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Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network (CBEEN)
PO Box 46, Invermere, BC  V0A 1K0


Duncan Whittick
Executive Director

Duncan is based out of Invermere in the traditional territory of the Ktunaxa and Secwepemc (Shuswap). He has been CBEEN’s Executive Director since 2011, and enjoys connecting the dots between people and organizations, looking for pathways to positive systemic change, and finding ways we can all work better, together.

Duncan is also on the board for the BC Classrooms to Communities (C2C) Network Society, and is the Co-coordinator for the Kootenay-Boundary Environmental Education (KBEE) Initiative. He was also recently the Communications Coordinator for both the Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication (EECOM) and the Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP). In 2018 he was the recipient of the Canadian Environmental Education ‘Outstanding Individual in an Organization’ Award.

Prior to working in the Columbia Basin, Duncan enjoyed working as a park interpreter and environmental educator for a variety of organizations including Cypress Hills Inter-provincial Park, Dinosaur Provincial Park, the National Trust for Scotland and the Jane Goodall Institute. He holds a degree in Communications & Culture, and a diploma in Environmental Science.


Jade Harvey – Berrill
Wild Voices Program Manager

Jade lives in Revelstoke, on the traditional lands of four nations: the Sinixt, the Ktunaxa, the Secwepmec and the Syilx.

Born in the UK, after obtaining her BSc 1st Class HONS in Physical Geography, Jade spent several years travelling the world, skiing, mountain biking and teaching science and outdoor education at various schools. Five years ago she found and made beautiful BC her permanent home. 

Alongside her CBEEN role Jade runs a youth educational business, Stoked on Science. As a qualified ACMG Rock Climbing instructor she hosts youth rock climbing and outdoor skills camps, is a Level 1 Professional Mountain Bike Instructor and also runs science workshops and field trips for K-12 in schools. Jade writes scientific articles for numerous publications and educational programs for various institutions.

She is a passionate educator, communicator of science and loves that she can assist in ensuring the Wild Voice program runs smoothly, as it is such an asset for youth in our Basin communities. Growing the outdoor education community, providing support networks for teachers and educators and making sure youth have access to their natural environment is Jade’s top priority.


Katie Wells
Financial Management

Katie is based out of Invermere in the traditional territory of the Ktunaxa and Secwepemc (Shuswap).

After graduating from Engineering at UBC, Katie worked in pulp and paper and then management with Procter & Gamble. Moving back to BC in 1993 she co-founded Basecamp Enterprises (Rigging for Rescue) and Basecamp Innovations Ltd (Rescue Equipment design). When Rigging for Rescue was sold to a US team in 2002, she started her own consulting practice and was later the CEO of KRIC while considering hew next move.

Over the past 15+ years, Katie has found a niche using her multidisciplinary entrepreneurial skillset with her P.Eng. and her specialties in business, finance and systems to help entrepreneurs and non-profits move their goals and dreams forward. Her firm, Turning Point Business Advisory Services Inc., is based out of Invermere where Katie has lived for the past 27 years. She enjoys family, being outside and tiny house living.


Laurie Klassen
Donor Relations

Laurie is based out of Windermere in the traditional territory of the Ktunaxa and Secwepemc (Shuswap).

She is the former Executive Director of the Columbia Valley Community Foundation, and is currently also an instructor at the College of the Rockies, and is a non-profit consultant. She has worked for many organizations in many places over the years, and having lived in so many places throughout her life, she believes in giving to the community where you live and she volunteers much time as much as possible.

Laurie values hard work and determination, but believes that the greatest satisfaction in life comes from accomplishment that is a result of honest effort. The joy is in the journey, so she also believe in having a positive attitude. I have a have favourite quote that really sums this up: “The real measure of success is how we cope with disappointment…success is trying. It is not that the uncertainty of the future matters less, it is that we can face that uncertainty with more acceptance. A positive attitude will create positive changes around you.”

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