Team


Celebrating Dr. Sara Smith-Wuitchik’s PhD Defence (April 2019)! From Left: Rowan Barrett (co-supervisor), Jessy Bokvist, Tegan Barry, Danielle Clake, Brenna Stanford, Sean Rogers, Dr. Smith-Wuitchik, Jori Harrison, Dr. Matthew Morris, James Bull



Dr. Sean M. Rogers 

Associate Professor, Biological Sciences, University of Calgary 

Director, Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre

Associate Editor, Molecular Ecology 

Associate Editor, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B

My research program focuses on the genetics of adaptation to environmental change in fishes. I teach first year biology (DNA to Diversity), Evolution, Molecular Ecology, and a BMSC field course in Marine Fishes.

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Post Doctoral Fellows

Dr. Dina Navon (PDF, 2018 - present) 

Dina will be investigating questions about the genetic architecture of biomechanics in marine and freshwater threespine stickleback at the BMSC.

She is co-supervised with Tim Higham







PhD Students

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Tegan Barry (PhD, 2015 - present) 

The integrated nature of form and function dictates that phenotypes often vary in relation to local ecological factors. Tegan is interested in the development and evolution of phenotypic variation in threespine stickleback from Pender Harbour, BC. Tegan using three-dimensional computed microtomography imaging, morphometric tools and QTL mapping. 

Tegan is co-supervised with Dr. H. Jamniczky


Danielle Clake  (PhD, 2016 - present) 

Danielle is interested in how landscape and climate affect wild pollinators in natural and managed landscapes, and how this may contribute to pollinator decline in bumblebees. She will integrate an ecological genomics approach with landscape data to test these questions. 

Danielle is co-supervised with Dr. Paul Galpern



Jori

Jori Harrison (PhD, 2015 - present) 

Jori’s joined the lab following work as an environmental research scientist with Matrix Solutions in Calgary. Her objective is to develop an environmental DNA assay capable of detecting and estimating abundance of Alberta fishes. Jori’s experiments are taking place in the Advancing Canadian Wastewater Assets (ACWA) naturalized experimental research streams. She has been awarded funding from the Alberta Conservation Association and Alberta Innovates for this work.



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James Bull (PhD, 2018 - present) 

James’ interests lie in investigating the forces that promote, generate and maintain biodiversity in natural systems, and in how we can use this knowledge to preserve natural systems in a changing world. James is working with DFO to raise thousands of Coho salmon families used in enhancement programs under different rearing conditions to understand how hatchery rearing practices may impact salmon survival and the genetics of domestication. 




Brenna Stanford (PhD, 2019 - present) 

Brenna will be testing questions about the ecology of gene expression and the role of phenotypic plasticity on population persistence and adaptation, likely using a suite of experimental approaches in fishes….






MSc Students

Jessy Bokvist (MSc, 2017 - present) 

Jessy was an NSERC USRA student working on developing PoolSeq protocols to study the effects of differential early rearing treatments on survival in Coho Salmon at the Nitinat River Hatchery. She has now started her MSc this fall in collaboration with Dr. Krist Miller-Saunders from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to examine the inflience of hatchery rearing conditions on the epigenome.

Listen to Jessy speak about her project on ThePulse and recently on NPR



BSc Students

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Julia Clarke (NSERC USRA, Summer 2019)

Julia first approached the lab after completing her first year DNA to Diversity course. She began volunteering in our aqautic facility with Sara Smith in 2017 and has been a pillar of support for the care and husbandry of our stickleback populations. Julia’s NSERC USRA will involve research on the molecular basis of phenotypic plasticity in fishes. She is broadly interested in both field and lab approaches to test how genetically based behaviours in fishes may be influenced by environmental change. 







Alumni:

Sara Smith (PhD, 2014 - 2019) 

Sara first worked with Sean at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre in 2013, researching the site fidelity of tidepool sculpins while completing her BSc. Her PhD, co-supervised by Dr. Rowan Barrett, was on "Ecological consequences of genetically-based thermal traits in fishes”


Taesagh McKay (Independent Research Project, 2018-2019)

Taesagh is a BMSC alumnus and will working on constraints to adaptation following freshwater colonization of environments by marine stickleback. She has also been an aquatic lab assistant in LESARC for the last two years. 


