Jerry Brunen has enjoyed an extensive career in land and water conservation. He has worked with Ducks Unlimited Canada, overseeing Calgary area wetland projects that integrate watershed management with urban growth, agricultural sustainability and economic development. He has also led conservation policy development, youth ecological education and fundraising. Jerry is a board member of Inside Education, a premier Alberta based resource and environmental education society.

Jerry was a founding director of Western Sky in 2005 and served as board chair. He assumed the role of executive director in 2012, with a primary focus on watershed conservation within southern Alberta.