I am a young professional living in the Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. I attended my first United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) meeting in Japan in 2010 which lead to me spending a number of years as a strong advocate for biodiversity protection, youth engagement, and inter-generational dialogues in conservation decision-making processes. I am the Co-founder the Global Youth Biodiversity Network and recently completed my six-year term on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Committee for IUCN.
My research and professional interests include protected areas, wildlife and natural resources planning, landscape connectivity, citizen/community-based monitoring, and cumulative impact assessment.
I am very passionate about contributing back to the northern and western mountainous regions that surround me through working with fish and wildlife, advocating for responsible recreation on the land, and through sharing my appreciation of our wild spaces through stories on my social media. I am an avid geocacher and outdoor gear junkie, and spending every opportunity I can hiking, running, and camping in the mountains.
You can read more about my professional and volunteer experiences here: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/shailyndrukis
What I Do
- Fish & Wildlife Planner
- Honours BA Environmental Studies
- Canadian Conservation Corps Advisory Committee Member
- Co-founder of Global Youth Biodiversity Network
- President of Environmental Education Association of the Yukon