The Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA) Steering Committee is the representative body of the CBFA signatories and the governing body of the CBFA. It is charged with making formal decisions related to implementation of the CBFA.

The Steering Committee is composed of representatives from the signatories from across Canada. It has an independent Chair, currently Chris McDonell of Tembec.  It also has two Caucus Leads, currently Mark Hubert of the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) for the Industry Caucus and Cathy Wilkinson of the International Boreal Conservation Campaign (IBCC) for the ENGO Caucus.

The signatory organizations are represented by the Steering Committee, which in turn gives direction to a third party, independent Secretariat. The Secretariat is charged with supporting the CBFA’s regional and national working groups, which are composed of a team of 120 volunteer experts who are working diligently to implement the CBFA across the boreal.

Among the key activities of the working groups is developing recommendations for action plans for the recovery of woodland caribou in specific areas; providing recommendations to combat and adapt to climate change; and producing ecosystem-based management guidelines for participating companies to use to improve their forestry practices.

The CBFA Secretariat, composed of a small group of highly qualified and well-respected experts in the areas of forest management and environment, works closely with the CBFA’s forestry and environmental signatories, through the working groups, to support the implementation of the Agreement. The Secretariat has an Executive Director, Aran O’Carroll.

The CBFA Science Committee is an independent committee that supports the signatories by identifying the “best available information”, appropriate experts, and offering other science and technical decision-support. The Science Committee has an independent Chair, Dr. Fiona Schmiegelow of the University of Alberta.

The Agreement, which is an evergreen document that remains in effect until all elements have been realized, ackowledges that governments, both Aboriginal and provincial, are the final authority and that Aboriginal peoples, in particular, have treaty rights and title to the boreal forest as well as aspirations for its conservation and sustainable development.

STEERING COMMITTEE

Industry Representatives

Francois Dumoulin, Resolute

Francois Dumoulin

Francois Dumoulin

Resolute Forest Products

Fred Dzida, Weyerhaeuser

Fred Dzida

Fred Dzida

Weyerhaeuser

Fred Dzida is President of Weyerhaeuser Company Limited, the company’s wholly owned Canadian subsidiary. He is also Vice President, Canadian Timberlands. Fred has 35 years of forest industry experience. He has worked and resided in four provinces – Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Saskatchewan – in a number of roles, primarily with Weyerhaeuser’s Timberlands business. Before being named Weyerhaeuser President in June 2014, Fred held a series of increasingly senior roles with the company, most recently leading its Canadian Timberlands organization. He sits on a number of industry-related boards, including the national research advisory committee for FPInnovations, joint industry co-chair of the Alberta Forest Roadmap project and the Alberta Chamber of Resources. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Forestry) degree from the University of Toronto.

Mark Feldinger, Canfor

Mark Feldinger

Mark Feldinger

Canfor

Mark F. Feldinger is Senior Vice President of Energy, Environment, Transportation and Sourcing at Canfor Corp. He was Senior Vice President of Forestry, Environment and Energy from 2011 to 2013, after serving as Vice President of Wood Products Manufacturing of Canfor Corp. from 2007 to 2011. He has held a number of other senior management positions in Canfor, including Regional Manager of Prince George Region, General Manager of Prince George Division and General Manager of Interior Woodlands (B.C. and Alberta). He began his career with Canfor in 1984 and has held a variety of Woodlands and Manufacturing roles in its Wood Products Group. He serves as a Director of FPInnovations and is a Registered Professional Forester with the Association of B.C. Forest Professionals. Mark received his Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry from the University of British Columbia in 1983.

Bob Fleet, Tolko

Bob Fleet

Bob Fleet

Tolko

Bob Fleet has been Vice President of Environment and Forestry at Tolko Industries since May 2011, where he is responsible for government relations, forest sustainability and environmental stewardship. Since June 2010, he has also been co-owner of BioSynergy Pellets, which manufactures super premium hardwood pellets. From 1994 to 2010, he was Vice President Woodlands and Environment at Grant Forest Products. Bob began his career as an area supervisor for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, where he worked from 1980 to 1994. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry from the University of Toronto in 1980.

