Chris Smith is the Western Field Representative for the Wildlife Management Institute, a private, nonprofit, scientific and educational organization, dedicated to the conservation, enhancement and professional management of North America's wildlife and other natural resources. Earlier in his career, he spent 23 years with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in various positions from a fisheries technician to the Assistant Director of Wildlife Conservation and 11 years as the Deputy Director of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Through his professional experience, Chris developed a keen interest in the public trust responsibilities of state agencies and principles of good governance. Chris holds a B.Sc. from the University of Alaska and M.Sc. from the University of British Columbia.