YCS is governed by a Board of Directors. The Board meets monthly and meetings are open to the general membership. To find out when the next monthly meeting is scheduled, contact YCS at 867-668-5678.
YCS Board for 2020:
President - Jared Gonet
Jared is a born and raised Yukoner. He is a member of the Taku River Tlingit, with roots throughout the Yukon and Northwest Territories. Currently pursuing a PhD in Conservation Biology around biocultural indicators, he completed a MsC in Wildlife Ecology on Northern Mountain Caribou in 2019. A long-time runner, with a deep-appreciation for the North and its natural systems, large-landscape questions have always fascinated him. Backgrounds in studying industrial ecology, environmental science, and conservation planning has given him a deep appreciation of the need for harmonious human-ecological systems. Throughout his studies, work, and volunteering he hopes to bring forward indigenous ways of knowing and seeing the world.
Vice-President - Dave Mossop
Dave, is a long-time Yukoner with teen-aged grandkids here, and a deep desire to see the natural systems of the Yukon protected for those future residents and in particular for the thousands of “unvoiced” species with whom we share this place. Responsible for developing Yukon’s ‘non-game’ management program before moving to Yukon College. There he became Yukon University’s first emeritus professor of science after having developed and delivered several of Yukon’s first courses in conservation biology and natural history. Perhaps more importantly, since 1970, he along with a host of Yukon students, has tracked the populations of keystone species and to date continues to maintain over 50 years of data following the ecological integrity of Yukon ecosystems. This gives a unique perspective and outright passionate concern for Yukon wild places and its creatures. One of the very first Yukon Conservation Society’s members, he is completely at home with founder John Lammer’s consuming and almost-emergency desire to advocate on behalf of the North’s species clearly under siege from unthinking human actions.
Secretary - Ciaran Connolly
Born in Toronto but raised in Dublin, Ireland, Ciaran’s earliest memories from childhood are of his time in a suburb of Dublin and the Dublin hills beyond. The Dublin hills were really his first experience of the natural environment and where he learned how we are all inextricably connected to the land. As an adult, Ciaran worked in Anatomy with medical schools in Dublin, Toronto and finally in Vancouver. It was in Vancouver that Ciaran was able to explore and learn about the environment around him. He became a volunteer with the local Search and Rescue branch and spent as much time as possible in the wilderness. In 2017, Ciaran and his family moved to Whitehorse. Ciaran has been pursuing a degree in Northern Conservation and Environmental Sciences through what is now Yukon University, while working in construction. Ciaran cares deeply about the effects that humans have on our environment and how we can positively make changes that benefit both humans and the environment at large. He is passionate about running, triathlons, hiking, and any other activity that gets him outside and in the wilderness.
Treasurer - Denise Gordon
Denise grew up in northern British Columbia and has lived in the Yukon for the past ten years. When she first came to the Yukon she worked in wilderness tourism splitting her seasons between rafting and dog mushing. Completing education in Land Reclamation with a focus on botany and soil science, she then worked in both territorial and First Nation governments, working to manage habitat and wildlife. Currently she works as a Lead Grower for a local hydroponic food system which provides northerners with fresh local vegetables throughout the year. Denise is especially interested in the landscape conservation issues of wetlands and habitat protection. Denise can be found outside running, biking, and taking her dog for a walk.
Now retired, Mary started out working as a teacher, later as a project manager of supportive social housing, and more recently was an outreach worker and drafted policy for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Society Yukon. Her volunteer involvements have included a neighborhood newspaper, Amnesty International, the campaign for the Peel, and membership responsibilities for YCS. She’s looking forward to the experience of being a member of the YCS board.
Mary sees the climate crisis facing us as the top priority.
She spends as much time as she can with trees and is an enthusiastic composter/vegetable gardener. She still has a car though an old bike is her usual vehicle.
Johanna has a diverse environmental and social background in International Development initiatives acquired in Canada and abroad. She is currently completing an MA in Environment and Management with a focus on the cultural ecosystem services provided by the Wah-nah-Jus-Hilth-hoo-iss (Meares Island) Tribal Park in Clayoquot Sound, BC. Johanna is interested in a variety of topics, including the ways people perceive value of nature and subsequent social implications, TEK, old-growth forestry, freshwater issues and circular economy. When not writing, she can be found volunteering and exploring this beautiful territory, cycling, climbing, hiking, and growing food.
The Yukon Conservation Society also holds an Annual General Meeting each spring where members are nominated and elected to the Board of Directors, the Audited Financial Statements for the previous year are presented, and the prior year's activities are summarized.
YCS is a charity registered with Canada Revenue Agency (charitable organization #119307890RR0001). YCS is also a registered non-profit society in good standing with Yukon Corporate Affairs.