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Photo of Jeff Keith Jeff Keith, SKCDC Coordinator

Jeff came to Saskatchewan in January, 1989 and entered the Masters’ Program in Geography at the University of Regina. He took a job with The Nature Conservancy, working at the Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre (SKCDC) as the Information Manager in 1992. Since then he has acted as the Zoologist and is now the Coordinator. Jeff became part of the Ministry of Environment shortly after 1992 and has been part of a number of branches within the Ministry.

Photo of Sarah Vinge-Mazer, Athabasca Sand Dunes Sarah Vinge-Mazer, SKCDC Botanist

Sarah is currently on maternity leave. As the SKCDC botanist, Sarah collects data and manages information on the province’s flora to inform appropriate conservation measures. Sarah has a B.Sc. in Environmental Biology from the University of Regina and a diploma in Natural Resources Technology from Lakeland College. Since 2003 she has worked on a variety of plant-related survey, research, and conservation projects throughout the boreal and prairie ecoregions. She lives in Regina with her family.

Photo of Andrea Benville Andrea Benville, SKCDC Data Manager

As the data manager Andrea Benville guides the SKCDC’s information management process, resolves technical difficulties, and provides updates to the website. Andrea has a B.Sc. majoring in Zoology from the University of Guelph, and a post-graduate certificate from Fleming College in Geographic Information Systems as an application specialist. She has developed her GIS mapping and data management skills while working on conservation and natural resource management projects in both her professional and academic career. As a new resident to Saskatchewan from Peterborough, Ontario, she is enjoying exploring all the province has to offer.

Photo of Beryl Wait Beryl Wait, SKCDC Invasive Species Coordinator

Beryl has a B.Sc. in Biology from the University of Saskatchewan. She has over twenty years of experience with plant and vegetation related work experiences in Saskatchewan and neighboring provinces. Beryl has worked in a variety of sectors (forestry, oil and gas, mining, research, conservation and government). Focusing primarily on rare plant identification she has worked in many areas of the Province including the Great Sand Hills, the Cypress Hills, the Northern Provincial Forest and the Souris River Valley.

Photo of Courteney Davenport Courteney Davenport, SKCDC Managed Areas Specialist

As the Managed Areas Specialist, Courteney supports mapping existing protected areas and assists in the creation of new protected areas under the Representative Areas Network in the province’s efforts to achieve Canada’s Target 1 goal. Courteney has a B.Sc. in Biology from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and a post-graduate diploma in Geographic Information Systems Applications from Vancouver Island University. Over the years she has been lucky enough to work alongside various private and public organizations to assist with conservation outreach programs, biological research, and community and cultural planning mapping projects. Having lived in Central and Atlantic Canada, Courteney is proud to now call Saskatchewan home and contribute to the province’s conservation objectives.

Photo of Jillian Kusch Jillian Kusch, SKCDC Zoologist

As the SKCDC zoologist, Jillian leads the collection and entry of wildlife information that is then made available to the public to inform environmental decisions. Jillian has a M.Sc. in Biology from the University of Saskatchewan studying black-tailed prairie dogs in Grasslands National Park. Following the completion of her degree, she gained experience in small mammal physiology as a lab manager, facilitating studies in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and the Yukon. She also currently serves as a data analyst for the Social Science Research Lab at the U of S.

Photo of Brianne Blenkin Brianne Blenkin, SKCDC Biologist

As the SKCDC biologist, Brianne assists with the collection and entry of wildlife data that is then made available to the public to inform environmental decisions. Brianne has an Integrated Resource Management diploma and Geographic Information Science for Resource Management certificate from Saskatchewan Polytechnic. Brianne has been grateful enough to have worked alongside a variety of wildlife surveys, biological research and conservation management projects throughout Saskatchewan. She has worked on a variety of projects with the Ministry of Environment when she began working with the Fish, Wildlife and Lands Branch in 2015. On her weekends off she enjoys fishing, canoeing and camping in northern Saskatchewan or in the mountains.

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