The Coast to Cascades Grizzly Bear Initiative team draws upon years of experience in wildlife and landscape planning. As a coalition of groups we are fortunate to be able to call upon local contacts and knowledge within the communities throughout the Coast and Cascades . The core team are listed below, but we by no means working alone.
Meet the Team
Johnny Mikes, Coast to Cascades Field Coordinator, has done extensive backcountry trips in many of the more remote corners of the Coast to Cascades region. For over 30 years, Johnny guided tours in a number of Canada's premier northern wilderness areas which provided the privilege of encountering several hundred grizzly bears. On-the-ground knowledge and a passion for wild places and wild animals led him to be involved in the creation of several new parks and participation in land use planning processes in Sea-to-Sky and northern BC. Whistler has been his home for the past 18 years.
Joe Scott, International Programs Director, has been on Conservation Northwest staff since 1998. Joe has managed CNW’s British Columbia and grizzly bear programs for the entirety of his tenure. His work with BC colleagues to protect transboundary at-risk species and habitat led to the Mountain Caribou Project, a coalition effort that helped protect more than 5 million acres of mountain caribou habitat in the Inland Temperate Rainforest. Joe now leads CNW’s grizzly bear recovery work and represents CNW on the the Coast to Cascades Grizzly Bear Initiative. Joe is also working with BC allies including Wildsight on a conservation mapping project for greater Columbia Basin, the objective of which is to promote landscape-scale habitat connectivity as a strategy to help wildlife adapt to climate change.
Allen McEwan, Livestock Conflict Prevention Program Coordinator, has a keen interest in the welfare of grizzly bears in the region has made him a very active participant in Coast to Cascades. He is a fourth generation Pemberton resident who has farmed, logged and raised cattle. For many years Allen has been an active conservationist in the Pemberton region and has spearheaded volunteer efforts through the Pemberton Wildlife Association to assist government biologists to put tracking collars on mule deer and mountain goats to learn more about their seasonal movements and habitat use.
Jolene Patrick, Community Conflict Prevention & Education, is from N’Quatqua of the St’át’imc Nation. Always passionate about protecting and respecting Wildlife and Wild spaces, inspired her to complete a Bachelors Degree in Animal Biology. In August 2016, Jolene joined the Coast to Cascades Initiative in the role of Conflict Prevention and Education. Jolene is promoting proactive Conservation efforts by honouring the connections between St’át’imc and St̓alhálam (the Grizzly Bear).
Jessie Corey, Terrestrial Conservation Manager, grew up in Ontario on the traditional unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishnaabeg people, but has always been a west coaster at heart. Part of the CPAWS family since 2012, she spent two years on the CPAWS National team before following her heart to the world-renowned landscapes of of B.C., joining the CPAWS-BC team in early 2014. She brings with her eight years of experience working on regional and national issues within the environmental non-profit sector, and an unstoppable dedication to protecting the wild landscapes that sustain her sense of adventure.
Jessie manages CPAWS-BC’s terrestrial conservation campaigns, working to protect treasured places like the Flathead Valley and the South Okanagan grasslands. She carries with her a deep respect for B.C.’s incredible lands, wildlife, and people, and more often than not, can be found in a tent on top of a mountain.