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YCS helps people get outside and promotes awareness, appreciation, and understanding of the Yukon’s ecosystems.

Research

YCS supports the conservation and protection of Yukon wild places.

Sustain

YCS supports humane, sustainable and responsible management of wildlife.

Advocate

YCS is a watchdog for industrial development and researches smart solutions for our territory.

Staff

Dr. Davon Callander: Executive Director (email)
Ph.D., Ecology
Davon has worked as an environmental research scientist for over 15 years in New Zealand, the USA and Canada. Before joining the YCS team she was working with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the BC Ministry of Environment to develop environmental DNA (eDNA) tools for invasive fish detection in BC freshwater lakes. Davon has significant experience in science outreach and environmental field research programs. She holds a B.Sc. in Physiology and Developmental Biology from the University of Alberta, an M.Sc. in Neuroscience from the University of Calgary and a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. Davon supports the Yukon Conservation Society’s Board of Directors, team of staff, contractors and volunteers in meeting the Society’s environmental conservation mandate.

 

Debborah Donnelly: Outreach and Communications Manager (email)

B.Sc., M.A. in Archaeological Sciences

Debborah has a diverse career background that includes Environmental, Emergency and Security Management working in a variety of sectors (government, heritage, mining, energy, military). She has worked extensively both across Canada and internationally. In addition to her degrees in archaeology (U of T), she has a certificate in Decision Making for Climate Change (UBC) and a diploma in World Heritage Conservation (UCD). Her prior experience in the Canadian Arctic included being the Environmental Coordinator for NorthwesTel. Debborah grew up in northern B.C. and enjoys the outdoor lifestyle found in the Yukon. In her time off she can often be found cycling, gardening or hiking.

 

 

Sebastian Jones: Fish, Wildlife & Habitat Analyst (email)
Sebastian has been a member of the Dawson Renewable Resources Council and a Community Steward for the Yukon Fish and Wildlife Management Board. He has also worked for the Northern Climate ExChange and the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation. Sebastian was a Director of the Conservation Klondike Society from 2005 to 2009, and was on the board of YCS until becoming the Peel Watershed Coordinator in 2011. He then became one of YCS’s Energy Analysts, commenting on government policy related to energy, oil and gas, and climate change. He is now the YCS lead on fish, wildlife and habitat issues, including land use planning, wetlands protection and land use policies. Sebastian also  keeps our membership informed through writing and media and he works on mining issues.

 

Lewis Rifkind: Mining Analyst (email)
B.Sc. in Civil Engineering
Lewis’ engineering background equips him well to produce recommendations for reducing environmental impacts of mining projects, and oppose mining projects with impacts that cannot be mitigated. Prior to becoming YCS’s Mining Analyst he was the Energy Analyst from 2000 to 2008. Lewis addresses environmental impacts associated with urban sprawl and general industrial development in the Yukon. Prior to his involvement with YCS, Lewis worked with the Raven Recycling Society dealing with public education campaigns around waste management. He has also worked with the Northern Climate ExChange at Yukon College developing community climate change adaptation plans. Lewis can be found most mornings holding court in the trendier downtown Whitehorse coffee shops.

Eric Labrecque: ETS Project Manager (email)

Eric brings a multi-disciplinary background centered around helping northern communities reduce their reliance on fossil fuels to his role as project manager for YCS’s electric thermal storage (ETS) demonstration project. He joined us from the Northern Energy Innovation (NEI) research group at Yukon College, where he contributed his energy system modelling and communication skills to a variety of renewable energy projects across the territories. He completed his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick while working with the NEI team, with his master’s thesis focused on an ETS technology that utilizes the soil beneath a building as a thermal battery. He spends his free time biking and hiking along Whitehorse’s trails, climbing the nearby mountains, playing board games with friends, and renovating his tiny house.

Noah Sternbergh: ETS Demonstration Intern (email)

Noah brings her experiences as an engineering student and her time as a research assistant on the Yukon College’s Northern Energy Innovation (NEI) team to YCS. Her work in these past roles will benefit her efforts as intern on the Electric Thermal Storage project. During her time with NEI she worked on establishing diverse aspects of the Grid Impact Study project; ranging from report automation, programming and sorting data intake using MATLAB, to designing model validation reports including test protocols for remote micro grids. A born and raised Yukoner, when Noah isn’t working, or studying, she can be found experimenting with fermentation in the kitchen, coaxing her backyard garden into cooperation, and generally making the most out of living in one of the most beautiful places in the world. 

 

Joan Norberg: Administrative Manager (email)
Joan comes from a farming background and is part owner of Grizzly Valley Farms. She brings to YCS experience in retail sales and non-profit societies, as well as having a background in bookkeeping and financial management. In the past she has been part of the Fireweed Community Market as a vendor selling crafts, preserves and farm produce as well as a board member from 2005-2013. For years growing and selling food has made her aware of how delicate our food systems are and she does what she can to live sustainably. She has written for What’s Up Yukon about her farming experiences. Joan is passionate about local food and loves to garden, with a soft spot for honeybees.

 

Reach our staff by telephone at 867-668-5678.

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