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Calgary Wildlife relies on a synergy between our volunteer board of directors, who govern the organization, our volunteers, who are integral to our operations, and our paid staff, who are on the front lines, carrying out Calgary Wildlife’s mandate through our programs and services. We are grateful to everyone on our team for their dedication, expertise, and collaborative spirit.

Staff Members.

Executive Director

Beki Hunt

Beki Hunt

 

Following a non-traditional career path, Beki is an entrepreneur at heart. From owning a small neighbourhood café in Killarney to running vintage clothing and custom t-shirt shops in both Calgary and Vancouver, Beki settled in Taipei and set her sights on language instruction, studying Mandarin, and animal protection. She is the

co-founder of the Taiwan Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and helped it rise from a small grassroots NGO to one of the most respected animal welfare organizations in Taiwan. Beki's impact extends beyond borders, as she and her Taiwan SPCA team were recognized on a global scale for their advocacy efforts receiving the Lush Prize for Public Awareness. After returning to Canada, Beki served on the Board of Directors at Calgary Wildlife for nearly a year, and was thrilled to take on the Executive Director role and to be able to help spread awareness about wildlife protection and rehabilitation.

Education Coordinator

Deborah Edgett

Deborah Edgett

 

Deborah is a previous Calgary Board of Education teacher, wildlife rehabber (at the Wildlife Rescue Association of BC) with a science degree in biology: ecology and evolution. Her passion for wildlife is a life-long theme: from saving drowning bees on her toes as a little girl, watching sculpins dart around tide-pools on the Gulf Islands of BC, to visiting the Galapagos Islands to study evolution and biodiversity of endemic snails.  Her favourite wildlife to rescue are the common nighthawks who have “the most adorably large mouths hidden under tiny beaks!”. Calgary has been home since 2008; she loves the rugged mountains, winter snow-sun and the warm-hearted people of Calgary! She is a mother to kids, a dog and two cats.  Finding connections to nature is a scientific and compassionate journey Deborah is enthusiastic to bring to classrooms and public events! Please contact her today to discuss education opportunities!

Wildlife Rehabilitator

Megan Lee

Megan Lee

Coming soon...

Wildlife Rehabilitator

Allison Wong

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Allison eagerly joined the team in the spring of 2022. Bringing a diverse background in reptiles and amphibians, she has brought nothing but passion and a willingness to learn to rehabilitate wildlife. When she’s not hard at work, she spends her time with her snakes, lizards, and frog.

Clinic Supervisor

Kyla Rae

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Coming soon...

Veterinarian

Dr. Jordan Greenfield, DVM

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Originally from a Hereford cattle farm in southern Alberta, Dr. Jordan Greenfield obtained his DVM degree in 2020 from the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine before doing a one year internship in companion animal medicine, surgery, and emergency care. Jordan has also had the privilege of completing portions of his veterinary education, and rotations as a vet, at the multiple zoos in North America. He has also done research and work with free ranging wildlife populations in Canada, including fishers, bighorn sheep, black bears, and Vancouver Island marmots. Jordan enjoys baking and bird watching in his spare time and is looking for lending what medical aid he can to Calgary and area’s wild life populations.

Wildlife Rehabilitator

Sierra Munson

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Sierra was born in the hot desert of Arizona. She moved to Canada in 2020 to pursue a relationship and animal-loving career. Growing up, she cared for newborn kitten litters and baby birds, but her passion solidified when she was only 10 feet away from a Bald Eagle located at an Arizona rehabilitation site. Sierra graduated from Bow Valley College with a veterinary and office assisting certificate in the summer of 2022, following which she then became a volunteer at Calgary Wildlife. Her favorite wildlife are hawks and eagles. For hobbies, Sierra loves to take long hikes with a view, bake, and do puzzles while binging on a new TV show. She has two cats of orange and black colour that are named Mars & Sagan named after her interest in astronomy and stargazing.

Director of Wildlife Care & Services

Melanie Whalen, CWR

Melanie Whalen

 

Melanie boasts a rich and varied career in wildlife biology, spanning over two decades. With expertise in wildlife research, rehabilitation, and husbandry.

Throughout her career, Melanie has delved into a spectrum of projects, from spearheading research on Rabies and Chronic Wasting Disease to conducting nest ecology studies and investigating the intricate dynamics of moose and wolf populations in Algonquin Park. Her contributions extend to the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative, where she played a key role in orchestrating the inaugural province-wide white-nose syndrome surveillance program, making significant strides in national wildlife health initiatives.
Outside of her professional pursuits, Melanie finds solace in the natural world through her hobbies of nature photography and painting, 

Registered Veterinary Technician

Emily Jagorinec, CWR

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Emily is a born and raised Albertan with a true love for the outdoors. Emily was raised in a home with many different pets ranging from reptiles to dogs and grew up observing animals in nature with her family. After starting her degree at the University of Calgary in 2017, Emily spent her time volunteering in local animal clinics observing surgeries and helping with technician tasks. In spring of 2018, she joined the Calgary Wildlife team as an animal care volunteer. Emily started her first job in wildlife rehabilitation as a wildlife technician at the Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation, she loved it so much that she became a Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator that same year. In the spring of 2020, she officially joined the Calgary Wildlife staff as a junior wildlife technician. Now, as she completes her final year of her Bachelor of Science in Zoology degree from the University of Calgary, her goal is to become a wildlife veterinarian treating wild animals all around the world.  

