Staff

Richard Schneider

Executive Director

Richard obtained a degree in veterinary medicine from the University of Saskatchewan in 1985 and a PhD in wildlife epidemiology from the University of Guelph in 1992. Over the past three decades he has been actively involved in biodiversity conservation in Alberta, working at the interface between science and policy. From 2002 to 2006 he served as Conservation Director and then Executive Director for the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) Northern Alberta Chapter. For the next 13 years, he was a senior researcher in the Integrated Landscape Management Lab at the University of Alberta. In 2019, he published Biodiversity Conservation in Canada: From Theory to Practice, which is now being used as a text by conservation students across the country. Taking on the role of Executive Director with Nature Alberta in 2020, Richard has returned to his roots in the conservation community.

Kelsie Norton

Birds and Biodiversity Coordinator, Urban Nature Initiative Coordinator

Kelsie obtained a Diploma in Renewable Resources from NAIT’s Biological Sciences program, graduating on the Dean’s Honour Roll. Her career began with field work and branched into various sectors of the industry such as laboratory, forestry, and education. She has a passion for aquatic ecology, environmental education, and conservation. Her broad foundation of experience has given her the expertise to engage, collaborate, and inspire progressive action — skills she brings to bear in outreach programs including Nature Alberta’s Urban Nature Initiative.

Zoe MacDougall

Nature Kids Coordinator

Zoe studied Environmental and Conservation Sciences at the University of Alberta and worked in consulting after graduation. She went back to school for an After Degree in Elementary Education to pursue a career in environmental education. Her time with Nature Alberta began with a summer job as a program assistant, creating nature education resources and planning events for families to attend. After graduating, Nature Alberta hired her as our full-time Nature Kids Program Coordinator. It’s a perfect fit. Zoe loves creating learning opportunities for families and inspiring the next generation of nature lovers.

Susan May

Communications Director

Susan May brings over 20 years of communications expertise to our marketing and outreach efforts, including design of Nature Alberta Magazine and our revamped website. Susan obtained a BA with Distinction in Visual Communications Design from the University of Alberta. A firm believer that non-profits deserve creative as good as — or better than — big businesses, Susan has provided print and digital design and marketing services for numerous not-for profit organizations in the environmental education and advocacy sphere. Susan has been taking her daughter to Nature Alberta’s Family Nature Nights for years and is proud to now be part of the team.

Jason Switner

Nature Alberta Magazine Editor

Jason has been wordsmithing professionally since 2002. He has a BA in English from the University of Alberta and a Broadcasting Diploma from NAIT, supplemented with professional development courses in editing and proofreading. He was a proofreader at the Edmonton Journal for six years, a creative writer at Rogers Broadcasting Alberta North for five, and has worked with Susan as a dedicated copy writer/editor for almost 20 years. Jason is excited to apply his skills to the pages of Nature Alberta Magazine to bring you a publication that is as informative and accurate as it is enjoyable. If you have an idea or article you would like to contribute to the magazine, please feel free to contact him.

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