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Much of Brendan’s work focuses on the statistical modeling and simulation of complex ecological processes to inform policy, management, and conservation. His research has been featured in both popular and scientific media including CBC, the Vancouver Sun and Science. Brendan has experience providing scientific advice to a diverse audience including industry, First Nations, government, and academics. He has served as an expert witness for the Government of Canada’s Inquiry into the Decline of Sockeye Salmon in the Fraser River and the House of Commons Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans. He sits on the Board of Directors at Salmon Coast Field Station and routinely gives seminars, guest lectures and public presentations on the ecology and conservation of salmonids. Brendan is an outdoor enthusiast and fisherman who lives in Vancouver and spends as much time as possible on the water with his wife, two children and dog.

Natasha has four years of professional and research experience in the fields of geomorphology, hydrology, headwater systems, and resource management in Canada and the United States. She has a diverse background in natural resources and has worked with a wide variety of interest groups, including international research on Mongolian forestry practices and participation in a U.S. Congressional hearing on policies governing salvage. At UBC, Natasha studied proglacial stream systems, supervised by Dan Moore and Marwan Hassan. Her work at ERM Rescan focuses on hydrometric monitoring for the mining industry, including several major projects in British Columbia and Nunavut.

Mr. Dufresne has 25 years of experience in the private and public sectors representing a proven track record in financing and investments, as well as an in-depth knowledge of the forest industry at both corporate and manufacturing levels. Most recently at SGF (Société générale de financement du Québec), he played a key role in sustainable development initiatives involving extensive forest management expenditures, forest certification and Canada's First Nations. Accordingly, in his current capacity, he continues to build upon a solid foundation of existing relationships with government officials, forestry industry executives and financial sector players.

Hardwick was headed for a career in Urban Planning before a twist of fate launched her into a 20 year career in the film industry.

In 2005, she switched gears again, this time with an eye on the Web. She developed MovieSet which won the Vortex Award for Excellence in New Media Innovation at the Marshall McLuhan Festival of the Future. Circling back to her urban geography roots, in 2010, Colleen started to think about how to address a general sense of public cynicism around the consultation process. The result is PlaceSpeak, the first location-based public consultation platform.

Deborah works on developing policy responses and other resources designed to assist adaptation to climate change impacts such as ocean and riverine flooding, ecosystem degradation, crop damage, and health risks. Focal topics include sea level rise, infrastructure upgrades and financing, international collaboration, and the nexus between water, food, energy and biodiversity.

Composting, vermicomposting, waste management, remote sites, urine.

Eileen is a well-rounded communications and international business development specialist.

Prior to her current position as the Public Affairs Manager at S.U.C.C.E.S.S., Eileen worked for Canadian Consulate General in Guangzhou, China, as the Public Affairs Officer and Trade Commissioner for over 8 years. She also served in a managerial capacity at Asian Motor Sports Television Co. Ltd, a Hong Kong-based international company specializing in marketing sports programs, including Formula One World Championship and Grand Prix World Motorcycle Championship, to broadcasters in Asia.

Eileen is the director of Barkerville Heritage Trust. She is also a former director of BC-Guangdong Business Council and Vancouver-Guangzhou Friendship Society. Specialties include: public relations, media relations, government liaison, community outreach, cross-cultural marketing, international business development, event planning and social media.

Sunny served as GIS Analyst and then Medical Geographer at BCCDC from June 2000 to present. He has expertise in GIS mapping, spatial analysis, modeling and spatial epidemiology for communicable disease surveillance, outbreak investigation and public health emergency preparedness.

Dawn has ten years experience working as a journalist in Mexico, Central and South America. She is the co-founder of the Vancouver Media Co-op and a long time alternative media activist. Her first book, Drug War Capitalism, which looks at the war on drugs as a tool for the expansion of capitalism in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and Colombia will be released in October 2014 with AK Press.

Dara Parker is a community planner with a focus on inclusive communities, and 15 years’ experience working in social profits and local government.

Dara’s notable achievements include: working for Kids Help Phone, the United Nations Association in Canada, the City of Burnaby, and Cuso International.  For the last three years Dara has consulted with UN-Habitat on their inaugural Youth Advisory Board, helping mainstream youth participation throughout the organization.

