Our Dedicated Staff

Catriona Matheson
Animal Care
Kennel Assistant
Facility Planing

Catriona grew up with wildlife, and has assisted with wildlife care since the 1970's.  Cat's has a B.A. in History and the Classics, and her day job is Recruiting for the Canadian Armed Forces.

Catriona assists with wildlife care and Happytails Pet Retreat  during evenings, weekends and days off.  Her contributions also extend into strategic planning,  facility development, and fund raising and facility promotion.

Christian Weagle
Facilities Management and Maintenance
Kennel Manager
Safety Officer

Christian was born in the Yukon and spent his early life helping with his parent's Siberian sled dog kennel.

At CEI he uses his Journeyman carpentry skills to help maintain, rebuild and repair the facilities. His knowledge of pet care is used to manage the Happytails Pet Retreat, CEI's social initiative, which pays for the Institute's day to day activities.

His experience in industrial carpentry and customer service ensures that the kennel clients are well served and that the facilities are well maintained.

Christian also acts as safety officer for CEI.

Darby McPhee
Research Assistant

Animal Care

Kennel Assistant
Volunteer and Intern Manager

Darby was born and raised in Alberta, spending her formative years living with and raising animals on her family's acreage. Darby has a BSc. with a specialization in Animal Biology, and has experience working with both wild/exotic animals, as well as domestic animals.

Darby is our main animal care technician, ensuring animals are well cared for, and monitoring animals that come in with injuries. She also assists in various research projects occurring around the property, and helps to monitor and set up trail cameras. She also assists at the kennel when needed, and is in charge of the various interns and volunteers we have throughout the year.

Photo taken as an employee of Instinct Animals for Film | Animal Actors & Wolves for Film

Notable Achievements


Years in Operation


Facilities for animals


Acres of Land

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