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Gilbert Bélanger Centre d'initiation à la recherche et d'aide au développement durable

Gilbert Bélanger holds a master's degree in biology from Laval University and taught biology at the college level from 1988 to 2012 on the campus of Carleton -sur-Mer of the Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles . Since 2010, he is Director of Research at the Centre for introduction to research and sustainable development assistance (CIRADD) which he founded in 2006 with Sylvain Roy, who teaches sociology at the same campus. In 2010, CIRADD became one of the 46 college centers for technology transfer in Quebec and one of the six that affect innovative social practices. The CIRADD team works on various issues concerning the development of rural areas , with particular attention to the integration of sustainable development principles in them. Mr. Bélanger has contributed for several years in the involvement of college students in research projects that meet the needs expressed by organizations, companies, institutions or individuals in the Gaspésie area within certain of their courses. Projects in which it has been directly or indirectly involved are very diverse. Some, among others, have focused on coastal erosion and resilience of people living by the sea in connection with the problems of erosion.

Geneviève Brisson Université du Québec à Rimouski

Genevieve Brisson is a lawyer and a doctorate in anthropology of the environment. She conducts research in the Environmental Health Unit of the National Public Health Institute of Quebec. The social dimensions associated with environmental risk management are a special concern, such as civic participation, the relationship between expert knowledge and citizens, and cohabitation in rural areas.

Christopher Bryant Université de Montréal

Christopher holds a doctorate from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is currently professor and director of the Laboratory of Sustainable Development and Territorial Dynamics, Department of Geography, University of Montreal and Director of the Canadian Journal of Regional Science. He is an internationally recognized leader in research on rural areas and small towns as well as the transformation of peri-urban areas and their planning and management. He is a Canadian leader both in the field of planning and strategic management and cooperation among stakeholders for local development in the area of adaptation of human activity to climate change. All his research in recent years is focused in the field of sustainable development. His research is central to these various problems of analysis of changes in the role of the individual, including those who work within the framework of institutions and organizations. Since the early 1990s, his research has focused increasingly on action research in the areas of rural resource development and adaptation of agriculture to climate change and local development. This action research also focuses on the recovery of degraded farmland and ownership by local and regional actors in the urban fringe. This is used as leverage ownership for the multi-functionality of agricultural land by the full range of suburban local and regional actors and the populations of these urban regions.

Catherine Choquette Sherbrooke University

Catherine Choquette is a professor in the Faculty of Law, Université de Sherbrooke since 2002. Biologist and trained lawyer, Catherine Choquette looks at areas of environment, governance, citizen empowerment, the role of the modern state and the interaction between science and law. She completed a PhD in Law (JSD), University of Chicago under the direction of Professor Cass Sunstein. His current research focuses on environmental governance. She is director of the research group Stratégies et les Acteurs de la Gouvernance Environnementale (SAGE) and is a member of the Observatoire de l'environnement et du développement durable at the Université de Sherbrooke. She served in 2007-2008 as President of the Association des professeurs de droit du Québec and since 2003 sits on the SOQUIJ Board.

Michel Chouinard Conseil de l'eau Gaspésie Sud

From his hometown of Maria, Quebec, Michel Chouinard grew up near the Chaleur Bay where he had his first classes in marine ecology. But like many people in the region, he was at one time exiled to work in distant lands. He returned to the Gaspe region in the late 80's after obtaining a Bachelor of Science with a specialization in Environmental and Water Science, Université du Québec à Montréal. He was at that time mainly active on issues of environmental protection and forestry. From 1992 to 2008 he was director of the Comité ZIP Baie des Chaleurs. As a member of the board of Stratégies Saint-Laurent, he participated actively in facilitating public involvement towards the protection, restoration and development of the Chaleur Bay and the STéLawrence. Mr. Chouinard has developed over the year’s extensive experience in coastal zone management, protection of habitats and erosion processes in coastal environments. Since 2008, he has coordinated the Conseil de bassin versant de la rivière Bonaventure. He is also the current director of the Conseil de l'Eau Gaspésie sud, a multi-sectoral consultation table including 33 watersheds comprising more than ten major salmon rivers of the Gaspé region. He has been a guest speaker at several conferences and forums on coastal areas, community involvement, health and the environment as well as habitat protection.