Brenna Stanford (MSc, 2016 - 2018) 

What are the consequences of habitat fragmentation on the evolution of adaptive population divergence in the Banff Springs Snail? Brenna worked with Parks Canada in the summer of 2016 and, in addition to her field work expertise, brings her background as a biochemist to this project that will examine several populations and species of hot spring physids to better understand this small mollusc listed under the Canadian Species at Risk Act (SARA).

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Teresa Tufts (MSc, 2016 - 2018) 

Teresa tested the influence of water temperature on the thermal tolerance and habitat preference of ninespine stickleback from northern (Nunavut) and southern (Alberta) parts of their distributionTeresa is currently working for the Fisheries division of the Nunavut governement in Iqualuit.


Adam Watson PictureAdam Watson (ECOL 528, 2017 - 2018) 

Adam took the Fall Program at BMSC in 2015 and my ECOL529 class in 2016. He worked on the conservation genetics of burrowing owls with the Winnipeg Zoo. Adam was awarded a PURE award for his research and a Faculty of Science award to present at the NACCB meeting in 2018. He is now Veterinary Medicine Student at the UofC


Aspen Aspen Kozak (ECOL 530, 2017 - 2018) 

Aspen volunteered in our aquatic lab for over two years. In the summer of 2017, she took Marine Fishes in Bamfield followed by the Ecology 413 Field course in Kananaskis. Her research on stickleback performance in association with salinity variation led her to pursue an Honours project testing predictions about adaptation to freshwater in a marine population of stickleback recently trapped in freshwater (~ 100 years). Aspen received an honourable mention for her undergraduate research. She is now an MSc student with Heather Jamniczky.

Olivia Lab PhotoOlivia Kim (ECOL 528, 2017 - 2018) 

Olivia tested tradeoffs between agressive behaviour in Arctic ninespine stickleback and temperature. She is currently applying to the Masters of Public Health Program at the University of Calgary.


Genevieve Reynolds (BMSC Directed Study 2017) 

Genevieve’s directed study explored the effects of connectivity on walking speed variation in a population of Grainy Hermit Crab using an artificial network system. Given that the crabs preferred the poorly-connected areas, Genevieve concluded the ecological impacts of protecting only the well-connected areas, could impact trait variation and population sustainability. 


Tory Pritchard (BMSC Directed Study 2017) 

Tory investigated whether Marine animals when subjected to a hypoxic environment have been shown to exhibit a secretion of enzymes and/or an increased resistance to peripheral circulation. Tory explored this relationship in threespine stickleback as part of a directed study. She is now teaching ESL in Korea. 

Alex Pistore (MSc, 2014 - 2017) 

Alex used a common garden experimental design to test predictions associated with morphological maturation by characterizing skeletal phenotypic variation between populations. She was co-supervised in Health Science with Dr. H. Jamniczky. Alex is part of the Leaders in Medicine at Cummings School of Medicine at the University of Calgary.

Matthew_salmonMatthew Morris (MSc, 2009-2011, PhD student, 2012 - 2017) Matthew was an NSERC Vanier and Killam PhD Scholar studying the ecological and molecular mechansism that allow organisms to cope with environmental change, focusing on threespine stickeback populations along the eastern Pacific Ocean from Alaska to southern California to address these questions. He is now an Assistant Professor at Ambrose College.


Brandon AllenBrandon Allen (MSc, 2013 - 2016) 

Brandon was a research associate in the summer of 2012, continuing his research on population structure of fathead minnows in the fall of 2012. After working as a CFI technician in the summer of 2013, he worked with AESRD in his MSc Brandon investigated phenotypic and genetic changes that have occurred in fisheries with different adaptive management strategies since the 1960’s. He is now an Applied Ecologist with the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute.

ella2Ella Bowles (PhD, 2010 - 2016) 

Ella studied the population genetic consequences of environmental change in threespine stickleback populations that have colonized a series of lakes in Katmai National Park, Alaska. She started a PDF in Dylan Fraser’s Lab in June 2016 and is currently a MITACS PDF.


