Margot McMaster is the Alberta-based Producer/Director/Editor of the documentary. Her career in the film and television industry spans over 25 years. During this time she produced, directed and edited programs in diverse genres from short films and feature length documentaries to news magazine format programs, series and electronic press kits for some of Hollywood’s major motion picture studios. Some networks she has worked for include CBC, CTV, CBS, NBC, FOX, Discovery and TNT.
Margot has participated in Alberta industry work-shops as a guest lecturer on the topic of integration of high definition into film and television productions. She is also guest lectured on the topic of high definition work flow integration at the Banff Centre for preforming arts.
Industry recognition includes an Emmy Award from the National Television Academy of Arts and Sciences for her work with CBS at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway and awards at the Chicago, Charleston and Houston international film festivals.
Margot is passionate about the outdoors and spends any spare time she can hiking horseback riding and back country skiing. She is also a trained member of Foothills Search and Rescue. Margot resides in the foothills of Alberta.
Darrel Rowledge is an Alberta businessman and public policy analyst. He has spent over 25 years researching, writing, and speaking on a variety of public policy issues, from forest and wildlife to healthcare. Darrel is a passionate outdoorsman, hunter, and conservationist, well known for his opposition to the domestication of wildlife.
With constant encouragement from leading experts, Darrel approached the commercial game farming issue with a passion for research, a dedication to comprehensive analysis, and a fierce commitment to public interest. The combination saw him immediately recruited to the forefront of the game farming debate by the mid 1980s. Ever since, from Washington DC to the Yukon, the challenges, the ever-expanding evidence, and constant connections with scientists, conservationists, legislators, journalists, and every manner of community have woven a phenomenal tapestry of discovery.
The recipient of numerous awards, Darrel has been a Special Advisor to the Alberta Fish and Game Association, Sportsmen for i143 (2000 ballot initiative to restrict game farming in Montana), a Director of the Alberta Wilderness Association, Co-Chair of the National Caucus on the Constitution and the Environment, and on the Steering Committee University of Calgary’s Wildlife Running Into the Future Conference. In November 2008 he authored the book “No Accident… Public Policy and Chronic Wasting Disease in Canada.” Portions of that work were presented at the International Wildlife Symposium in Vancouver and the National Fish and Wildlife Congress in Ottawa. With the completion of additional sections, updated data, and a compilation of government responses, No Accident is to be expanded for ebooks and film.
Professional Advisory Board
We have secured the following industry professionals as advisors on the film:
Jack Ward Thomas
Jack Ward Thomas was the thirteenth chief of the U.S. Forest Service, 1993-1996. He received a B.Sc. in wildlife management from Texas A&M, a Masters in wildlife ecology at West Virginia University, and a PhD in 1972 from the University of Massachusetts. He has more than 600 publications to his credit, including:
Jack Ward Thomas: The Journals of a Forest Service Chief
North American Elk: Ecology and Management
Wildlife habitats in managed forests: the Blue Mountains of Oregon and Washington
After retiring from the Forest Service, he accepted a position as Boone & Crockett Professor of Wildlife Conservation at the School of Forestry of the University of Montana.
A relentless advocate for wildlife conservation, Dr. Val Geist is Professor Emeritus of Environmental Science at the University of Calgary. Over his long career, he has served as an expert witness for issues pertaining to wildlife, law, and public policy. He has been widely published in scientific journals, has authored or edited seventeen books and seven documentary films. He is widely regarded as one of the preeminent experts on the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation.
Dr. Vince Crichton has worked in Manitoba’s Wildlife and Ecosystem Protection Branch for 37 years. Recognized internationally for his expertise on moose, Dr. Crichton was awarded the Distinguished Moose Biologist Award by his peers. He recently served as Co-Chair of Canada’s National Wildlife Disease Strategy.
Shane Mahoney is a biologist, writer, and leading international authority on wildlife conservation. Named one of the 10 Most Influential Canadians Conservations by Outdoor Canada Magazine and nominated for Person of the Year by Outdoor Life Magazine, he has received numerous awards including the Public Service Award of Excellence from the government of Newfoundland and Labrador and International Conservationist of the Year from Safari Club International. Born and raised in Newfoundland, he brings to his writings and lectures a profound commitment to rural societies, and the sustainable use of natural resources, including fish and wildlife.
A natural storyteller, Terry Grosz is widely recognized for the numerous books chronicling his work on the front lines of conservation law enforcement, matching wits with elk poachers, salmon snaggers, commercial-market duck hunters and a host of other law-breakers. After a stint as a game warden in California, he joined the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, serving in California, North and South Dakota, and then Washington, D.C. where he worked with the Endangered Species Program. He spent the last 18 years of his career based in Denver as Assistant Regional Director for Law Enforcement.
Kevin Van Tighem
Kevin Van Tighem recently retired as Superintendent of Banff National Park. This followed a 34-year career with Parks Canada. Kevin was the recipient of the 1992 Governor-General’s Commemorative Medal; he is the author of numerous books and the recipient of many awards for outdoor writing.
John R. Fischer, BS, DVM, PhD
John R. Fischer is Director of the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study, Adjunct Professor of Pathology at the University of Georgia, and a professional member and advisor to the Boone and Crockett Club.
Matt Dunfee is the Programs Manager for the Wildlife Management Institute. In his past and current positions with WMI, he has served as the Conservation Program Specialist in WMI’s Washington D.C. Headquarters where he worked on numerous projects related to North American wildlife conservation, private lands programs, and hunting heritage. He also serves as the Director of the Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance, the Project Coordinator for the North American Hunting Heritage Action Plan, and the Chair of the North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference. In his current roles, Matt serves on numerous professional committees and boards including the AFWA Fish and Wildlife Health Committee, national and regional AFWA Hunting and Shooting Sports Participation Committees, the Hunting Heritage Steering Committee, the Conservation Leaders for Tomorrow Advisory Committee, the North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Meeting Steering Committee, and Task Force 20/20.
Previous to his work with WMI, Matt worked as a program coordinator for the Center for Environmental Management on Military Lands and research associate with the National Park Service’s Bison Management Working Group. He received his B.S. in Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology from Colorado State University. He is a professional member of the Boone and Crockett Club.