Board of Directors

Dr Brad Stelfox

President

Dr Brad Stelfox

Dr. Brad Stelfox established Forem Technologies and the ALCES Group in 1995 and is the architect and developer of the ALCES model. He is an adjunct professor at the Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta, and the Department of Environmental Design, University of Calgary. Brad's research and teachings focus on the interface between human land uses and regional landscapes. The major development stream of Forem has been ALCES (A Landscape Cumulative Effects Simulator), a program gaining rapid acceptance by governments, industry, the scientific community, and NGO's to explore issues between landscapes, land uses (agriculture, forestry, oil and gas, mining, human populations, tourism, and transportation sectors), and ecological and economic integrity. Dr. Stelfox has received the Alberta Emerald Foundation Award (2004) and the Alberta Science and Technology Award (2003) for his contributions with the ALCES model in advancing understanding of land use sustainability issues and in seeking solutions that balance economic, social, and ecological indicators.

Brad and his wife Sarah live in Calgary. When Brad is not working on the ALCES model or guest lecturing on land use issues, he is likely on horseback exploring the mountain trails of Alberta's east slopes.


Matt Carlson

Vice President

Matt Carlson

Matt is an ecologist interested in applying a systems dynamics approach to communicate land use concepts and develop pragmatic solutions to natural resource management challenges. Over the past ten years, Matt has developed and applied simulation tools to explore the future effects of land use in a variety of landscapes from the Mackenzie Watershed in northwestern Canada to the Mbaracayu Biosphere Reserve in Paraguay. Recent projects have focused on applying ALCES to inform the development of land-use plans that appropriately balance ecological and socioeconomic objectives. Matt is also an ecologist for the Canadian Boreal Initiative, and has a Masters of Science in Conservation Biology from the University of Alberta. Matt lives in Ottawa with his wife and two children. When not at work Matt can be found running trails, or after his kids.


Jennifer Janzen

Executive Director

Jennifer Janzen

Jennifer Janzen joined the ALCES group in 2008 as the project coordinator for Alberta Tomorrow, a web-based educational land-use simulator. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Land Use & Environmental Studies and Biology, and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Saskatchewan and has worked for various government and non-profit organizations as a plant ecologist and educator in Saskatchewan and Alberta. She taught high school Biology in Alberta for 10 years while at the same time working with the Elbow River Watershed Partnership and Parks Canada to develop lesson plans on various environmental issues. She and her husband now live in Cochrane, raising two wonderful daughters and instilling in them an appreciation for our natural world.


Noah Purves-Smith

Secretary-Treasurer

Noah Purves-Smith

In 1997 after completing a course in Computer Engineering at the University of Victoria, and studying art fundamentals at the University of Calgary Noah created Ursudio Multimedia. A talented designer and programmer; Noah uses his talents to create effective web applications, designs, multimedia content and print advertising. Applying well-honed communication and team-building skills that Noah acquired after many years as a skipper on the Canadian National Sailing Team.

When not working on stunning multimedia designs, Noah can be found sailing or making music with family and friends.


Pat Worthington

Director

Pat Worthington

Pat is the Director of Human Resources with Rocky View Schools. Having worked with Rocky View for close to thirty years, he served as a teacher and school-based administrator prior to entering Human Resources six years ago. His passion for education and working with children has provided the foundation for a life of learning and adventure.

Graduating from the University of Calgary with a BEd in 1984 was the beginning of a life long journey of professional learning. Pat completed a Masters of Education in 1993. Last year, he completed a Certificate in Human Resource Management from the University of Calgary and he is currently pursuing learning in the field of Conflict Management / Mediation through the Justice Institute of British Columbia.

Both within and outside of Rocky View, Pat has been actively involved in the environmental and global education communities within Alberta for much of his career. For many years Pat served with the Global, Environmental and Outdoor Education Council (GEOEC) of the Alberta Teachers Association. Pat has also been actively involved with the Alberta Council for Environmental Education (ACEE), serving as a Board member for several years.


Jack O'Neill

Director

Jack O'Neill

Jack has 17 years of experience working on land based issues in Alberta. He holds an Bachelor of Environmental Studies, Honours Geography from the University of Waterloo and an Advanced Diploma in GIS from the College of Geographic Sciences [COGS] in Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia. Throughout his career he has played key roles, with multi-disciplinary teams, with numerous initiatives to promote sustainable forestry and integrated landscape management. From 2003 to 2013 Jack was with Stantec and its acquired companies AXYS Environmental and Jacques Whitford-AXYS in a variety of management and leadership roles for their full service GIS team based in Calgary. While with Stantec, he was also the coordinator for a comprehensive GIS services program for one of Stantec's largest clients.

