Executive Committee & Staff

Executive Committee

Michelle Murphy, Chair

Michelle Murphy is a PhD student and research assistant at the University of Alberta with an interdisciplinary background in biology and environmental history. Her current research interests include conservation and recreation issues, parks and protected areas, and the human dimensions of wildlife conservation and management. Michelle is also a board member with the North Saskatchewan River Valley Conservation Society (NSRVCS) in Edmonton. Outside of school and work, Michelle enjoys dog-walking, hiking, horse-riding, and cross-country skiing.

Nicole Renaud, Secretary

Nicole Renaud’s passion for climate work is a dozen years in the making, and she has oriented her Geography graduate work towards climate and water security in Peru and Malawi. More recently, she received training as a climate leader through Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project, and has been dedicating her time to cultivating climate literacy in the community. In addition to working full time as a Strategic Initiatives Advisor with Indigenous Relations, Nicole also recently took on the role of Editor for the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society Bulletin. In her spare time, she does a lot of eco-themed paintings as a way to process her eco-grief and to help raise awareness for environmental causes. Nicole has three beautiful children with her partner, and is a disability ally for the neurodiversity movement.  

Dr. Jill Bueddefeld

Dr. Jill Bueddefeld is currently a post-doctoral fellow in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. Her research explores how people learn in nature-based contexts and how that learning can be translated to behaviour change. Specifically, she specializes in free-choice learning and evaluation. Having grown up on a small grain and oilseed farm in southern Manitoba she believes people are an important part of landscapes and seeks to find ways to help people live more thoughtful, intentional, and sustainable lives.

Lauren Markewicz

Lauren Markewicz is a public historian who has come to specialize in the history of bison. She is the author of Through the Storm: Canada's Bison Conservation Story, a book dealing with the twists and turns of the history of bison conservation in what is now Canada, in both images and text. She has worked at various historic sites and natural areas in Western Canada. She likes to spend time on the landscape, hiking and camping, and thinking a lot about the human relationships with and impacts on the land and the other creatures that live there. 

Staff Members

Lindsay Boucher, Prairie Chapter Coordinator

Lindsay Boucher is the Prairie Chapter Coordinator with Sierra Club. She grew up in Edmonton spending a lot of time outdoors – whether it was camping, canoeing or simply finding nature in her own backyard. She graduated from the University of Alberta with a degree in biology. There, she discovered a passion for preserving natural areas through learning of the impact of climate change and pollution on the environment. She has gained valuable insight doing research in oil toxicology, as well as water quality monitoring through the University of Alberta and environmental non-profit organizations. When she is not working, Lindsay enjoys swing dancing, snowboarding and walking through the Edmonton river valley.

Contact Lindsay at prairiechapter@sierraclub.ca

Paulina Retamales, Edmonton Area Wild Child Project Coordinator

Paulina Retamales is the Edmonton & Area Wild Child Project Coordinator. She has a Bachelor’s in Education from Chile, and a Master’s in Recreation & Leisure Studies from the University of Alberta.  She is an outdoor educator and trained Master Naturalist, with a strong environmental ethos and extensive experience working with children, youth and adults. Paulina has taught outdoor education courses for the past 10 years and feels passionate about connecting children to natural areas and encouraging others to be active participants of the outdoors. She is a proud mother of two children and enjoys spending time with them exploring the river valley.

Contact Paulina at edmwildchild@sierraclub.ca