Stevi_terminatorStevi Vanderzwan (MSc, 2011 - 2015) 

Stevi was our lab manager in 2010 and 2011 before starting her MSc in the fall of 2011. She worked with Parks Canada, was an Instructor at Mount Royal University, a research technician at the Grasslands Zoo in Saskatchewan, and is now working in the Veterinary Genetics Lab of Dr. Ben Sacks at the University of California, Davis.


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faizan-malikLauren McLachlan (BSc Honours, 2014-2015)

Lauren conducted an independent research project on Walleye in the Red Deer River to determine if fish that predominantly return to a single tributary to spawn are breeding randomly - looks like they do! This work was conducted with AESRD. 



Faizan Malik (BSc Independent Studies, 2014-2015)

Faizan volunteered in the fish lab since 2013. His independent research project on Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout tested whether Yellowstone exhibit hybridization with the endangered Westslope Cutthroat Trout. He is now a graduate student in Neuroscience at the Cumming School of Medicine 


Dr. Janneke Wit (2013 - 2015) 

Janneke explored population genomic approaches to identify mutations that confer drug resistance in parasitic nematodes.  Janneke was funded by the University of Calgary Eyes High Program. Janneke is a PDF in John Gilleard’s Lab in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.

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Haley Tunna (MSc, 2011 - 2014) 

Haley was a research associate in the Rogers lab from 2010 to 2011. Haley then did her MSc on the population genetic consequences of pollutants in freshwater fishes using the charismatic longnose dace. Haley was co-supervised with Dr. Lee Jackson.

QiqunDr. Qiqun Cheng (2013-2014)

Qiqun is a professor at the East China Sea Fisheries Research Institute in Shanghai, China. He was awarded a scholarship under the State Scholarship Fund of China Scholarship Council to pursue study in Canada as a visiting scholar for one year. Qiqun worked on maintenance of adaptive genetic variation on brook stickleback during his sabbatical.


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Romain Richard (2008 - 2014) 

 Romain used an integrative framework to test how ecological and evolutionary responses of natural populations emerge from both mechanistic responses at the individual and population level with a Daphnia-algae systems. Romain was co-supervised by Dr. Ed McCauley and is now a post-doc at the « Institut de Recherche sur la Biologie de l'Insecte » (IRBI) at the University of Tours, France with Prof. J. Casas.


Becky-Portrait_web-300x200Becky Johnston (2012-2014)

Becky worked with Ella Bowles and assisting part-time in the husbandry of our stickleback, including many many weekends and holidays. She is also a drum major for the World Champion Calgary Stampede Showband. You can hear her describe the experience on CBC radio here. Becky has been working full-time with the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia, Africa since 2015. 

slopetrout_1Meghan Anderson (BSc Honours, 2013-2014) 

Meghan worked on the role of genetic background, finding that it influenced hybridization between the Westslope Cutthroat Trout and Rainbow Trout. Meghan won “Best ECOL talk" for this work. Meghan is currently a water quality technologist with Alberta Environment and Parks.


0Rebecca Kaufman (BSc Independent Studies, 2013-2014) 

Marine threespine stickleback along the Pacific coast of North America are hypothesized to constitute one panmictic, genetically homogenous population. Rebecca was interested in the cause of differential phenotypes within this population and the role of genetic variation or phenotypic plasticity. Rebecca quantified standing genetic variation in the low-plated Eda allele, finding significant variation in the marine environment.


Nissa Petterson (BSc Independent Studies, 2013-2014) 

In collaboration with Parks Canada and Dr. D. Lepitzki, Nissa studied the population structure of the snails in Banff National Park. She is now a Conservation Specialist with the Alberta Wilderness Association.


Florence ChanFlorence Chan (BSc Independent Studies, 2013-2014) 

Florence studied the impact of urbanization on the genetic variability of coyotes (Canis latrans) in Calgary, and discovered that anthropogenic barriers do not result in population substructure by limiting the exchange of genes across barriers. This study contributed to the Calgary Urban Coyote Project led by Dr. Alessandro Massolo. Florence is now a medical student at Jagiellonian University, Poland.


