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Dr. Andrew Gronewold

Associate Professor

University of Michigan

Dr. Andrew Gronewold is an Associate Professor with the School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) at the University of Michigan.   Dr. Gronewold conducts research across a range of hydrological science projects that explore methods for quantifying and communicating uncertainty.  Much of his recent research has focused on analyzing the long-term water balance and water levels of the Laurentian Great Lakes.

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Dr. Frank Seglenieks

Water Resources Engineer

National Hydrological Service of Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada

Dr. Frank Seglenieks is a water resources engineer with the Meteorological Service of Canada branch of Environment Canada based at the Canada Centre for Inland Waters in Burlington, Ontario.  His research interests are in hydrological modelling of the great lakes for the past, present, and future.  

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Stephen Jackson

Flood & Erosion Safety Services Coordinator

Maitland Valley Conservation Authority

Steve Jackson is a Civil Engineer with 20 years of experience in the public and private sectors. He has been with the Maitland Valley Conservation Authority for the last 10 years. He currently supervises flood forecasting as well Planning & Regulations.

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Greg McClinchey, BA, MPM

Legislative Liaison

Great Lakes Fishery Commission

Greg worked as a broadcaster, Parliamentary Advisor, CAO, and Municipal Councillor in the Great Lakes Basin. This shoreline engagement focused Greg on invasive species control and the implications of globalization on Great Lakes health. Collaborations with the IJC, the OFAH and Great Lakes Fishery Commission enhanced Greg’s expertise to the point where, in 1998, Greg assisted Parliament with the drafting of the Central Canada's Freshwater Fisheries report. From there, Greg spent 20-years researching and writing public policy and law domestically and internationally. Greg holds an ADR Certificate, a BA in Media and Communications, an MPM, and was awarded a Centennial Citation and the Jubilee Medal.

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Paul A. Parete

Great Lakes Ecosystem Management Section, Strategic Policy Branch

Environment and Climate Change Canada

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Jenna McGuire

Culture Keeper

Historic Saugeen Métis

As a culture keeper for the Historic Saugeen Métis Jenna focuses on researching local fur trade, marine and indigenous history and works to preserve traditional knowledge, stories and material culture. Jenna has a background in ecology, scientific illustration, heritage interpretation and traditional skills.

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Michelle Hudolin

Wetlands & Habitat Biologist

Severn Sound Environmental Association

Michelle is a University of Guelph graduate and has worked at Severn Sound Environmental Association for 19 years. Her love of nature began in early childhood, and now she conducts wetland and habitat evaluations, coordinates tree planting, and facilitates stewardship and rehabilitation projects to improve water quality and habitat. 

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Joanne Jacyk

Section Manager, Environmental Assessment 

Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO)

Joanne is a Professional Engineer licensed in Ontario and Certified Professional Facilitator. She is the Section Manager of Environmental Assessment at the NWMO. She has a bachelor’s degree in Biosystems Engineering from the University of Manitoba and a Master’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of Toronto. Joanne is leading the Environmental Assessment program at the NWMO and has been leading community workshops to better understand current stressors on the local environment and identifying items to include in the development of a co-designed environmental monitoring program. The environmental monitoring program will identify future studies and monitoring that will be conducted around the potential repository site and the surrounding region, and will include monitoring of environmental features like water, plants and animals.

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Tanya Berkers

Market Development Specialist

Ontario Parks

Tanya has been the Resource Management Group Leader at Pinery Provincial Park for the past ten years. In addition to habitat management and facilitating park research, she works with the park's education department to share how incredible Ontario's ecology really is. Tanya also serves on the Lambton Wildlife Board of Directors and has a Masters degree in Ecology.

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Mary-Louise Byrne

Professor, P.Geo.

Wilfrid Laurier University

Dr. Mary-Louise Byrne is a Professor in Geography and Environmental Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University and a Professional Geoscientist.  Focussing on applications for coastal management in parks, her research concentrates on beach and dune interactions and restoration of impacted coastal environments.  Most of her current research is in the Great Lakes in both Ontario Parks (Pinery Provincial Park) and Parks Canada (Point Pelee) locations.  Dr. Byrne has a wide range of experience in administrative service to the University and to the external community.  In addition to her Board and Senate experience on campus, she was Financial Director for Canadian Federation of Earth Sciences from 2011 to April of 2016 and Treasurer for the Canadian Association of Geographers from 2005 to 2011.  In those positions she was responsible for the development and reconciliation of budgets for each of these national associations. ​

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Dr. Jim P. Ludwig

Retired Ecotoxicologist

Former owner of Ecological Research Services Inc. and Science

Born at Port Huron in 1941, grew up on the St. Clair River, Ph.D earned the University of Michigan on Caspian tern and ring-billed gull population ecology.  I am part of the bird banding family that tagged 634,000 gulls terns and cormorants on the Great Lakes and have studied effects of contaminants, diet and food availability on resident waterbird populations. Principal species researched are Caspian terns, double-crested cormorants (Great Lakes) and black-footed albatrosses (in the North Pacific).

