Our Council Chair - Jennifer Smith

Jennifer Smith has a long-standing interest in land claims implementation, the foundations of co-management, and how they contribute to effective wildlife management in the Yukon. Originally from Whitehorse, she earned a diploma of Renewable Resource Management from Yukon College. For over a decade she worked as the Executive Director for the Wildlife Management Advisory Council (North Slope) in the areas of conservation planning, species management, and policy. She is passionate about the Yukon North Slope and upholding the principles of the Inuvialuit Final Agreement. 

Members

Colleen Arnison

Government of Canada

Firth River

VACANT

Inuvialuit Game Council

Caribou

Tyler Kuhn

Government of Yukon

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Tyler joined our Council in 2018 as the Yukon Government member. He is an Information Specialist Biologist in the Environment Department, although he also has a background in palaeontology and videography. Born and raised in the Yukon, Tyler and his family call Whitehorse home.

Billy Storr

Inuvialuit Game Council

Billy Storr


Bio coming soon!

Alternates

Michelle Gruben

Inuvialuit Game Council

Michelle Gruben

Michelle Gruben is originally from Tuktoyaktuk, but has called Aklavik home for the past 20 years. Michelle enjoys spending time out on the land and listening to stories from Elders in the region. Since 2009 she has worked for the Aklavik Hunters and Trappers Commitee as Resource Person, and was recently appointed to the Wildlife Management Advisory Council - North Slope. Michelle strongly believes in conservation and that we must all work together for the future.

Craig Machtans

Government of Canada

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Craig is the supervisor of the Population and Conservation section of Canadian Wildlife Service in Whitehorse. He has been in Whitehorse since 2013 and spent the previous 17 years at CWS in Yellowknife and so has a good deal of northern experience. Most of his technical work has been on bird monitoring and conservation, policy development, and environmental assessment at local, regional and national scales.

Matt Clarke

Government of Yukon

Matt Clarke Council Member

Matt is the Manager of Regional Programs for the Fish and Wildlife Branch of Environment Yukon, overseeing the collaborative work of Yukon's regional biologists and technicians, as well as staff in the harvest program. He has worked in the field of fish and wildlife management since 2005 in prairie, boreal, and arctic ecosystems, with particular focus on land claim implementation, environmental assessment, and harvest management. Matt and his family live north of Whitehorse.

Evelyn Storr

Inuvialuit Game Council

Ivvavik Firth Valley

Evelyn was born and raised in Aklavik. She brings vast knowledge and experience to any work that she does. She has worked for the Hamlet of Aklavik, the Aklavik Housing Association and the Northwest Territories Power Corporation in Inuvik. Evelyn served as the President of the Aklavik Hunters and Trappers Committee and is an active member of the Inuvialuit Investment Board. Evelyn currently lives in Inuvik.

Staff

Kaitlin Wilson

Program Manager

Kait Wilson

Kaitlin has spent much of her career exploring the relationships between northern environments and the people and animals that call them home. Although she has been particularly focused on caribou, having worked on Rangifer issues from Nunatsiavut to the Yukon, she is most passionate about protecting healthy, wild places for generations to come - it just so happens that caribou are a pretty good indicator of a healthy, wild place!

Kaitlin holds a M.Sc. in Environmental and Life Sciences from Trent University, where she studied the drivers of home range size for caribou across northern Ontario.

Allison Thompson

Program Manager

Allison Thompson

Allison joins WMAC (NS) after working for WMAC (NWT) for a year and a half in Inuvik. She is excited to keep working with the Inuvialuit, implementing the wildlife management sections of the Inuvialuit Final Agreement. Allison grew up in Ontario and moved west to Vancouver to pursue a degree in the environmental sciences at UBC. She fell in love with the west coast mountains and old growth trees and stayed on to complete a Masters in resource management and environmental studies, also at UBC, where she studied the movement ecology of the African buffalo. Allison is passionate about finding practical solutions to wildlife management and conservation issues. In her free time, Allison enjoys spending long days in the mountains as an ultra trail runner.