Board of Directors

Scott Riddell

President

Scott Riddell

Scott graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Organizational Behaviour and Industrial Relations Management. He is currently part of the senior management team at London Drugs Limited holding the position of Manager, Strategic Innovation. He has been with London Drugs since 1986 getting his start providing health care services in the pharmacy division.

Scott has a long association with Wildlife Rescue going back more than a decade. As well as being a donor and Lifetime Member he has provided volunteer services to the organization. Prior to his appointment as President, he was Director at Large for the Association.

Nicole Belanger

Vice-President

Nicole Belanger

Nicole, who is an experienced Veterinary Technician and a forestry and wildlife specialist, has been a long-time advocate for wildlife. As well as working in veterinary clinics, she has experience as an emergency oiled wildlife responder and wildlife rehabilitator.

She has dedicated the past 11 years of her professional life working in the research field; first with the University of Alberta and then with the University of British Columbia where she has spent the past eight years managing the Breeding Facility for the Center for Disease Modeling.

As well as acting as Vice President for the Board of Directors at Wildlife Rescue, Nicole is proud to volunteer her time as the Chair of the Animal Care Committee.

Nicole enjoys nature walks with her two terrier companions and is an avid wildlife photographer.

Corinne Taliunas

Secretary

Corinne Taliunas

Corinne is a lawyer in Surrey and brings with her a passion for animal protection and rehabilitation, which has grown out of the fond memories from growing up with urban wildlife in and around Metro Vancouver. She recalls watching baby raccoons swing on the tree swing in her backyard, watching skunks roll up the grass to get to the grubs, being bitten on the ankle by a squirrel and having a bat caught in her hair while camping. She is now ready to combine her meticulous legal skills with her love of animals to assist the board in preserving wildlife for future generations.

Deborah Markle

Director-at-Large

Director Deborah Markle

Deborah’s initial taste for wildlife rehabilitation came from working for almost six years with large mammals and raptors as a volunteer and on-call Wildlife Ranger for the Grouse Mountain Refuge for Endangered Wildlife.

Wanting to learn more about smaller mammals and birds, Deborah joined WRA as a volunteer in 2004, and subsequently developed her skill levels in wildlife rehabilitation as well as participating in numerous fundraising and educational events.

Most recently, Deborah expanded her commitment to WRA by joining the Board of Directors in October 2008, and she looks forward to helping contribute in this new role to the betterment of urban wildlife.

Deborah has a background in special event coordination, public consultation and communications.

Alasdair Douglas

Director-at-Large

Alasdair Douglas

Alasdair has a wide and deep breadth of experience, working over the past 25 plus years in executive management roles in the marketing consulting, hotels/hospitality and real estate industries. He is currently semi-retired while working on the launch a new brand in Child Care (his oldest daughter has just graduated from early childhood education). He has significant experience and successful track with non-profits and charity initiatives having served on the Board of Tourism Richmond and consulting and volunteering with the Richmond Hospital Foundation. Some prior charity initiatives include the development and launch of a cross-Canada ‘tour’ called Random Acts of Kindness and a hotel legacy fundraising program called Friends in Need that has raised millions of dollars for local charities across Canada.

Jeannie Magis

Director-at-Large

Jeannie Magis

Jeannie’s career started off with the birds… literally! Inspired by the Exxon Valdez, she began her career in wildlife rehabilitation with a focus on oil spill response. Jeannie was invited to manage the Southern California facility for the International Bird Rescue and was part of the IFAW International Oil Spill Response Team. In 2004 she moved to Vancouver and began working at Royal Columbian Hospital as a Laboratory Technician. Eight years later she decided to merge her two passions – Health & Wellness, and Food – and entered the world of Natural & Organic food sales with a focus on the Independent grocers in B.C. In Jeannie’s spare time you will find her testing her culinary skills or out hiking and enjoying the great outdoors.

Jason Lesage

Director-at-Large

Jason Lesage

With more than 15 years of leadership experience in communications, public relations and public affairs, Jason Lesage has worked in government, the not-for-profit and private sectors. Currently, he is the executive director of the Queen’s Park Healthcare Foundation, a small hospital foundation that raises funds for the Queen’s Park Care Centre, a long-term seniors residential care facility in New Westminster. Previously, Jason worked with LifeSciences BC, the provincial industry association representing the biotechnology and health care research sectors, Mitacs, a not-for-profit organization that designs and delivers research and training programs in Canada, BCLC and the Government Caucus of British Columbia. Jason holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Victoria, as well as a Certificate in Public Relations from Langara College and a Certificate in Planning, Techniques and Foundations in Public Participation from the International Association of Public Participation.

Corinne Caldwell

Treasurer

Wildlife Corrine Caldwell

Corinne Caldwell is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant, having articled with Ernst & Young LLP. She is currently the Chief Financial Officer with the BC Real Estate Association (BCREA). As a member of the Senior Management team, she is directly involved in oversight of operations, strategic planning and working to meet the overall outcomes of the organization. She works closely with the Board of Directors and the Finance & Audit Committee. As a key finance resource on the provincial level, she assists regional senior finance staff and executives.

Corinne has completed the Chartered Director designation through the Director’s College. She is using this knowledge as a finance committee member and coach with other organizations.

Corinne has a passion for wildlife and has travelled around the world to see wildlife in its natural habitat. She is excited to use her expertise to help protect wildlife in the urban environment.

Carol Neuman

Director-at-Large

Carol is the Director of Learning at Vantage Point, where she develops educational content and learning for the many programs held at Vantage Point. Carol creates interactive, engaging, and inspirational content for Vantage Point participants. Through her career and her work with Vantage Point, Carol has developed expertise in engaging stakeholder communities, managing strategic communications projects, not-for-profit leadership and board governance, and leading organizational growth. Carol received her Masters in Communications from the University of Calgary and received training from Grant MacEwan University in Executive Leadership for the Non-Profit Sector.

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