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Brad Stelfox

In 1995, Dr. Stelfox started the ALCES modeling platform and Group, which focuses on the interface between human land uses and regional landscapes. The major development stream has been ALCES Online© (A Landscape Cumulative Effects Simulator) a simulator rapidly gaining acceptance by government, industry, the scientific community, and NGOs to explore issues between landscapes, land uses, and ecological and economic integrity. Today, the ALCES Group is a collection of ecologists, landscape planners, and resource analysts whose mission is to be a world leader in the delivery of land use cumulative effects simulation modelling tools, strategic land use planning advice, and the provision of practical strategies to assist government, business, and society in making balanced, informed decisions.  

Dr. Stelfox received the William Rowan Award (The Wildlife Society) in 2011, the Outstanding Leadership Award of the Canadian Boreal Initiative (2009), the Alberta Emerald Foundation Award (2004), and the Alberta Science and Technology Award (2003) for his contributions with the ALCES model in advancing understanding of land use sustainability issues, and in seeking solutions that balance economic, social, and ecological indicators.

He and his wife Sarah live in Calgary. 


Regina Wright

Regina Wright is the Regional Director for the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada’s Pacific and Yukon Region, where she leads the delivery of federal impact and environmental assessments that that contribute to informed decision making on major projects, in support of sustainable development. Regina has been with the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada, and its predecessor, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, since 2009.
Prior to joining the Agency, Regina worked in Ottawa with Environment and Climate Change Canada, Transport Canada and Treasury Board Secretariat. In addition to her experience with
impact and environmental assessments, Regina has worked on a wide variety of public policy issues from international climate change negotiations to border infrastructure programs to expenditure reviews.
Regina holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia and a Masters degree in Geography from the University of Victoria.

Mark Cliffe-Phillips 

Mark is currently the Executive Director of the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board, which is an independent tribunal responsible for the environmental impact assessment process in the majority of the Northwest Territories, based out of Yellowknife. Prior to joining the Review Board, he was the Executive Director of the Wek’èezhìı Land and Water Board in Yellowknife from 2010 to 2014, which provides regulatory permits to Canada’s largest diamond mines. He Joined the WLWB as a Regulatory Specialist in 2007.

Mark has been involved in the development of regional scale community based cumulative effects monitoring programs, as well as training programs for Indigenous community monitors, which contributed to the Wek’èezhìı Land and Water Board receiving the 2014 Council of the Federation Excellence in Water Stewardship Award for the Northwest Territories (NWT).

He first moved to the Northwest Territories in 2002 where he helped develop an on the land fur trapping program for youth at risk, prior to joining the Sahtu Land and Water Board as a Water Technician in 2003. His educational background is in Physical Geography at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

He is currently an interim Board member of the Indigenous Centre for Cumulative Effects and is an alumnus of the 2015 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference.


Gord Chipman

Gord Chipman has been the manager of Alkali Resource Management Ltd (ARM) since 2010. ARM is 100% owned by the Esk'etemc people of Alkali Lake.

ARM are full phase forest managers from forest reconnaissance, development, harvesting and selling timber to local sawmills. ARM manages the Esk'etemc Community Forest and has a joint venture company called Cariboo Aboriginal Forest Enterprises (CAFE) with Chilcotin Plateau enterprises which is owned by the Toosey Band. All companies are 100% First Nation owned.


Jill Blakley

Jill Blakley is an Associate Professor at University of Saskatchewan. She holds a Ph.D. in Geography (University of Saskatchewan) specializing in environmental assessment. Since 2009, she’s been a faculty member of the Department of Geography and Planning and an Associate of the School of Environment and Sustainability.

Jill’s academic and professional experience spans the areas of environmental assessment, regional and urban planning, and natural resources management.

In the past 15 years, Jill has published more than 70 academic papers, book chapters and technical reports on environmental assessment topics and provided expertise on strategic and cumulative effects assessment to organizations such as the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment, Transport Canada, Parks Canada, Alberta Environment, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, and the Manitoba Clean Environment Commission.

She is lead editor of the forthcoming international Handbook of Cumulative Impact Assessment.


George Hegmann 

George is Senior Principal at Stantec Geographic Technical Lead, Canada, Assessment & Permitting. George is a specialist in environmental impact assessments for major resource and infrastructure project regulatory applications under provincial, territorial, federal and joint review. His current formal position, as a Senior Principal with Stantec in Calgary, is Environmental Services Canada, Geographic Technical Lead, Assessment and Permitting.

The role includes national oversight of environmental assessment technical practice. Following 12 years (1983-1994) focused on energy conservation, technical writing and a Masters’ degree, he has the last 25 years (1995-present) provided environmental impact assessment project management, technical and regulatory services, predominantly for energy projects (conventional oil and gas, oil sands, upgraders, pipelines, transmission lines, hydroelectric, wind, solar). His geographic focus is western (Alberta and British Columbia) and northern (Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut) Canada.

He also has provided advice, guidance and training to federal, provincial and territorial governments and boards on project and regional and project cumulative effects assessments. He is a recognized national expert on cumulative effects assessment. George remains active in advancing environmental impact assessment practice through participation and presentation at various academic, public, publishing and corporate forums. His primary continuing business interest is developing technical and regulatory strategy for projects, and the professional development of assessment specialists and teams.



Dave Ramsay

Dave has been a high school science educator in British Columbia for over 25 years.

Dave moved to the interior in 1994 and, his wife Leah, six children, and one grandchild enjoy the beauty of Shuswap Watershed.

