The Alberta Chapter of The Wildlife Society works for wildlife and works with wildlife. We are biologists, managers, scientists, academics, students, consultants, and naturalists from across Alberta dedicated to understanding and conserving Alberta’s wildlife. We are affiliated with the international organization The Wildlife Society and its Canadian Section.

  1. We talk wildlife. People care about things they know about. As wildlife professionals, we share our love and understanding of Alberta’s wildlife and wild places through public talks, social media, newsletters, and especially our acclaimed annual conferences, where new ideas for conserving Alberta’s wildlife are born. Everyone is welcome!
  2. We walk the talk. We advocate for science-based wildlife management in Alberta, and provide science-based information and advice to help ensure wildlife’s needs are met in public policy, legislation and programs. We work to provide a wildlife management perspective to local, regional, and provincial decision-making bodies. We offer information, advice, and champion policy that ensures wildlife populations persist as a benefit for all Alberta.
  3. We cultivate new biologists. New professionals carry forward the responsibilities to manage the future of Alberta’s wildlife. We provide mentorship and training support, and host conferences that pass on new information. We provide student scholarships, conference travel grants, and awards for outstanding wildlife work. For over 25 years we have provided tens of thousands of dollars in support; and are rewarded by knowing today’s ACTWS students are tomorrow’s Alberta wildlife professionals.

You can help us help Alberta wildlife. We are a fully volunteer organization; every dollar you donate goes directly to student scholarships and wildlife conservation activities. Please support us and help another biologist understand and care for Alberta’s wild animals and wild places.  There are also opportunities to get involved in ACTWS; please contact our president to find out how you can be involved!

ACTWS Executive

John Wilmshurst

John discovered nature as a kid, ecology as an undergraduate, science as a graduate student and communications as a government biologist and manager. His endless curiosity in the natural… Read more

Everett Hanna

Dr. Everett Hanna completed his MSc/PhD research with Long Point Waterfowl and Western University, studying the foraging and staging ecology of Eastern Population Greater Sandhill Cranes, collecting the first… Read more

Andrea Morehouse

Andrea Morehouse is an independent scientist who works on a variety of conservation and management issues related to large carnivores in a multi-use landscape.  Her research interests are in… Read more

Robin Gutsell

Robin Gutsell has been involved with the ACTWS executive since starting as Director in 2005.  Robin works as a biologist with… Read more

Alex Beatty

Alex Beatty is currently a MSc. student at the University of Alberta studying polar bear ecology in western Hudson Bay. She holds a BSc. with a Specialization in Animal… Read more

Cindy Kemper

Cindy Kemper completed her MSc. research on raptor electrocution mortality on power lines at the University of Alberta in 2005. After a brief position dipping her feet into the… Read more

Joseph Litke

Joseph is an owner and managing director at Fiera Biological Consulting, where he has worked as a wildlife biologist providing research, monitoring, and management services throughout Alberta since 2003…. Read more

Joanna Burgar

Joanna is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria, specializing in wildlife and restoration ecology. Previously, she lived and worked in Fort… Read more

Nikki Paksar

Nikki is currently finishing her BSc in Environmental and Conservation Sciences from the University of Alberta with a specialization in Conservation Biology. She has been enthralled with the natural… Read more

Kristie Derkson

Kristie works as a wildlife biologist manager in Edmonton and manages the ACTWS Facebook page and represents the Conservation Committee on the ALPAC Land Advisory Group. She has been… Read more

Alina Fisher

Born in Romania, Alina’s early childhood memories revolve around feeding wildlife, exploring forests & beaches, and bringing home any wild animal she could find. This included snakes, frogs, mice,… Read more

Matthew Pyper

Matthew is an Ecologist and Science Communicator who works to connect knowledge to practice in the fields of forestry, conservation biology and land restoration. He has been involved in… Read more

Margo Pybus

Dr. Margo Pybus spent the better part of a life-time learning from wildlife.  She was schooled early in life among the… Read more

Layla Neufeld

Layla is a caribou biologist with Parks Canada in Jasper National Park, and has been the ACTWS webmaster since 2007.  Layla… Read more

Lucas Habib

Lucas works with Parks Canada in Jasper National Park, and has been the ACTWS co-webmaster since 2007.  He completed his M.Sc…. Read more

Committee Chairs

  • Lisa Wilkinson and Dave Hobson | Information, Education, and Newsletters
  • Glynnis Hood | Awards
  • Joanna Burgar | Scholarships
  • Larry Roy | Nominations