Mike Walton: Executive Director (email)
Mike’s involvement with conservation has spanned over 30 years with federal, territorial, provincial and municipal governments including seven years in Yukon with Parks Canada. In his various capacities Mike advanced Indigenous relations, ecosystem based management, cultural resources management and landscape scale conservation through shared decision-making with local communities. Presently, through strategic and operational decision-making, organizational management, and engaging with Yukon First Nations, other governments and organizations, and the public, Mike supports the Yukon Conservation Society’s Board of Directors, team of staff, contractors and volunteers in meeting the Society’s environmental conservation mandate. Mike holds an Honours Bachelor Degree in Outdoor Recreation from Lakehead University, a M.Sc in Parks and Recreation Resources Management from Slippery Rock University, Pennsylvania, and a diploma in Economic Development from the University of Waterloo. Mike recently completed his PhD at the University of Victoria in British Columbia where he investigated the governance of protected areas, particularly, sharing power and decision-making.
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.
Cody Reaume: Energy Analyst (email)
Cody is a mechanical engineer (EIT) with a passion for clean energy technology. He previously worked on the development of cutting edge CO2 capture technology and also brings experience with solar photovoltaics. His engineering background and appreciation for both the advantages and challenges of renewable energy technologies position Cody to provide valuable input and recommendations on energy development. Cody also aims to take a proactive approach to demonstrate the viability of clean energy solutions and help educate the Yukon public and decision makers. In his free time Cody is an amateur inventor and also enjoys soccer, board games, and long talks about the future of humanity.
Julia Duchesne: Outreach & Communications Director, Webmaster (email)
M.Sc. in Environmental Change and Management, University of Oxford
Julia has worked with a number of environmental organizations in the Canadian Maritimes, Ontario, British Columbia, and England, but when her M.Sc. research brought her to Whitehorse in 2014 to study resource and energy governance in Yukon First Nations, she knew she had to return to the north. Julia is responsible for outreach and communications with YCS members, supporters, volunteers, and the Yukon community, including the YCS website and social media channels. She works on the Peel Watershed campaign and collaborates with program analysts on mining, energy and wildlife issues. She also manages our Trail Guiding program.
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.