Our senior leadership team is a strong and talented group of managers with specialized skillsets. They balance the complexities of animal welfare, conservation, education and the visitor’s experience every day.
Dr. Clément Lanthier
President & CEO
As a veterinarian and researcher, Dr. Clément Lanthier has been involved in conservation projects around the globe – from artificially inseminating giraffes and elephants, to rearing orphan polar bear cubs and saving spiny soft shell turtles. He understands only too well the challenges that wildlife and wild places face today.
President and CEO of the Calgary Zoo since 2003, Clément (as he prefers to be called) is also currently President of the Canadian Committee of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (CC-IUCN).
During his career, Clément has participated in groundbreaking field research and published works on various aspects of keeping and reproducing animals in a zoo environment. He has a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Montreal University and a Masters in Business Administration from Sherbrooke University.
Chief Financial Officer
Allan joined the Calgary Zoo in January 2015. He is certified as both a professional accountant and internal auditor. Allan is responsible for providing sound acumen as well as strategic advice and recommendations to the Calgary Zoological Society’s Board of Trustees and Senior Management team in the interest of the organization’s financial integrity, decision making and accountability while the Calgary Zoo pursues its vision of being Canada’s leader in wildlife conservation.
Allan has over 25 years of senior management experience in the not-for-profit sector with such organizations such as the YWCA of Calgary, The Calgary Philharmonic, The Banff Centre and the University of Alberta. He has a passion for and has been actively engaged in leading development of organizational ethics and corporate social responsibility in Canada speaking often nationally and internationally on these topics.
Vice President, Development
Gary joined the Calgary Zoo in November 2014. He is responsible for leading and providing overall strategic direction for the Development Branch of the Calgary Zoo through the creation, generation and maintenance of funding initiatives which support operational, recreational, conservation, education, and research priorities. Gary ensures that positive relationships are built and maintained with individual, foundation and corporate donors as well as municipal, provincial and federal governments to advance the vision and mission of the Calgary Zoo.
Over his 28 years in the not for profit-sector Gary has held senior management positions for both the University of Calgary and the Calgary Health Trust. During his tenure at the University of Calgary, the University raised $1.2 Billion and moved from 12th position in postsecondary annual fundraising to being in the top five fundraising universities in the country.
Chief Operating Officer
Greg joins the Calgary Zoo with more than 35 years’ experience in the hotel and hospitality industry. As a CEO and COO of privately owned and publicly traded companies, with operations throughout Canada and the United States, Greg has had the opportunity to build and implement, short and long-term, strategic plans that were focused on building the organization by providing great experiences for its guests.
In addition to serving on industry boards in the hotel, resort development, and franchise industries Greg has served on a number of non-profit boards including Hockey Calgary and Make-A-Wish Southern Alberta.
Senior Director, Corporate Services & Customer Experience
Lindsey joined the Calgary Zoo’s senior leadership team in 2012 and is responsible for human resources, health and safety, education, communications, marketing and event sales.
In a 30-year career that has taken him across the country, Lindsey has worked in diverse sectors with some of Canada's most respected brands, including the Calgary Stampede, RBC Financial Group and Canadian Airlines. He is now focused on strengthening Calgary Zoo's remarkable brand as the nation’s favourite zoo, the city's top tourism attraction, and an international leader in conservation. He also serves as a board member with Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA).
Director, Animal Care
Jamie joined the Calgary Zoo’s animal management team in September 2010 and has over 20 years of experience working with animals, equally in agriculture and in zoos.
Currently, Jamie is responsible for all of the animals at the zoo and the people that care for them. This not only includes caring for the animals at the zoo today, but also planning and working cooperatively with conservation programs to bring animals to and from Calgary.
Director, Facilities, Grounds & Environment
Since 2011, Darryl’s responsibilities include managing everything to do with buildings and facilities at the zoo, as well as horticultural and environmental activities. He is also jointly responsible for execution of the zoo’s master plan.
Darryl is a professional industrial engineer and a certified project management professional with more than 20 years of experience working within large international companies. He has won several awards in the transportation, manufacturing and service sectors.
Director, Guest Services
Peter joined the Calgary Zoo in 2008 and is responsible for guest relations, including day admissions, the zoo’s call centre, retail operations, concessions and catering, and parking lot operations.
Peter has 27 years of experience in the not-for profit sector, including other Calgary organizations such as Winsport and Heritage Park. He has a diploma in Hotel and Restaurant Management and is a member of the Chaine des Rotisseurs with a title of Maitre de Table.
Dr. Axel Moehrenschlager
Director, Conservation & Science
Over the last 25 years, Dr. Axel Moehrenschlager has conducted research or training around the world to develop science-based solutions for effective conservation. Axel received his Ph.D. from Oxford University, where he remains affiliated. He is also an Erskine Fellow at New Zealand’s University of Canterbury and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Canada’s University of Calgary.
Axel joined the Calgary Zoo in 1999, and founded its Centre for Conservation Research in 2003. Axel became the chair of the IUCN Reintroduction Specialist Group in 2014 which has 150 global experts in over 40 countries focussing on the restoration of endangered species. The respective focus on reintroductions and on community conservation, which aims to develop sustainable benefits for people and nature, is aligned to achieve the zoo’s vision of being Canada’s leader in wildlife conservation.
A mammal is a warm-blooded vertebrate animal with a covering of skin and hair. Mammals include cats, dogs, monkeys, and even some aquatic aimals like hippos and whales.