Stacy Muise (NSERC USRA 2012-2013, RA 2012 - 2013)

Stacy joined the lab in 2012 and developed genetic markers for the Banff Springs Snail. In 2013, Stacy was awarded another NSERC USRA to work on next generation sequencing of human gut microbial communities.  In 2016, she completed her MSc with Doug Boreham at McMaster University. She is now an Officer of Education Programs and Partnerships at the National Let's Talk Energy program


Katy Petrovitch (BSc Directed Studies, 2013) 

 Katy completed a Directed Studies (Zoology 507) co-supervised by H. Jamniczky. Her research addressed the question of whether vertebrae numbers from marine threespine stickleback sampled along a latitudinal cline reflect Jordan's Rule? Katy is currently enrolled as a medical student at the University of Calgary.

Patrick Piekarski (BSc Honours, 2013) 

Patrick's Zoology 530 sequenced several wasps and constructed phylogenies from the simultaneous analysis of phenotypic (including behavioural) and molecular data (CO1, 28S, 16S, 12S) for 74 taxa. Patrick is currently a PhD student at the Rockefeller University.


Liam Brinston (BSc Directed Studies, 2013) 

Liam completed a directed studies with me at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre. Liam conducted an experiment to thermal preference in marine threespined stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus). Liam recently graduated from UofA and is now an Animal Care Associate at University of Victoria

                        

Romain Chaput (BSc Directed Studies, 2013) 

Romain completed a directed study (Ecology 507) co-supervised with Heather Jamniczky in the spring of 2013. Romain studied whether morphological phenotypes measured with CT scans perform better than traditional methods in QTL mapping. Romain did his MSc at the Pierre-and-Marie-Curie University, Paris, France, and is currently a PhD student at the University of Miami

Ruchika Sharma (BSc, 2013) 

Ruchika completed a directed study (Ecology 507) co-supervised with Heather Jamniczky on the evolution of modularity in threespine stickleback exploring cranial morphology with CT scans. Ruchika is currently completing her BSc degree. 


Jobran_icefishingJobran Chebib (Directed Studies 2009, MSc, 2010-2013) 

Jobran's MSc thesis addressed questions about Fisheries Induced evolution in Lesser Slave Lake Whitefish. His research was partially funded through a grant from the Alberta Conservation Association that he wrote. Jobran recently completed his PhD at the University of Zurich in Switzerland with Dr. Fred Guillaume. He is now a Postdoctoral Scholar with Dr. Peter Keightley at the University of Edinburgh.

Dr. Jon Mee (PDF, 2012-2013)

Jon studied two pairs of freshwater fish species that hybridize in the Kananaskis region in Alberta. Jon completed a PDF with Chris Somers (Regina), and John Post and Sam Yeaman at the University of Calgary and is now an Assistant Professor at Mount Royal University.


Stefan Dennenmoser (PhD, 2009-2013)

Stefan's thesis studyied phylogeography and local adaptation in prickly sculpin (Cottus asper). He has recently returned to Germany to pursue postdoctoral opportunities. Stefan did a PDF in Arne Nolte’s lab at the MPI in Germany and is now a PDF at Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg


Cory KremerCory Kremer (BSc Honours 2010-2011, MSc, 2010-2013)

Cory first did an Honours on the population genetics of brook stickleback. This project expanded into his MSc thesis on the landcape genetics of brook stickleback, co-supervised with Steve Vamosi. He is currently an environmental scientist and project manager at Stantec in Calgary. His research was partially funded through a grant from the Alberta Conservation Association.


Dr. Erica Crispo (PDF, 2012-2013)

Erica studied the genetic origins of a putatively invasive population of threespine stickleback in Alberta. Her research was partially funded through a grant she obtained from the Alberta Conservation Association. She is now an Assistant professor at Pace University in New York.


Jamie_NoseHillJamie McEwen (MSc, 2010-2012)

Jamie began as a directed studies student in my lab in 2009, working with 454 sequencing. Jamie's MSc thesis explored the population genetic consequences of adaptation to alpine environments in Anemone multifida. Jamie is now in the Canadian Armed Forces.