Dave Lehane, West Fraser

Dave Lehane

Dave Lehane

West Fraser

 

Michel Lessard, Tembec

Michel Lessard

Michel Lessard

Tembec

 

Chris McDonell, Tembec

Chris McDonell

Chris McDonell

Tembec

As Manager of Aboriginal and Environmental Relations at Tembec, Chris McDonell is responsible for developing partnership agreements with Aboriginal communities in Ontario and Quebec, where he works on developing partnership agreements that aim to reconcile business and community interests. Chris has been involved with the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA) since its inception having been part of the team that negotiated the 2010 Agreement. He is a member of the CBFA Steering Committee and was appointed the first rotating chair of the CBFA in September 2013. Chris represents Tembec on various committees of the Forest Products Association of Canada and is past-chair (2005-2007) of FPAC’s Aboriginal Affairs Committee. He served on the board of the Forest Stewardship Council-Canada Working Group from 1998-2003, was re-elected in 2011 and is currently co-chair. He also represents Tembec as a member of the Network for Business Sustainability Leadership Council hosted by the Richard Ivey School of Business, Western University and the Boreal Leadership Council of the Canadian Boreal Initiative. Chris was a field forester in the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources prior to joining Tembec. Chris launched his forestry career at the young age of 17 after his parents rescued him from the cornfields of southwestern Ontario and enrolled him in the Junior Ranger Program where he spent a summer north of Thunder Bay planting trees, canoeing and clearing brush. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in forestry from the University of Toronto.

Environment Representatives

Cathy Wilkinson, IBCC (ENGO Caucus Lead)

Cathy Wilkinson

Cathy Wilkinson

IBCC (ENGO Caucus Lead)

 

Tim Gray, Ivey Foundation

Tim Gray

Tim Gray

Ivey Foundation

Tim Gray is Executive Director of Environmental Defence. Throughout his career, Tim has shown leadership, commitment and innovation in protecting the environment. As Program Director for the Ivey Foundation from 2005 to 2013, Tim helped lead the negotiation and implementation of the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement. He also provided strategic guidance to environmental organizations. As National Conservation Director of Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (2003-2005), Tim helped lead a 10-year conservation plan. While a project manager for WWF Central America (2002-2003), Tim worked to grow the market for FSC-certified wood. As Executive Director of CPAWS-Wildlands League (1990-2003), Tim led the development of strategic plans and stakeholder relations. Most recently, he was a member of the founding board of directors of the Cornerstone Standards Council, where he represented the Ivey Foundation. Since joining Environmental Defence, Tim continues to be involved in the strategic oversight and development of the standard. He holds a Bachelor of Science (with Distinction) from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Masters of Science (Botany and Environmental Studies) from the University of Toronto.

Steven Kallick, PEW Foundation

Steven Kallick

Steven Kallick

PEW Foundation

Steve Kallick directs The Pew Charitable Trusts’ international lands conservation program. He currently oversees the International Boreal Conservation campaign and the Outback Australia project and conducts research into wilderness conservation issues worldwide. An expert in forest and wilderness conservation policy, Steve has designed and launched several high-profile environmental initiatives for Pew, including the Heritage Forests Campaign, the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and the Northeast Land Trust Consortium. Prior to joining Pew in 1997, Steve worked for conservation organizations and government in Alaska. He holds both a J.D. and a certificate in Natural Resources Policy from the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

Chuck Rumsey, TNC

Chuck Rumsey

Chuck Rumsey

The Nature Conservancy

Chuck Rumsey is The Nature Conservancy’s senior conservation advisor for its Canada Program, supporting the organization’s efforts to address conservation challenges across the boreal and coastal forests of Canada. Chuck has extensive experience working in the Great Bear Rainforest and contributes to that program along with managing other new initiatives. Chuck first joined Nature Conservancy in 1998 as a conservation planner in the Mojave Desert before moving to British Columbia to work for the Conservancy’s Canada Conservation Partnership until 2003. In the intervening 10 years, he has worked for the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) — a non-affiliated partner-organization — and as a consultant for a number of the Conservancy’s conservation partners working across the globe, from Canada’s Arctic to sub-Saharan Africa. Chuck currently is working toward similar goals and partnerships for an even larger geography in the province of Manitoba.

