Board and Committees

The People behind the Partnership

All partners have a role in planning and monitoring implementation of NAWMP in Alberta.

The Alberta NAWMP Partnership is governed by a Board of Directors, led by a Management Committee and guided by three sub-committees; Science, Policy and Communications. The Board and Management Committee are tasked with coordinating the Partnership and advancing its goals and objectives, as well as assigning tasks to the Policy, Science and Communications Sub-committees. In turn, the work of these sub-committees has greatly advanced NAWMP’s identity, credibility and opportunities in Alberta.

Ducks Unlimited Canada administers NAWMP in Alberta and provides a dedicated staff member to coordinate the Partnership’s efforts. The Alberta NAWMP Coordinator reports to the Partnership’s Board of Directors, sits as an ex-officio member on the Management and sub-committees, is responsible for implementation of Alberta NAWMP activities and manages of the associated budget.

Board of Directors

The Partnership’s Board of Directors provide strategic direction, set policy and approve budgets, work plans, programs and habitat projects for all NAWMP activities in Alberta. Meet our Board of Directors:

  • Len Kryzanowski, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Chris Spytz, Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development
  • Ron Bjorge, Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (Chair)
  • Fiona Briody, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Terry Dash, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Perry McCormick, Ducks Unlimited Canada
  • Ron Bennett, Environment Canada-Canadian Wildlife Service
  • Per Andersen, Nature Conservancy of Canada

Management Committee

This committee oversees the day-to-day operations of Alberta NAWMP. The Management Committee includes:

  • Dale Chrapko, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Tom Slater, Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development
  • Jason Caswell, Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development
  • Darren Bruhjell, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Barry Bishop, Ducks Unlimited Canada
  • Alain Richard, Ducks Unlimited Canada-Boreal
  • Ron Bennett, Environment Canada-Canadian Wildlife Service
  • Per Andersen, Nature Conservancy of Canada

Alberta NAWMP Sub-committees were established to provide the Management Committee and Board of Directors with strategic direction in three key operational areas; policy, science and communications.

Policy Sub-Committee

This sub-committee provides advice to the Management Committee and Board of Directors on government policies, programs and legislation affecting Alberta NAWMP delivery programs and provides Alberta NAWMP perspectives in multi-stakeholder policy consultations and initiatives. The Policy Committee includes:

  • Jason Cathcart, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Thorsten Hebben, Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development
  • James Benkie, Alberta Financial Services Corporation
  • Gerry Haekel, Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (Chair)
  • Lisa Matthias, Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development
  • Holly Mayer, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Tracy Scott, Ducks Unlimited Canada
  • Per Andersen, Nature Conservancy of Canada
  • Ron Bennett, Environment Canada-Canadian Wildlife Service

Science Sub-Committee

This committee reviews research proposals for funding by the Alberta NAWMP Science Fund and recommends research priorities to the Management Committee. The Science Sub-Committee includes:

  • Per Andersen (Chair), Nature Conservancy of Canada
  • Colleen Phelan, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Rob Stavne, Alberta Conservation Association
  • Jocelyn Hudon, Alberta Culture and Community Spirit
  • Richard Casey, Alberta Environment
  • Gordon Court, Alberta Sustainable Resource Development
  • Dave Prescott, Alberta Sustainable Resource Development
  • Mark Wonneck, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Glenn Mack, Ducks Unlimited Canada – Boreal Program
  • Brenda Dale, Environment Canada – Canadian Wildlife Service
  • Cindy Paszkowski, University of Alberta

Communications Sub-Committee

This committee supports the Alberta NAWMP Partnership vision through strategic communications planning and implementation. The Communications Sub-Committee includes:

  • Roger Bryan, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Cory Habulin, Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (Chair)
  • Wayne Crosby, Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development
  • Brenda Eeglon, Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development
  • Heather Holmen, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Jill Mooney, Ducks Unlimited Canada
  • Jaimee Dupont, Nature Conservancy of Canada
  • Suzanne Vuch, Environment Canada
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The collective effort of all NAWMP partners can achieve more than the individual agencies acting alone.

Robert Harrison, Acting Director
Environmental Strategies Branch
Alberta Environment