Omer Chouinard Moncton University

Omer has a doctorate in sociology, specializing in environmental sociology. He teaches at the Université de Moncton. For several years, he has worked with several researchers on this team, with the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence Coalition on Sustainability, fishermen's unions, watersheds organizations in New Brunswick, and with many coastal and island communities. He was part of the Canadian aquaculture research network - AQUANET and is often called as an expert on issues of integrated management, coping and social economy.

Genevieve Cloutier Université Laval

Geneviève Cloutier is a professor in the Graduate School of Land Management, Urban and Regional Planning at Université Laval. She holds a Ph.D. in urban studies of Institut national de la recherche scientifique (2009), which looked at the interaction and integration of a variety of stakeholders through a participatory planning process of urban renewal in Montréal. Her work focuses on public participation, collective action, local stakeholders and the processes through which planning theories and practices evolve. More precisely, since 2010, she has been working on local adaptation to climate change through participatory processes and experiments.

Charlotte Da Cunha Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin en-Yvelines

Charlotte Da Cunha holds a Doctorate in Economics as of July 1, 2010. She has a Technological University Degree in Environmental Engineering (DUT Biological Engineering, University of Caen), a Bachelor's Degree with Honours in Environmental Sciences (Kingston University) and a Master's Degree in Environmental Economics (Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines - UVSQ). During her PhD, she developed and implemented a multi−criteria deliberative approach on two agricultural sites in the Île-de-France region. Then, she realized an ex-post assessment of this participatory approach effects that established the need for an analysis using indicators throughout the process (ex-ante, during and ex-post). Since June 2011, she has been held a postdoc position in Université du Quebec à Rimouski (UQAR) in the context of the Community-University Research Alliances (CURA) on Coastal Communities Challenges in the Estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence facing climate change (CCC-CURA). This work aims to develop an analytical framework of indicators to assess over time the participatory approaches initiated by the CCC-CURA. She is also Student Representative for the European Society for Ecological Economics (ESEE) and so member of its Executive Committee.

Karine Dauphin Organisation de Concertation Pour l'Eau des bassins versants de la Rivière NIColet

Karine Dauphin holds a Master of Science and Technology Engineering Aquatic Environments and River Corridors of the Université François Rabelais in Tours (France), and a Master in Environmental Sciences from the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR). Before becoming general manager of COPERNIC in 2008, she was involved in COGESAF as awareness officer for the action plan against cyanobacteria, then as regional project manager - cyanobacteria for COGESAF, COPERNIC, GROBEC and CRECQ.

Yann Fournis Université du Québec à Rimouski

Yann Fournis holds a doctorate in political science. After studying at the Institute of Political Studies in Toulouse and an MA in political science at the Université de Toulouse I, he led his DEA and Ph.D. in political science at the University of Rennes and the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Rennes. After filling several teaching loads (at the IEP of Rennes, the Universities of Rennes I and II, the University of Moncton), he occupies a position as professor of social and regional development at the Université du Québec à Rimouski since 2008. His work is currently moving towards three main areas of interest: 1) The reconstruction of elites, institutions and local policies (reshaping of the state, the relationship between scales of public policy, urban and regional projects), 2) affirmation of regional nationalisms (sociology of political actors and institutions, redefinition of regional cultures), 3) The territorialization of capitalism (social inclusion of modes of production, sociology of interest groups, economic development policies). Apart from ongoing projects, Yann Fournis participated in several investigations on maritime countries and concerted management of coastal areas in Bretagne, on decentralization and devolution in Bretagne and Wales and on Chambers of Commerce and industry in France.

Julie Guillemot Moncton University

Julie Guillemot

Julie Guillemot is professor at the University of Moncton’s Shippagan campus (UMCS). She is part of the bachelor degree in integrated coastal zone management team which is offered on this campus. After completing a MSc. in management of maritime resources at the UQAR which brought her to work on fishermen cooperatives in Mexico, Julie completed her Ph.D. in Regional Development (UQAR). Her thesis concerned the governance of insular areas in Québec. Her research interests include participatory initiatives and the learning processes generated by them as well as their potential for managing conflicts in coastal zones.