Janet Sumner, CPAWS

Janet Sumner

Janet Sumner

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society

Janet Sumner has more than 20 years experience as a professional environmentalist. She has been Executive Director of Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) Wildlands League since 2003. During that time, Janet has led CPAWS in achieving substantial legislative reforms, notably to the Provincial Protected Areas and Conservation Reserves Act (2007); the Mining Act (2009); the Far North Act (2010); and the Endangered Species Act (2007). Before CPAWS Wildlands League, Janet was the Communications Director for the Pembina Institute. While at Pembina, she led the development of the largest English language climate change website, climatechangesolutions.com from research to design. Janet currently is the chair of the Canada-wide boreal program for CPAWS.

Todd Paglia, Forest Ethics

Todd Paglia, Executive Director, ForestEthics

Todd Paglia

Forest Ethics

Todd Paglia joined ForestEthics in 1999. As executive director, Todd can be credited with transforming the paper policies of multi-billion-dollar Fortune 500 companies, including Staples, Office Depot, Williams-Sonoma, Dell, Victoria’s Secret, and many more. In terms of forest protection, the results have been inspiring. Under Todd’s leadership, ForestEthics has saved more than 65 million acres of endangered forests. In addition, recycled pulp mills are operating at record-high capacity – and independent analysis has attributed the change directly to demand from companies that ForestEthics has transformed. Before joining ForestEthics, Todd was an attorney for Ralph Nader focusing on consumer protection issues such as environmental purchasing by governmental agencies to spur alternative markets, enforcement of antitrust laws, corporate welfare issues and corporate accountability. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Binghamton University, SUNY, his J.D. from the New England School of Law, and his LL.M. from George Washington University, National Law Center, in Environmental Law and Policy. He lives in Bellingham, Washington, with his wife Shannon and two young sons, Nico and Luca.

CBFA Secretariat

Aran O'Carroll, CBFA Executive Director (Ex Officio)

Aran O'Carroll

Aran O’Carroll

CBFA Executive Director (Ex Officio)

As the Secretariat’s Executive Director, Aran O’Carroll is responsible for providing program management support to all the signatory organizations of the Ottawa-based Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA). Before taking that position, he was national conservation planning coordinator for the CBFA’s work on protected areas and species at risk.

He is on long-term leave from the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, where he was the national manager of legal and regulatory affairs and its lead negotiator for the CBFA.

Aran was the environmental community’s elected representative to the federal Forest Sector Sustainability Table; chair of the multisectoral Boreal Leadership Council’s Woodland Caribou Committee; co-chair of a National Advisory Group on Woodland Caribou; a founding director of Global Forest Watch Canada, and a consultant for the United Nations Forum on Forests, the World Resources Institute, and the Coast Information Team of the Great Bear Rainforest initiative.

He was also a staff lawyer and the director of forest monitoring for the public-interest environmental law firm Ecojustice, and a director of both the University of Victoria Environmental Law Centre and the University of New Brunswick’s Environmental Law Society.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Aran worked for many years as a white-water paddling guide, instructor and trip leader.

Aran has an Honours BA in economics from Queen’s University and a law degree from the universities of New Brunswick and Victoria. He was called to the B.C. bar in 2000. Aran has also completed the course work toward a graduate degree in forestry at the University of British Columbia.

SECRETARIAT

National Office

Aran O'Carroll, CBFA Executive Director

Aran O'Carroll

Aran O’Carroll

CBFA Executive Director

As the Secretariat’s Executive Director, Aran O’Carroll is responsible for providing program management support to all the signatory organizations of the Ottawa-based Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA). Before taking that position, he was national conservation planning coordinator for the CBFA’s work on protected areas and species at risk.

He is on long-term leave from the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, where he was the national manager of legal and regulatory affairs and its lead negotiator for the CBFA.

Aran was the environmental community’s elected representative to the federal Forest Sector Sustainability Table; chair of the multisectoral Boreal Leadership Council’s Woodland Caribou Committee; co-chair of a National Advisory Group on Woodland Caribou; a founding director of Global Forest Watch Canada, and a consultant for the United Nations Forum on Forests, the World Resources Institute, and the Coast Information Team of the Great Bear Rainforest initiative.

