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.

Bridget Stutchbury, PhD.

Bridget Stutchbury, PhD.

President

Dr. Bridget Stutchbury is a professor in the Department of Biology at York University, Toronto. Since the 1980s, she has studied migratory songbirds to understand their behaviour, ecology and conservation but has also witnessed first-hand the shocking declines of many birds including wood thrushes, barn swallows and bobolinks. She studies the incredible migration journeys of songbirds and the many threats they face along the way.

She did her MSc at Queen’s University and her PhD at Yale, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC.

She is the current President and Board Chair as well as the Co-Chair for the Conservation Committee of Wildlife Preservation Canada, whose mission is to prevent animal extinctions. She is author of Silence of the Songbirds (2007) and The Bird Detective (2010) and was featured in the award-winning 2015 documentary The Messenger.

Stephanie McLarty

Stephanie McLarty

Past President

Stephanie McLarty is an award-winning entrepreneur and champion of corporate sustainable practices. She is Founder & CEO of REfficient, a reuse and recycling company provide services in the Telecom and Audio/Video sectors. REfficient has been a Certified B Corp since 2012, meaning the company is for profit and for good, and was named five times to the “Best for the World” list for the company’s positive environmental impact.

Stephanie has represented Canada internationally for reuse and recycling standards since 2008 and was recognized in 2014 with the inaugural Young Leader Award through Standards Council of Canada for her contributions representing Canada.

Stephanie has a degree in Arts & Science from McMaster University and a MA from the University of Innsbruck, Austria.

She is Past-President of Wildlife Preservation Canada and past Chair of the Strategic Funding Committee as well as President of the McMaster Alumni Association and on the McMaster Board of Governors.

Shripal Doshi, CPA, CA

Shripal Doshi, CPA, CA

Treasurer

As Treasurer of Wildlife Preservation Canada, Shripal is focused on ensuring the sustained financial health of the organisation to continue its mission for the long-term.

Shripal is a Senior Manager in KPMG’s Management Consulting practice. He has over 10 years of experience with KPMG in their Toronto office, originally with the Audit practice earning his CPA, CA in 2011.  The last 5 years he has spent advising clients in number of different industries, most notably supporting the Government of The Bahamas in the launch and implementation of their National Health Insurance program.

Shripal is a graduate of the Ivey School of Business. He is passionate about wildlife diversity and has a pact with his friend to explore a new national park annually over Canada Day. He has completed the West Coast Trail, and Banff, next up is Haida Gwaii (2019) and Nahanni (2020).

Pinar Ozyetis, LL.B.

Pinar Ozyetis, LL.B.

Secretary

Pinar is General Counsel at LoyaltyOne, and advises on a variety of matters spanning all areas of business, privacy, and marketing/advertising law for LoyaltyOne’s various lines of business in Canada and Europe including the AIR MILES® Reward Program in Canada. Prior to joining LoyaltyOne, Pinar spent 12 years in private practice.

She is a strong believer in giving back; in addition to sitting on the board of Wildlife Preservation Canada, she is active with LoyaltyOne’s Women’s Leadership Initiative and guest lectures with Ryerson University’s Law and Business Clinic. She is passionate about music, both as a musician and a listener, and loves the outdoors. She lives in Toronto with her family.

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Doug Hart

Doug Hart

Chair, Conservation

Doug is the founder and owner of Watershed Technologies Inc (1977), a successful engineering and research company dedicated to energy and water conservation in the built environment.

In addition, Doug is a past board member of the Algonquin Wildlands League, a chapter of The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), and is a current board member of the KM Hunter Foundation, responsible for the environmental portfolio.

Doug has a Masters of Science degree in molecular genetics, and an honours Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and Mathematics. Doug is the Committee Chair of the Conservation Committee and brings to WPC over 40 years of business management, as well as a deep science background.

He is passionate about the need to preserve species and habitat in our changing world.

Chris Boynton

Chris Boynton

Chair, Organisation and Governance

Chris Boynton is the Principal of The Red Office, Human Capital, a HR consulting firm bringing hands-on HR consulting expertise to smaller and mid sized entrepreneurial organization. Prior to forming The Red Office, Chris was Chief Human Resources Officer for a private equity owed firm with North American operations and recognized as one of Canada’s ‘Best Managed Company’. This followed several other Senior VP HR roles for other private equity-owned organizations, before which, Chris was head of Corporate HR for Canadian Tire when they were voted the #1 employer in Canada.

Chris has a BA from the University of Western Ontario and a Certified Human Resources Professional designation.

He is the past President, Chairman of the Board of Wildlife Preservation Canada and the current Chair of the Governance & Organizational Development Committee.

Chris is a 4th generation Torontonian, an avid outdoorsman and triathlete.