LoweyJonathan Lowey (PURE recipient 2012, BSc Honours, 2012-2013)

Jono did his honours on the maintenance of pelvic girdle polymorphisms in brook stickleback. He returned to his home in the Yukon and is an Environmental Scientist.


Nick Pink (BSc Honours, 2012-2013)

Nick's honours project developed a non-invasive sampling technique to isolate DNA from the Banff Springs Snail. Nick determined sufficient DNA was obtained to amplify microsatellite loci to study the population structure of the snails in Banff National Park. Nick is currently working as an Environmental Regulatory Specialist for SUMMIT.

Jase Skelton (BSc Directed Studies, 2012)

Jase's Zoology 507 was on the Genetics of Craniofacial Bone Morphology in Stickleback. Jase was co-supervised by Heather Jamniczky and was our first student to do a QTL analysis using MicroCT scans. Jase completed a degree in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Calgary and is now a resident at Purdue in large animal surgery.

Katelyn Shortt (Aquatic Lab Tech, 2010-2011)

Katelyn worked with our lab as an aquatic technician, helping with the care and feeding of our fishes. She was accepted to take part in two internships: at the Mountain View Conservation Centre in Fort Langley and the Vancouver Aquarium. She is now an SCI Intern.


Andrew Rezansoff (USRA, 2010, BSc Honours 2010-2011)

Andrew worked on the genetic origins of a putatively invasive population of threespine stickleback in Alberta, and is preparing a manuscript with Erica Crispo on his work. Andrew completed his PhD student in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in 2018 and is now a Post Doc .


Beth WilsonElizabeth Wilson (USRA 2010, BSc Honours 2010-2011)

Beth worked on rainbow trout that had been stocked into Dr. John Post's experimental ponds, characterizing putatively adaptive QTL and neutral microsatellites to investigate whether demographic and/or selective forces have changed the genetic composition of two rainbow trout strains at genetic markers following a colonization event. 

omarOmar Khan (BSc 2010)

Omar analyzed selection on genes linked to various mental and nervous system health disorders based on HapMap data. Dr. Khan is currently a resident at Foothills Hospital at the University of Calgary - he was awarded the 2015 Resident Leadership and Citizenship Award by Alberta Health Services and since 2016 is a resident physician of oncology at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre.


Past Research Associates:

Mathilde Guichet (International Internship, France, 2018)

Mathilde came to the lab for an internship from Le Mans University in France. She worked with Jori on the molecular basis of eDNA. 

Carina Lai (NSERC USRA, Summer 2018)

Carina Lai is an NSERC USRA student from Queen’s. She conducted labexperiments to elucidate the impacts of contamination on eDNA studies.

Taylor MacLeod (BSc Directed Study, Fall 2015)

Taylor conducted a common environment experiment to elucidate the genetic basis of covariance in temperature tolerance and shoaling behaviour as a directed study in my Bamfield aquatic facility.  Taylor was awarded a Dick and Leona Peter BMSC Residential Bursary to conduct her directed research project. Taylor completedan exchange program in Australia and recently completed her BSc at UofC. She is now an MSc student in Mark Poesch’s Lab at UofA.

Calley Wasser (BMSC Directed Study, 2015)

Calley did a BMSC directed studies in the summer of 2015 on questions surrounding temperature and thermal preference in threespine stickleback. Calley did a great job advancing our experimental set up to be able to further test these questions in the lab. Calley is currently an intern at the Smithsonian.

Nellie Yee (Research Associate, 2011-2013)

Nellie googled us after moving to Calgary from New York City, where she worked as a DNA forensics lab technician in homocide unit. Nellie was interested in applying her skills in a ligher setting, ideally contributing to conservation. Nellie is now a full time lab technician in the Faculty of Medicine.

Desiree Toews (BSc Directed Study 2017) 

Des studied thermal preference in threespine stickleback with Sara Smith using a new shuttlebox experimental design as part of a directed study project (ECOL507). She got it to work! She also helped us with daily fish husbandry in our LESARC fish lab and, with collaborator Tim Highan, co-authored a paper on the amazing ratfish.

Nafis Anam (BSc Directed Studies, 2013) 

Nafis completed a Directed Studies in my lab (Ecology 507) on the morphological and dietary differences within an Alaskan threespine stickleback population, quantifying differences in gill raker morphology. 