Nicole Klenk University of Toronto

PhD in Forestry (University of British Columbia), MSc. Forest Ecosystems (McGill), BSc. in Botany (McGill). Current position: Assistant professor in the Departments of Physical and Environmental Sciences and Political Science at the University of Toronto. Nicole’s research draws upon an eclectic mix of scholars whose ideas are a perennial source of inspiration to her: John Dewey, Bruno Latour, Vivien Schmidt, Chantal Mouffe, Iris Marion Young and Tim Ingold, among others. Her research is mostly situated in the interpretive social sciences and her theoretical orientation is deeply relational. Her task is to articulate the implications of this relational perspective for the role of (environmental) science in society, the science-policy interface, the politics of knowledge production and use, and environmental governance.

Geneviève Lemoyne Comité ZIP Baie des Chaleurs

Geneviève Lemoyne is director of the Comité ZIP Baie des Chaleurs. She holds a Bachelor in Biology, and another one in Science in Secondary Studies Education. She left her teaching job a few of years ago, and she is now invloved in environmental awareness and mobilization. Before joining the Comité ZIP Baie des Chaleurs, she was project manager for several organisations : Organisme de bassin versant Matapédia-Restigouche, Comité ZIP Baie des Chaleurs, Conseil régional en Environnement de la Gaspésie et des Îles-de-la-Madeleine, she has been also a volunter in other organisations. Geneviève and the Comité ZIP Baie des Chaleurs joined CCC-CURA in 2012.

Yves Martinet Comité ZIP des Îles-de-la-Madeleine

Since 2000, Yves Martinet is employed by the ZIP Committee of the Magdalene Islands following various courses in marine ecology and computer science. First a geomatics technician with the Zip Committee, his versatility allowed him to occupy different tasks as project manager, coordinator of integrated management initiatives, deputy director, and, since 2006, director. Strong proponent of sustainable development, he tries to put this concept into practice every day through his consultation work with all Islanders stakeholders in the coastal zone. He is particularly proud of his participation in the implementation of five integrated management initiatives, which are also coordinated by the ZIP. This mechanism for local ownership of local issues has generated a relationship of preferred trust and generated a multitude of benefits for the entire community.

Impliqué au sein de différents comités locaux, régionaux et nationaux, il occupe le poste de Vice-président de la zone marine au sein du conseil d'administration de Stratégie Saint-Laurent et agit en tant qu'administrateur auprès du Conseil Régional de l'Environnement de la Gaspésie et des Îles.

Élise Mayrand Moncton University

PhD Oceanography (UQAR), MSc Biology (University of Montreal), BSc Biology (University of Montreal). Current position: Professor, sciences, Université de Moncton, Shippagan Campus. Courses taught in Biology (General Biology, Botany, and Invertebrate Zoology) and integrated coastal zone management (Coastal, Marine Animal Ecophysiology, participation in the Introduction to integrated coastal zone management). Her research interests include the ecophysiology of marine invertebrates, particularly oysters and mussels, in the context of aquaculture. A second area concerns the co-construction of assessment tools for environmental quality to promote the resilience of coastal communities.

Steve Plante Université du Québec à Rimouski

Doctor in Geography, specializing in the dynamic of stakeholders in an insular environment. Since joining the UQAR, he has added depth to issues of participatory governance, community engagement and adaptation of coastal communities. He participated in an extensive project led by Bill Reimer (NRE2). He has received funding from the Climate Change Action Fund (FACC) and the FQRSC. He is an active member of the Groupe de recherche interdisciplinaire de l'est du Québec (GRIDEQ) and of the Research Centre for Spatial Development (RTDC). Since 2002, he has worked with several researchers of this team, Stratégies Saint-Laurent, area committees (ZIP), the ROBVQ, the SGSLCS, as well as several coastal and island communities. He has international experience on issues of natural resource governance and usage conflict resolution, particularly in Brazil.

Jean-Eric Turcotte Stratégies Saint-Laurent

Jean-Eric was appointed as Executive Director of Strategies Saint-Laurent in July 2011. He was previously Deputy Director, starting in January 2010, after being a project manager and coordinator of Des collectivités actives tournées vers le Saint-Laurent. Jean-Eric defines himself more as a one-man band than as a specialist in the environmental field. Working the past twelve years in the field, as a trainer, speaker, project manager or as an agency director or program coordinator and sometimes as a volunteer director or volunteer, he devotes a large part of his time to support causes related to the conservation and sustainable development of Quebec's natural heritage. We can say that it is in his nature! Former interpreter guide of nature tourism, a former college teacher, outdoorsman and father of three children, Jean-Eric sincerely believes in the virtues of awareness and environmental education as the main vehicle for change and to improve the quality of life in society. Jean-Eric is trained in communication, physical geography and environment.

