Bob Jackle has worked for West Fraser for almost 29 years and started testing effluent in the lab at a pulp mill as an Environmental Technologist. Through the years, Bob has done many jobs including process expert, relief supervisor, shift supervisor, technical manager, and general manager.
Winona Lafreniere is a proud member of Minegozibe Anishinabe Nation in Treaty 4 Territory in Manitoba. Her leadership role at Indian Resource Council and partner with Indigitech Destiny Institute, allows her to live out her passion in supporting the economic, social, and cultural aspirations of Indigenous people across Western Canada.
She is an active member of the Energy Futures Lab, Clean Resource Innovative Network, Economic Developers of Alberta, Calgary Aboriginal Urban Affairs Committee, Project Forest and is currently working on several community-led projects provincially and internationally. She continues to create innovative solutions that focus on regeneration and restoration of Mother Earth.
Denyse Dawe is a Wildfire Science Analyst with the Canadian Forest Service. Denyse got her start in forestry by working as a field technician for a variety of research programs, spanning from identifying plants in bogs, electrofishing to learn more about fisheries’ species at risk, to collecting grizzly bear hair samples.
After doing a Masters in fire ecology and conservation, she found herself working for the CFS where she’s now been for five years. Denyse supports fire ecology science, fieldwork, and fire risk studies with the Wildfire Group at CFS.
Sithara Fernando is a pioneering force in STEM, challenging conventional norms and advocating for diversity within environmental careers. As a woman of colour and a member of the LGBTQ2S+ community, she brings a unique perspective to our panel.
Sithara has worked in a variety of Environmental roles in both the Public and Private sectors. She is currently the Academic Program Manager of STEM Programs at NorQuest College assisting students to find careers in Environmental Technology, Energy Management and Machine Learning. Sithara is also a supporter of the 1000 Women for STEM scholarship, which assists females to enter non-traditional STEM fields.
Hyerin is excited to answer any questions you may have about the environmental and forestry-related programs at the University of Alberta!