Michael Yiming Zhu (PURE recipient, BSc, 2013) 

Michael was a 2013 recipient of the Program for Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE) award to conduct summer research in the lab. Michael worked in the field, the molecular lab, and the fish lab to explore the maintenance of pelvic girdle polymporphisms in brook stickleback. Michael is currently in his fourth year of his BSc.

Kelly Carscadden (USRA, 2011)

Kelly worked on a contract for Golder Inc to study Westslope Cutthroat Trout genetics, and also worked on the genetics of Vireo warblers in Alberta. She completed an MSc at the University of Toronto and is currently a PhD student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in the Emery Lab at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Tasha Hansen (USRA, 2011)

Tasha sampled brook stickleback all over Alberta before moving into the lab to conduct DNA analyses. Tasha recently completed her BSc and Education degrees at the University of Calgary and works at Telus Spark Science Centre.

Sara Stephenson (USRA, 2011)

Sara worked on the genetics of bats with the Barclay Lab and assisted Jobran Chebib with the lake whitefish genetics.

Kenneth Urquhart (NSERC USRA, 2011)

In addition to maintaining our fish lab, Kenneth worked with Haley Tunna to sample dace and with Erica Crispo to determine whether populations exhibited genetic associations to pollutants. Kenneth is now a dentist in Hamilton, ON.

Wajeeha Sattar (BSc 2010)

Wajeeha's independent research project (Ecology 528) studied the evolutionary consequences of drug metabolism in parasitic nematodes. Wajeeha completed her Masters of Biomedical Technology in Health Sciences at the University of Calgary and is completed her law degree in 2018.



Lab Photos through the years….

Jori’s Spring BBQ get together (May 2018) : Jori, James, Tegan, Taesagh, Jessy, Danielle, Brenna, Sara, Sean, Lil’ Will, Scotty and Jackson

BMSC Management Council 2017: Left to Right - Simon Peacock (UBC), Sean Rogers, Bob Shadwick (UBC), Lesley Rigg (UofC), Dave Coltman (UofC), Jon Driver (SFU), Barb Hawkins (UVic)

Lab Lunch at LDL - 2017: Brenna Stanford, Jori Harrison, Tegan Barry, Sara Smith, Danielle Clake, and Theresa Tufts

EEB Retreat in Dinosaur Park (Sept 2016): from left to right - Tegan, Sean, Sara, Danielle, Brenna, Jori and Teresa

Lunch at the Devonian Gardens (April 2015) : Brandon Allen, Matthew Morris, Sean Rogers, Sara Smith, Stevi Vanderzwan, Tegan Barry

Celebrating Matthew’s MSc 2012! 

Lab Xmas party 2012: Left to Right - Haley Tunna, Jobran Chebib, Matthew Morris, Stevi Vanderzwan, and Nellie Yee

At the Banff Centre organizing the Canadian Sociery for Ecology and Evolution meeting (May 2011) : from left to right, Romain Richard, Matthew Morris, Jamie McEwen, Andrew Rezansoff, Stevi Vanderzwan, Haley Tunna, Stefan Dennenmoser, Ella Bowles, Erika Crispo, Jobran Chebib, Kelly Carscadden, Beth Wilson, and Cory Kremer. 

Schluter Lab BBQ at the Ponds (2006?): Left to right: Tim Vines, Arianne Albert, Rowan Barrett, Sean Rogers, Joey Courchesne, Dolph Schluter, Jason Weir, Momo, Patrick Tamkee, Deanna, Kerry Marchinko, Luke, Isaac and Lisa Harmon, Antoine Paccard, Richard Svanback.



Bernatchez Lab Lunch at Desjardins (2001?): From Left to Right: David Campbell, Pierre Phillipe Dupont, Vincent Castric, Sean Rogers, Kjartan Ostbeye, Lucie Papillon, Louis Bernatchez, Pierre Duschene, Thierry Wirth, Bob St-Laurent, Julie Turgeon, ?, Christian Landry, Guoqing Lu, ?, Dany Garant, Jonatan Blais, David Veliz, Catherine Potvin, Makoto Matsuoka, ?.