The Fur-Bearer's Advisory Board helps to provide scientific advice and guidance regarding our many projects and campaigns. We would like to recognize and thank the following individuals for contributing their expertise on an ongoing basis to help further the protection of fur-bearing animals:
Dr. Kristen Walker
University of Calgary, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, 2011
University of British Columbia, PhD in Animal Welfare, 2010
Portland State University, MSc in Biology, 2005
San Diego State University, BSc in Biology, 1999
Dr. Kristen Walker has studied wildlife for the past 20 years. She holds a PhD in Animal Welfare and she is currently on faculty in the Applied Animal Biology program at the University of British Columbia. Kristen teaches and conducts research in the area of compassionate conservation – a discipline that aims to address the issues in the conservation of wild populations of animals by respecting the inherent values of individuals. Kristen has studied a variety of species including giant pandas, sea otters, and sea lions. Currently Kristen’s work is focused on identifying humane deterrents systems for urban coyotes that allow for greater co-existence in Vancouver.
Born and raised in British Columbia, Allison’s love of nature was born hiking and camping in the mountains of the Southern Interior.
Allison graduated from the McGill University Faculty of Law in 2015. Subsequently, she clerked for Justice Michael Moldaver of the Supreme Court of Canada.
Allison is a lawyer at Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP in Vancouver. Her legal practice includes administrative law, and appellate work. Allison first worked with the Fur Bearers in 2017 when she was part of the legal team representing the Fur-Bearers in their legal challenge to a conservation officer’s authority to kill an orphaned bear cub.
Registered Professional Biologist (RPBio) (College of Applied Biology)
Canadian Environmental Practitioner (EP) (ECO Canada),
MSc in Environment and Management, 2014, Royal Roads University
BSc in Ecology, 2009, University of Guelph
Amelia is a Registered Professional Biologist (RPBio) and an Environmental Scientist. She completed a Master of Science in Environment and Management at Royal Roads University, with thesis work conducting a human health risk assessment of contaminants in First Nations traditional seafoods. Amelia previously studied Ecology at the University of Guelph.
As an Environmental Scientist, she carries out assessments of contaminants in the environment. Her work involves aquatic monitoring, as well as evaluations of risk from chemicals throughout the environment to human health, ecology and wildlife.
Amelia has volunteered and conducted research for various non-profit organizations involved in: conservation, wildlife protection, whale sanctuaries, and alternatives to animal testing. She is a passionate advocate for change in our relationships with other animals, and motivated by a vision of a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.
University of Leicester, PhD Student, Department of Criminology
Carleton University, Canada - Norman Paterson School of International Affairs-
Masters Certificate in International Critical Infrastructure Protection, 2011
Coventry University, MSc Disaster Management, 2010
Brunel University, MA Intelligence and Security Studies, 2006
Fordham University, Postgraduate Diploma - Humanitarian Assistance, 2006
Kings College, London, BA (Hons) - War Studies, 2005
David is a passionate supporter of animal rights and the need to increase laws protecting endangered species and their habitats. David currently works in Emergency Management and was previously employed as a Conservation Officer with the BC Conservation Officer Service where he was awarded Valedictorian at the Western Conservation Law Enforcement Academy. Prior to his immigration to Canada he served with Thames Valley Police as a police constable, and with the UK military including active service with 29 Commando Regiment RA and 15 (UK) Psychological Operations, 1 Military Intelligence Brigade.
His current research is, Information Exploitation: Criminal Intelligence and Green Criminology. Specifically researching and comparing the practises employed by conservation law enforcement organizations in Africa and British Columbia. Considering various questions regarding the collection, analysis and dissemination of intelligence the research will determine if these methodologies support strategic conservation law enforcement policies.
David lives in beautiful British Columbia with his wife Jenny, two children, three dogs and a goldfish.
Matthew is an Osgoode Hall JD Candidate. He is completing his final year of study at the University of Victoria. Matthew also holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alberta.
Before law school, Matthew worked for seven years in the energy industry in North America and Southeast Asia. During law school, Matthew has completed summer work terms with the Department of Justice and Animal Justice. His summer work focused on administrative law, crown liability and animal rights legislation.