About Leadership Team and Secretariat

Leadership Team and Administrative Centre

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Stan Boutin
Co-Research Director


T1 (780) 492-1297

Stan Boutin currently holds an Alberta Biodiversity Conservation Chair at the University of Alberta and is Science Co-Director of the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute. His research interests include conservation and management of wildlife in the boreal forest and mountains of western Canada. Stan began his research career at Kluane Lake, Yukon and 2018 marks the 40th year he and his students have been studying this special area.

Norma Kassi
Co-Research Director

 Joining the CMN team in January 2018, Norma Kassi was raised and educated in Old Crow, Yukon; She is Vuntut Gwitchin (People of the Lakes) and a member of the Wolf Clan. In 1985, she was elected into Yukon’s Legislative Assembly as Member for Vuntut Gwitchin, a position she held until 1992. During this time, she was selected by the Elders of the Gwitchin Nation to act as a spokesperson on behalf of the Gwitchin people for the preservation of the Porcupine Caribou Herd. From 1995 to 1998, due to concern of contaminants in traditional foods, she was the Environmental Manager for the Council of Yukon First Nations (CYFN). Norma co-founded Arctic Institute of Community-Based Research and, following a break to serve as the elected Chief of Vuntut Gwitchin in November 2010, serves as Director of Indigenous Collaboration.
Christy Urban

 Christy Urban
Executive Director

E: christy.urban@ualberta.ca

T: 1 (780) 492-0604

 Christy offers CMN 18 years of business expertise with a strong concentration in strategic planning, management, reporting, and corporate communication. As an experienced executive and consultant, she has worked on countless projects for the corporate and non-profit sector as well as, government. She has also held the title of Executive Director and Managing Director for various environmental and technology-based incorporations.
 Christy Urban

 Matthew Berry
Director of Partnership Development

E: mberry@ualberta.ca

T: 1 (403) 700-2822

Matthew Berry advises forward-thinking organizations on strategic communications, policy, partnerships, and organizational development. He has held a wide variety of positions in post-secondaries, the not-for-profit sector, the energy industry, provincial and federal governments, and Parliament.
 Kathy Watton
Administrative Assistant