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SAPAA Executive (with email links)


Hubert Taube


Frank Potter


Patsy Cotterill


Myrna Peters


Kristyn Mayner; Frank Potter; Chris Smith

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Executive Profiles

Chris Smith was born and raised in Atlantic Canada, channeling his passion for nature and love of the outdoors into a career that has straddled work with industry, academia, government and non-government organizations. Chris currently works with the Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society as a Conservation Analyst, helping lead the Chapter’s protected area and public lands campaigns.

Frank Potter, a native Albertan, has a lifelong passion for the outdoors and its enjoyment and protection.  Since retiring in 2020 he has been working on a guidebook that will help people and families responsibly enjoy protected and natural areas in the Edmonton area. When not outdoors, Frank is active in other professional and personal pursuits.

Hubert Taube, retired instructor of chemistry at the University of Alberta, is an all-round naturalist and a passionate promoter and defender of all of Alberta’s protected areas. He has been a Provincial Steward of Northwest of Bruderheim Natural Area since 1989.  In 2015 he became president of SAPAA and has been the association’s inspiring leader ever since.

Myrna Peters joined the Volunteer Steward Program in 1999. Since then she has been a steward member of three natural areas: Buck Lake Creek, Modeste Creek and Carnwood Modeste Creek. Myrna is a certified arborist and is a true tree hugger. She enjoys gardening, hiking, fishing, anything outdoors!

Patsy Cotterill, retired, has worked as a botany technician for Alberta Environment and Parks. She has been a steward member of Wagner Natural Area Society (for many years on its board) since its inception in 1982. Her special interests are vascular plants, and conservation and restoration in both provincial and urban natural areas.

Kristyn Mayner was born in central Alberta and has pursued both personal (volunteer) and professional interests in the ecology and conservation of Alberta’s ecosystems. Her primary passion is boreal wetlands, aka peatlands, which are largely underappreciated given the vital habitat, hydrology and carbon storage functions they provide.