CPAWS Manitoba Staff


Ron Thiessen, Executive Director

Ron has worked professionally in the non-profit wilderness conservation field for over 25 years. He employs his experience in Aboriginal, media, public, industry, and government relations to achieve protected areas and safeguard wildlife.

Ron’s efforts in partnership with Indigenous communities has been instrumental in the establishment of several provincial parks and extended protection of park reserves.

His leadership was a key driver in achieving the legislative ban on commercial forestry in Manitoba’s provincial parks.

Ron has also negotiated with industry to defer logging in important habitats of threatened species and works with many involved on the east side of Lake Winnipeg toward large-scale conservation and sustainable communities.

He is also the founder of the Aboriginal Conservation Leaders Project, an initiative designed to provide an avenue for Aboriginal voices to be heard while inspiring people to get involved in boreal forest protection efforts.

Born and raised in Manitoba, Ron is an avid outdoor enthusiast who enjoys photography and playing music.

Joshua Pearlman, Communications Coordinator

As Communications Coordinator of CPAWS Manitoba, Joshua oversees public and media communications while supporting campaign strategy and development and organizational operations.

He  holds a B.Sc in Botany from the University of Manitoba as well as a Diploma of Environmental Studies from Langara College. Over the past 8 years he has worked extensively in biological research support roles both in Canada and the United States. Additionally he has worked on the development of a regional seed collection initiative and youth ecological education program in Baker City, Oregon as part of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Millennium Seed Project.

He has written extensively for Above & Beyond Magazine about the relationships between northerners and the rapidly changing environment in arctic Canada.

Olivier, Chapter Coordinator

As a Coordinator for CPAWS Manitoba, Olivier oversees organizational and financial operations while supporting public communications, outreach and boreal forest campaign development.

Olivier brings a background in biology and ecology, as well a lifelong passion for conservation.