polar bear across the snowy tundra, she knew immediately that her calling in life was to help protect Canada’s vast landscapes. Justine enjoys hiking through Canada’s beautiful parks, travelling to countries far and wide, learning new languages, and spreading the word about species at risk.
Martha is a pine marten (also known as an American Marten - Martes Americana). Martha lives in the Boreal forest and has made her home in the hollow of an old tree. She has three kits and recently agreed to join CPAWS in order to share her story with people who are doing all they can to protect her home. She recently moved from an intact pine forest that was more than 100 years old after her neighbourhood and home were harvested for timber. This was a problem for her as she is vulnerable to predators in open areas. She is settling into a new part of the forest and hopes that her new home will stay intact so that her kits can grow up strong and healthy, and that future generations of her family won’t be forced to find new places to live. Martha recently sent a letter to a large group of people to see if they would help CPAWS protect her forest.
Marie-Eve Marchand is from Quebec. She moved to Boulder in 2009 to join the Wild Foundation, and has recently returned to the Canadian Rockies. She has a business degree, a Masters in Environmental Sciences and has extensive experience with non-profit management such as budgeting, fundraising, staff recruitment and development, board liaison and communication. As a former Executive Director of the CPAWS Quebec chapter she helped develop the idea of Wilderness in French “Nature sauvage” and played a key in role in the Quebec government’s commitment to protect at least half of Northern Quebec. She also received the Golden Leaf Award from the Canadian Council on ecological Integrity for the work she led to protect the Dumoine watershed. She is a member of the World Commission on Protected Areas (IUCN-WPCA). She is currently working in a campaign to bring the plains bison back to Banff National Park in Canada as well as working on the Nature Needs Half program with WILD.
Andrew has significant experience in Canada and internationally, and has worked on a diverse range of environmental projects including carbon cycling in Canadian peatlands, mangrove forest conservation in Panama, environmental management for the Canadian mining industry, corporate sustainability consulting, and marine parks science/monitoring in Australia. Andrew has a Ph.D. in Biological Science from the University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia), a MA.Sc. in Environmental Studies from the University of Toronto, and a BA (Honours) in Environment and Development from McGill University. He is a dedicated field naturalist, spending most of his free time bird watching, hiking, scuba diving, and looking for wildlife in their natural environment. Andrew is passionate about travel in Canada and around the world, and has searched for wildlife in 16 countries. He boasts sightings of nearly 3000 vertebrate species in their natural environment, including approximately 17% of the world’s bird species. Andrew lives with his wife in Ottawa.
Holly first joined CPAWS in September 2010 as the National Public Relations Coordinator replacing Jill Sturdy for her leave. Holly's responsibilities include media relations, public relations, marketing, and chapter support and coordination. Previous to CPAWS, Holly's experience includes promotions, media relations for not-for-profits, and Traffic Coordination for Teletoon Canada.
Holly has an Honours Degree in Communications and a Diploma in Creative Advertising. She loves Ottawa and enjoys the outdoor. She is a member of an all women's dragon boat racing team and enjoys running in her spare time.
Emily Smith returns to CPAWS after two years in the Yukon wilds. From 2006 to 2009 she worked as National Chapter and Board Relations Manager for CPAWS and is happy to be returning to her CPAWS family to cover Ashley Windsor’s sabbatical. Passionate about Canada’s wilderness, Emily moved to the Yukon to be closer to the wilderness she fell in love with on remote horsepacking expeditions in the Muskwa Kechika region of Northern BC. In the Yukon, Emily enjoyed teaching the amazing and inspiring students at Yukon College while managing the Wilderness Tourism Association of the Yukon part-time. She stayed involved with CPAWS, volunteering as the Secretary-Treasurer on the CPAWS-Yukon Board from 2010-2011. Emily enjoys paddling, hiking, horseback riding and snowshoeing in Canada’s wild spaces with her partner and two dogs.
Oliver Kent has been a trustee of CPAWS since 2006, and was national Treasurer until being elected as President in 2009. He was previously Treasurer of the Ottawa Valley chapter. Oliver spent most of his 35-year professional career as a partner in the management consulting practice of Price Waterhouse, which became part of PricewaterhouseCoopers and was later acquired by IBM. He provided advice to federal, provincial and municipal governments and Crown corporations across Canada on business, operational and technology strategy; program management; and the implementation of change. He also had local and national leadership responsibilities for consulting in the public sector. When he retired from IBM in 2008, Oliver returned to graduate school and earned an MA in Economics focusing on resource and environmental economics. He also has a BA in Economics, an MBA, and is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC). Oliver has been an outdoor enthusiast for five decades. He has enjoyed canoeing, backpacking, cycling, cross-country skiing, and running in every province and territory of Canada. He spent Christmas of 2008 climbing Mount Kilimanjaro with his daughter. His wife, Martine Jaworski, is a paediatrician focusing on learning and behavioural issues. Together, they have three adult children.