He was also a staff lawyer and the director of forest monitoring for the public-interest environmental law firm Ecojustice, and a director of both the University of Victoria Environmental Law Centre and the University of New Brunswick’s Environmental Law Society.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Aran worked for many years as a white-water paddling guide, instructor and trip leader.

Aran has an Honours BA in economics from Queen’s University and a law degree from the universities of New Brunswick and Victoria. He was called to the B.C. bar in 2000. Aran has also completed the course work toward a graduate degree in forestry at the University of British Columbia.

Michele Price, Executive Assistant

Michele Price

Michele Price

Executive Assistant

Michele Price is the Executive Assistant for the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement Secretariat. She oversees the day-to-day administrative operations for the team and participates in outreach and event planning. As a member of Wikiwemikong First Nation, Michele brings to the Secretariat a strong understanding and knowledge of the customs and values of the varied Aboriginal cultures across Canada. Previously, she has held senior executive and administrative positions for various First Nation not-for-profit organizations, the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) where for seven years she worked directly with the National Chiefs Office as well as with the AFN Renewal Commission. Michele worked with the National Chiefs Office during the historic Residential School Apology issued by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. She also worked with the AFN Education and Environment secretariats and its committees. As well, Michele worked at the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health. She has also held senior administrative positions in the public and private sector, including the Canadian Pharmacists Association, Accreditation Canada and Natural Resources Canada. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her dogs and daughter Paige, who is currently attending college in Ottawa.

Christine Burow, Program Manager and Market Outreach Coordinator

Christine Burow

Christine Burow

Program Manager and Market Outreach Coordinator

Christine is providing the CBFA signatories with program management support as well as coordinating the Goal 6 working group and, on an interim basis, the Goal 4 and 5 working groups. Since 2009, she has run an independent consultancy specializing in industrial marketing, strategy and sustainability. Christine has experience consulting in a variety of sectors in North America and abroad as well as with the federal government. Prior to setting up her consultancy, she was Vice President, Marketing, for Tembec, Director of Market Research at Vale (Inco) and held product development and marketing roles at Resolute Forest Products.

Thanks to her parents, Christine developed a love of nature from an early age. She spent countless hours exploring the woods as well as the banks of the St. Lawrence on the South Shore of Montreal where she grew up. Currently, she explores the forests along the Grand River near her house in Kitchener with her own family.

Christine has a Masters of Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Waterloo.

National Working Groups

Diane Roddy, Forest Practices Coordinator

Diane Roddy

Diane Roddy

Forest Practices Coordinator

Diane Roddy joined the CBFA Secretariat in the fall of 2012 and is the Coordinator for the CBFA Goal 1 National Working Group. She has more than 33 years of experience in forestry, primarily with industry. Previously, Diane was the Manager of Sustainability & Stewardship for Weyerhaeuser’s Canadian Forestlands. She has also led a Forestry Department responsible for forest management activities, co-ordinated a large-scale environmental impact assessment, and helped attain certification to the ISO 14001 environmental management system standard, and the Canadian Sustainable Forest Management System Standard. Diane now runs her own company, Roddy Resources. It provides expertise in forest management, certification, public consultation, and market-related issues. She’s also the Registrar for the Association of Saskatchewan Forestry Professionals, and the manager of KBM Resources Group’s operations in Saskatchewan.

Regional Working Groups

Wayne Thorp, Alberta/British Columbia Regional Working Group Coordinator

Wayne Thorp

Wayne Thorp

Alberta/British Columbia Regional Working Group Coordinator

Wayne Thorp has been actively involved in forest and land management for more than 30 years in B.C. and Alberta. In 2004, Wayne started a forest management consulting business, whose clients include Foothills Research Institute, Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement and the Peace Region Power Engineering Association. He is based in Peace River, Alta. Before that, he was the general manager for Daishowa Marubini International Ltd. Alberta woodlands for more than 17 years; president of the Alberta Forest Products Association; co-chair of the development of the Alberta Forest Conservation Strategy; board member of the Alberta Research Council; and board member of the Alberta Research and Science Authority. He also worked for the B.C. Ministry of Forests for 11 years before becoming head forester for the first oriented strand board plant in B.C. Wayne worked the trap line with his father and loved everything outdoors, so his career in forestry was a natural step. He is a registered professional forester in B.C. and Alberta and has a BSc (Eqv) in forestry.