Since August 2013 Jack has been the Senior Technical Advisor for the Land Environmental Priority Area with Canada's Oil Sands Innovation Alliance [COSIA].


Justin Straker

Board Member

Justin Straker

Justin Straker is a soil scientist and forest ecologist, and a principal of the Integral Ecology Group in Victoria, British Columbia. Justin has over 15 years of experience in applied terrestrial ecology, focusing on three primary areas:

  1. Terrestrial reclamation of industrial disturbances, including design, implementation, assessment, review and regulatory inspection of reclamation and reclamation-research programs for the mining and forestry sectors;
  2. Terrestrial environmental-effects research/biomonitoring programs, including design and implementation of studies on the effects of industrial atmospheric emissions and fugitive dusts (acidifying emissions, nitrogen and metals) on terrestrial ecosystems; and
  3. Assessment of the interactions of human land uses and other ecosystem components, including development of land management frameworks and State-of-Environment reporting.

In his work, Mr. Straker has provided technical advice and research support to industry, government and stakeholder clients throughout western Canada, and in Quebec and Peru.


Farley Klotz

Board Member

Farley Klotz

Farley Klotz is the Western Canada Regional Discipline Leader for GIS at Stantec working primarily within the Environmental Services area. He is a Senior GIS Technical Specialist who holds a B.Sc. Honours degree in Geography from the University of Calgary. Farley specializes in identifying analytical techniques and solutions for environmentally based questions for clients in the energy and environment industries. Land use challenges are a key driver of his work.

Farley lives in Calgary with his wife and two daughters. They can be found on their cross country skis in the winter and on their bikes or in a canoe in the summer.


Hugh Pepper

Board Member

Hugh Pepper

After a 37 year career in education, Hugh has joined his daughter in the flower business. For 12 years he was as Municipal politician where he took a leadership role setting up the Ghost Access Management Plan and was actively involved in regional water issues. He is presently the Chairman of the Upper Bow Basin Cumulative Effects study group, and a Director of the Action For Agriculture.


Crystal Damer

Board Member

Crystal Damer

Crystal has worked for the Government of Alberta since 1994. She has worked in a number of portfolios over her career with the public service including business development, investment, tourism, administration, information management and project management. In October 2008, she joined the Land Use Secretariat which is overseeing the implementation of the province's Land-use Framework which includes the development of the seven regional land-use plans.


Kara Vincent

Board Member

Kara Vincent

Kara Vincent is a Grade Four teacher in Cochrane. She has a particular interest in experiential, environmental education and loves getting students outside and involved in authentic, real world issues. Kara lives in Bowness with her husband and her husky cross 'Akuma', spending as much time as possible in the mountains or down by the river.


Dr. Elston Dzus

Board Member

Dr. Elston Dzus

Elston has been a forest ecologist with Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries Inc. for 18 years. He is interested in the interaction of human activities and ecology of various wildlife species. Much of his work in the past 20 years has focused on understanding the complex interactions between industrial landuse and predator-prey dynamics in relation to conservation of woodland caribou. He has been an advocate for advancing ecosystem-based management and other integrated land management innovations through strategic collaborations that incorporate consideration of ecological, economic and social components.

Elston holds a Master’s degree in zoology from the University of Manitoba and a B. Sc. and Ph. D. from the University of Saskatchewan. He has served on graduate student committees at various universities in Alberta and Saskatchewan. He has been active for many years with The Wildlife Society (Manitoba and Alberta Chapters) and is currently serving on the Board of Directors of Forest Stewardship Council Canada.


Robert Albricht

Board Member

Robert Albricht

After completing his master’s degree in Rural Land Ecology in The Netherlands in 1995 Robert worked on a variety of resource management projects teaching mid-career professionals from developing countries pragmatic applications of remote sensing and GIS. Moving back to Canada in the early 2000’s he spent nearly a decade at Silvatech Consulting Ltd. improving the quality of land based information to support resource management and growing business opportunities in Western Canada and the United States. The past four years he has been the Land Stewardship Coordinator for ConocoPhillips Canada where he works to improve environmental performance of Oil Sands operations.


Janelle Phillips

Board Member

Janelle Phillips

Janelle has been a teacher with the Rocky View School Division for 7 years. She is passionate about Environmental Education and has used Alberta Tomorrow in her classroom to help her students develop a stronger understanding of sustainability and complex challenges surrounding land use. She is currently a Learning Specialist with the division and hopes to facilitate and inspire continual growth and change in the teaching profession.