Dr. Clement Lanthier, President & Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Clément Lanthier joined the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo in 2003 as Director of Live Collections. In 2007, he was appointed as the President and Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Lanthier is responsible for leading a high-performing management team and shaping the institution’s vision, mission, master plan, and culture.
He is the Immediate Past President of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), and previously served as past President of the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums, past Board member of SPECIES360 and as past President of the Canadian Committee of the International Union for Conservation of Nature. He is proud to be an Honourary Chief of the Wechiau Community Hippopotamus Sanctuary in North West Ghana.
Jamie Dorgan, Chief Operating Officer
Jamie Dorgan is the Chief Operating Officer for Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo. As a member of the Executive Leadership team, Jamie provides strategic oversight to the teams responsible for Animal Care, Health and Welfare, Guest Services, Brand & Engagement, Facilities, and Conservation & Science.
His career in animal welfare and conservation management has spanned more than 20 years. He sits on the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Animal Population Management Committee, as well as served on several endangered species recovery teams and played a leadership role in initiating several conservation programs, including the greater sage-grouse program at the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo.
Adrian Hamfelt, Chief Financial Officer
Adrian Hamfelt joined the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo in March 2020 as the Controller and was promoted to Chief Financial Officer in 2023.
Adrian is a financial executive with over 15 years of international experience leading teams through strategic, collaborative leadership and proactive approaches to complex business issues. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (with honours) from the University of British Columbia and a Chartered Professional Accountant designation.
Dr. Gráinne McCabe, Chief Conservation Officer
Dr. Gráinne McCabe joined the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo in May 2023 as the Chief Conservation Officer. As a member of the executive leadership, she is responsible for leading strategic development for conservation translocations and community conservation initiatives, strengthening connections with stakeholders and partners, and coordinating research for a wide array of international programs dedicated to saving species at risk of extinction.
Gráinne’s career has been spent at the intersection of zoos and conservation, most recently as the Head of Field Conservation and Science for Bristol Zoological Society, United Kingdom, where she directed global conservation work in 10 countries and provision of six university degree programs. She is a member of the IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group, as well as a member of the IUCN BIOPAMA Regional Advisory Committee.
Steven Ross, Chief Development Officer
Steven Ross joined the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo in March 2020 as the Chief Development Officer. As a member of the executive leadership, he is responsible for leading development, fundraising, and external relations. When the Calgary Zoo Foundation rebranded as the ‘Wilder Institute’ in 2021, Steven played a critical role in overseeing its brand development and continues to provide strategic and tactical leadership to enhance and build on Wilder Institute’s fund development portfolio and community engagement initiatives.
Steven is a CFRE certified environmental professional with more than 15 years of experience working in fund development and cause-marketing specializing in the development of strategic partnerships for leading non-profit organizations. He brings a great level of expertise in strategic planning, fund development, marketing and engagement, sustainability, project management, and leadership.
Alison Archambault, Director of Brand & Engagement
Colleen Baird, Director of Animal Care, Health & Welfare
Brandi Chuchman, Associate Director of Conservation & Science
Darryl Dziadyk, Director of Facilities & Grounds
Peter Findlay, Director of Guest Services
Vanessa Frydman, Controller
Kathryne Gibson, Director of Development
Mark Hoshizaki, Director of Information Technology
Len Wolstenholme, Senior Advisor, External Relations
Officers of the Board
Our Officers of the Board and Board of Directors are comprised of community leaders who help to guide the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo’s mission and vision.
Barbara Conkie, Board Chair
Jennifer Koury, Vice Chair
Bill Fisher, Secretary and Governance and Legal Committee Chair
Karyn Brooks, Treasurer and Finance and Risk Committee Chair
Board of Directors
Elected by the Calgary Zoological Society, our Board of Directors is made up of 16 to 25 volunteers who work together to create a policy framework for the zoo. Read our bylaws here.