Core Staff

Randal Heide

Randal Heide

Executive Director

Randal was appointed Executive Director of Wildlife Preservation Canada in April 2015, but he has been involved with the organization since 2006, when he joined the Board of Directors.

Following a three-year term on the board, he put his experience more directly to work as our Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations. At the same time, he continued to facilitate the board’s strategic planning work on a pro bono basis, helping the organization achieve its five-year target of nearly doubling in size.

Randal brings a background in strategy execution, with extensive management experience in the corporate and non-profit sectors. He also has a lifelong passion for nature, describing himself as a lapsed fisherman, terminally intermediate birder and avid native plant gardener. He holds an MBA from the University of Tennessee and is a past president of Toronto’s Strategic Leadership Forum.

Dr. Lance Woolaver

Dr. Lance Woolaver

Conservation Programs Director (interim)

Lance joined Wildlife Preservation Canada in 2017, bringing with him 18 years of experience managing recovery programs for some of the world’s most endangered species. A few personal highlights of this work include carrying out the first release of echo parakeets in Mauritius, catching kakapo in New Zealand, sleeping overnight in a California condor nest cave, and working with local farmers to protect Ridgway’s hawk nestlings in the Dominican Republic

Lance was Wildlife Preservation Canada’s eighth Canada’s New Noah in 1997, and he then stayed in Mauritius to manage species recovery projects for the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation. That experience helped him carry out the first releases of eastern loggerhead shrikes in Ontario upon returning to Canada in 2001. Lance has recently returned from overseeing conservation projects for a range of highly endangered species in Madagascar – such as ploughshare tortoise, Madagascar pochard, and Alaotra gentle lemur-  for the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, integrating captive-breeding and reintroductions with protected area management and community-based conservation.

Lance has a PhD from York University and an MSc from Acadia University, He lives in Guelph, Ontario with his wife Rina, two boys Jeremy and Glen, and their Malagasy/Newfoundland dog Malala. Lance is immensely grateful to be part of Gerald Durrell’s legacy and to have the opportunity to work with inspiring people and amazing creatures.

Sarah Matheson

Sarah Matheson

Fundraising & Communications Manager

Sarah joined Wildlife Preservation Canada in 2017, bringing with her a diverse set of fundraising, communications, and strategic planning skills from her time working in national and international non-profits.

Sarah has a Master of Science in conservation biology, behavioral sciences, and entomology, and work experience in sustainable community development. Following her MSc, Sarah worked with the UNESCO Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve, empowering rural communities to protect ecologically important habitat.

As an avid kayaker, birder, and nature photographer, Sarah has a deep appreciation for the immeasurable benefits that come from time spent outdoors. When Sarah is not spending time on conservation outreach and fundraising, she is relaxing at her home on the Rideau River in Ottawa.

Jessica Steiner

Jessica Steiner

Conservation Programs Director (on leave)

Jessica joined Wildlife Preservation Canada’s Conservation in 2006 as our shrike field biologist in the Carden Area.  The following year she began managing all aspects of our Loggerhead Shrike Recovery Program in Ontario as our Species Recovery Biologist. In [2014], she became our Conservation Programs Director, overseeing all of our species recovery projects.

Jessica studied Zoology at the University of Guelph and earned a Master’s of Applied Science in Wildlife Health and Population Management from the University of Sydney, Australia. She previously worked with threatened massassauga rattlesnakes and critically endangered black-footed ferrets and Puerto Rican crested toads at the Toronto Zoo.

As our 16th Canada’s New Noah, Jessica worked on critically endangered passerine projects in Mauritius to complete her post-graduate Diploma in Endangered Species Management through the Durrell Conservation Academy. She was part of the team that brought the first Mauritius Olive White Eye nestlings into captivity in order to develop hand-rearing and conservation management techniques.

Board of Directors

Our board members are all volunteers who contribute not only their time but also funds and resources to support our work.  Beyond a shared passion for preserving Canada’s biodiversity, they bring a wide range of experience and expertise to the governance of the organization.  In addition to their regular board and committee work, our directors organize and participate in fundraising events.

President:  Stephanie McLarty
Founder and CEO, Reficcient Inc.

Past President and Chair, Strategic Funding
Ian Glen, HBA
Principal, Ian Glen & Associates Inc.

Vice President and Chair, Conservation Committee:  Dr. Bridget Stutchbury, Ph. D.; M. Sc.
Canada Research Chair in Ecology and Conservation Biology, York University

Treasurer:  Shripal Doshi, C.P.A., C.A.
Manager, IT Advisory, KPMG LLP

Secretary:  Pinar Ozyetis, LL. B, Hons. B. Sc
General Counsel, Air Miles Reward Program; LoyaltyOne

Chair, Organisation and Governance: Chris Boynton, CHRP, BA
Principal, The Red Chair

Director: Jay Bryant
Portfolio Manager, Pangaea Asset Management, Inc.

Director: John C. Grandy, BA, MPhil. (Oxon.)
Independent Research Analyst

Director: Doug Hart
Director, Watershed Technologies

Director:  H. Alec B. Monro, P.Eng; B.A. Sc.
President of Interl, Inc.; retired from Nova Chemicals

Director:  Andrea Murray, BA
Director, Product Management, Roadpost Inc.

Director: Joanna Robertson, FICB, MBA,
Senior Investigator
Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments

Director: Julie Wood
Past VP Corporate for The Nature Conservancy of Canada


Honourary Directors

Wildlife Preservation Canada will be forever grateful to our honourary directors who have dedicated themselves to saving species at risk and have helped us achieve so much over the years.

Chris von Boetticher
Louise Gervais
Kathryn B.P. Dempster
Graham F. Hallward
Anson R. McKim
William Noble
Richard Fyfe, OC
Thomas C. Sears
Eleanor R. Clitheroe
W. Paterson Ferns, C.M.
Stephen T. Molson
William E. Stavert
Lee Durrell, PhD.