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Jay Bryant

Jay Bryant

Chair, Strategic Funding

Jay is a Portfolio Manager at Pangaea Asset Management Inc. His practice is focused on constructing investment portfolios that best match each person’s financial goals and needs. Prior to starting his career in the investment industry, Jay taught at the secondary school level at two independent schools in the Toronto area. He lives in downtown Toronto with his wife and two children. Jay holds a BA from Dalhousie University, later adding his Teachers Certification and his Certified Investment Managers designation.

Ian C. Glen

Ian C. Glen

Director

During his business career, Ian was a senior business executive who held leadership positions with well-known organizations, primarily in the consumer products marketing and communications sectors. He is a graduate of the Ivey School of Business at Western University.

As a Board Director of Wildlife Preservation Canada, Ian has served in various roles including past Vice President, President and Chairman of the Board as well as the Committee Chair of the Strategic Funding Committee. Ian is committed to the cause of protecting our natural world, and species preservation in particular.

Ian lives in Toronto with his wife Suzanne. He loves the outdoors, and is an avid sailor, skier and nature photographer.

Randal Heide

Randal Heide

Director

Randal Heide is a strategy execution specialist, with deep interests in the natural world and the future. His career spans fifteen years in the railway industry, twelve years as in independent consultant, and eight years in non-profit management, including three years as Wildlife Preservation Canada’s past Executive Director.

Randal is a past President of the Strategic Leadership Forum in Toronto and holds an MBA from the University of Tennessee.

He first joined Wildlife Preservation Canada’s board in 2006, became the Executive Director for 3 years and is currently back as a Director.

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Guy Gilron

Guy Gilron

Director

Guy is a senior environmental biologist/toxicologist with his own private consulting firm, Borealis Environmental, specializing in integrating science into policy and regulation, environmental impact assessment, and scientific communication, for industry clients in Canada. Previously, he was Vice President, Environment for a junior mining company. Guy holds Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees (University of Guelph), and is a Registered Professional Biologist (College of Applied Biology, British Columbia).

Guy is an accredited Board Director (Institute of Corporate Directors). In addition to his directorship with Wildlife Preservation Canada, Guy is also a Senior Editor, Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management. Previously, Guy served as Board Director with: the Canadian Ecotoxicity Workshop and the Mining Association of British Columbia.

Guy and his wife Joanne live in North Vancouver, BC. Guy enjoys music (guitar, tenor saxophone and mandolin), travel, and kayaking, hiking, and mushroom photography on the BC coast.

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Hector Alexander B. (Alec) Monro

Hector Alexander B. (Alec) Monro

Alec is a marketing and technology consultant and is President of Interl Inc. Prior to forming his own consultancy, he was with Nova Chemicals and DuPont Canada. Alec has extensive cross-cultural international marketing and negotiation experience and has travelled widely in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia as well as Australia and Oceania on technology and wine related businesses.

Alec is a Chemical Engineering graduate of the University of Toronto and is a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario. He is a member of the Society of Plastics Engineers and a number of wine societies.

With a long involvement in many community and interest based activities including sports associations and municipal politics, Alec is an Honourary Board member of the Necessary Angel Theatre Company and is a current Board member of Wildlife Preservation Canada, having previous served as both Vice President and President / Board Chair.

Alec’s passions are travel, wine, photography, birding and a good mystery.

Andrea Murray

Andrea Murray

Andrea Murray is the Director of Product Management at Roadpost Inc. and has been a board member with Wildlife Preservation Canada since May 2016.

Andrea has an HBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University and has worked in several roles with a focus in telecommunications, marketing and the technology sector.

She is a member of the Direct Mail & Social Media marketing committee where she collaborates with the marketing team at Wildlife Preservation Canada to build brand awareness with a focus on expanding the individual donor base.

Andrea is a nature enthusiast and enjoys the outdoors and traveling to faraway places to explore the planet’s natural beauty.

Julie Wood

Julie Wood

Director

After a 25-year career in finance that allowed her to work in many countries around the world Julie Wood joined the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) in early 2008.  There, as the Vice-president, Corporate, Julie headed up the corporate services team in NCC. On retiring from NCC in 2016 Julie joined the board of Wildlife Preservation Canada. She also sits on NCC’s Investment Committee.  Julie was educated in Europe, and has post-graduate qualifications from the London Business School, the Association of Corporate Treasurers and the Chartered Institute of Bankers.

After having lived on four different continents, she is fond of pointing out that Canada is the only country that she chose to return to. Her decision to become a Canadian citizen was influenced in part by her appreciation of the natural wilderness that is still so accessible in 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
Thomas C. Sears
Eleanor R. Clitheroe
W. Paterson Ferns, C.M.
Stephen T. Molson
Lee Durrell, PhD.