Thorsten Hebben has taken over the reins as DUC’s manager of provincial operations in Alberta.
Hebben holds a master’s degree in ecology and environmental biology from the University of Alberta. In 2003, he began his career as a limnologist with the Government of Alberta. Hebben was instrumental in leading the development of Alberta’s wetland policy that came into effect in 2013. After completion of that important work, he took on an official leadership role with Alberta Environment, as director of the Water Quality Policy Section for the next seven years.
Hebben was born and raised in the Edmonton area. He currently resides on an acreage north of Stony Plain with his wife Martina, son Kai (12), and daughter Michaela (8). In his spare time, Hebben can frequently be found in the outdoors with his family or puttering around the acreage. Camping, fishing, hiking, scuba diving, skiing, snowshoeing, and hunting for fossilized teeth count amongst his many interests and pursuits. In 2016—largely due to the promptings of his young son—Hebben also took up beekeeping, since he clearly had an overabundance of time on his hands. Hebben very much enjoys cooking, although he isn’t overly fond of sticking to recipes. As Martina has often found opportunities to point out, none of his creations ever taste the same twice.
The folks at DUC have always made me feel part of the family. I’m pleased and proud to now join that family, to provide my support to both the Alberta team and the broader organization, and to do my part in advancing the conservation, restoration, and management of our natural heritage.
While he is DUC’s newest recruit, Hebben is no stranger to the organization.
“Over the past 20 years, I have had the distinct privilege of working with multiple members of the DUC team, in many different capacities,” says Hebben. “Each of these encounters left me with an overwhelmingly positive impression of the organization and the highly qualified professionals that work here. The folks at DUC have always made me feel part of the family. I’m pleased and proud to now join that family, to provide my support to both the Alberta team and the broader organization, and to do my part in advancing the conservation, restoration, and management of our natural heritage.”
Please join us as we welcome Hebben to his new role. He will be based in DUC’s Edmonton office post-pandemic.