Liette Vasseur Brock University

Doctorate in biology, she is vice president of research at Brock University in Ontario. Before taking on an administrative position, Dr. Vasseur held the KC Irving Chair in Sustainable Development at the Université de Moncton. In terms of research, she adopts an interdisciplinary approach. She works in ecology and much of her projects take into account the human and social aspects or research (eg. sustainable development, and ecosystem management based on communities, not only in Canada but in many other countries like China, Burkina Faso, Mexico, etc...). She has over 70 referenced publications and is involved in services to the community as associate editor at Botany, guest editor for the journal Feminist Research, and on various committees and councils such as her seat on the scientific advisory committee of the Ministry of Fisheries and Oceans.

Antoine Verville Regroupement des organisations de bassin versant du Québec

Antoine Verville has a University degree in international studies and modern languages specializing in the environment, and a professional master’s degree in regional planning and regional development. Before joining the team of ROBVQ, he was coordinating functions within a recreational organization, in addition to having briefly worked in regional planning in a local development center. In 2008, he joined the team of ROBQ, first as a project manager and communication program manager then and finally as Executive Vice President. His principal functions include the coordination of the team and all programs and services of ROBVQ. He also focuses to develop new programs and projects, in addition to maintaining relations with ROBVQ partners. Finally, Antoine Verville also works in activities of the North American Network of Basin Organizations (NANBO)

Founding partners

Pierre André Université de Montréal

Pierre André (PhD Biology) is Associate Professor of Human Environment, Department of Geography, at the Université de Montréal, and Director of its Centre de développement de la recherche internationale en environnement (CEDRIE). An expert in natural resource management and environmental assessment, he is the principal author of the book entitled Évaluation des impacts sur l'environnemen: Processus, acteurs et pratique pour un développement durable (Presses Internationales Polytechnique, Montréal, 1999, 2003, 2010). From a theoretical point of view, André looks at issues of citizenship, power and territory. To this end he focuses his efforts on stakeholder dynamics, perceptions and representations of the environment, social adaptation to environmental change and on participatory democracy. He has led or is leading students on projects in Quebec, Senegal, Benin, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Cambodia, China and Brazil. He is currently a member of the Association québécoise pour l'évaluation d'impact, International Association for Impact Assessment, Centre québécois de la science de la biodiversité, Institut québécois de la biodiversité (IQBIO) and the editorial board of Quebec’s Geography Journals. André has no specific expectations concerning the CCC-CURA but he remains attentive to any requests from the community. It is certain that his main concerns are currently focused on conditions for citizen participation and effective participatory democracy.

Randy Angus Mi'kmaq Confederacy of Prince Edward Island

Randy has over 30 years experience with the fishing and aquaculture industries of the Maritimes. He has considerable experience working with public and private sectors in the field of resource management. He worked in research administration and installation of hatchery. He has over 6 years experience working in community development and project management for sustainable development. He also has experience in planning, negotiating and financing of multi-partner projects, projects in regional development, and negotiating with all levels of government in Canada. A firm believer in learning throughout a lifetime, Randy is still waiting for new opportunities and activities. He works for the Mi'kmaq Confederacy of Prince Edward Island and contributes to their team to protect, enhance and strengthen the Mi'kmaq Nation of Prince Edward Island.

Darren Bardati Bishop's university

PhD in Geography, Darren specializes in community participation in natural resource management and is Departmental Chair of Environmental Studies and Geography at Bishop's University. From 2008 to 2010 he served as Director of Environmental Studies at the University of PEI. His research foci are: 1) How local communities respond and adapt to challenges brought on by climate change; and 2) The role of watershed groups in complex adaptive watershed governance regimes.

Jean-Eudes Beuret Agrocampus Ouest de Rennes, France

Jean-Eudes Beuret is a lecturer at AGROCAMPUS OUEST since 1997. He previously held various positions including as head of cooperation for projects in Latin America and Africa, then as an expert with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). He now works mainly on joint management of resources and environment, as much in Northern as in Southern countries, and focuses on the conduct of consultation processes and territorial mediation. He is also engaged in research, teaching and expertise in these fields. For ten years, he has worked and focused on the mechanisms and place, within the rural economy of developed and developing regions, of non-market coordination for the joint management of space, resources and environmental assets. After working on non-market coordination between agriculture and society in the French system, then on policy for the preservation and enhancement of rural amenities, Jean-Eudes Beuret has focused his research on the conduct of consultation process for environmental management and resources.

