Our Team

the People of CNSC
meet our

Skilled Staff

We work closely as a tight-knit team, keeping our staffing costs low and directing as much funding as we can to our mission.

Executive Director

Dylan McCart

Dylan McCart is no stranger to Churchill, as he studied at the CNSC through the University of Manitoba, researching the effect of climate change on local vegetation. He visited many times following his formal education.

“I have loved Churchill since my first visit here. The atmosphere is vibrant and it’s such an inspiring place. I feel privileged to join the community.”

Dylan began at CNSC in January of 2022 after spending over a decade studying polar bears, including the coordination and facilitation of research efforts in Northern Ontario. 

Special Projects Assistant & Bookkeeper

Kim Daley

I was born and raised in Massachusetts and first came to Churchill in 1997 as an educator with the Great Bear Foundation of Missoula, Montana. After graduating from the University of Montana with a B.Sc. in Wildlife Biology in 1999, I conducted an independent research project on polar bear behaviour and tourism at Gordon Point and was a field biologist for the Born Free Foundation’s Orphan Polar Bear Cub Project (1999-2009).

I began working for the CNSC first as a volunteer in 2002 and then as a contract fundraiser. I have been in my current position as a Special Projects Assistant and Bookkeeper since 2007.

In 2010 I became a dual citizen of the US and Canada. I live remotely in my cabin at Camp Nanuq (4 km west of the CNSC) and enjoy hunting, fishing, ice fishing, boating, snowmobiling, hiking, snow shoeing and live music.

Field Station Coordinator
Research Coordinator

Lara grevstad


I was born and raised in Seattle, WA. After graduating with a B.A. in Ecology from Colorado College, I spent several years working as a botany and wildlife technician in Alaska, Wyoming, and the Dominican Republic.

While in Alaska I had the opportunity to visit the Arctic to assist with a research project on tundra plants and I have loved the tundra and taiga ever since.

I moved to Canada in 2019 to pursue an MSc at the University of British Columbia. My research focused on how tundra plant traits respond to experimental warming in the High Arctic. My interest in research and northern ecosystems brought me to Churchill where I started in my role at the CNSC in May 2023.

program Coordinator

KimberLey Wallen

Bio coming soon!

Program assistant

faith carnegie

Bio coming soon!

Sustainability Coordinator

Jayden chapman

Bio coming soon!

Sustainability technician

Katherine branson

I spent my entire life in Texas until I made the move to Churchill to become a sustainability technician and learn how to grow leafy greens in the centre’s hydroponic unit. I graduated with a degree in sustainability studies from the University of Texas at Austin (Hook ’em Horns!), which is what sparked my interest in local food systems, agroecology, and intersectional environmentalism.  

After graduation, I switched paths to pursue a career in wildlife conservation and was involved in Mexican grey wolf, American red wolf, and black-footed cat recovery efforts. I also worked seasonally as a wildlife rehabber. My favorite animals to work with are maned wolves, porcupines, and nighthawks!   

After leaving the wildlife field to return to my educational “roots” in sustainability, I decided it was the perfect opportunity to head to Churchill. Since my early teens I had always wanted to go north! I’m very grateful to be living in a town as unique and beautiful as this one, and hope to learn all I can about the community in the upcoming months.  

Fleet and facilities coordinator

Brian gulick

I have lived in Churchill since I was 4 years old. I have worked many years in the tour industry in the mechanical sector. I know the challenges of working outside in below freezing temperatures with many limitations due to the remoteness of our community.

Brian is an outdoors man. In his free time if he’s not fixing skidoos and four wheelers, he is out on the land riding them.

If you see Brian on site, take a minute to say hi and ask about one of his many adventures in the north.

Fleet and facilities assistant

richard fredlund

Bio coming soon!


Sharon Yassie

Hi I’m Sharon and I had worked at the Aurora Inn for 13 years before joining the CNSC in June 2011. I enjoys meeting the guests and volunteers from all over the world. I was born and raised in the community of Churchill and like to travel when possible. Working at the CNSC is a good fit as I am frequently surrounded by all our travelling guests!


Jada Omen

Bio coming soon!

first cook

tanya lytsiuk

Bio coming soon!

Second cook

Terry palmer

Bio coming soon!

meet our

Dedicated Board

  • Chair Michael Goodyear – Member at Large (Churchill)
  • Vice-Chair Pete Whittington – Brandon University
  • Treasurer James Roth – CNSC User
  • Secretary Bruce Erickson – University of Winnipeg
  • Executive-at-large James Kushny- Director at Large (General)
  • Chris Storie – University of Winnipeg
  • Dave Allcorn – Director at Large (Churchill)
  • Judy Wilson-Director at Large (General)
  • Michele Leclaire– University College of the North
  • Reg Reimer – Duke of Marlborough School
  • John Hrominchuk – Churchill Chamber of Commerce
  • Terrie Dionne – Parks Canada Agency
  • Verna Flett – Town of Churchill
  • Bryan Stefaniuk – Manitoba Conservation
  • Louise Lawrie – Director at Large (Churchill)
  • Open Seat – Manitoba Indigenous and Northern Relations
  • Open Seat – Manitoba Advanced Education and Literacy

CBN: 100966175RR0001

Interested in joining the team? Check out our current job opportunities and be on the lookout for future postings on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

You can also get hands-on work experience at the Churchill Northern Studies Centre in a three-week Volunteer Expedition.