Our Board

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

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.

Suzanne Bayley

Dr. Suzanne Bayley is an expert in wetlands ecology hailing originally from the U.S. where she earned a PhD from John Hopkins University, followed by Post Doctoral Fellowship and Assistant Professor positions with the University of Florida, before stepping into the consecutive roles of Director of Coastal Zone Management for the State of Maryland and Director of Coastal Ecology Laboratory (and Associate Professor) for Louisiana State University. After relocating to Canada, Suzanne first worked at the Experimental Lakes Area in northwest Ontario, then moved west to become an Associate Professor and Professor of Ecology at the University of Alberta from 1989 to 2010. She’s now an Emeritus Professor of Ecology and most recently, in 2016, became the President of the Columbia Wetlands Stewardship Partners. Suzanne lives in Brisco in the East Kootenay with her husband Dr. David Schindler.

Chris Bosman

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.

Tasha Sargent

Tasha Sargent is the coordinator of the Canadian Intermountain Joint Venture, a bird habitat conservation partnership, and has worked for the Canadian Wildlife Service of Environment and Climate Change Canada since 2010. Before that, Tasha worked with the Grasslands Conservation Council of British Columbia, where she spent a lot of time in the grasslands of the East Kootenay with KCP and its partners. Tasha has a long history working with partners and partnerships in the eNGO and government world, and has worked primarily in habitat conservation for birds and species at risk. Tasha lives in Vancouver with her almost-husband and their dog, and is almost always planning their next adventure.

Doris Hausleitner

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.

Rick Hoar

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

Adrian Leslie

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.