SER-WC Board of Directors 2021-2022

Zachary Moore (Chair) – Pincher Creek, AB

Zachary is a Master’s of Natural Resources Management student at the University of Manitoba. Zachary holds a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Toronto and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Ecosystem Restoration from Niagara College, where he served as the Vice President of their student SER chapter. Through this work, he developed a fascination with the multitude of public, private, and non-profit organizations that exist to further similar environmentally based goals, and how they can be better connected. The SER’s goal of connecting restoration practitioners the world over to share their knowledge has become one of Zachary’s passions, and he has been working with SER-WC to further this goal since 2019.

Katherine Stewart (Vice-Chair) – Saskatoon, SK

Dr. Katherine Stewart is an Associate Professor in the Department of Soil Science at the University of Saskatchewan. Her research and teaching focuses on remediation and restoration of arctic, alpine and boreal terrestrial environments.

As part of the restorative process, she works with Industry partners and Indigenous communities to find new ways to build relationships that promote collaborative environmental decision making and community based restoration.

Rebecca Wilson (Secretary) – Saskatoon, SK

Rebecca is a registered professional biologist from British Columbia who recently relocated to the beautiful prairie province of Saskatchewan. Rebecca works for Stantec and has 9 years of experience in ecosystem management, wildlife biology, and environmental assessment and permitting. She is enthusiastic about field work and is skilled in planning and undertaking surveys for vegetation communities, terrestrial birds, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals in western Canada. Rebecca has a BSc in Forest Sciences from UBC and a MSc in Ecological Restoration from SFU/BCIT. She specialized in wildlife habitat management during both her academic programs and is passionate about using restoration as a tool for improving ecological communities for wildlife, particularly species at risk.

Annette Bosman (Treasurer) – Vancouver, BC

Annette is a registered professional biologist currently residing in British Columbia. Annette has always had a love of nature and the outdoors which lead her to a career in restoration. She is enthusiastic about fieldwork and has extensive experience in both the aquatic and terrestrial environment and has a passion for rare plant species in Garry oak ecosystems. Annette has a BSc in Biology from UVic and a MSc in Ecological Restoration from SFU/BCIT. In her spare time she’s an avid hiker, soap maker, craft beer enthusiast, and cat mom

June Pretzer (Director) – Victoria, BC

I’ve restored natural and not so natural areas for a very long time now and see incredible potential for integrating natural systems into urban, industrial, and agricultural areas. As our knowledge increases, the benefit of integrating restoration into anthropogenic systems is more obvious and needed. I have a Graduate Certificate in Project Management to run projects more efficiently with improved stakeholder engagement and more fundraising experience than I care to think about. I’m Chair of the Coastal Invasive Species Committee whose range is Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast. I know a lot about invasive species identification, control, management, and legislation.

I strongly believe in the ability of just a few people to influence and direct change. As an organization of specialists with vast collective knowledge, SERWC provides the perfect home to expand our intellectual ecological landscape. We have so much more to do! Join us.

Erin Roberts (Director; Past Chair) – Vancouver, BC

Erin is a Wetland Specialist with the Canadian Wildlife Service (Environment Canada) in British Columbia. Erin has 10 years experience across both public and private sectors in both Alberta and British Columbia in a variety of field, policy, and project management based roles. Her roots were formed at the University of Waterloo in an interdisciplinary Environment and Business (BES) program; she has since completed the Ecological Restoration MSc program from BCIT and SFU. For her graduate research, she investigated monitoring metrics in intertidal estuarine restoration, and is fascinated with the role of resilience and succession in ecosystems.

She’s excited about restoration because she believes it helps bring people together to better understand and appreciate the complexities of nature. She’s also a dog mom, skier, and reasonably proficient pickler.

Andy Owens (Director) – Vancouver, BC

Andy has worked as Restoration Ecologist for Brinkman Restoration for the past 11 years, managing the design and implementation of terrestrial and aquatic restoration projects throughout Western Canada. His focus includes riparian and upland restoration, habitat enhancement in novel ecosystems, and restoration of soil health through microbial inoculations. Andy has a BA in Environmental Studies, Certificate in Restoration of Natural Systems and Professional Specialization Ecological Restoration. A Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner (CERP), Andy currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Society of Ecological Restoration for Western Canada and the CERP program certification committee for SER International.

