Staff

Executive Director

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 Jordan Ignatiuk was born and raised on a farm at Preeceville, SK, where the transition of Aspen Parkland to Boreal Forest begins. Within walking distance of the Assiniboine River, many summer days were spent exploring its shores and the forests and wetlands around the farm where his love of nature and wildlife was nurtured. Jordan completed an undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of Regina and after two summers working on waterfowl with Environment Canada in Saskatoon he began his graduate field research there. Jordan received his Master’s Degree from Macdonald College of McGill University. Jordan has worked at Ducks Unlimited, the Saskatchewan Wetland Conservation Corporation (now the Water Security Agency), and most recently with The Nature Conservancy of Canada. Jordan's career has included academic and applied research, wildlife habitat management and conservation, which will bring a well-rounded knowledge to the leadership of Nature Saskatchewan. Jordan looks forward to the challenge and meeting and working with the many dedicated members and volunteers.

1-306-780-9293
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jignatiuk@naturesask.ca

Species at Risk Manager

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Melissa Ranalli is Nature Saskatchewan's Species at Risk Manager. Her diverse interests have led her to a wide variety of work and research streams, from Big Brown bat ecophysiology, to paleoecology, dendrochronology, green roof plant ecology, education, and most recently, species at risk. She completed a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Biology at the University of Regina and a Master's degree in green roof plant ecology at Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In her spare time she loves spending time with her son and husband, including gardening, reading, running, camping, hiking, and cooking.

 

1-306-780-9270
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mranalli@naturesask.ca

Conservation and Education Manager

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Lacey Weekes grew up on a farm East of Biggar where she spent most of her childhood outdoors. She graduated with a Resource Management diploma from SIAST and an Environmental Biology degree from the University of Regina. Lacey began working for Nature Saskatchewan in 2008 as a summer assistant and came back for a second summer in 2009. She came on as Operation Burrowing Owl coordinator in 2010 and now Lacey is pleased to be the Conservation and Education Manager. Lacey has a passion for environmental education and conservation and she shares this passion with her three girls.

 

1-306-780-9481
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lweekes@naturesask.ca

Communications Manager

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Ellen Bouvier grew up in Regina, SK and spent the majority of her childhood exploring nature. Most family time was spent hiking, horseback riding or just appreciating the natural world. Ellen completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Geography at the University of Regina in 2004 and began working with Nature Saskatchewan in 2008. Ellen lives in Regina with her husband and two children.

ebouvier@naturesask.ca
306-519-2384
 

 

 

 

 

 

Office Coordinator

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Becky Quist was born and raised on the prairies with numerous camping trips around the province and to the Canadian Rockies, it was instilled in her from a young age to appreciate and respect nature and everything within it with an understanding that all life is connected.

This love for nature has echoed through her adult life, having worked in a national park, being a constant advocate for environmental groups as well as activist and promoter for permaculture and renewable energy and global and local sustainability.

She is very excited to be working with Nature Saskatchewan and other naturalists and looks forward to making an impact where she can.

 

Rare Plant Rescue Coordinator

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Hello Everyone! I have always loved nature and though I grew up in the city, most of my spare time has always been spent outdoors. I am so thankful to have grown up surrounded by the beauty of Saskatchewan’s prairies and the unique species that make it their home! I first started working for Nature Saskatchewan as a Summer Assistant while I was still a student in 2014 and instantly knew that it was a place I would strive to come back to in the future. I graduated from the University of Regina in 2015 with a degree in biology, with concentration in ecology and environmental biology. I have had the great opportunity to work with a number of different species throughout my career, mainly species at risk, and in late 2016 was lucky enough to be hired as a Habitat Stewardship Coordinator for RPR. Since my initial term as RPR coordinator, I’ve worked in a variety of positions with Nature Sask including Database Tech, RPR assistant, OBO Coordinator, and I’m very happy to once again be continued on as the RPR Coordinator. It’s been so wonderful to meet many of you and I hope to connect with more in the years to come!

306-780-9417
1-800-667-4668
rpr@naturesask.ca


 

Ashley is currently on maternity leave. Although born and raised in the city of Regina, my favorite place to be is out in the prairie. I have always been passionate about wildlife and have been lucky enough to be able to work with many of the wonderful species that call Saskatchewan home. I received both my Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science degrees from the University of Regina and really enjoyed my studies in Biology and the opportunity to work with so many of our native species. I started with Nature Saskatchewan as a Habitat Stewardship Coordinator in January 2014, to cover a maternity leave, and they haven’t been able to get rid of me since! Staying on as a summer assistant, then a database technician, I am currently the Habitat Stewardship Coordinator for the Rare Plant Rescue program. I look forward to continue working with a great team and all of the wonderful landowners in conservation of our Saskatchewan wildlife and the land that we call home.

Operation Burrowing Owl Coordinator

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Hello! My name is Kaytlyn Burrows and I am a Habitat Stewardship Coordinator with Nature Saskatchewan. I have had a love for Saskatchewan and the prairies for as long as I can remember. Even though I grew up as a city kid in Regina, Saskatchewan, I was able to maintain a strong connection to
nature and the prairies thanks to summers spent at my grandparents’ farm near Tisdale, Saskatchewan. I have a Diploma in Conservation and Restoration Ecology from Lakeland College and a Bachelor of
Science degree in Environmental Biology from the University of Regina. After I graduated from Lakeland College in 2012, I spent that summer as a member of the Rare Plant Rescue search and monitoring crew
and then moved into the Office Coordinator position until starting in my current position. I have been the Coordinator for Nature Saskatchewan’s longest running stewardship program, Operation Burrowing
Owl since July of 2013 (with the exception of an 8-month education leave) and I am so fortunate to love what I do! I am a prairie girl at heart and hope I can continue to do what I love and share my passion for conservation!

1-306-780-9833
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obo@naturesask.ca

Shrubs for Shrikes/Plovers on Shore Coordinator

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Rebecca Magnus was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, and spent most of her childhood
summers at Last Mountain Lake. Rebecca has her Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Biology
from University of Regina and a Diploma in Integrated Resource Management from SIAST Woodland
Campus (now Sask PolyTechnic). Rebecca has been working with Nature Saskatchewan since 2007, first as a Habitat Stewardship Assistant followed by two summers working on the, newly formed at the time, Rare Plant Search and Monitoring Crew. Rebecca has been the Shrubs for Shrikes and Plovers on Shore
program coordinator since 2010, and Stewards of Saskatchewan Banner program coordinator since its
inception in 2011. Rebecca has also supported Nature Saskatchewan a few times and taken on the
Species at Risk Manger roll for a couple years as well as the Conservation and Education Manager roll for
over a year, while the managers were on leave. It is not uncommon to see Rebecca volunteering her
spare time at Nature Saskatchewan events, often with her two boys who, along with her wonderful husband, are inquisitive and share their enthusiasm in nature!

1-306-780-9832
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outreach@naturesask.ca