Thomas Buffin-Bélanger Université du Québec à Rimouski

Thomas Buffin-Bélanger is a Professor of Geography at the Université de Québec à Rimouski since August 2003. He holds a Ph.D. from the Université de Montréal in fluvial geomorphology (2001) and completed two postdoctoral positions, one in Loughbourough University (2001-2002), the United Kingdom, and the other at the University of Western Ontario (2002-2003). He has contributed to research under four areas: 1) flow structure and sediment transport, 2) flow structure and behavior of organisms living in rivers, 3) development of measurement techniques and analysis, and 4) time series analysis. At UQAR, he worked to establish a research program on river dynamics of cold regions rivers. In these regions, ice cover and flow regimes play a crucial role in the dynamics of sediment transport across sections of rivers and on the evolution channel formation. These rivers are also at significant risk in the event of ice jams and breakup.

Anne Cadoret Université de Bourgogne à Dijon, France

PhD Geography (Montpellier III); DEA Geography (Montpellier III) Master of geography and environment (Montpellier III); License geography history option (Rennes II) degree in geography, history option (St Brieuc, Rennes II). She is a lecturer in Geography, Université de Bourgogne and a teacher-researcher at the ThéMA laboratory, UMR and responsible for the Geography License 2, Université de Bourgogne. Her research focuses on the analysis of conflicts and collaborative management in the field of environment and spatial planning. She has a particular interest in networks of actors who organize and evolve during these processes. Her research areas are the socio-spatial processes around conflict, and the geography of social networks and integrated management of rapidly changing areas.

Raynald Cloutier Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de la Côte-Nord

A native of Abitibi and having lived in the region of Quebec from the age of 9 to 24, Dr. Raynald Cloutier holds a master's degree in Health Science from McGill University and a second degree certificate in Occupational Health at Laval University.

From 1991 to today, he held various positions, including director of professional services in Chandler (1991-1992), director of professional services to Blanc Sablon (1992-1993), medical officer of health for Regional Board of the North Shore (1993-1995) and Director of Public Health for the North Shore (1995-present). From 2002 to 2008, he combined the functions of public health director and director of medical affairs at the Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de la Côte-Nord.

In 30 years of medical career, he has to his credit 26 years working in outlying areas: 5 years in the Outaouais region, 1 in the region of James Bay, 3 years in the Gaspé, and 18 years on the North Shore.

Caroline Couture Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de la Côte-Nord

Native of Montérégie, Caroline Couture holds a BA in biology and a graduate degree specializing in environmental toxicology at the Université du Québec at Montreal and a Master of Environmental Health Research and Occupational Health at the University of Montreal.

Since completing her undergraduate studies in 2004, she has held several contract positions for environmental health research teams in various environments (Upper Mauricie, Montreal, James Bay) and on various issues. She has also worked on various literature reviews in the field of public health (National Public Health Institute of Quebec, Chair of Analysis and Risk Management Toxicology, Public Health Department of Terres-Cries-de-la-Baie-James).

Since March 2010, Ms. Couture holds a position of planning, programming and environmental health research officer at the Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de la Côte-Nord.

Sabrina Doyon Université Laval

Assistant Professor, Ph.D., McGill University, 2003. Environmental Anthropology; political ecology; critical development studies, management of natural resources, maritime anthropology; socialism and postsocialism, Mexico, Cuba. Her journey in part concerns the relationship between societies and the environment. In this perspective, she conducted her doctoral research by studying the dynamics, practices, discourses and policies related to the coastal environment in Cuba, and socio-environmental relations and their links with the various social actors (individuals, communities, managers, NGOs, international aid, state, etc...), and their relationships between them. Different approaches to environmental anthropology, including anthropological political ecology, guide her analysis and orient her focus on issues related to the management, conservation and exploitation of natural resources by local communities, development organizations and State in a globalization context. Her teaching fits into these issues and focuses specifically on environmental anthropology, maritime and rural societies, and socialist and postsocialist worlds.

