About Leadership Team and Secretariat

Leadership Team and Administrative Centre


David Hik

David Hik
NCE Planning Co-Lead

E: david.hik@ualberta.ca

T: 1 (780) 492-9878

Dr. David Hik is a Professor of Biology at the University of Alberta. David Hik’s research interests have been focused on the ecology and dynamics of Arctic and mountain environments; determinants of social-ecological resilience; and the interface between science and policy.
Jeffrey Kavanaugh Jeffrey Kavanaugh
NCE Planning Co-Lead

E: jeff.kavanaugh@ualberta.ca

T: 1 (780) 492-1740

 Jeffrey Kavanaugh is an Associate Professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Alberta. His research investigates the dynamics of glaciers and ice sheets, their impact on the landscape, and their response to changing climate.
 Eric Higgs

 Eric Higgs
NCE Planning Co-Lead

E: ehiggs@uvic.ca

T: 1 (250) 721-8228

 Eric Higgs is a Professor in the School of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria, and from 2002 to 2010 served as Director of the School. His research combines ecological and philosophical methods and insights to understand how we intervene responsibly in ecosystems experiencing rapid ecological, environmental, and cultural change.
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
   Chenoa Sly
Communications Intern

E: csly@ualberta.ca

E: mtportal@ualberta.ca

 Chenoa is a Master of Arts student in the department of Political Science at the University of Alberta, specializing in International Relations. She is currently employed as a Communications Intern at the Canadian Mountain Network. In September 2017, Chenoa will start Law School with the hopes of eventually working in the area of Constitutional Law, and in International Human Rights Law in Canada.