Dr. Robert Froese grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia surrounded by the forests of Pacific Spirit Park. He has always been drawn to forests and inspired by their relationship with human well-being.
Robert’s core values include the importance of knowledge in informing decisions people make about their place in the natural world and is committed to the role that universities have in promoting wide general good. This commitment has been shaped by his academic and professional experiences in British Columbia, Idaho, Michigan, and Alberta, and is the foundation of Robert’s research and teaching in forest biometrics, modelling, and growth & yield.
Aspen is the Director of Communications for the Alberta Forest Products Association (AFPA) and has proudly worked as a part of Alberta’s forest industry for 5 years.
In her role, she leads public education campaigns, works with media partners to showcase the value of sustainable forest management, and hosts AFPA’s podcast, Forestry Talks. Aspen also serves on the leadership team of the newly established Forest Sector Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Alliance (FSEDIA).
Maxine and Tangle McClaron have worked with a variety of Parks Organizations throughout Western Canada on a municipal, provincial and federal level. They also both have a background in theatre, which informs their communication styles. Through their work with the Alberta Parks Interpretation, Maxine and Tangle love finding creative ways to engage diverse audiences and spark interest in natural history.
There is a one main difference between them: Max is very good at organizing things. Tangle is very good at making messes.
Passionate about the environment, Kristen Foxcroft began her career in reclamation and remediation for the upstream oil and gas industry in southern Alberta after earning an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science. Embracing the outdoors, Kristen found fulfillment in returning former well sites to a pre-disturbed state.
Over the past 13 years, Kristen has transitioned to a role with an energy producer, managing diverse projects. From overseeing reclamation efforts to leading caribou habitat restoration initiatives, Kristen works closely with Indigenous communities to refine restoration approaches. Her commitment extends to participating in the development of sustainability projects, shaping a positive environmental impact.
Denise Beaven has over 35 years of IT experience, mainly in the oil and gas industry. Co-Chair of Girls Talk Tech, which educates, encourages and empowers young girls to consider STEM careers.