Alberta Chapter Board

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Neil Keown – Chair, Calgary

Neil relocated from Northern Ontario to Calgary, Alberta. He began exploring the outdoors in his mid-thirties, first by fishing, and then hunting. Inspired by the combination of the adventure, as well as the satisfaction of preparing a meal with the results of a successful trip, has led him on adventures across Western Canada.

Whenever the season changes, there is always a new adventure waiting to be had, and most family trips are now planned in areas where he passes on the love of the outdoors to his children. The majority of free time is spent in the Rocky Mountains and Foothills, where there is always a new patch of forest, hill, or a stream, that hasn't been explored yet.

After transitioning out of the oil/gas sector, his attentions and efforts have been geared towards preserving the wilderness, and ensuring that the next generation will inherit the wilderness that we take for granted.


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Andrew Baisley – Co-Chair, Calgary

Andrew grew up in Southern Ontario and relocated to Alberta to start his career. Growing up in areas surrounded by extensive tracts of private land taught him how rare and treasured the public land we take for granted in the west really is. Andrew works worldwide as an environmental scientist but focuses the majority of his time in Western Canada on mine closure and reclamation projects. When not working, Andrew enjoys partaking in the environment his work shows him to be so precious. Hunting, fishing, mountaineering and camping keep him busy year round. Andrew especially enjoys introducing new people to the outdoors, specifically the vast expanses of public lands available to Western Canadians.

 

 


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Tom Habib – Treasurer, Edmonton

Tom grew up in Ontario, and has had a love of the outdoors as far back as he can remember. It probably helped that his parents shipped him off on canoe and hiking trips every summer, for which he is eternally grateful. His love of nature and wildlife eventually led him to Edmonton 10 years ago for a Master's degree in ecology at the University of Alberta, where he studied white-tailed and mule deer.
Although not from a hunting family, Tom picked it up since moving to Alberta, and is now completely hooked. His thinking on hunting and wildlife management is built around his background in ecology. So for Tom, BHA's values of maintaining large tracts of wilderness, habitat conservation, and environmental stewardship are a perfect fit.

 


Katie_Morrison_Profile.JPGKatie Morrison – Secretary, Calgary

Katie Morrison is a professional biologist and outdoor enthusiast. Growing up, Katie and her family spent much of their time outdoors: camping, horseback riding, canoeing and fishing. This led her to obtain a B.Sc. in Environmental and Conservation Sciences from the University of Alberta and a Masters of Environmental Design from the University of Calgary.

While Katie has worked throughout western Canada and in Latin America for university research projects, nongovernmental organizations, and environmental consulting companies, she now spends her days working on public lands conservation in Southern Alberta. Her love of the outdoors continues to pull her into the backcountry on hiking, fishing, hunting, backpacking and wilderness canoe trips. The continuing push of industrial land uses and motorized recreation into Alberta’s shrinking wilderness areas motivates her to work on keeping these areas wild for native fish, wildlife and those who experience these amazing places through traditional quiet uses.


preview-gallery-Kyle_Snow.jpgKyle Snow - BOD, Cold Lake 

Ever since his first backpacking trip with his uncle, Kyle was hooked on the outdoors. Whether it was when he completed a three-day hiking trip over Cheticamp Mountain or an extended overnight canoeing trip down the Liscomb River, he knew the outdoors is where he wanted to be. Kyle relocated from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia in mid 2013 to pursue Engineering at the University of Calgary. Coming from the ocean to the mountains was a big shock for him, but he instantly fell in love with what they had to offer.

 
Growing up hunting small game and waterfowl on the east coast Kyle started to pick up big game hunting only a few years ago. He got inspiration from hunters such as Steven Rinella and Aron Snyder to try backcountry hunting. This is where he was drawn to BHA and their values. He liked to get away from the crowd and appreciate everything these untouched public lands offered. Kyle got involved with BHA as he sees a need for increased awareness about conservation and its ability to preserve wild places for all those who enjoy the outdoors.

Beau_Cleland.jpgBeau Cleland – BOD, Calgary

Beau Cleland is an avid angler and a relatively recent convert to fly fishing who fishes and camps almost exclusively on public lands and waters. Originally from the United States, he has lived in Calgary since 2011. He spends his outdoor time roaming western Canada and the United States, camping, hiking, and fishing with his wife and three boys. Beau served for eight years in the United States Army, with service in Iraq and Afghanistan. He holds a masters in international relations from Johns Hopkins University and a PhD in history from the University of Calgary, where he currently works. Beau is eager to help with BHA’s mission to preserve and protect our publicly-owned lands for current and future generations.

