Jessica Needham | Youth Advisory Council Coordinator, Ducks Unlimited Canada
Projects in Action Workshops (Saturday morning)
Jessica is currently the Youth Advisory Council Coordinator for Ducks Unlimited Canada. She has the privilege of working with youth from across Canada who are helping to shape the future of conservation and youth engagement at DUC. Jessica is also a part of the National Education Team at Ducks Unlimited Canada, where she helps to develop and deliver educational programming.
In recent years, Jessica has been conducting research on how to transform local knowledge into spatial data that can be used to help make conservation decisions. She completed the Master of Environmental Studies program and a BSc in Environmental Science at Dalhousie University.
Jennifer Shearer | Subteam, University of Calgary Solar Car Team
Innovation Gallery (Saturday morning)
The University of Calgary Solar Car Team has the vision of leading the community in the pursuit of sustainable technology. To do so, our team members design, build and race practical solar cars that engage the community and encourage the growth of student leaders.
Throughout our 18 years of impact in the community, our team has aimed to educate younger generations, innovate within our Calgarian community, and inspire the automotive industry to push for the implementation of renewable energies within our daily lives.
Angela Ten | Biologist, Trout Unlimited Canada
Round Tables (Friday afternoon)
As a lover of both fish and the outdoors, it was inevitable that Angela fell into the world of fisheries. Through her studies at the University of Alberta, she was able to cultivate a strong background in conservation biology, while her work in the field gave her valuable experience and perspectives from those who lived and worked on the land. Angela currently lives and works in Calgary as a Biologist with Trout Unlimited Canada.
Michael Wagner | Forest Hydrologist, Alberta Forestry, Parks and Tourism
Round Tables (Friday afternoon)
Michael Wagner is a Registered Professional forester and Forest Hydrologist with Alberta Forestry, Parks and Tourism. He has over 18 years of experience in research hydrology, forestry, and land and watershed management issues. The position he has with the Forestry Division is focused on developing policy and decision support tools related to sustainable forest management and cumulative effects for addressing water and watershed management issues across Alberta’s forested regions.
Alberta Ministry of Forestry, Parks & Tourism
Murdoch McKinnon | PhD Student, University of Waterloo
Youth Environmental Action Panel (Saturday Morning)
Murdoch is a PhD student in Geography at the University of Waterloo. His research involves studying a new method to turn oil well pads back into peatland wetlands just outside of Slave Lake, Alberta. Accordingly, he spends much of his time knee-deep in peat, swatting mosquitoes, and pouring water out of his boots—all in the name of science.
He is also a member of the new Youth Advisory Council at Ducks Unlimited Canada, where he works as part of a team of young people from across the country to help improve wetland conservation programming for youth. When not out studying a wetland or in the lab, Murdoch can usually be found exploring the Canadian Rockies on foot or on skis.