Shortly after graduating with a combined honours BA in Communication Studies and Spanish from Wilfrid Laurier University, Kristine merged her work experience in corporate finance with her passion for wildlife conservation. In 2008 she moved to West Africa to help manage a primate conservation, education and research non-profit called CERCOPAN. After returning to Canada in 2009, she moved to British Columbia to focus on Canadian conservation issues. She worked with Burns Bog Conservation Society in Delta as their Communications Coordinator before starting with NWPS in 2011. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, snowboarding and kayaking.
Kristine KrynitzkiExecutive Director
Born in the prairies but raised by the Rockies, Karlee has always felt at home in the outdoors. She craves connection, whether it be people, animals, or nature, which ultimately aligned her with her career path in wildlife conservation.
Karlee graduated from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technologies Biological Sciences program specializing in Renewable Resources. This education provided her with a strong foundation of knowledge about sustainable practices that not only benefit the environment but also enrich the communities and people who take part in these practices.
Beginning her career in Banff National Park as a Trail Guide, Karlee loved being able to teach people from around the world about the flora and fauna of the Rocky Mountains. It was here she moved on to become the Interpretive Centre Assistant Supervisor at Sunshine Village. Moving back home to Edmonton, she took a role as an Outdoor Educator at the Strathcona Wilderness Centre. There she was granted the opportunity to plan and deliver high quality outdoor and environmental education programs to the public, schools, community and adult groups. Always fascinated by animals, Karlee then moved on to the Edmonton Valley Zoo as an interpreter to deepen her understanding of wildlife education. With this organization, she had exposure to educating groups of up to 500 people on conservation and wildlife, allowing her to deepen her knowledge of wildlife species.
Volunteering with Phuket Elephant Sanctuary, WildNorth Wildlife Rescue, and Alberta Animal Rescue Society has allowed Karlee to understand the significance of protecting and preserving wildlife. She is an avid snowboarder, back-country hiker, and all-around active lifestyle enthusiast.
Karlee joined the NWPS team in October 2019 as Wildlife Educator leading programs throughout the Lower Mainland.
Karlee LeyerWildlife Educator
Connel Bradwell is NWPS’s lead educator based in Victoria. Connel continues to increase NWPS’s involvement throughout Vancouver Island by delivering wildlife education programs year-round and assisting with projects on Manley Farm Bird & Wildlife Sanctuary.
Connel holds a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Conservation from Nottingham Trent University. His background includes working with Wildlife Trust in the UK and on southern resident orca research with Cetus Research & Conservation Society in Victoria.
Connel has recently had the great honour to partner with the International Fund for Animal Welfare to be Canada’s sole delegate at the Youth Forum for People and Wildlife in South Africa in conjunction with the 17th meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). Connel was also recently named one of Canada’s Top 25 Environmentalists Under 25 by The Starfish.
Connel BradwellEducation Manager
David Craig holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto and is a Chartered Accountant. David has been involved with Northwest Wildlife Preservation Society since 1989 in various capacities. David has held Board positions in the past and is currently contracted to manage the Manley Farm Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary. He is President of Consolidated Management Consultants Ltd., Vice President of BC Advanced Conservation and Efficiency Association and Executive Director of Commercial Energy Consumers Association of BC. David was employed at BC Hydro Power & Authority in various management capacities.
Board of Directors
Jim Pigott, C.M.C.
Jim Pigott has been on the Board of NWPS for over a decade, and has been President since 2008. Jim has seen the Society grow through several stages of its evolvement and has been present through the process of acquiring Manley Farm and the addition of this valuable environmental gem to the Society’s assets. Jim has helped guide the transition of the Society into its present form. His passion for wildlife and the environment keep his volunteer spirit alive in NWPS’ activities, which continue to surprise and delight him.
Jim is a Certified Management Consultant and an Industrial Engineer, with an extensive background in all aspects of the forest products manufacturing industry. In his professional career, Jim was most recently Vice President, Sales of MAJIQ Inc., one of the world’s leading developers of business management software for the pulp and paper industry, in which he has worked in both operations and in information technology in North America and internationally. He currently works as a consultant.
Jim is married, has 4 children and enjoys hiking, sailing and skiing. He lives in Burnaby, British Columbia.
Jim Pigott, C.M.C.President
Ann Peters has been involved with Northwest Wildlife Preservation Society for over 20 years. She previously worked as the volunteer Executive Director. She currently served on the Board of Directors as the Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. Ann owns and operates BearCat Consulting Ltd., a management consulting company, providing services to private, public and not-for-profit companies. Ann has a background in Business Administration, Project Management and Change Management.
