Staff and board


Gord Vaadeland – Executive Director

Gord was born and raised on a cattle ranch near Big River, Saskatchewan. He lives on the southwest boundary of the Prince Albert National Park with his family. They love the wild, free ranging bison in and around the Prince Albert National Park and wake up to them in their back yard on many occasions. Horses have been a part of Gord’s life since before he can remember and he currently operates Sturgeon River Ranch, an adventure tourism company that allows guests the opportunity to view wild bison while on horseback in the Prince Albert National Park. It’s also a working ranch – they raise Quarter Horses on their 5000 acres.
Gord works as Executive Director for both CPAWS-Saskatchewan and the Sturgeon River Plains Bison Stewards (SRPBS). Additionally, Gord serves as Watershed Awareness Advisor for the Provincial Council of Agriculture Development and Diversification Boards (PCAB).

Gord has twice been cast as “Sidekick” on OLN’s adventure reality show Mantracker, which was filmed at the Ranch. He was also featured in the Discovery World HD series, The National Parks Project and the Global-TV documentary, Branded. Gord’s work with the free ranging bison has been featured on CBC-Radio’s As It Happens. Gord’s work and the Ranch have also been the feature of several high profile newspaper and magazine articles around the globe. Gord’s vast and unique experience has led to him receiving numerous invitations to give presentations across North America and around the world.


Board of directors

A volunteer Advisory Board of Directors guides the direction of CPAWS Saskatchewan. 

Merv Hey – Treasurer
Evan Sorestad – National Board Member