Wolf Awareness is a non-profit Canadian organization dedicated to the conservation of wolves through research and public education about wolf ecology.

Board of directors

Misty MacDuffee – Director

Misty holds a BSc in biology and has been working on salmon conservation and management issues for the past 15 years with both government and NGOs.  Misty was a founding member of the Land Conservancy of BC and a current director of the Gulf Islands Alliance and Raincoast Conservation Foundation.  She has played a strong role in representing the conservation interests of feather, fur and fin on various management and recovery committees for the past 15 years.


Paul Paquet – Director and Scientific Advisor

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Paul C. Paquet is an American and Canadian biologist who is best known for his ecological and behavioral research on large carnivores, especially regarding wolves and bears. He has graduate degrees in philosophy, wildlife behavior and conservation, biology, and a Ph.D. in zoology from University of Alberta. His research focuses on the interface between ecological theory and conservation. He is an internationally recognized authority on mammalian carnivores; including their ecology, behaviour, and management. He has spent more than 40 years covering subjects ranging from the world wide decline of large carnivores to the philosophical relationship of animal welfare and conservation, publishing more than 200 scholarly articles and several books addressing issues of ecology, conservation and environmental ethics. Paquet is an educator and member of numerous government, industry, and advisory committees of organizations such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Canadian Wildlife Service, WWF International, and the European Union.[1][2]

References:  1.http://www.ucalgary.ca/wolfbook/paquet.html 2.http://www.raincoast.org/tag/paul-paquet/


Hannah Barron – Conservation Director

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Hannah holds a BSc. in wildlife biology and is an MSc. candidate at Trent University studying caribou habitat selection patterns. Her research experience has taken her across the country, from Yukon all the way to Newfoundland. As manager for the Eastern Wolf Survey, she spent several months non-invasively tracking at-risk eastern wolves through Ontario’s provincial parks to refine the known distribution of this elusive species. Her passion for environmental education and engaging the public in wildlife decision-making processes led her to her current roles: director of wildlife conservation campaigns at Toronto-based eNGO Earthroots and board director as well as Treasurer for Wolf Awareness. Hannah recognizes that wildlife management is ultimately the management of our tolerance for wild animals and she strives to combine ethics and science to strengthen conservation. 


Chris Genovali – Director

ChrisGpicWith a mission of “investigate, inform, and inspire,” Chris Genovali leads Raincoast Conservation Foundation’s creative and effective campaigns to protect the lands, waters, and wildlife of British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest and Salish Sea. As Executive Director of Raincoast, Chris has made it a priority to partner with coastal communities to monitor wildlife, keep ecosystems intact and healthy, and build local conservation science capacity. Chris received a Conservation Leadership Award in 2015 from the Wilburforce Foundation. Before joining Raincoast in 1998, Chris led campaigns at the Wilderness Committee to conserve temperate rainforests and wildlife on southern Vancouver Island and coastal BC. Chris is a prolific writer, with articles, op-eds and features on Canadian wildlife and conservation issues widely published in Canada and internationally, including the Vancouver Sun, Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, and Guardian UK. He was a contributor to Animals and the Environment: Advocacy, activism, and the quest for common ground published in 2015, and Wild Foresting: Practicing Nature’s Wisdom published in 2008, He has been a regular guest blogger for the Huffington Post since 2010. Chris has also appeared as a spokesperson on various radio and television outlets such as CBC’s ‘As It Happens’, CBC ‘Newsworld’, US National Public Radio, Global TV, and BBC radio.


Melissa Matlow – Director

Melisa MatlowMelissa has a BSc in Ecology, a Masters in Environmental Studies and more than 15 years experience leading animal welfare and environmental campaigns. As the former Coordinator of Earthroots Wolves Ontario! Project she helped achieve province-wide restrictions on killing wolves in Ontario and permanent protection for the threatened Eastern wolves in townships bordering Algonquin Park. Since 2005 she has worked with World Animal Protection to protect the welfare of animals – wild and domestic – in Canada and around the world.


Leeanne Willoughby – Director

Leeanne has been advocating for wolf conservation in Canada since the early 1990’s. Now she has her whole family involved, including two young daughters who will be the next generation of wildlife advocates. Leeanne’s husband is also a strong supporter of her work and passion for wildlife, providing tremendous support and engaging alongside her every step of the way.  Leeanne is a professional accountant, who volunteers her skills and positive energy to Wolf Awareness in so many different ways!  Aside from wolf and nature-viewing trips across the continent with her family, Leeanne really loves getting into schools and educating young people about ecosystems and the important roles of predators, especially wolves, on a wild landscape. She is proud to be a part of this organization and working as a team to inspire and create a healthy and vibrant future for Canadian wolves, wildlife, and wildlands.


Sadie Parr – Executive Director

Sadie tracking in YohoSadie holds a specialized honours degree in Biomedical Science, BSc., and has pursued further studies in conservation biology and at the post-graduate level in molecular genetics.  She is currently involved in wolf feeding ecology studies in BC’s Chilcotin region as well as Northeastern Alberta.  She previously tracked wolves for Yoho National Park during the winter months, helping to identify the placement of wildlife crossing structures that would aid resident wolves.  Sadie also worked for several years with captive ambassador wolves at the Northern Lights Wolf and Wildlife Education Centre in Golden, BC.   For over 10 years she has been engaging with government and NGO’s  about the need for wolf and large carnivore  conservation across the country, and developing educational outreach programs and resources.