Board of Directors

Robyn Barabash, , Hon. B.Sc., J.D. candidate (Secretary), is a student-at-law with a national law firm in Toronto. She anticipates practicing in the areas of environmental and corporate law. Prior to attending law school, Robyn obtained a business degree from the University of Ottawa, and worked in regulatory and proposals for an oil and gas engineering firm in Calgary, Alberta. Robyn previously volunteered with RVWS as an animal care assistant. Her favorite patients to care for were groundhogs.

Matthew Ford, B.Sc, M.Sc (Director), is a biologist for a First Nations community. He is responsible for running projects involving the environment, wildlife, and climate change. He leads a team of technicians who monitor six endangered species populations within the community. Matthew also works with the community, handling all wildlife questions and rescuing wildlife in need of treatment. Previous volunteer experience includes judging the KZA science fair, helping the winning teams design their poster for their national competitions, teaching students about wildlife, being a member for the Canadian Water Network Student and Young Professionals committee, and helping to organize the World Fish Migration Day 2016 event at the Museum of Nature in Ottawa.

Susan Henry (Chair), is the office administrator for the Canadian Society of Forensic Science, a non-for-profit membership for forensic professionals. The CSFS has over 500 members and 12 board members. Susan also coordinates CSFS events, which consists of registration for workshops and seminars, and arranging venues, speakers and catering. Susan currently oversaw the launch of the new website and was instrumental in its design and content. Before working for the Canadian Society of Forensic Science, she worked for World Heart as the executive assistant to the CFO. Susan has volunteered for RVWS in various roles over the last eight years.

Armando Heriazon, D.V.M., F.E.P.I., M.SC., PH.D., M.B.A. (Director)

Michael Kruse (Director), is a senior construction manager with the Major Capital Project Group at Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions. He is responsible for overseeing a team responsible for the production, maintenance and accuracy of cost plans, schedules, risk management and contract management for a national account with annual volume in excess of $250M. Michael has been a part-time teacher of the Civil Engineering Technician program at Algonquin College.  Previous volunteer experience includes the United Way and the CHEO Foundation. In 2008, Michael co-managed the funding for and construction of RVWS’s wildlife rehabilitation centre, and continues to manage construction projects.

Linda Laurus (Executive Director), is a policy and communications consultant, having provided policy and regulatory analysis, and writing and editing services to government clients for more than 25 years. Linda has been rehabilitating wildlife since 1996. She volunteered with the former Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife Centre and the Wild Bird Care Centre, and founded the Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in 2005. Linda is a former director of the Ontario Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Network, and member of the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association and the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council. Linda is the Executive Director of RVWS.

Rob Lorbetski, CPA, CA (Treasurer)

William Skorupinski, CFM (Vice-chair)

Madelaine Thurston, Hon. B.Sc., J.D. (Director)