Chanda Hunnie, Manitoba/Saskatchewan Regional Working Group Coordinator

Chanda Hunnie

Chanda Hunnie

Manitoba/Saskatchewan Regional Working Group Coordinator

Since 2010, Winnipeg-based Chanda Hunnie has provided logistical support and guided the direction of the two working groups through work plan management and oversight. From 2007 to 2012, she worked for the Manitoba Chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society as a co-ordinator and then the operations director, where she developed her skills in project management and collaboration through involvement in province wide boreal conservation campaigns emphasizing stakeholder consensus. Conducting community outreach, fiscal management, communications, planning and logistics, her work was instrumental to the successful creation of both Fisher Bay and Little Limestone Lake Provincial Parks in Manitoba. She was also manager and writer for the Aboriginal Boreal Conservation Leaders project, a web-based platform to share the knowledge and experiences of Aboriginal leaders engaged in boreal conservation. She holds an Honours BA in environmental studies and English from the University of Winnipeg.

Bruce Byford, Ontario Regional Working Group Coordinator

Bruce Byford

Ontario Regional Working Group Coordinator

Bruce Byford is president of Arbex Forest Resource Consultants Ltd., which is based in Oxford Mills, Ont., and active in a broad spectrum of natural resource and geographic information systems (GIS) consulting services and forest management operations. Corporate activities range from resource management planning, forest inventory and timber appraisals and sustainable forest management audits to the provision of forest management and GIS training and professional and technical advisory services. Clients include First Nations, provincial and municipal governments, non-governmental organizations and the private sector. Prior to joining Arbex in 1980, Bruce worked for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. He has extensive experience in forest management planning, forest management systems auditing (Ontario Independent Forest Audits and the Forest Stewardship Council), forestry program evaluation and review, forest and ecological inventories, wood supply modelling and the development of businesses cases and feasibility studies for forestry-based enterprises. A passion for the outdoors and an interest in environmental issues led Bruce to get a BSc in forestry from the University of Toronto in 1979. He is a registered professional forester in Ontario.

Éric Forget, Quebec Regional Working Group Coordinator

Éric Forget

Éric Forget

Quebec Regional Working Group Coordinator

Éric Forget  is the director and co-founder of Nova Sylva, a consulting firm based in Gatineau, Que., which offers multidisciplinary environmental consultation related to the sustainable management of forest resources. Nova Sylva clients include forest companies, provincial and municipal governments, First Nations communities and non-governmental organizations throughout Quebec. Prior to founding Nova Sylva in 2010, Éric worked for M.C. Forêt, implementing FSC certifications and developing its forestry consultation division. He also worked as a research scientist for the Institut Québécois d’Aménagement de la Forêt Feuillue (IQAFF) where he developed spatially explicit planning models and contributed to the development of a number of long-term Sustainable Forest Management Plans. Before that, Éric was the general director and manager of a community forest in the Eastern Townships. He started his career as silviculture forester for the British Columbia Forest Service, where he implemented stand level and landscape level biodiversity guidelines and was responsible for the review of silviculture prescriptions. When not working as a forester, Éric is coaching speed skating and hockey or trying to finish building his LEED certified house. Éric has a BSc in forest management and an MSc from Laval University. He is a registered professional forester in Quebec and a certified ISO lead auditor.

Katie Temple, Newfoundland Regional Working Group Coordinator

Katie Temple

Katie Temple

Newfoundland Regional Working Group Coordinator

Katie Temple is a planner with the Model Forest of Newfoundland & Labrador, a not-for-profit corporation based in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, with a mandate to bring together key stakeholders in the areas of sustainable forestry and integrated land management. Most of her work experience has been in the NGO sector, including as executive director of the Newfoundland and Labrador Environment Network, an umbrella organization of environmental non-profits in the province. She has also conducted research on sustainable community development at the Environmental Policy Institute at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University as well as at the University of Guelph. Along the way she has developed skills in project co-ordination, financial management, event planning and communications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Memorial University of Newfoundland and is a recent graduate of the Masters of Science Program in Rural Planning and Development at the University of Guelph. Born and raised in rural Newfoundland, Katie now calls Corner Brook home. She has recently become an avid gardener and also spends time hiking, cross-country skiing and practising yoga.

