Shortly after graduating with a combined honours BA in Communication Studies and Spanish from Wilfrid Laurier University, Kristine merged her work experience in corporate finance with her passion for wildlife conservation. In 2008 she moved to West Africa to help manage a primate conservation, education and research non-profit called CERCOPAN. After returning to Canada in 2009, she moved to British Columbia to focus on Canadian conservation issues. She worked with Burns Bog Conservation Society in Delta as their Communications Coordinator before starting with NWPS in 2011. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, snowboarding and kayaking. Kristine lives in Horseshoe Bay, British Columbia.
Kristine KrynitzkiExecutive Director
Darren has always been interested in the natural world. For more than twenty five years he has attentively learned about animals and their natural behaviour. Darren holds a BSc in Environmental Studies and Primatology from McMaster University (1998), as well as a degree in Animal Sciences (1999).
Darren began his professional career in 1999 as a Lead Zookeeper at the Toronto Zoo and Little Rock Zoo where he worked with a wide variety of animal species representing all vertebrate classes, over 250 species and over 5,000 individuals. He learned about animals through daily care such as feeding, cleaning, rehabilitation and natural enrichment of animals. During this time he also developed a passion for teaching others about wildlife as he delivered educational talks to the public regarding wildlife behaviour and species conservation.
In 2004 Darren worked as a Wildlife Rehabilitator with Earth Rangers while also working at Sheridan and Georgian Colleges as a Wildlife Biology Instructor. For the colleges he developed units and programming to teach college students in advanced zoology topics such as wildlife rehabilitation and care, wildlife biology, animal species adaptations and behaviour, and habitat conservation.
In 2006 Darren moved from Ontario to the West Coast of British Columbia. He worked as the Ecology Supervisor at Capilano Suspension Bridge, leading nature walks for guests throughout the temperate rainforest. At this time, he also began volunteering with Northwest Wildlife Preservation Society, a Vancouver-based wildlife education charity focused on connecting children to the natural world. In 2008 he was hired as their Education & Communications Coordinator where he developed and delivered wildlife education and environmental stewardship programs to people of all ages throughout BC. Darren was promoted to NWPS’s Wildlife Education Director in 2016 where he continues to work today.
Darren knows that understanding wildlife is the key to conservation so he continues to develop his skills and share his experiences. Darren has participated in field studies and wildlife photography expeditions on four continents and published multiple papers on a variety of topics.
Darren ColelloEducation Director
Connel Bradwell is NWPS’s lead educator based in Victoria. Connel continues to increase NWPS’s involvement throughout Vancouver Island by delivering wildlife education programs year-round and assisting with projects on Manley Farm Bird & Wildlife Sanctuary.
Connel holds a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Conservation from Nottingham Trent University. His background includes working with Wildlife Trust in the UK and on southern resident orca research with Cetus Research & Conservation Society in Victoria.
Connel has recently had the great honour to partner with the International Fund for Animal Welfare to be Canada’s sole delegate at the Youth Forum for People and Wildlife in South Africa in conjunction with the 17th meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). Connel was also recently named one of Canada’s Top 25 Environmentalists Under 25 by The Starfish.
Connel BradwellEducation Manager
Ann Peters has been involved with Northwest Wildlife Preservation Society for over 20 years as the volunteer Executive Director. She currently works as NWPS’s Bookkeeper & Consultant. Ann owns and operates BearCat Consulting Ltd., a management consulting company, providing services to private, public and not-for-profit companies. Ann has a background in Business Administration, Project Management and Change Management.
Ann PetersBookkeeper & Consultant
David Craig holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto and is a Chartered Accountant. David has been involved with Northwest Wildlife Preservation Society since 1989 in various capacities. David has held Board positions in the past and is currently contracted to manage the Manley Farm Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary. He is President of Consolidated Management Consultants Ltd., Vice President of BC Advanced Conservation and Efficiency Association and Executive Director of Commercial Energy Consumers Association of BC. David was employed at BC Hydro Power & Authority in various management capacities.
Board of Directors
Jim Pigott, C.M.C.
