Technical Committee Members

Joel Nicholson BSc., P. Biol.

Joel Nicholson was born and raised in the prairie region of rural Alberta. Living there cultivated his interest in wildlife which led him to complete a BSc (Special) degree in biology and chemistry from the University of Alberta’s Augustana Campus in Camrose, Alberta.

He has worked on numerous wildlife research projects in western Canada, as an industrial consultant, and is currently employed by Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development in Medicine Hat as a Senior Species at Risk Biologist. Recent work activities have focussed on the grasslands of south-eastern Alberta and include conservation related work on species such as greater sage-grouse, burrowing owl, swift fox, short-horned lizard, soapweed , yucca moth, western spiderwort, tiny cryptanthe, northern leopard frog, and prairie rattlesnake.

Colin Kure

Colin Kure represents the Alberta Fish and Game Association (AFGA) on the Antelope Creek Ranch Technical Committee. Colin was born on February 2, 1945; he grew up on the family farm at Dickson, Alberta, which he, his son, grandson and granddaughter continue to operate. In 1964 he graduated with First Class Honours in Farm Management at Olds College. A long and varied involvement with the AFGA began when Elmer Kure, his father, become President of this organization in 1958.

Issues related to wildlife habitat, riparian protection and cumulative impacts on the environment have been an important and continuous focus for Colin during the last 50+ years. He has found that his current membership on the Sundre Petroleum Operators Group (SPOG) board and 17 year membership of the Public Advisory Committee for (West Fraser) Sundre Forest Products as well as positions on several other watershed and agricultural groups have been educational and productive. Colin has, in the last 30 years, been AFGA Zone 3 Environment chair, served on a number of Provincial and Municipal agricultural, planning and watershed committees representing AFGA as a voice for Alberta’s sportsmen.


Morgan Stromsmoe B.Sc. P. Ag.

Morgan represents Ducks Unlimited Canada on the Technical Committee. By virtue of his growing up on a farm in the Medicine Hat area he developed an early appreciation for agriculture and everything “wild”. He knew early on that he wanted to be involved in an industry centered on livestock and the outdoors.

In 1991 he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from the University of Alberta, with a specialization in Range Management. This led him early on in his career to work in various professional positions including a time with Parks Canada at Elk Island National Park and the Ministry of Forests in British Columbia. He has worked for Ducks Unlimited Canada since 1995, starting out as the Southern Alberta District Agrologist to his current position as a Conservation Program Specialist based out of Hanna, Alberta. He also raises cattle, horses and hay with his wife Janet, and two lovely daughters.

Craig DeMaere P. Ag

Craig has worked as a Range Management Specialist for the Rangeland Resource Management Program, Environment and Sustainable Resource Development since 2007. Currently he is the Provincial Rangeland Specialist – Grasslands. Prior to that he was employed by the British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Research Branch, and worked in the field of Rangeland Research. Craig has a degree in Agriculture Studies from the University of Lethbridge, and a diploma in Environmental Technology form Mount Royal University. He currently resides near Lethbridge with his wife and two children.


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