Holly LillieExecutive Director
Holly joined the Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation (AIWC) team in June 2014 after previously managing a wildlife rehabilitation centre and then going on to work as an Oiled Wildlife Specialist for Focus Wildlife.
Originally from England, Holly has spent the past 15 years working with domestic, exotic, and native North American wildlife. Her experience with animals ranges from American robins to Amur tigers.
Holly has extensive project management experience, she loves to learn and enhance her skills and enjoys attending the National Wildlife Rehabilitator’s Association conference annually, where she has presented for the past six years. She is proud to be a wildlife rehabilitator, giving wildlife the second chance they so richly deserve.
Katrina TerrillCommunity Engagement Manager
Katrina runs the Education and Volunteer programs at the AIWC. She received a BSc. in Conservation Biology from the University of Alberta, along with a Master’s degree in Geography from the University of Toronto. Katrina has been involved with conservation in a wide variety of ways over the past 13 years, including working as an environmental educator and endangered species biologist. At AIWC, Katrina focuses on increasing public knowledge and interest in a wide variety of Alberta wildlife, including bats, owls, and her personal favourite, skunks! She hopes that better understanding of these and other animals will lead people to better protect their local wildlife species.
On maternity leave until June 2023.
Taz ScullyCommunity Engagement Manager
Taz is responsible for the Education and Volunteer Programs at the AIWC whilst the amazing Katrina Terrill is on maternity leave. Her passion for conservation and asking thousands of questions started very young and she later went on to complete a Bachelor of Environmental Science (Wildlife and Conservation Biology) before focusing heavily on conservation-specific education in her career.
Taz is an Australian who is obsessed with snow and so found herself moving to Canada for her new adventure. She loves constantly learning more about the similarities and differences between Australian and Canadian ecology, and is thrilled to get to educate so many people on all of these amazing Albertan species the AIWC works with. Taz is also the first port of call for our incredible team of volunteers and brings many years of volunteer and people management experience to that role. Questions are some of our best learning tools so always feel comfortable shooting one Taz's way.
Robyn Cunningham-DunlopOffice Administrator
Robyn’s desire to continue to develop upon her varied education has brought her here, with the hopes that she might continue to learn about the rewarding profession of Wildlife Rehabilitation.
Robyn’s atypical background resides in the area of Physical Anthropology and Bio-Archaeology. Specializing in areas such as Anthro-zoology and Zoo-archaeology. Having first completed her undergrad at the University of Victoria, she then went on to undertake prominent positions in archaeological excavations across the world. In addition to pursuing a secondary degree in Forensic Science.
Robyn jumped at the chance to accept a position at AIWC in order to expand her knowledge of wildlife conservation, donor management and fundraising. She is delighted to be involved in such an influential, and valuable institution.
Gerhard doegeFacilities Coordinator
Gerhard, who joined AIWC in May 2022, likes to contribute and collaborate jointly with volunteers to ensure the institute and its facilities stay in the right shape to enable the crucial wildlife rehabilitation work. He has a University Degree in Business Economics and graduated in 1991 on his final year project to discuss the proactive inclusion of environmental requirements into company policies and processes.
Gerhard moved from Germany with his family in 2008. Living only within minutes from the AIWC, they value the natural treasure that many Canadians still have the privilege to experience.Gerhard believes that we need to constantly try and reflect on our actions and aspirations with regards to their impact on the natural environment. Processes we have once unknowingly initiated, have lead to a daily loss of species, and they will further damage vital ecosystems if not reversed.
Gerhard loves to explore Alberta on longer journeys with his canoe in the company of family and friends.
Dr. Emily AlnuttVeterinarian
Dr. Emily Alnutt is the new veterinary intern. She graduated with highest honors from Ross University in 2019 and previously worked in small animal emergency medicine and at a large animal/exotics internship in Texas before joining the internship program at the National Wildlife Center. She enjoyed volunteering at wildlife rehabilitation centers before attending vet school and is very excited for the chance to work with AIWC and to explore the excellent hiking trails in the area.
Jenna AnthonyRehabilitation Manager
Jenna joined AIWC in the spring of 2018 as a Wildlife Rehabilitator after completing her B.Sc. in Biology at the University of Calgary. Her passion for wildlife was spurred on at a young age and she is excited to continue her career caring for Alberta’s wildlife and being an advocate for wildlife conservation.
Jenna is expanding her skill sets and knowledge through her various volunteer efforts and the invaluable experience she is gaining as a member of AIWC’s team.
Rachel SwartAssistant Rehabilitation Manager
Rachel first started with AIWC as a summer student in 2017. Since completing her B.Sc. in Ecology from the University of Calgary, her passion has remained with animals and nature and she is excited to join the AIWC team and make a career out of helping wildlife. She is keen on learning all she can and developing her skills in wildlife rehabilitation. She spends her free time outdoors in the mountains doing various activities. Rachel’s previous experience includes field research in Belize and Kananaskis, water quality monitoring on oil rig sites, and as a vet tech assistant at an emergency veterinary hospital.
Jessica first joined the team as a summer student in 2020. With a profound love for wildlife and wildlife conservation, she had no hesitation about continuing her career at AIWC as a wildlife rehabilitator.
Her background consists of various volunteer efforts, such as working at a marine conservation site in Naples, Italy. She has extensive experience with canines, varying from sled dogs to wolfdogs and wolves. She has also been involved with teaching dog owners how to manage aggressive and reactive dogs.
Jessica enjoys spending her free time hiking and skiing in the mountains with her two dogs. She prides herself on continuing to advance her education and, most importantly, has a passion for her role with AIWC.