Danah has been the Executive Director of the Miistakis Institute for the past 15 years. The Miistakis Institute is a not for profit environmental research institute affiliated with Mount Royal University in Calgary Alberta. Miistakis scientifically investigates environmental challenges, analyzes policy implications, develops decision support tools, and catalyzes community conservation action to realize environmental benefits and outcomes. Her role as the ED of Miistakis puts Danah at the interface between academia, policy and decision-making and community conservation. Through her tenure at Miistakis, Danah has developed skills in various conservation related disciplines that include spatial analysis, research design, wildlife management, transportation ecology, citizen science and ecosystem services. Her experience also includes non-profit management and governance, facilitation and collaboration and community engagement. Danah holds M.Sc. in Environmental Biology and Ecology at the University of Alberta and a B.Sc. in Biology from McMaster University.
Senior Project Manager
Guy is a Senior Project Manager with Miistakis. In his eight years with the organization, Guy’s work has centred around private land conservation support (conservation easements, land trusts), the market and financial dimensions of conservation (costs of community servicing, transfer of development credits), and land use and stewardship (conservation policy, strategic conservation planning). Guy also contributes his conservation communication training and facilitation skills to a variety of Miistakis projects, and plays a lead role in project design and development. Guy is a past chair of the Alberta Land Trust Alliance and the Alberta Ecotrust Foundation, and a past Executive Director of the Southern Alberta Land Trust Society.
Senior Project Manager
Tracy is a senior project manager at the Miistakis Institute.Tracy acquired her BSc from University of Victoria in biology and environmental design and her MSc from the University of Calgary, Resources and the Environment Program. Tracy's graduate work, in association with the Miistakis Institute, focused on the development and assessment of a citizen science project to monitor wildlife movement across a major highway. Tracy is also a founding member and director of The Ssubi Foundation, a non-profit organization that aims to alleviate poverty through educational initiatives in Uganda, East Africa.
Dipl. Environmental Sciences
GIS and Web Developer
Ken is a GIS Developer with the Miistakis Institute. He enjoys problem solving and the creation of applications that help people understand and use GIS data. Ken originally started his career in Parks Management working with the Alberta Park Service for ten years, first as a Park Ranger then later as a Cartographer and finally as a GIS Specialist for Kananaskis Country. Joining the Miistakis Institute in 2001 Ken is responsible for system administration and server management, data management, GIS and website development, online mapping applications and any other tool that can be developed in a GIS or Web environment. Ken currently works remotely from his home in Prince Edward Island.
Mrs. Holly Kinas is a Research Assistant with the Miistakis Institute, and aids in the research needs of projects at Miistakis. Holly obtained her Bachelor of Science in General Science, Biology specialty, from Mount Royal University. She has worked in environmental consulting for 2 years as a Wildlife Office Assistant and Wildlife Biologist working on projects in Alberta and British Columbia. She began volunteering for the Miistakis Institute's citizen science project 'Call of the Wetland,' in spring of 2016 and was later hired by Miistakis.
MEDes, RPP MCIP
Project Manager, Miistakis Institute
Kelly Learned is a registered professional with the Canadian Institute of Planners and recently joined the Miistakis Institute as a Project Manager. With well over a decade of experience in the planning profession, Kelly has been fortunate to work as a parks planner/inspector; long-range planner; a regional environment, infrastructure and planning lead and most recently as a planning consultant. Throughout her career, Kelly has worked directly with municipalities and community organizations in Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.