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Patrick Donnelly

Coastal Science & Stewardship Advisor

Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation

As the co-founder of the Coastal Centre, Pat has worked in water management and coastal zone stewardship for over 35 years. This has included experience in provincial, municipal, conservation authority and private consulting as well as working in both riverine and Great Lakes ecosystems. He currently serves as the Watershed Program Manager for the City of London. His experience as a Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and a Registered Professional Planner with a Masters of Science Degree provides a wide range of tools and knowledge to the benefit of the shoreline projects and community initiatives. His skill in communicating complex issues and principles to a wide audience including cottagers, urbanites, government officials, council members and interest groups has successfully steered many projects. He has a keen interest in climate change adaptation and assisting municipalities through the transition that is required.

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Ted Briggs

Great Lakes Advisor

Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks

Ted is a Great Lakes Advisor with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks out of the Southwest Region office in London. He is involved in numerous regional Great Lakes activities including the Lake Huron Partnership, the Lake St. Clair Coordination Council and the St. Clair River and Detroit River Area of Concern Programs. A graduate from both the University of Western Ontario and Lakehead University he has been involved in the resource management field for over 30 years.

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Jacqui Empson-Laporte

Environmental Specialist

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Jacqui is an Environmental Specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.  She grew up in Huron County on the west side of Highway 21, so the lake has always been important.  She is a member of the Healthy Lake Huron Working Group, and on the board of Innovative Farmers Association of Ontario.  She works on programs related to environmental program design, Lake Huron water quality and barn fire prevention.  She is currently also working on initiatives to incorporate Lean manufacturing principles, nudge theory and behavioural analysis to improve stewardship programs.

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Marcus Maddalena

County Biologist / Stewardship Coordinator

County of Huron/ Huron Stewardship Council

Marcus is a graduate of the University of Waterloo with a Masters of Environmental Studies, and is the currently Coordinator of the Huron Stewardship Council as well as Biologist for the County of Huron. He has worked on Species at Risk research and recovery projects on the shorelines and nearshore systems of Lake Erie, Ontario, and Huron. His work focuses primarily on the recovery of at-risk reptile populations and conservation/restoration of their critical habitat.

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Todd Howell

Great Lakes Ecologist, Environmental Monitoring and Reporting Branch

Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks

Todd Howell is a research scientist and aquatic ecologist with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks.  He has examined water quality and concerns in the coastal waters of the Canadian Great Lakes for over 25 years including studies on Lake Huron from 2003 to 2011.

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Dr. Clare Robinson

Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Western University

Dr. Robinson is a Canada Research Chair in Water Quality and Associate Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Western University.  She completed her PhD at the University of Queensland, Australia and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Switzerland before commencing at Western. Her main areas of expertise including groundwater-surface water interactions, contaminant transport and environmental modeling.

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Lynn Short

Professor of Horticultural in the Faculty of Applied Science and Technology, Humber College

Environmental Stewardship Coordinator, Humber Arboretum

Lynn is a Professor of Horticultural in the Faculty of Applied Science and Technology at Humber College and the Environmental Stewardship Coordinator at Humber Arboretum. Her Focus is on invasive plant control, native plant restoration and sustainable horticulture practices. Research topics include establishing native pollinator gardens, invasive Phragmites control and invasive Dog Strangling Vine control.

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Samantha Nellis

Watershed Planner

Huron Pines

Samantha Nellis is a Watershed Planner with Huron Pines, a conservation nonprofit serving Northern Michigan. As the Michigan Project Team Lead for the Great Lakes One Water Regional Lake Huron Partnership, Samantha coordinates with partner organizations and municipalities to protect healthy water by implementing nature-based stormwater management solutions.

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Barry Randall

Managing Director

Grey Bruce Sustainability Network

Barry is the owner/operator of L. B. Randall Productions which provides a range of project management and environmental services throughout Grey Bruce and beyond. He is the Managing Director of the Grey Bruce Sustainability Network and co-ordinates the Ontario Great Lakes One Water Working Group. University of Waterloo graduate in Environmental Studies.

