CPAWS Yukon Staff


Meet the CPAWS Yukon team

Chris Rider
Executive Director

Chris joined CPAWS Yukon as Executive Director in March 2016. A native of Australia, Chris has lived in Whitehorse since 2012 and previously worked as Executive Director of BYTE – Empowering Youth Society, an organization that works with youth in the Yukon’s First Nations communities. Chris has a Masters Degree in Commerce (International Business) from Swinburne University in Melbourne and has worked in non-profit management since 2008. Chris is friend to a black and white dog called Hutch, who comes to work at the CPAWS office most days. Whitehorse residents may recognize them from their daily walks down Two Mile Hill.

In his spare time, Chris is an avid cyclist and loves the outdoors. He also loves Leeds United, a football (soccer) team in the English Championship, the Vancouver Canucks and just about any time a team is competing for Australia.Chris has a passion for environmental protection and feels so privileged that it’s something he gets to talk about every day at work.

Favourite wild place in the Yukon: Tombstone and Kluane
Favourite outdoor activity: Backpacking
Ask him about: Peel legal case and anything else others can’t help with!
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Joanna Jack
Conservation Programs & Outreach Coordinator

Joanna is CPAWS Yukon's liaison with the Peel communities. She also provides support for CPAWS' ongoing conservation policy analysis as well as planning and implementation of campaigns. Born in the Yukon, Joanna left at a young age, ultimately choosing to move back in adulthood. After exploring a number of nooks and crannies around the world, Joanna is inspired by the cultural and biological richness that she continues to rediscover in her place of origin. Joanna studied environmental policy and practice at the University of Toronto and completed a MSc. in conservation biology at Carleton University. She has also worked as a field biologist and as a naturalist in Ontario as well as National and Yukon Parks.

Joanna feels privileged to be continually learning from First Nations people passionate about their traditional territories and environmental well-being. In her spare time, Joanna can be found exploring local trails and rivers or tending to her latest experiments with sustainable living, such as local food production and running her car on bio-diesel generated from waste oil.

Favourite wild place in the Yukon: Tombstone
Favourite outdoor activity: Human-powered travel (including but not limited to skiing, hiking, biking and canoeing) 
Ask me about: The Peel campaign and community initiatives
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Jody Overduin
Community Liaison

Jody fell in love with the Yukon while here to visit a friend in 2008, and moved here for good one year later. Having grown up in Ontario, she was completely amazed that a place as wild and untrammelled as the Yukon still existed. Ever since then, she has been devoted to helping protect it’s beautiful wild spaces. Jody began her involvement with CPAWS in 2007 as a volunteer with CPAWS National and has since been a volunteer and staff member of CPAWS Yukon. In May of 2015 Jody became a mom, which has only increased her passion to protect the wilderness we have left and help connect both children and people of all ages to nature. Jody loves her work and feels extremely grateful for the many friends, mentors and co-conspirators she has met throughout the Yukon and NWT through her work on the Peel Watershed Campaign and other CPAWS projects. The enduring strength of the First Nations that call the Peel watershed home has been a particular inspiration to Jody, and she is proud to partner with them in defence of democracy, the Treaties and the irreplaceable Peel watershed.

Favourite wild place in the Yukon: Although I’ve only been there once, the headwaters of the Hart River in the Peel Watershed have a very special place in my heart, pun intended.
Favourite outdoor activity: Tough question. Hiking would have to be my overall favourite, with rock climbing and paddling close behind.
Ask me about: The Peel and our work with First Nations
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Nadine Sander-Green
Communications Coordinator

Growing up in the Kootenay region of B.C. gave Nadine a deep appreciation for wild places. She has trekked the Himalayas, kayaked Haida Gwaii, climbed one of the world's highest volcanoes and paddled Yukon's Wind River. Nadine first came to the Yukon in 2011 to work as a Legislative Reporter for The Whitehorse Star and fell in love with the tight-knit community, the intensity of seasons and the incredible wilderness. She has a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Victoria and recently graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph, where she wrote a novel for her thesis. 

Favourite wild place in the Yukon: The Tombstones
Favourite outdoor activity: Snack breaks
Ask me about: Anything related to CPAWS communications
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Wendy Morrison
Operations Manager

Wendy has worked in non-profit organizational management for over 20 years. She has served with NGOs in various sectors: community development, the arts, health, tourism, environment and social justice.  She holds a BA in Political Science specializing in International Relations. Wendy moved to the Yukon in 2006 and committed right away to protecting its amazing wild spaces.  She served on the Board of Directors at the Yukon Conservation Society from 2006 to 2008. 

Favourite wild place in the Yukon: Any spot on the Wind River
Favourite outdoor activities: Paddling, skijoring, mountain biking, hiking, daily toddling and foraging with my young kids
Ask me about: service en Français 
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Randi Newton
Conservation Coordinator

Randi joined the CPAWS Yukon team in 2017 as the chapter’s Conservation Coordinator. Originally from central Alberta, Randi was drawn to Whitehorse by the strong sense of community and endless opportunities to explore the Yukon wilderness. She studied Conservation Biology at the University of Alberta and has a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Queen’s University. Previously, Randi worked as a land use planner and contributed to a variety of projects, including official community plans, regional plans and green network plans. She also has experience working on conservation projects, including radio-collaring and tracking deer to reduce deer-car collisions, working as a field assistant on a study of mercury accumulation in Common Loons, and sampling lakes as part of a citizen-science water monitoring project.

Randi loves all things outdoors, whether it’s scrambling up a mountain, heading out hunting to fill the freezer, or paddling and fishing on one of Yukon’s many lakes or rivers. One of the best parts about Whitehorse is the abundance of people who feel the same way. When not outside, Randi can usually be found cooking or preparing for the next adventure.

Favorite place: Exploring ridges in the Ogilvie Mountains
Favorite outdoor activity: Hiking and scrambling
Ask her about: Conservation and land use planning

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