SALTS' Staff

Dedication and Competence

SALTS is a land trust that was born out of desire by landowners in southern Alberta to have a local organization that would respond to a need for succession planning tools plus the protection of the foothills rangeland they loved. The staff understands this and dedicated to staying connected with local landowners, their communities, and the need to protect our water, wildlife and western heritage.


Justin Thompson:   Executive Director

Justin has a B.Sc. in Biology and Environmental Science, and an M.A. in Public Administration. For the last fifteen years he has been working in the electricity industry as well as consulting on projects relating to private land conservation in southwest Alberta. During this time he has also been an active volunteer with several not-for-profit organizations in both a governance and fundraising capacity. Justin has worked with SALTS in the past to place conservation easements on his own land as well as working with several of his neighbours to do the same. Justin resides in Calgary with his wife and two young boys. However, they spend much of their free time on their land in the foothills west of Pincher Creek where they are also involved in a small cow/calf operation. Justin's passion for preserving Alberta's natural landscapes and his positive experience with SALTS as a landowner is what drew him to the organization.

Berry Urban:   Office Manager

Bernardina ('Berry') Urban immigrated to Alberta in 2006 together with her husband Rob and daughter Lucy to look for new challenges and to have a less crowded living environment than in the Netherlands. In the Netherlands Berry worked for more than 20 years as Office Manager and Finance Coordinator for Price Waterhouse and also as an independent Customer Relationship Management consultant. For the past seven years she worked at a company that makes medication for honey bees. In this role she became aware of the agricultural activities in Alberta and came into contact with a lot of local people in the beekeeping industry. Since her daughter Lucy has been active in competitive swimming, Berry has been involved in fundraising for the swim club and has served as fundraising director for the past three years. With her work and volunteer experience and her admiration for the Alberta foothills landscape, she is excited to use her office management and fundraising skills to serve SALTS.

Alan Gardner:   Consulting Advisor

Alan Gardner has a business background amd brings a variety of experience over several decades to assist SALTS in an advisory and consulting role. He graduated from the University of Alberta with a B.Sc (Math) and the University of British Columbia with a B.Arch. Prior to involving himself with SALTS he enjoyed a career in Architecture and then the computer software industry. His family has lived in the Pekisko country for over 100 years. He privides a wide variety of experience including project management, contract law, marketing, accounting, managing consultants, GIS mapping, IT security, web design, and almost a decade of land trust experience as the previous executive director of SALTS.

Contents © 2014 Southern Alberta Land Trust Society       Photo: Rangeland near Jumping Pound - Alan Gardner

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