Katie McMahen (Director) – North Vancouver, BC

Katie is a terrestrial ecologist and soil scientist with 10 years of operational and research experience in the mining industry. Katie graduated with a B.Sc. in Global Resource Systems from the University of British Columbia in 2011. She then spent five years working in the Environmental Department at the Mount Polley Mine, BC. In 2016, she returned to UBC to do a PhD researching reclamation methods for improving recovery of the soil food web, and studying how belowground ecosystem recovery can relate to improved revegetation outcomes. Katie finished her PhD in 2020 and now works as an ecologist at Integral Ecology Group. In her spare time, Katie likes to ski, bike, bake and putter in her little garden. Katie previously worked as the SER-WC Media Coordinator in 2014–2015 and is happy to be re-joining the team.

Michael Cody (Director) – Calgary, AB

Michael manages a Regulatory Services team that supports environmental compliance as well as regulatory applications at Cenovus Energy Inc. He also provides subject matter expertise in response to problems in land and biodiversity. Michael has a background in forestry, soil science and rural development and has worked for both the forest and energy sectors over the last three decades. Michael has a keen interest in continual improvement and evidence-based management, and the development of systems that facilitate concurrent ecological and economic integrity and human well-being.

Sierra Stacey (Director) – Duncan, BC

Immersed in the non-profit world since finishing her education, Sierra’s work at the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre has been focused on building the Restoration and Freshwater Program for youth. Sierra brings a degree in geography as well as a diploma in the Restoration of Natural Systems from UVIC. She is a co-owner of Wilder Restoration, a small business that focuses on bringing restoration to people’s backyards – an effort to imagine what landscaping can also look like, with native plants in mind. Sierra was raised in Ucluelet and has been an island girl since, now rooted in the Cowichan Valley where she volunteers for a number of organizations with the aim to bring together the community through restoration. You catch her mountain biking, skiing, and hiking with her Husky, Shep.

Danielle Ganaway (Director) – Vancouver, BC

Danielle is an emerging restoration ecologist with a passion for outreach, conservation, and intersectional environmentalism. After obtaining her B.Sc. in Biology and a Certificate in Animal Behaviour from Kings and Dalhousie University in 2017, Danielle moved across the country and became a traveling science educator delivering STEAM programs to underserved youth across the Vancouver School Board. Most recently, Danielle is pursuing her M.Sc. in Ecological Restoration at SFU and BCIT and is the elected Chair of the Ecological Restoration Student Association. Her primary focus is restoring wildlife populations, as well as the restoration of terrestrial and wetland ecosystems. After her 2022 graduation, Danielle plans to combine her ecological restoration knowledge with her experience and passion for outreach. During her free time, Danielle likes to play board games, walk around the city (specifically to look for neighbourhood cats), and spend as much time as possible outside.

Emeritus Board Members

Dave Polster (Past Treasurer, Ret.) – Duncan, BC

david polster bio

Dave is a plant ecologist with over 35 years of experience in vegetation studies, reclamation and invasive species management. He graduated from the University of Victoria with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in 1975 and a Master of Science degree in 1977. He has developed a wide variety of reclamation techniques for steep/unstable slopes as well as techniques for the re-establishment of riparian and aquatic habitats. He is the past-president of the Canadian Land Reclamation Association in and is a founding member of and is the treasurer for the Western Canada Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration and is the NW Regional Representative on the SER international board. He serves on the board of the Invasive Species Council of BC.

Darcy Henderson (Chair – 2017-2019) – Kelowna, BC

Darcy has 25 years of experience in the environmental field.  He is Head of Protected Areas and Stewardship (Prairies) with the Canadian Wildlife Service, and Adjunct Professor with the University of Saskatchewan where he teaches PLSC 398.3 Environmental Restoration.  His work with ecological restoration involves research, management and practical experience in prescribed burning, native seed collection, re-seeding disturbed sites, modifying grazing practices, controlling invasive alien plants, as well as survey design, monitoring, and assessment of species at risk populations, plant community diversity, soil salinity and organic matter, and health of wetlands, rangelands, and boreal forests.  He has PhD and MSc degrees from the University of Alberta, a BSc from the University of Saskatchewan, and a Diploma in Resource Management from Saskatchewan Polytechnic.

Jennifer Barker (Chair – 2015-2017) – Calgary, AB

jennifer-barkerJennifer is an Environmental Advisor for TransCanada, who supports a collaborative and integrated approach to landscape planning, restoration and reclamation. She collaborates with environmental planners, regulators, engineers and stakeholders, and throughout her career has contributed to a wide range of projects. These include local/regional environmental management plans, reclamation plans for oil sands/pipelines, and site specific landscape restoration/planting plans. As a member of the Alberta Society of Professional Biologists, she enjoys being a mentor for Biologists in Training. She joined the SER as a Director in November 2013.

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