Marie-José Fortin Université du Québec à Rimouski

Marie-José Fortin has multidisciplinary training in landscape architecture (University of Montreal), regional development (UQAC / UQAR) and human geography (Paris 1-Panthéon Sorbonne). Her work has focused successively on rural landscapes identity, industrial landscapes, and methods of landscape analysis and evaluation of social impacts, as well as planning approaches and participatory governance. These studies have been published in Environmental Impact Assessment Review (2006, Vol. 26, No. 8), The Canadian Geographer (2002, Vol. 46, No. 4), Annals of Roads and Bridges (2002, No. 104: 11 - 19) STRATA (CNRS Ladyss) (2004, No. 11) and Environmental Conservation (1999, Vol. 26, No. 3). Marie-Jose Fortin won various awards during her doctoral and postdoctoral studies, including those of the SSHRC, the Fonds québécois de recherche sur la société et la culture (FCAR), the Fonds d’action québécois pour le développement durable (FAQDD) and the co-direction support program Quebec-France.

Daniel Edward Lane Réseau de recherche sur les océans du Canada

Dan Lane is co-director of the International Community University Research Alliance - Project C-Change - "Management of adaptation to environmental change in coastal communities: Canada and the Caribbean (2007-2014) and President of Ocean Management Research Network Canada (OMRN) (since 2005). His research interests include decision making, modeling, simulation, and control of dynamic systems, particularly in the field of natural resource management, fisheries and aquaculture, and adaptation to climate change. Mr. Lane actively supervises graduate students and is the recipient of numerous research grants including the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) (since 1986). He has published articles in Operations Research, Optimun, Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, the European Journal of Operational Research, INFOR, American Fisheries Society Symposia. He has published important reports for World Fisheries Congress (Brisbane and Vancouver), Fisheries and Oceans (Canada), International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (CIEM) and the Committee for Fisheries of the OCDE.

Martin Robitaille Université du Québec en Outaouais

Martin Robitaille is a professor in the Department of Social Work and Social Sciences at the Université de Québec in Outaouais (UQO). He holds a Ph.D. and an MA in sociology from the University of Montreal. His areas of expertise include regional development, training and employment, social movements and social and professional identities. His current research mainly affects territorial development, decentralization, local governance and professionalization of territorial public action. In addition, before becoming a professor and researcher at UQO in 2001, he acquired several years of experience in research and management of socio-community relations and in the employment and training sectors. He currently heads the Community-University Research Alliance: Innovation and Social Development (CURA-ISDC) and is also a member of the Chaire de recherche en développement des collectivités (CRDC) and the Centre for Research on Spatial Development (CRDT).

Jean-Paul Vanderlinden Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin en-Yvelines

Jean-Paul Vanderlinden is an associate professor at the Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines since September 2006. Under the program SETE, he is responsible for the courses Society and Environmental Sciences and Methods and ParticipatoryPpractices: Feedback on Experience. His areas of expertise include issues related to coastal management (integrated coastal zone), interdisciplinarity and to the phenomena of adaptation to natural hazards and to emerging socio-techniques. At present Jean-Paul’s research is mainly related to his participation in the European project SPICOSA and management of the project "Contribution to the understanding of the organization of interdisciplinary research", funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

Brad Walters Mount Allison University

Brad Walters is currently a Professor of Geography & Environment and Coordinator of the Environmental Studies Program at Mount Allison University. He completed his Masters in Environmental Studies at Dalhousie University and his doctorate in Human Ecology at Rutgers University. His research interests include the interactions between people and trees in the tropics; interactions between aquaculture and fisheries in the Bay of Fundy; climate change policy and politics; and research methodology. He has co-edited two books and published over 30 peer-reviewed articles. Brad is also a frequent media commentator on environmental issues.

Stephen Wyatt Moncton University

Stephen Wyatt is an Assistant Professor for Social forestry and Forest policy at the Faculty of Forestry, Université de Moncton in Canada. Australian in origin, he also holds Doctoral and Masters degrees from Université Laval (Québec, Canada) and a Bachelors degree in Forestry Science from the Australian National University. His research work focus on issues of First Nations’ roles in forestry, on public participation in land management more broadly and on the management of private woodlots in easstern Canada. Prior to joining the Université de Moncton, professor Wyatt spent 12 years as a professional forester and manager with government and non-government organisations in New South Wales, the South Pacific and Canada.