Registered Veterinary Technician

Lottie Taylor

Lottie Taylor

Lottie was born and raised in Aldworth, England, but moved to Cochrane, Alberta with her family when she was 10. On her family’s acreage north-west of Cochrane, she grew up with Flat-Coated Retrievers, chickens, and sheep. She spent weekends and summers working as a technician assistant at a small animal clinic in Cochrane, which reinforced her desire of working in the veterinary field. Lottie has a keen interest in wildlife, ecology, and conservation, and works full-time at a small animal veterinary clinic; birds are her all -time favourite patients. Currently, she shares her house with Bow, a Flat-Coated Retriever; Mac, a German Short Haired Pointer puppy; and Red Rock, Barred Rock, and New Hampshire Red chickens.

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Board of Directors.

President

Leanna Biggar

Leanna Biggar

Leanna has over a decade of progressive management experience and is nearing completion of her MBA. Her tenure as Operations Manager in the tourism industry included orchestrating major projects and events, optimizing operations, and boosting profitability through innovative strategies. In addition to her operations management experience, she has spent over 15 years leading teams in the marketing industry. Throughout her career, Leanna has supported aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners, driving success through strategic planning, marketing strategies, and consulting. She is also a professional college educator with a diverse skill set encompassing technology, marketing, and business management. Joining the board in 2021, Leanna has a strong passion for wildlife and giving back to the community.

Vice President

Megan Bayley

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Megan is an environmental scientist with a passion for conservation, animals, and all things wild. She moved to Calgary from Chicago in 2006, where she discovered a deep appreciation for Alberta's wilderness spaces and all the creatures that live within them. She currently works as an environmental coordinator in Calgary's oil and gas industry and has previous experience as an environmental consultant for remediation, reclamation, and wildlife research projects. One of her favorite field projects was collecting data for the Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) program, a continent-wide effort to assist in the conservation of birds and their habitats. She now has a particular soft spot for our flying dinosaur neighbors, and can often be found geeking out over Calgary’s abundance of beautiful birds. After volunteering on the ground at Calgary Wildlife, she's grateful and excited to be a part of the Board of Directors and looks forward to doing her part to further the Calgary Wildlife mission.

Board Member

Stephanie Senakovicz

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Stephanie is a seasoned HR professional with a proven track record of fostering organizational growth and employee development. With over 20 years of experience in human resources leaders in both the Energy and Tourism sectors, she brings expertise in strategic HR planning, talent acquisition, employee relations, and organizational development.

With a commitment to continuous improvement, Stephanie stays abreast of industry best practices and emerging trends in HR management, leveraging this knowledge to drive positive change and enhance organizational effectiveness. She is adept at designing and implementing innovative HR programs that cultivate a positive work culture and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Stephanie holds a Master of Business Administration Degree and has worked in Brazil and the USA. 

Secretary

Janice Johnson

Janice Johnson

Janice was born and raised in Vancouver BC and moved to Calgary in 1981, escaping the Wet Coast. Animals have always played an important part of her life, from volunteering at the SPCA in the 70’s to having a zoo of family pets for her own children. Retiring in 2017, after a 35-year career in Telecommunications, she sought out a Volunteer Animal Care role at Calgary Wildlife. After a 4-year hiatus from the corporate world, she joined the Board of Directors hoping to make a difference. 

Board Member

Roxanna Petts

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Treasurer

Scott Powell

Scott Powell

Scott has over 20 years’ experience in finance and business management. He obtained a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calgary and is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta (CPA).  Highly regarded for business acumen and specialized excellence in finance and operations, Scott has worked with multiple federal and provincial ministries and brings a wealth of knowledge from positions in the private, not-for-profit, and public sectors including industries such as the performing arts, post secondary education, healthcare, and power and utilities.
Scott is a strong and collaborative leader with a track record of mentorship and guiding organizations to achieving their strategic and operational goals, creating operational efficiencies, and bridging cross-functional priorities. Scott passionately contributes to the community and has supported various organizations through Board work.

Board Member

Greg Strachan

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Greg is a native Calgarian and recently retired from the oil and gas industry  after 40 years in land the management profession. He possesses an excellent skillset with expertise in negotiations, management, mentorship, and leadership. He is a proven impactful and valuable team player and problem solver with the ability to contribute, collaborate and lead with the goal of achieving successful results. Greg has always had a keen interest in our city and community and has volunteered on several Boards and Associations. “ I look forward to working with and contributing to enhancing the goals and values  of Calgary Wildlife”.

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