 

 

 


preview-gallery-Everett_Hanna.jpgEverett Hanna - BOD, Lethbridge 
Everett has been hunting and fishing since he was a young child.  He cut his teeth jump-shooting wood ducks and wing-shooting ruffed grouse (yes, ruffed grouse are actually quite flighty in southern Ontario!) on the Canadian Shield, chasing wild turkeys and deer on agricultural lands, calling migrating waterfowl on the big water of Lake Ontario, and fishing for everything from salmon in the Great Lakes to smallmouth bass in cottage country.  After permanently moving to Alberta in 2015 (originally Lac La Biche), he became more dedicated to big game hunting, spending inordinate amounts of time chasing elk with his bow, and now, since moving to southwestern Alberta in 2018, bighorn sheep and black bears in the mountains.

Professionally, Everett teaches 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year courses in wildlife biology with the School of Environmental Sciences at Lethbridge College.  Everett is also a senior wildlife biologist with a consulting firm where he gets to work on various projects in central and western Canada – from wildlife monitoring on pipelines in the prairies to tracking collared caribou via helicopters in northeast BC to conducting breeding bird surveys on the Pacific Coast.  Everett has a PhD in wildlife ecology, is a Certified Wildlife Biologist® with The Wildlife Society, and a Registered Professional Biologist with the BC College of Applied Biology.  He is also a past president of the Alberta Chapter of The Wildlife Society.

Everett was naturally drawn to BHA’s advocacy for science-based decision making and mission to protect access to public land.  Everett brings >13 years of international experience in natural resource management with NGOs, provincial/state agencies, and academic institutions to the Board.  His goal in joining the AB BHA Board is simple: to make sure wild places best explored by quadriceps (and not quads) remain for future generations of outdoorspeople to explore.

preview-gallery-Devon_Rundvall.jpgDevon Rundvall - BOD, Edmonton

Devon is a new hunter that almost exclusively hunts public land in Alberta. As a public land hunter he was drawn to BHA for it's focus on keeping public land in public hand.  He joined the Alberta chapter during the first pint night held in Edmonton and hasn’t missed one since. For the last two years, Devon has helped organize pint nights and represented BHA during events. Despite these efforts no one has given up a honey hole where he can find a nice bull elk. Frustrated with all the secrecy, he decided to join the ABHA board in hopes of getting a peek at everyone else's GPS maps.

 

 

 

 


Levi_Williams-Whitney.JPGLevi Williams-Whitney, Lethbridge

Levi was born in Slake Lake, Alberta and spent the majority of his grade school years trailing his determined mother around Western Canada. Summers were spent with his Dad on the farm and in the bush where the simplicities of life were of most importance. After graduating high school, Levi pursued a Lacrosse Scholarship in the United States and eventually found his way back home with a deeper appreciation for his Northern roots. His love and respect for the wild continues to grow as hunting, angling, and exploring continues to take precedent in his life. 

Levi now resides in Southern Alberta where he studies Environmental Science and spends every minute outside of a textbook enjoying the incredible backcountry opportunities of the badlands, prairies, foothills, and mountain tops. He is thrilled to give back and stand up for the areas and wildlife that enrich his soul and fill his plate.

 

 

 


Erik_Koskela_Profile.jpgErik Koskela – BOD, Calgary

Erik was born in Sudbury, Ontario, spent most of his adult life in Ottawa, and relocated to Calgary in July 2019. He spent much of his childhood hunting and fishing with his father and grandfather, but largely stopped after he went to university. After graduation, he spent several years trying to reconcile urban life with his childhood passions but struggled to find hunting opportunities that weren’t on private land. His passions were later re-ignited after a friend introduced him to public land turkey hunting opportunities near Ottawa.

Since moving to Alberta, Erik’s free time is spent dreaming about elk, fly fishing, and learning about the importance of backcountry nutrition.  

 

 

 

 


Kevin_Lee_Profile.jpgKevin Lee – BOD, Calgary

Kevin was born in Seoul, South Korea, and moved to Calgary in 1992.

After moving to Lethbridge for his university studies, he met his future wife, who is the reason why he got into hunting, and began the love affair with the outdoors, and the sports of hunting and angling.

Being introduced to hunting in his mid-twenties, he felt a bit lost and intimidated. He tagged alongside his wife’s family on a couple hunts, and then with some friends at work. As things progressed, the appreciation for how difficult it can be, and how delicate nature is, grew and grew. After witnessing two hard winters, and the population dropped dramatically, it highlighted how easily the things we take for granted can vanish. This is the reason why he feels the need to help preserve the environment, in particular public land.


preview-gallery-Riley_Epp_Profile.jpgRiley Epp – BOD, Calgary

Riley was introduced to hunting at age 26 when a friend brought him along on a mule deer hunt. He has since taken a keen interest in big game hunting, and more recently, game birds and fishing. He joined BHA in 2018, embracing the commonly held values of conservation and advocacy for wilderness and its dependents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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