Our Team

The KCP Team is made up of four positions: Program Director, Stewardship Manager, Communications Manager and Program Coordinator. Together, they ensure the smooth delivery of the Kootenay Conservation Program.

Program Director – Juliet Craig

Juliet brings a collaborative and innovative mindset to ecological projects. She works out of Nelson and has a broad range of conservation experience including invasive plant management, bat conservation, species at risk planning, and environmental education. This experience has allowed her to focus on the connections between people and the land and the important role of private landowner stewardship in conservation. Juliet has an M.Sc. in ethnobotany and is a Registered Professional Biologist and Professional Agrologist. When not working, she enjoys camping and exploring the beautiful Kootenay region with her family.

Get in touch with Juliet: manager@kootenayconservation.ca

Stewardship & Kootenay Connect Manager – Marcy Mahr

Marcy’s lifelong passion for conserving biodiversity has shaped her career over the past 30 years, and led her to work in amazing places all over Canada and the US. She began with KCP in 2009 by preparing conservation property evaluations for the Securement Committee and then moved onto serving as KCP’s Stewardship & Communications Manager co-leading KCP’s expansion to include both the East and West Kootenays. As Stewardship Coordinator & Kootenay Connect Project Manager, Marcy is leading local and landscape-level initiatives with KCP partners to advance conservation in our region. Marcy has a M.Sc. in Plant Ecology and lives with her family on a small farm in the Slocan Valley.

Get in touch with Marcy: stewardship@kootenayconservation.ca

Communications Manager – Nicole Trigg

Nicole Trigg is an accredited journalist and communications consultant whose career has spanned diverse sectors. A profound appreciation for natural landscapes inspired her to join the KCP team. Originally from the West Coast, she now resides in the Columbia Valley in the East Kootenay where she can be found paddling the wetlands, biking the local trails, or exploring the nearby mountain ranges year-round in her spare time. Nicole has an Honours BA from the University of British Columbia and a Post-Degree Journalism Certificate from Langara College.

Get in touch with Nicole: communications@kootenayconservation.ca

Program Coordinator – Kendal Benesh

After completing her BSc in Biology and Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria, Kendal spent the following decade conducting biodiversity monitoring in Alberta’s boreal forest, coordinating research efforts that support the recovery of woodland caribou in Western Canada, and managing invasive species programming in the East Kootenay. As Program Assistant, Kendal supports the KCP team in coordinating and facilitating conservation efforts on private land across the Kootenays. Kendal now resides in Winlaw with her partner and dog, where she is happily exploring the Slocan Valley and learning how to prune fruit trees.

Get in touch with Kendal: kendal@kootenayconservation.ca