Ann PetersVice President and Secretary/Treasurer
Michele Kvarnstrom joined the Board of NWPS over a decade ago, after helping to launch the Green Ribbon Campaign in 2002 and served as Vice President from 2003-2019. Being in a position to watch the society grow and evolve into the multifaceted environmental force it is today with infinite possibilities as we move forward, and being a part of that process, is both exciting and rewarding. I look forward with great anticipation to all that lays ahead as we push forward with plans for expanded educational opportunities and the development of Manley Farm Bird & Wildlife Sanctuary.
Michele is a sales and marketing professional with an extensive background in both print and digital media. She has worked for the Vancouver Courier Newspaper, A Glacier Media publication, for the last 8 years. Prior to that, Michele spent many years in the hi-tech industry as a Marketing and Events Manager responsible for industry conferences and large scale events across Canada, the United States and Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Michele has called North Vancouver home for the past 28 years and has a son who is a talented Artist and recent graduate from Emily Carr University.
After studying Zoology at the University of BC (B.Sc.) Woody received his Chartered Accountants designation in 1974. He is a Fellow of the Institute of CA’s of BC and is also a Chartered Arbitrator. His firm, Hayes Stewart Little & Co., has grown to become the largest independent firm on Vancouver Island.
Mr. Hayes is a past president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia. Other past activities include serving as a Director of the Vancouver Island Health Authority, Board Chairman of Malaspina University-College (now Vancouver Island University) and as a member of the Oversight Council of the Accounting Standards Board of Canada. He is currently a Hearing Panelist of The Law Society of BC’s Discipline Hearing Pool. He is a recipient of the Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 and the Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012, both awarded by the Governor General of Canada. He has been awarded a Life Time Achievement Award by both the Cowichan Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of B.C.
Woody has been on the NWPS Board since 2008.
Robert Wickson is a Partner in Discovery Economic Consulting, a consulting firm that provides expert testimony to the Courts and other economic advice. He earned a double major Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and history from the University of Victoria in 1983. In 2007, Mr. Wickson began testifying in the BC Supreme Court as an economic expert.
Mr. Wickson has been an active member of the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce since 1990, holding the positions of Chair of the Environment and Transportation Committees, President (2000). In 2001 he joined the Board of the BC Chamber of Commerce as the Director for District 2 Member Chambers for South Vancouver Island (2001-2002), and he became an Executive Member (2004). He was the 2006/2007 Chair of the BC Chamber.
Mr. Wickson’s previous positions include Chair of the City of Victoria’s Transportation Advisory Committee, Director of the Victoria Green Challenge Society (publisher of the Environews), Director of Smart Growth BC, Treasurer of the Spectrum Job Search Centre, and President of IslandTransformations.org. He was President of the Greater Victoria Bike to Work Society from 2005 through 2012 and is currently President of the Gorge Tillicum Community Association, a Director of the Northwest Wildlife Preservation Society, Director of Capital Bike and Walk, and Vice-President of Islandtransformations.org.
Todd has a focus on early stage business structure creation to position for hyper growth, strategic planning and execution, team, process and technology foundation building, business relationships management, market analytics and international deal delivery. For the first 25 years of his career, through his own technology and management consulting firms, he primarily worked with Fortune 500, public and private companies on the creation and implementation of business process management methods and technology. From August, 2010 he has focussed on assisting business founders with start-up through proof of concept and hyper growth including companies such as: LYFE Kitchen; Luvo; Freightera Logistics; Blueprint Reality and RentMoola Payment Solutions. He currently serves on the boards and in advisory roles with a number of companies. Todd is a founder and managing partner of Equifaira Advisors, a business advisory and management consulting company.
Susan Chambers, CSE, has lived in Washington State and British Columbia. She owns and operates teleCAT Communications since 2001. She provides fund and business development consulting services for a variety of charities, private and public organizations throughout North America.
She has a formal education in Marketing Management, Fund Development and Business Communication. She has been profiled in national media, industry associations and her local Chamber of Commerce.
Susan only works with businesses and charities that she believes in and loves to connect people to her cause. She believes that now more than ever the mission of NWPS – Preservation through Education – is relevant and one that individuals and corporations have a stake in.
After being a long time supporter of the society, Susan joined the NWPS Board of Directors in 2020.