Jeff Ardron is Scientific Advisor on Marine Protected Areas for the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation, in a contract with BirdLife International. His focus is on MPA modelling and collaborative protected area design, particularly in the NE Atlantic (OSPAR). He is currently Secretariat for the OSPAR MPA Intersessional Correspondence Group. He is also Vice-President of the Pacific Marine Analysis and Research Association (PacMARA), which is a trans-disciplinary collection of scientists, from government, First Nations, academia, and environmental NGOs on the Pacific coast of Canada. For seven years, 1998 – 2005, he was principal Marine Analyst for Living Oceans Society, a progressive non-governmental organization based in British Columbia. He has a MSc in Environment and Management, from Royal Roads University, Victoria, BC, where he received the Chancellor’s Award.
Brian Evoy brings perspectives from both community and institutional settings. The past six years have been dedicated to ensuring external stakeholder voice in organizational decision-making processes. He has lead community engagement activities for Vancouver Coastal Health for the past four years. Brian has led the development and implementation of an integrated youth resource social service centre across multiple non-profit and government bodies, worked in urban and rural Aboriginal health planning, and designed community consultation processes for health system changes. He holds a Masters in Social Work and is currently pursuing a PhD in Health Region resource allocation decision-making processes. Brian is a recent recipient of a CIHR Doctoral Research Award.
Randy Haluza-DeLay has settled in Edmonton Alberta after living in three Canadian provinces and ten American states. Having been a wilderness guide, ski patroller, youth counselor, and executive director in the non-profit sector, he is now an Assistant Professor of Sociology at The King’s University College. He also runs a consulting company assisting community advocacy organizations to do community-based research. He is editor of Speaking for Ourselves: Environmental Justice in Canada (UBC Press, 2009). Other recent research interests has focused on urban social and environmental sustainability, environmental education, community development and non-profit organizations, social inclusion, and anti-racism. Most importantly, he is a father of two great kids for whom he teaches Sunday school and coaches soccer.
Dr. Murray Journeay was born and raised in the deserts of Arizona. Murray has long been fascinated by the form and evolution of landscapes and the ways in which we make sense of place through science and art. As a geologist with the Earth Science Sector of Natural Resources Canada, he has studied the architecture and evolution of mountain systems in western North America and the ways in which communities interact with this landscape.
In addition to earth science studies, Murray is part of regional sustainability initiative in the Georgia Basin region of western Canada, and co-leads an interdisciplinary project (Pathways) within Natural Resources Canada aimed at building a web-based architectural framework to situate and promote the use of integrated earth science information, knowledge and expertise within a broader societal context. Current projects focus on groundwater resource management and natural hazard mitigation in the Georgia Basin and Okanagan Basin regions of western Canada, with an emphasis on the process and tools of collaborative place-based planning, and community design.
Dr. Chris Ling is a recent post-doctoral émigré from England, now living in Victoria, British Columbia. He grew up in suburban south-eastern England with a short diversion to Sheffield in Yorkshire. His background is in Environmental Sciences which he read at Southampton University. A short, enlightening but ultimately unfulfilling stint in consultancy led to seven years in Manchester working on a number of landscape, sustainability and quality of life capital orientated research projects. During this time he also acheived an M.Sc in Pollution and Environmental control and a PhD in Planning and Landscape examining quality of life capital in post-industrial landscapes. His main areas of research interest are landscape multifunctionality, quality of life capital, urban fringe and post-industrial landscapes and sustainability. Chris also enjoys hiking, orienteering and many other enriching activities.
Ann Mortifee is known internationally for her passionate and honest music. Through story, song and participation, Ann inspires her audience to sense their own creative potential and the mystery of what it means to be human. Ann’s deep love and reverence for the land has caused her to support many, many initiatives on behalf of the earth and all her inhabitants. Successful composer, playwright, producer, performing and recording artist she is a founding member of both The Trust for Sustainable Forestry and the Somerset Foundation. Ann is also a keynote speaker for conferences in such areas as health, ecology, creativity, women’s issues and the arts.
A recipient of The Order of Canada and the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award for her contribution to the performing and healing arts.
Dr. Lenore Newman, Assistant Professor, Royal Roads University is a writer, teacher and researcher living in Ottawa. She grew up in a small coastal community in British Columbia and has a long standing interest in the environment. Lenore has a background in physics, complex systems theory, human geography, social change, and sustainability. Her doctorate is from York university; it examined theoretical aspects of sustainability in rapidly changing societies. Her research interests include sustainability at the community level and sustainable technology including biomimicry, the modeling of technology upon ecological systems.
Lenore is also interested in virtual communities, ecological effects of globalization, and the politics of gender. When Lenore is not on-line, she is likely outdoors.
Doug Stables, BSF, MBA, RPF(Executive Director)
Mr. Stables earned an undergraduate degree in Forest Resources Management from the University of British Columbia, a Masters of Business Administration from Royal Roads University and is registered with the Association of British Columbia Forest Professionals. Mr. Stables is also Vice Presidentof the Canadian Institute of Forestry, President of Global Strategy Inc., a management consulting firm focused on sustainability initiatives, and Associate Professor in the School of Environment and Sustainability at Royal Roads University in Victoria British Columbia.
Mr. Stables has been a strong advocate of environmentally sustainable practices for the past 15 years; his focus has been in forest industry and small business. He believes in and strongly supports capacity building for First Nations groups and education and training initiatives that create and support environmentally sustainable practices.