The Committee

Dave Sembsmoen (co-chair)

Kwanlin Dun First Nation

ph: (867) 633-7814

Dave is currently employed as the Fish and Wildlife Manager for the Kwanlin Dün First Nation. He is a graduate of the Renewable Resources Program at Yukon College and subsequently furthered his studies in the Conservation Enforcement - Bachelor of Applied Sciences Program in Lethbridge, Alberta. He has had the opportunity to gain valuable wildlife management experience through his work with both Environment Yukon and Kwanlin Dün First Nation for the past seven years. As a member of the Southern Lakes Wildlife Coordinating Committee, he looks forward to bringing his experiences to the table in the hope that it will help our wildlife resources stay intact for future generations to enjoy.


Thomas Jung (co-chair)

Government of Yukon

ph: (867) 667-5766

Tom is a biologist with a particular focus on mammals. He has lived and worked across the boreal forest, most recently in Labrador. Since 2001, he has been with the Yukon government, where he works on biodiversity conservation and species at risk issues, monitors and co-manages wood bison populations, and conducts natural history and applied research on a variety of species, including caribou, wolverine, bats and small mammals. Tom serves on several scientific committees, including as Co-Chair for multi-party planning processes for woodland caribou and wood bison. He and his family reside near Whitehorse. “I’m excited to work toward developing a common approach to managing key wildlife species and habitats in the landscape that my family and I too call home.”


Patrick James

Carcross / Tagish First Nation

ph: (867) 821-3131 

cell: (867) 334-3838

Patrick James is a Daklaweidi male of the Wolf moiety and a member of Carcross/Tagish First Nation. His knowledge of native culture and traditional values has been enriched as past Chief of Carcross/Tagish First Nation, through his involvement with elders, and as Chief of the Tlingit Nation. Presently he is a clan representative and chairman of the Land Use Team for Carcross/Tagish First Nation. He will continue the First Nations goal of working together as a team to help guide the management of land, fish, wildlife, and habitat for future generations.


Sandy Smarch

Teslin Tlingit Council

ph: (867) 390-2323

Sandy was born and raised in Teslin and is a member of the Kukhhittan (Crow) clan. Sandy has been a member of the Teslin Renewable Resources Council for the past ten years. He was Vice-Chair for a period of five years, and has been the Chair since 2005. Sandy has also represented Teslin Tlingit Council on the Southern Lakes Caribou Steering Committee, now the SLWCC, for the past five years. Sandy’s dedication to wildlife stems from his upbringing, and conservation and management within the Teslin Tlingit traditional territory is a facet of those teachings.


Michael Jim

Champagne and Aishihik First Nations

ph: (867) 634-4248

Michael Jim is the Renewable Resources Officer for Champagne and Aishihik First Nations. He obtained a Diploma in Renewable Resource Management from Yukon College in 1999 and has been working for Champagne and Aishihik First Nations ever since. He has considerable experience in fish and wildlife management and research projects and in working cooperatively with the communities. “Not all wildlife management techniques are fitting in all situations, but you will know if it’s right if it tends to help in the recovery of a species, such as the Southern Lakes Caribou.”


Mark Williams

Government of British Columbia

ph: (250) 847-7693

Mark graduated from the University of Victoria with a B.Sc. in 1979, and in 1990 received his M.Sc. degree in zoology from the University of Alberta. He previously worked in NWT as the caribou/wolf technician and later the caribou/wolf biologist, conducting research on the population ecology of migratory barren-ground caribou and the wolves that make their living preying on caribou. He has been involved in caribou recovery and wildlife management issues in the Southern Lakes area since he became the B.C. Ministry of Environment representative on the Southern Lakes Caribou Steering Committee in 1995. Mark has been involved in numerous moose, sheep, and caribou inventories in the area between Atlin and Teslin lakes and in a joint B.C./Yukon Environment/Teslin Tlingit Council study of the population ecology of the Swan Lake caribou herd, east of Teslin Lake. "I look forward to bringing my experience and B.C.’s perspective on wildlife management to the committee to assist in developing recommendations that will lead to effective management of the transboundary wildlife populations in the Southern Lakes area."

Emmie Fairclough

Ta’an Kwäch’än Council

ph: (867) 668-3444 Ext. 228

Biography coming soon!


Mark Connor

Taku River Tlingit First Nation

ph: (250) 651-7923

Biography coming soon!


Wendy Nixon

Government of Canada

ph: (867) 393-6825

Biography coming soon!

The purpose of the committee is to promote the recovery and conservation of wildlife populations.