Alex Grzybowski, Saskatchewan and Manitoba Regional Working Group Facilitator

Alex Grzybowski

Saskatchewan and Manitoba Regional Working Group Facilitator

Alex supports the CBFA signatories with facilitation services in Saskatchewan and Manitoba amongst other responsibilities. Alex is a conflict resolution and prevention specialist with extensive experience in mediation and negotiation, stakeholder and public engagement, international and national intergovernmental relations, and relationships with indigenous people and disenfranchised communities. Mr. Grzybowski has spent the last 22 years directly assisting Governments, International Agencies, Corporations, Non-Government Organizations, and Indigenous and other Communities in finding mutually acceptable and constructive ways to resolve their differences, build new relationships and implement joint initiatives. He is routinely retained to:  • Design and facilitate constructive discussions between real and potential adversaries;  • Design, mediate and in some cases undertake negotiation processes;  • Lead multiparty complex project implementation initiatives;  • Train and coach negotiators, facilitators and mediators; • Provide strategic advice to government and organizational leaders who are responsible for preventing and resolving conflicts.  Mr. Grzybowski brings together a broad range of practical experience with the prevention and resolution of highly conflicted situations and the development of innovative partnerships to provide ongoing support to parties in their efforts to create new and more mutually beneficial relationships.

Science Team

Kim Lisgo, Lead Conservation Analyst

Kim Lisgo

Kim Lisgo

Lead Conservation Analyst

Kim Lisgo, who has a Masters in Science, is responsible for leading the Conservation Planning Team and ensuring the consistent application of the CBFA’s Methodological Frameworks. Kim brings experience studying the response of songbirds, weasels, flying squirrels, woodland caribou and wolves to forestry practices and linear disturbances to the position. In addition to designing protected areas for the CBFA, Kim is the project manager for the Canadian BEACONs Project at the University of Alberta. For the past 10 years, this research has been dedicated to the development of creative science-based solutions for managing Canada’s boreal region which includes the design of ecological benchmarks and the Conservation Matrix Model.

Pierre Vernier, Senior Conservation Analyst

Pierre Vernier

Pierre Vernier

Senior Conservation Analyst

Pierre Vernier, who has a Masters in Science, has been involved in biodiversity conservation and forest management research in boreal and coastal ecosystems since the early 1990s. He has extensive experience in habitat modelling, biodiversity monitoring, and landscape planning using spatial and statistical analysis and tools. As a conservation analyst with the CBFA, Pierre provides support for spatial conservation planning by developing conservation tools and manuals, conducting large-scale analyses, training regional analysts and carrying out research in support of underlying conservation planning principles in the boreal region.

Marc Edwards, Junior Conservation Analyst

Marc Edwards

Marc Edwards

Junior Conservation Analyst

Marc Edwards, who has a Masters in Science, has spent the past five years working on conservation and climate change research projects in boreal and Arctic ecosystems. He has experience in biodiversity monitoring, insect and fire analysis and landscape modelling using spatial and statistical tools. As part of the CBFA Conservation Planning Team, Marc assists with report writing, data acquisition and management and regional protected areas planning and analyses using ArcGIS and a suite of software tools, which includes CONSERV, a dynamic landscape simulation model.

Mélina Houle, Conservation Analyst

Mélina Houle

Conservation Analyst

Mélina Houle, who has a masters in Science, has studied the spatial distribution of animal populations on human-fragmented landscapes. She has also worked to assemble Canadian forest inventories into one common standard allowing wildlife habitat modelling, especially in relation to forest management. Her primary interest is ecosystem functioning in human-modified landscapes and integration of ecological research into conservation policy. For the coming year, Mélina will be assisting the Alberta-BC Regional Working Group with many facets of protected areas planning which includes the acquisition and management of data, report writing and the identification of protected area networks that are representative of biodiversity and include ecological benchmarks.