Education & Training
Jenny has a B.Sc. (Honours) in Environmental Biology and Physical Geography (1977), a Masters of Environmental Design (1995) and a Ph.D. in Geography (2000) all from the University of Calgary. Her Masters thesis, Mountain Town with a Vision: A Case Study in Sustainable Community Development explored the role of community vision setting as a tool in sustainable development in a small resource based community in interior British Columbia. Her PhD research, Evaluating Ecosystem Management in the Columbia Mountains, investigated the role of scientific information in ecosystem management and land use decision-making in British Columbia.
Jenny has extensive training in environmental leadership, project management, facilitation and communications (oral and written).
Besides private contract work in environmental research and communications and teaching assistant positions at the University of Calgary, Jenny gained extensive experience in her work with federal and provincial governments.
From 1976 until 1992, Jenny worked for Parks Canada in a variety of locations in British Columbia (Mount Revelstoke and Glacier, Kootenay and Yoho national parks), Alberta (Banff and Waterton Lakes national parks), and Newfoundland (Terra Nova National Park). Her career with Parks Canada involved communications, research, planning, supervision, and management. While based at Parks Canada’s office in Calgary, Alberta, she led the Park Interpretation, Extension and Volunteer Management Program for all national parks and historic sites in western Canada for several years. Jenny also worked in a supervisory position with Alberta Parks in 1980/81 at Bow Valley Provincial Park in Kananaskis Country.
From September 2000 to January 2012, Jenny worked for the BC Ministry of Environment in Victoria. Initially, she was Manager of Habitat Protection, then she led a new Terrestrial Ecosystem Science Section in the Biodiversity Branch. From June 2005 until March 2008 she began and led the new Stewardship Outreach initiative for the Environmental Stewardship Division, and from April 2009 until February 2010, while working for the Assistant Deputy Minister, she conducted an assessment of the agency’s Wildlife Research capacity and led an initiative to raise awareness and action about the effects of climate change on fish, wildlife, ecosystems and parks, and what should be done in terms of human behaviour adaptation to safeguard Nature through climate change. Jenny gained extensive experience in developing science-informed natural resource policy and legislation. Her most recent position with the BC Government was Manager of Strategic Policy and Adaptation in the Environmental Sustainability and Strategic Policy Division, where she managed the project to develop the new Environmental Mitigation Policy.
Academic and Community Service
Jenny has a long history of volunteer work and community service, primarily in the environmental and outdoor recreation field.
Jenny served as an adjunct professor in the School of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria from 2008 until end of June 2015. She has been on the Board of Directors of the Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology from its inception until 2016.
Friends of Ecological Reserves
She serves on the Board of Directors of the Friends of Ecological Reserves of British Columbia. Besides completing reports summarizing the current state of ecological reserves, she has been actively promoting the 50th anniversary of the Ecological Reserves Act on April 2, 2021, and the establishment of the first 29 ecological reserves on May 4, 1971.
- ER Management Issues Gap Analysis Summary – Feb 15, 2021 update
- ER Management Issues Gap Analysis Summary – June 16, 2020 update to ER wardens
- Proclamation of Ecological Reserves Day – April 2, 2021
Tales from the Great Divide
Conscience Recycling Club
In 1972, Jenny was awarded one of the first Ontario Medals of Good Citizenship from the Premier and Lieutenant-Governor and was presented to Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip for initiating and managing the first recycling program in Canada, the Conscience Recycling Club in Kitchener-Waterloo, which began in 1970 and eventually grew to become the Blue Box program so familiar across Canada. In 2021, her high school, Cameron Heights Collegiate Institute, recognized her as one of the “Golden Greats” and put a plaque on their Legacy Wall honouring her leadership in initiating the Conscience Recycling Club.
Jenny loves hiking, cross-country skiing and yoga. She and her husband, Ian Hatter, spend their leisure time connecting with nature to further their knowledge of natural science and to maintain fitness.
As of late June 2021, Jenny and Ian are relocating to the Highlands of Windermere in the Upper Columbia River Valley near Invermere, B.C.
Jenny’s husband, Ian Hatter, retired in the spring of 2015 from his job as Manager of Wildlife for the BC Government. Ian carries out wildlife population modelling and statistical analysis projects as well as wildlife policy research for Nature Wise Consulting.