The KCP Board is made up of elected representatives and provides strategic direction to the KCP including funding, budget, program priorities, annual workshop themes and recognition awards.
Derek Petersen – Chair
Derek Petersen currently coordinates the Ecological Integrity Monitoring Program for Banff, Yoho and Kootenay National Parks. Derek’s 30 year career with Parks Canada has spanned responsibilities ranging from integrated land use planning, to social science, to conservation biology and has included postings across western and northern Canada. Derek has a Master’s degree in Science, an undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies and Economics and a diploma in Renewable Resources Technology.
Candace Batycki is the B.C. and Yukon Program Director for the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y), a joint Canada-U.S. not-for-profit organization that connects and protects habitat from Yellowstone to Yukon so people and nature can thrive. Candace started her conservation career at Earth Island Institute in 1989, and has worked mostly for non-profit organizations, often focused on transboundary species and ecosystems. In 2014, she completed a Master of Arts in Environment and Management at Royal Roads University. Candace lives in Nelson, where she served as a city councilor from 2011 through 2014. She loves to hike, camp, ski and kayak across the Y2Y geography.
Chris Bosman is the Kootenay Conservation Land Manager for The Nature Trust of BC. Chris has an Honours Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism and a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from Lakehead University in Ontario. He enjoys hiking, skiing, fly fishing, canoeing and hunting.
Ken Brock is currently Head of Protected Areas and Stewardship for Environment Canada’s Canadian Wildlife Service. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from McGill University and a Master of Environmental Studies from York University.
Doris Hausleitner is an instructor at Selkirk College. She teaches first year Terrestrial Ecology and Applied Biology and Systems Ecology in the Integrated Environmental Planning Program (IEP) and Ecosystems Management for the Recreation Fish and Wildlife program, as well as the restoration field school for IEP. She is also the owner/operator of a consulting company based in Nelson that has specialized in research on rare and endangered wildlife species in British Columbia for the past 12 years. Her projects have included riparian and wetland restoration, long-term wildlife monitoring, invasive plant monitoring, impact assessments for winter recreation, and landscape scale non-invasive genetic sampling of wolverine. She lives on a nine-acre farm outside of Nelson with her husband, two children, two dogs, pigs, chickens and bees.
Richard (Rick) Hoar has lived in British Columbia since 1969 where he obtained post-secondary diplomas in Forestry Resources followed by one in Fisheries, Wildlife and Recreation Management. In 1974 he went to work for the BC Conservation Officer Service and worked in several areas around the province retiring in 2006. He currently is President of the Lake Windermere District Rod & Gun Club and sits on the Boards of the Columbia Wetlands Stewardship Partners and Rocky Mountain Trench Society. He is the representative for the East Kootenay Wildlife Association on the KCP Board.
Adrian Leslie, MSc, RPBio is the South Selkirk Program Manager for the Nature Conservancy of Canada and has been working in the Columbia Basin on ecosystem conservation, restoration and research for over 10 years. He is a Registered Professional Biologist with experience working in both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems from low elevation floodplains to high elevation forests throughout the Columbia Basin. He has a Master’s degree in Environment and Management and has lead several research and restoration projects, and has extensive experience helping organizations complete environmental projects. Adrian has worked with a variety of environmental stakeholders in the Columbia Basin including non-profit, governmental, educational, industrial, and private organizations.
Jennifer Vogel is a Professional Agrologist and a Executive Director of the Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Royal Roads University, and has spent most of her career working in the field of invasive species management and environmental stewardship. A great lover of the outdoors, Jennifer spends much of her free time exploring the beautiful west Kootenays.