Current board members

President: Jen Chivers

jchivers_headshotJen is currently working towards her BSc at York University and hopes to continue onto graduate studies. She was an active volunteer with the SCB-TO pollinator diversity project in Rouge Park, and served as communications coordinator in 2014, helping to organize a nature and wildlife photography contest. She is looking forward to continue engaging the public in local conservation issues.

Vice President: Felipe Torres Vanegas

F-Torres_UofT-e1475095535818-297x300.jpgFelipe is a PhD student in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology department at the University of Toronto. He is interested in exploring the effects that habitat fragmentation has on pollination dynamics and seed dispersal. He is also interested in formulating conservation strategies that maintain and promote gene flow between habitat fragments to sustain long-term population viability.

Treasurer: Smera Sukumar

12371184_10154023917499505_8470383759882650805_oSmera currently works at Ontario Nature on citizen science initiatives and preserving natural habitats in Southern Ontario. She has a M.Sc. in Biodiversity & Conservation and a B.Sc. in Zoology. Previous work includes studying cetaceans in Hong Kong and Taiwan and the effects of urbanization on bats in England. Smera is an avid traveler, having visited a total of 43 countries world-wide.


Secretary: Theresa Treasure

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Theresa completed her M.Sc. in Environmental Science at Trent University. She now works in the field of environmental health, safety, and compliance. Theresa is passionate about engaging with non-scientists about environmental issues



Becoming a Member

New members are always welcome.

If you would like to become a member of the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) please follow the directions below. Please note at this time the Toronto Chapter does not charge additional dues for membership in the local chapter. Dues are specified by the SCB – please check this link for more information.


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