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 North: 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 North: 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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Jason LaChappelle
Conservation Programs & Communications Coordinator

Jason is CPAWS Yukon’s lead on the Protect the Peel campaign and coordinates other policy work as well as the organization’s website and social media. Originally from Edmonton, Jason is proud to be an environmentalist from Canada’s fossil fuels heartland and is driven to see Canada become a champion for climate change action, ecological protection and renewable energy. Jason completed an undergraduate degree from the University of Alberta and a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Waterloo, before spending four years in the UK working for an NGO focused on environmental certification. More recently, Jason was a constituency manager for an Alberta MLA. 

Jason has explored his passion for environmental education and advocacy through volunteer roles with organizations such as Greenpeace Canada and the Climate Reality Project. A newcomer to the Yukon, Jason is excited to travel to all corners of the territory, though he is still getting used to the idea of being “from the south.” In his spare time, he likes to play unconventional sports such as curling. 

Favourite wild place in the Yukon: Atlin (does that count?)
Favourite outdoor activity: Hiking with a dog by his side and sandwiches in his pack
Ask me about: the Peel campaign, the CPAWS website, and newsletter
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Wendy Morrison
Administrative and Finance 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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Susan Gwynne-Timothy
Administrative & Financial Assistant

An Ontario native with a background in art, history and the healing arts, Susan came to the Yukon both for the beauty of the wilderness but also due to her desire to live with her family and raise her children in a less polluted environment than she had grown up in herself. With her degrees in social history and art history (M.A), and experience working as an arts administrator and healing facilitator both in London U.K. and Guelph Ontario, she was for several years an instructor in Women’s Studies  at Yukon College and also Administrative Coordinator at Second Opinion Society, Whitehorse. She literally realized all at once in 2012 that the health of the environment is the foundation for the future for everything she cares about, and saw how it linked together her previous apparently disparate interests in health, mental health and wellbeing, social justice, civilization and culture. So she now is very happy to include in her lifelong passion for stewarding things (her family, or teaching about women’s experience within our cultural/historical heritage, or working to help people improve their wellbeing), working at CPAWS.

Favourite wild place in the North: Southern Lakes region at my front door so I can do anything and it only takes a few minutes to get there!
Favourite outdoor activity: Cross-country skiing, hiking and/or boating with my family, in Southern Lakes region
Ask me about: Membership, donations and general info about CPAWS
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