Jim Pigott has been on the Board of NWPS for over a decade, and has been President since 2008. Jim has seen the Society grow through several stages of its evolvement and has been present through the process of acquiring Manley Farm and the addition of this valuable environmental gem to the Society’s assets. Jim has helped guide the transition of the Society into its present form. His passion for wildlife and the environment keep his volunteer spirit alive in NWPS’ activities, which continue to surprise and delight him.
Jim is a Certified Management Consultant and an Industrial Engineer, with an extensive background in all aspects of the forest products manufacturing industry. In his professional career, Jim was most recently Vice President, Sales of MAJIQ Inc., one of the world’s leading developers of business management software for the pulp and paper industry, in which he has worked in both operations and in information technology in North America and internationally. He currently works as a consultant.
Jim is married, has 4 children and enjoys hiking, sailing and skiing. He lives in Burnaby, British Columbia.
Jim Pigott, C.M.C.President
Michele Kvarnstrom joined the Board of NWPS over a decade ago, after helping to launch the Green Ribbon Campaign in 2002 and has been Vice President since 2003. Being in a position to watch the society grow and evolve into the multifaceted environmental force it is today with infinite possibilities as we move forward, and being a part of that process, is both exciting and rewarding. I look forward with great anticipation to all that lays ahead as we push forward with plans for expanded educational opportunities and the development of Manley Farm Bird & Wildlife Sanctuary.
Michele is a sales and marketing professional with an extensive background in both print and digital media. She has worked for the Vancouver Courier Newspaper, A Glacier Media publication, for the last 8 years. Prior to that, Michele spent many years in the hi-tech industry as a Marketing and Events Manager responsible for industry conferences and large scale events across Canada, the United States and Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Michele has called North Vancouver home for the past 28 years and has a son who is a talented Artist and recent graduate from Emily Carr University.
Michele KvarnstromVice President
After high school Rory Carr spent a few years traveling and working in various ski resorts in New Zealand and Canada. While in Whistler in 1987 Rory started a business making ski and snowboard accessories that he still operates today. That manufacturing and distribution business has evolved into a number of other categories and currently sells products all over North America, Japan, Australia and into Europe. When he is not working Rory stays active, having run 10 marathons, surfing, skiing and/or rowing.
Rory has been on the NWPS Board since April 2013
After studying Zoology at the University of BC (B.Sc.) Woody received his Chartered Accountants designation in 1974. He is a Fellow of the Institute of CA’s of BC and is also a Chartered Arbitrator. His firm, Hayes Stewart Little & Co., has grown to become the largest independent firm on Vancouver Island.
Mr. Hayes is a past president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia. Other past activities include serving as a Director of the Vancouver Island Health Authority, Board Chairman of Malaspina University-College (now Vancouver Island University) and as a member of the Oversight Council of the Accounting Standards Board of Canada. He is currently a Hearing Panelist of The Law Society of BC’s Discipline Hearing Pool. He is a recipient of the Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 and the Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012, both awarded by the Governor General of Canada. He has been awarded a Life Time Achievement Award by both the Cowichan Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of B.C.
Woody has been on the NWPS Board since 2008.
Robert Wickson is a Partner in Discovery Economic Consulting, a consulting firm that provides expert testimony to the Courts and other economic advice. He earned a double major Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and history from the University of Victoria in 1983. In 2007, Mr. Wickson began testifying in the BC Supreme Court as an economic expert.
Mr. Wickson has been an active member of the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce since 1990, holding the positions of Chair of the Environment and Transportation Committees, President (2000). In 2001 he joined the Board of the BC Chamber of Commerce as the Director for District 2 Member Chambers for South Vancouver Island (2001-2002), and he became an Executive Member (2004). He was the 2006/2007 Chair of the BC Chamber.
Mr. Wickson’s previous positions include Chair of the City of Victoria’s Transportation Advisory Committee, Director of the Victoria Green Challenge Society (publisher of the Environews), Director of Smart Growth BC, Treasurer of the Spectrum Job Search Centre, and President of IslandTransformations.org. He was President of the Greater Victoria Bike to Work Society from 2005 through 2012 and is currently President of the Gorge Tillicum Community Association, a Director of the Northwest Wildlife Preservation Society, Director of Capital Bike and Walk, and Vice-President of Islandtransformations.org.