Advisory Board

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:

Matthew Browne

Advisory Board Member

Matthew (Matt) Browne is a criminal defence lawyer practicing in Calgary, Alberta and Victoria, British Columbia. Matt has a JD from Osgoode Hall Law School and a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alberta. His law practice focuses on helping people involved with Canada’s criminal justice system.

During law school, Matt spent a summer working for Animal Justice, an animal advocacy organization. Matt is passionate about advancing the interests of animals through the legal system.

Christina Carrières

Advisory Board Member

Christina Carrières is a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) and a Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator (CWR). For nearly 20 years, she has been working as a Wildlife Rehabilitator at BC SPCA Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre (BC SPCA Wild ARC) on Southern Vancouver Island, BC.  Christina is originally from Montréal, QC where she completed her VT program. Shortly after graduating, she worked with marine mammals and other aquatic and marine species at Parc Aquarium de Québec. She moved to Victoria, BC in 2003 to complete a double major in Biology and Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria. She currently works in companion and exotic animal care, as well as continuing to support Wild ARC, and teaching wildlife rehabilitation courses for International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council (IWRC). In addition, she works as a Professional Marine Mammal Observer and Wildlife Specialist for Sea View Marine Sciences (SVMS). She is the president of Wildlife Rehabilitators’ Network of BC (WRNBC), a director at large for Oiled Wildlife Society of BC (OWS), and a director at large for Interior Wildlife Rehabilitation Society (IWRS). In 2018, she had the privilege to be an instructor for the first Workshop on Animal Care and Handling of Live Animals Confiscated from Trade, offered by International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) in Morocco. Beside her wildlife interest, Christina volunteers with Vets for Pets, a local organization that provides free basic veterinary care to low income and homeless people's companion animals, and with Canadian Animal Assistance Team, an organization that provides free veterinary care to remote communities by conducting animal health and sterilization clinics in Canada and abroad. Over the years, she has completed numerous training courses, attended and presented at conferences, and has gained experience volunteering in various wildlife rehabilitation centres in different countries such as Guatemala, Belize, Hawaii, and South Africa, where she worked with endangered and local wildlife. Her passion for wildlife care and welfare has always been a strong driver in her life.

Alison Cuffley

Advisory Board Member

A lifelong advocate for animals, Alison has been involved within the animal welfare sector for most of their career. Currently the Indigenous Relations Manager with the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada, Alison is a certified Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area (IPCA) planner, and is passionate about uplifting Indigenous-led land care practices and promoting Ethical Space and Etuaptmumk (two-eyed seeing) in all of their work.

Chelsea Greer

Advisory Board Member

University of Calgary, MSc in Critical Animal Geography, 2022
University of British Columbia, BSc in Applied Animal Biology, 2016 
Capilano University, Human Kinetics Diploma in Exercise Science, 2013

Chelsea is a wildlife biologist and an advocate for animal welfare in scientific research. She is particularly interested in the welfare concerns that arise from the lethal management of predators and better understanding the role wolves play in biodiversity conservation and ecosystem resilience. Chelsea currently works with Raincoast Conservation Foundation where the focus of her work is to support the protection and conservation of wolves in British Columbia through peer-reviewed research, public education, and wildlife management reform. This includes scientific and ethics-driven initiatives that are working toward the implementation of provincial policy that respects the welfare of large carnivores and their important role in functioning ecosystems.

Chelsea completed her master’s degree in Geography at the University of Calgary where she studied the behavioural ecology of rewilded Asian elephants in northern Thailand. Her graduate research used a compassionate model of conservation to investigate the rehabilitative and ecological requisites of elephants transitioning from captive to free-living settings. Chelsea also holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of British Columbia where she majored in Applied Animal Biology. It was during this degree that she developed a keen interest in animal ethics and how animal welfare science applies to free living wild populations.

Chelsea is based out of Vancouver, BC and can be found seeking out the next adventure with her dog Enzo, hiking the local mountains and swimming in the cold waters of the Salish Sea. She has volunteered at various local environmental and animal advocacy groups including the BC SPCA, Society for Humane Science and Vancouver Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Rescue Centre.

Amelia Porter

Advisory Board Member

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.

David Stanford

Advisory Board Member

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.

Dr. Chris R. Shepherd

Advisory Board Member

Originally from British Columbia, Chris has spent over two decades in Southeast Asia investigating and researching the illegal and unsustainable wildlife trade. He has a PhD from Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK, and looked at the illegal and unsustainable wildlife trade in Southeast Asia and the effectiveness of the Convention on International trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

Chris has played a major role in catalysing many of the conservation interventions for newly emerging threats to Asia’s wildlife, putting the spotlight on issues such as the massive illegal trade in tortoises and freshwater turtles in Southeast Asia, the songbird trade crisis in Indonesia, and the laundering of wild-caught reptiles through bogus captive-breeding facilities from Asia to Europe and North America. He has produced numerous publications, primarily on wildlife trade and strategies to mitigate this threat and has carried out work on a wide range of species around the world and currently focuses on lesser-known species and issues in wildlife trade.

Chris is an active member of a number of the IUCN SSC specialist groups, including:
• IUCN SSC Asian Songbird Trade Specialist Group (Vice Chair on Trade and Policy)
• IUCN SSC Bear Specialist Group
• IUCN SSC Cat Specialist Group
• IUCN SSC Freshwater Turtle and Tortoise Specialist Group
• IUCN SSC Hornbill Specialist Group
• IUCN SSC Otter Specialist Group (Trade Task Force Director)
• IUCN SSC Pangolin Specialist Group
• IUCN SSC Small Carnivore Specialist Group

Chris now lives in British Columbia and is the Executive Director of the Monitor Conservation Research Society (Monitor). He is currently working on a variety of projects in many parts of the world, including the illegal trade in bear parts and derivatives, the trade in Asian songbirds, the illegal trade in serow, and many more. Chris strongly believes in ensuring sound evidence is available to guide policy change, support enforcement interventions and to inform conservation strategies.

Dr. Kristen Walker

Advisory Board Member

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. 

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Established in 1953, The Fur-Bearers is a charitable, non-partisan organization whose goals are to end the commercial fur trade and promote solutions for wildlife coexistence in communities. Your donation is tax-deductible. Charitable registration number: 130006125RR0002

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