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
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.
I grew up in Bavaria, got my degrees (MSc and PhD) as a civil engineer from the Technical University of Munich, was for 25years CEO of Büchting+Streit AG, one out of five leading think tanks for the design of infrastructure like bridges and tunnels in Germany. Over the last 10 years also involved in several research projects for German authorities about changes toward more sustainable infrastructure. Emigrated end of 2016 to the Yukon to take over the Alpine Bakery and to run it as the company as a social enterprise, as done in Munich.
Since the seventies I’ve made many trips to remote areas of North and South America, Australia and New Zealand which taught me a great respect for the beauty and fragility of nature. The intense observation of the diversity of forms and colors in nature led to a “painted photography“ that was shown in several Exhibitions.
As a result, I came to the board of World Wildlife Fund and Whales and Dolphins Committee (WDC) in Germany, did a lot of volunteering for many months on Orca research projects in New Zealand and Argentina, and supported a small solar power project in the Atacama Desert in Chile.
My lifestyle is environmentally orientated - sharing gives the chance for incredible synergies, and as the Dalai Lama said, “the real egoist is living as us “– if you really take care about your self, you have to take care about what you eat, and, as a consequence, you have to take care about your surrounding and of course about the environment. The alternative is self-destroying.
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.