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.

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).

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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Jocelyn Brodie, MBA

Jocelyn Brodie, MBA

Director

Jocelyn is a brand marketing and communications strategist. For over 25 years, she has provided expertise that shaped opinions and perceptions about her clients, helping them to achieve their goals, improve competitive advantage, and connect with those they need to reach and influence. She has worked with leading for-profit and not-for-profit organizations in financial services, health care, new technology, and the arts. She is also an avid gardener where she is a fierce defender of bees and butterflies.

Jay Bryant

Jay Bryant

Director

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.
Ron Cuthbertson

Ron Cuthbertson

Director

Ron Cuthbertson is an executive business leader, passionate about the preservation of our natural resources as well as the protection and stewardship of the environment.

As an experienced CEO, COO, CSCO, President and Board Director, Ron draws upon his thirty plus years of experience in coaching and management to assist organisations achieve their objectives. Ron is currently President of Protea Solutions Group Inc. and Board Member / Secretary of FactorChain AI Inc., before which he was President Global Operations and Board Member / Secretary at NextWorth Solutions, an after-market refurbisher and recycler of cell phone and C.E. products.

 Ron has been an independent Management Consultant and Executive Coach to the Retail and CPG sectors in North America, specializing in strategic business development, operational effectiveness, M&A and global supply-chains.

Ron holds an MBA in Strategy, Operations and Economics from Edinburgh Napier University.

Guy Gilron

Guy Gilron

Co-Chair, Conservation Committee

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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Ian C. Glen

Ian C. Glen

Chair, Strategic Funding

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.

Doug Hart

Doug Hart

Co-Chair, Conservation Committee

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.

Randal Heide

Randal Heide

Secretary

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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Pinar Ozyetis, LL.B.

Pinar Ozyetis, LL.B.

Director

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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Heidi Scorgie, CPA, CA

Heidi Scorgie, CPA, CA

Director

Heidi Scorgie joined the Canadian Public Accountability Board (CPAB) in September 2020 as the Regional Vice President Western Canada.  Prior to CPAB, Heidi was a partner with Deloitte, where she led audits of public companies and was the professional practice director for the BC and Alberta regions.

Heidi was born in South Africa, and moved to Canada in 2015. She lives in West Vancouver, BC with her husband Barry and their two children. She is passionate about wildlife and the outdoors, kayaking and fly fishing.

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
Eleanor R. Clitheroe
Kathryn B.P. Dempster
Lee Durrell, PhD.
W. Paterson Ferns, C.M.
Louise Gervais
Graham F. Hallward
Anson R. McKim
Stephen T. Molson
H. Alec B. Monro
William Noble
Thomas C. Sears