The Shuswap Watershed is a spectacular area offering local residents and visitors an abundance of recreational, economic, and cultural opportunities. However, there is a limit to how much human disturbance natural systems can withstand. Dave strongly believes our education system can improve how it educates about the integrity and sustainability of watersheds.

While completing his masters, Dave explored how to incorporate the sustainability of the Shuswap Watershed into his classroom in a meaningful way. Armed with this research, Dave developed an Environmental Science 11 curriculum that focused on the Shuswap Watershed. In 2013, while implementing the curriculum, Dave and Barry Wilson connected, realized their philosophies aligned, and agreed to collaborate on the development of BC Tomorrow.


Matt Carlson 

Matt is an ecologist at the Integral Ecology Group, a company dedicated to researching and improving relationships between humans and our environments, and a partner at the ALCES Group, a leader in the application of scenario analysis to assess the cumulative effects of land use.  His research applies simulation modeling to explore the consequences of land use and climate change to wildlife populations, ecosystem services, and traditional land use.

Matt’s work has informed planning initiatives across Canada, from the municipal to provincial scale. Matt was a member of the Council of Canadian Academies expert panel on integrated approaches to natural resource management in Canada, and his work has appeared in numerous journal papers, conferences, and book chapters.

David Savage

David is President of Savage Management Ltd. 

David brings 45 years of expertise, experience, and leadership including oil and gas, renewable energy, health care, entrepreneurship, stakeholder engagement, business development, coaching and conflict management. Over a ten-year period, David and partners collaborated to develop 5 companies and 4 not for profits.

Since 2007, Savage Management has focused on building capacity, innovation, and accountability in people and in and between organizations and communities.

David Savage works with leaders and organizations to advance their success through collaboration, negotiation, conflict resolution, and business development. David does this for clients with consulting, coaching, and collaboration.


Louise Wallace  Louise Wallace Richmond is a 2nd term councillor for the City of Salmon Arm and co-chairs the Housing Task Force. She is a part time professor at the Okanagan College School of Business and marketing and design consultant with a background in economics and publishing.

Cassidy van Rensen

Cassidy is currently a Land and Resource Specialist working on Cumulative Effects in the Kootenay Boundary Region for the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development.

She has a Masters of Science in Conservation Biology from the University of Alberta and is a Registered Professional Biologist. Since 2014, she has been working to model and assess cumulative effects on the landscape to inform decision makers for both the Alberta and BC provincial governments. She currently lives in Kimberley, BC.

Barry Wilson

Barry is a Systems Ecologist, an insightful and powerful Event Speaker, and a Cumulative Effects Specialist with particular expertise in holistic land use planning. Drawing upon over 30 years experience in the Indigenous, industrial, government, and consulting sectors, Barry uses systems dynamics understanding to balance environmental, economic and social priorities.

Barry’s relentless drive to unlock prosperity while caring for the earth that sustains us is helping governments, not-for-profits and individuals create the future they want.

Barry helps his clients better understand and manage the cumulative effects of land use, economic development, wildfire, avalanches, floods and climate change.  He is a leader in building, using and teaching leading edge spatial and temporal simulation modelling in a scenario planning framework.

While his geographic focus has been in British Columbia and Alberta Canada, his projects have taken him north to the Sahtu Region of the NWT, east to Ontario and Saskatchewan, and south to California. Living and working in Secwepemcúl’ecw, Barry has been privileged to work closely with several Secwépemc communities on ground-breaking cumulative effects assessment for major Environmental Assessments including the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion, the proposed KGHM Ajax gold mine, and the twinning of the Trans Canada Highway. 

Ryan Macdonald

Dr. MacDonald is a consultant and adjunct Assistant Professor, based in Cranbrook, BC. His work focuses on hydrological processes, modelling, and aquatic ecosystems. He has worked throughout western Canada and has an excellent understanding of key issues facing water resources in this region. He has conducted extensive work related to stream temperature in mountain environments and is interested in how thermal regimes are affected by watershed conditions.

He has been a lead modeller and technical team manager for large multi-stakeholder collaborative modelling initiatives looking at large-scale water management in Alberta and British Columbia. Ryan has also led several watershed-scale assessments looking at the interface between human land use, climate, and the natural environment. He done extensive work on cumulative effects assessment and integrated modelling in British Columbia.

His background in process-based hydrology, modelling, and inter-disciplinary studies enables him to pursue research questions that can be applied in a practical management context.


Karen Wilson

Karen is CFO, Video Education Executive, CE Analytic Ltd. Karen aims to build a community of like-minded people who have a place to easily share, collaborate, and collectively move the bar forward at a sustainable pace.

Everything she does for you and with you is designed to free up more time and energy for you to go out and do the things that no one but you can do with clarity, peace and bountiful energy.

“The way we feel about ourselves inside and out is a gateway to so many possibilities”

Through visual storytelling Karen assists in video creation to help vision come to life. Karen's specialties include promotional testimony video, case study interviews and full educational video libraries to assist teachers in business and organizations share their knowledge with others.

So many possibilities to discover together! Once the vision is in place, and the clarity is established the action becomes easier, exciting, fulfilling and ultimately profitable .


Mirella Ramsay

Mirella is an 18 year old college student dedicated to inspiring youth to create real change in her community. In 2018 she started “The Mirella Project” which is dedicated to building community through saving the environment.

Over the past year Mirella and her team have worked hard to bring people together to learn about the effects of climate change, and ways individuals can reduce their environmental impact. Today she will be sharing more about what her project is, and the importance of youth empowerment in climate change.

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