Keynote Speaker

Dr. Peter Duinker – Dalhousie University

Dr. Duinker currently focuses his research efforts on urban forests.  He studies both the biophysical and socio-political dimensions of sustainable urban-forest management and policy.  Other major interests include environmental assessment and climate change.  Most of his research is conducted on ecosystems in Canada and Europe.

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Dr. Sue Zeigler – Memorial University

Dr. Ziegler and her research group investigate the chemical clues uncovered from organics in soils, streams, rivers and coastal ecosystems in order to determine how boreal landscapes are responding to climate change and what impacts those responses have on aquatic and marine ecosystems.

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Annette Tobin, PEng – Water Resources Division

Annette Tobin is a professional engineer who specializes in water resources management.  She has worked with the Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment for 14 years.  Prior to that she worked with Western Model Forest on a project developing the Forestry Water Quality Index.  Annette is currently the Program Lead for the Water Quality Section.  She has extensive experience in source water protection and overseeing the permitting process within these areas.

Dr. Joe Bowden – Canadian Forest Service

Joe Received received his PhD from the Department of Natural Resource Sciences at McGill University. He then worked as a postdoctoral researcher in San Diego, California and Aarhus, Denmark before starting as a research scientist at Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service in Corner Brook. His expertise are in entomology and climate change impact and adaptation research.


Frederik Vroom – Tree Canada

Frederik Vroom is a Program Manager with Tree Canada.  He specializes in Climate Change policy and Ecosystem service quantification and project development.


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Janet Fletham – Parks Canada

Janet has been working for Parks Canada for over 20 years, starting out as a park warden in Gros Morne National Park, then on to Terra Nova National Park, where she is presently acting as Resource Conservation Manager. She has coordinated and managed ecosystem monitoring and active management programs involving moose management, forest restoration and prescribed fire, as well as Species at Risk recovery.

Kirby Tulk, RPF – Department of Fisheries and Oceans

Kirby graduated from the University of New Brunswick  in 1997 with a BSc. in Forestry with a minor in Wildlife Management and in 2004 with a MSc. in Forestry. Kirby worked for Parks Canada for 15 years, including as park ecologist in Prince Edward Island and Terra Nova National Parks and has Manager of Resource Conservation in Terra Nova National Park from 2012-2019.  Kirby recently joined Fisheries and Oceans Canada-NL Region as the team leader in Integrated Planning and Partnerships that oversee habitat restoration, aquatic invasive species, ecologically significant areas, and partnerships.

Kimberly Childs, RPF – Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Ltd.

Kim graduated from UNB Forestry in 2001 and was hired at Corner Brook Pulp and Paper in 2006. She initially became part of the Mechanical Department as a Planner, and eventually Reliability Superintendent. Since May 2018 working for Woodlands Department as Environmental Management Representative and most recently Sustainable Forest Management Forester responsible for the Planning Department.

Greg Jeddore – Miawpukek Mi’kamawey Mawi’omi

Gregory Jeddore, has been Forestry Manager with the Miawpukek First Nation (MFN) since 2001.  In this role at MFN Department of Natural Resources, he is a liaison for forestry and conservation work with federal and provincial regulatory agencies. He is also Program Coordinator for the long-term boreal felt lichen monitoring program, a community-based science initiative facilitated with the assistance of the NL Department of Natural Resources. Gregory manages various forestry investigations and staff training programs and is experienced in supervising forestry field crews. He also serves as co-chair for the MFN Occupational Health and Safety Committee and contributes to policy development.  In his position, Gregory provides advice on study design and field logistics with special emphasis on local knowledge of the project area.  He coordinates MFN personnel, develops the community hunt and manages culture areas.

Dr. Garrett Richards – Memorial University, Grenfell Campus

Dr. Garrett Richards has an interdisciplinary background in environmental studies and political science,and is broadly interested in knowledge mobilization for sustainability. He wants to understand how to take existing knowledge in universities and “move” it to where it can do the most good for society and the environment.  Garrett is currently an Assistant Professor at Memorial University, Grenfell Campus, a board member for the Environmental Studies Association of Canada and director of the Environmental Policy Innovation Lab.

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Wes Morgan, RPF – Fisheries and Land Resources

Wes graduated from the West Viking College, Forest Ranger Program in 1993 and went on to complete the Forestry Technician Program in 1996. After graduation, he began his career with Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Ltd where he worked with the Woodlands Division in a variety of roles including Planning Technician, PCT and Logging Foreman, Reforestation Technician, Utilization Technician, and Road Ballast Supervisor.  In 2007, Wes began with the Provincial Government in Fire Protection as a Conservation Officer I and eventually went on to the Silviculture program as a Conservation Officer III.  In 2012 Wes accepted the position of Senior Research and Policy Analyst/Environmental Management System (EMS) Coordinator and was instrumental in the Province receiving ISO 14001-2004 Certification for its Environmental Management System. In 2013, Wes graduated from Cape Breton University with a degree in Environmental Studies. His combined professional, personal and educational experience provide him with a well-rounded appreciation of the Newfoundland and Labrador forest sector. Wes currently holds the Supervisor of Silviculture and Research position with the Department of Fisheries and Land Resources.

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