Dara volunteers as Co-President of the United Nations Association in Canada Vancouver Board, promoting public engagement on global issues.

Dr. Thomas Pedersen was appointed Executive Director of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions beginning September 1, 2009. His previous positions included Dean of Science (2003-2009), Professor of Oceanography and Director of the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of Victoria (2002-2003), and Associate Dean, Research for the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of British Columbia (2000-mid2002). Pedersen holds a degree in geology from UBC and a PhD in marine geochemistry from the University of Edinburgh. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and of the American Geophysical Union. He is an internationally recognized authority on ocean chemistry, has published extensively in the field of paleoceanography, and has longstanding interests in climate change issues and the application of government policy to climate-change mitigation and adaptation.

At the BCCLA, Alyssa coordinates assistance for members of the public dealing with civil liberties issues. She assists the policy director and executive director with the BCCLA's research and policy advocacy, as well as manages the high school outreach program. Alyssa is especially interested in the BCCLA's work on policing, prison justice, racial profiling and issues relating to mental health.

Menora is interested in exploring public spaces as home, SimCities and urban morphology, as well as the re-integration of historical spaces into modern contexts.

As a project manager and consultant, Dawn has an extensive track record in building and leading organizations through change. Most recently, she was a Project Manager for the Justice Institute of BC, Centre for Resilient Communities, managing a number of large community resiliency and disaster management projects. This included building and piloting a Rural Disaster Resilience Planning Guide, a Disaster Risk and Resilience Engagement website as well as organizing a National Policy Forum and Building Resilient Communities workshop.

She was a founder of CBC Radio 3, creating three large youth engaging award-winning websites, managed CBC Television marketing and communications projects as well as managed large real estate development marketing and communications campaigns.

Baldwin Wong started working for the City of Vancouver in 1991. In his role as a social planner, Baldwin specializes on issues relating to diversity, multiculturalism and immigration. His accomplishments include leading the Diversity Outreach Program for CityPlan (a significant civic initiative that engaged all Vancouverites from 1993-95) and launching Vancouver’s first Newcomer’s Guide in five separate languages (2001). In 2005, Baldwin became the lead supporting staff of the Mayor’s Working Group on Immigration, which advises City Council on issues pertaining to immigration and settlement integration.  Baldwin also works with Aboriginal communities in Vancouver; in 2009, he initiated the Vancouver Dialogues Project which fostered stronger relationships between Aboriginal and immigrant communities. Baldwin convened the Welcoming Communities initiative in 2013 and presently, continues to explore issues of integration and inclusion for newcomers in the city. The initiative recently launched two digital publications: First Peoples: A Guide for Newcomers, and Growing Roots: A Newcomer’s Guide to Vancouver.

Dan Woynillowicz is an accomplished analyst, strategist and advocate with significant knowledge and experience in the fields of energy and environmental policy. He joined Clean Energy Canada in December 2012 as their Director of Policy and Partnerships. Prior to that, he was the Director of Strategy and Communications and a senior analyst with the Pembina Institute from 2001 to 2012.

Actively engaged in Canadian energy policy and politics, Dan has authored or contributed to numerous reports on environmental, climate change and economic policy related to Canadian energy development. For over a decade Dan has lobbied for policy change, testified before regulatory and legislative bodies and has been a frequent media commentator on energy issues. He has published commentaries in numerous publications including the Globe and Mail, iPolitics, the Hill Times and Postmedia, and has presented at conferences and roundtables throughout North America and in Europe. He can also be found actively blogging and engaging in energy policy debates on Twitter.

André’s professional experience includes directing and supervising field programs that have collected sediment, water, topographic and bathymetric data, as well as geomorphology assessments. Andre has developed field sampling protocols on small and large rivers and has considerable experience developing sediment budgets using physical sampling in conjunction with turbidity sensors.  He has conducted physical modeling tests to assess the mobility of geotextile bags that may occur in the Padma River, Bangledesh.  He has also examined bathymetric changes observed along the Jamuna River and used this information to assess bank stability and potential failure mechanisms.