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Gary Pritchard

Manager, Environment & Climate Change

Cambium Aboriginal

Gary is Cambium Aboriginal’s Environmental and Climate Change Sector Manager with over 16 years of experience. In the past, Gary (who is a member of Curve Lake First Nation) has had the privilege to work on behalf of First Nations peoples throughout Ontario. He has travelled and worked in almost 300 First Nations communities throughout Canada and northern United States.  He has brought a wealth of knowledge to both his Indigenous and non-Indigenous cliental performing a wide variety of services including: Indigenous Community Planning, land-use/traditional knowledge studies, capacity building, mediator between western science and traditional science and peer reviewer on behalf of Indigenous communities. One of Gary's greatest strength is that he is often able to be the one who acts as the bridge between the Indigenous Community and the western style of government. Gary has successfully collaborated with many stakeholder groups, researchers, institutes, government agencies, Indigenous communities, and political organizations to address environmental concerns and identify practical solutions to environmental related issues. Gary also serves as a technical advisor and professor at three post-secondary institutes within Ontario.

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Scott Parent

Explorer/ Photographer/ Standup Paddleboard Guide

Scott Parent is an explorer/photographer/guide who lives with his family near the tip
of the Bruce Peninsula. In 2011, Scott completed the first SUP crossing of Georgian
Bay, solo and unassisted. Scott returned for a second successful crossing of Georgian Bay with his friend Zane Davies, in 2015. Only this time, in winter. They used modified SUPs, mountaineering gear and expedition gear to navigate the mixed terrain of shifting ice floes and open waters across the Bay. His most recent expedition? Paddling with his daughter Acadia, from Drummond island, MI, USA, ending at Penetanguishene, ON, CA. Almost 500km on the other end of Lake Huron, tandem on an expedition SUP.

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Acadia Parent

Inspired after a speech she wrote for school on garbage in the world's oceans, Acadia wondered if plastic was harming fish in Lake Huron as it was in the oceans. She read the Coastal Centre’s 2018 report on Micro plastics as part of that research and this inspired her and her father Scott  to take microplastic samples during their 500km standup paddleboard expedition, filling in some data from some of the more remote locations of Lake Huron. 

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Sara Belontz

PhD Candidate, Department of Earth Sciences

Western University

Sara Belontz is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Earth Sciences at Western University. Her research interests include macro- and microplastic pollution in freshwater systems, environmental sustainability, and policy. 

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Cassandra Sherlock

Community Outreach and Research Specialist

U of T Trash Team

Cassandra Sherlock is a Community Outreach and Research Specialist at the U of T Trash Team. She focuses on the U of T Trash Team’s solutions-based research programs, specifically Fighting Floatables in the Toronto Harbour and the Great Lakes Plastic Cleanup. In both these projects she works with the Seabins deployed in the Toronto harbour to understand the effectiveness of trash capture devices in removing litter, and what they collect to help inform the sources and solutions to our plastic problem.

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Dr. Patricia Corcoran

Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Earth Sciences

Western University

Dr. Patricia Corcoran is an Associate Professor of sedimentary petrology and Chair of the Department of Earth Sciences at Western University. One significant element of her research over more than a decade concerns the distribution, accumulation and degradation of plastic debris in benthic sediment, surface water, and fish of lakes, rivers and oceans. She and her research group have published scientific papers concerning microplastics pollution in all five Great Lakes and some of their tributaries. Dr. Corcoran’s research has been featured in numerous media outlets, such as National Geographic Magazine, the Huffington Post, Science Magazine, and the New York Times.

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Tanya Otero

Assistant Manager

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

Tanya Otero is the Assistant Manager for the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, a conservation partnership by Ocean Wise and WWF-Canada. Over her six years with the program, Tanya has had the incredible opportunity to connect with and support tens of thousands of volunteers each year across the country. Tanya is dedicated to making ocean and freshwater conservation, and its data science, accessible to citizens and municipalities to empower action for the health of our waters. 

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Ryan Lauzon

Fisheries Assessment Biologist

Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation

Ryan Lauzon has been the fisheries assessment biologist for the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation for over twelve years. He leads efforts to monitor the Nation’s commercial harvest. This information is provided to the community and leadership, to assist in making informed decisions for the fishery.  He has a special interest in recognizing the vital importance of knowledge held within the community required for a holistic understanding of the lands and waters within the Nation’s Traditional Territory.

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Alexander Duncan MScF

Fisheries Research Coordinator

Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation

Alexander Duncan is a member of the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation and the larger Saugeen Ojibway Nation. Employed as a Fisheries Research Coordinator, Alex is helping to direct a series of community-based research projects investigating focal fish species within the Traditional Territory. These projects range from radio telemetry to Indigenous Ecological Knowledge and mapping interviews. He remains committed to contributing to his community and promoting the utility of a two-eyed seeing approach to research.

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