COSEWIC members

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Chair

Dr. David Lee

Telephone: 514-366-9574
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Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge subcommittee

Nathan Cardinal
Co-Chair
Salt Spring Island BC
Telephone (1): 250-966-8244
Telephone (2): 250-537-9947
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Roger Gallant
Co-chair
Stephenville NL A2N 2Z5
Telephone: 709-638-4343
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Members (Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge)

Biographies:

  • Dr. Jeannette Armstrong
  • Dan Benoit
  • Jason Dicker
  • Barrie Ford
  • Jason Harquail
  • Neil Jones
  • Jessus Karst
  • Julia Kennedy-Francis

Species specialist subcommittees

Amphibians and reptiles

Dr. Tom Herman
Co-chair
Professor Emeritus
Biology Department
Acadia University
Wolfville NS B4P 2R6

Telephone: 902-670-3535
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Dr. Pamela Rutherford
Co-chair
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
Brandon University
Brandon MB R7A 6A9
Telephone: 204 727 9607
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Members (amphibians and reptiles):

  • James Baxter-Gilbert
  • Dr. Amanda Bennett
  • Nicholas Cairns
  • Dr. Christopher Edge
  • Dr. Purnima Govindarajulu
  • Dr. Thomas Hossie
  • Dr. Karl W. Larsen
  • Lea Randall
  • Gabrielle Rimok (Early Career)
  • Dr. Njal Rollinson
  • Dr. Katherine Yagi
  • Jessus Karst (ATK subcommittee)
  • Neil Jones (ATK subcommittee)
  • Dr. Jeannette Armstrong (ATK subcommittee)
Arthropods

Jennifer M. Heron
Co-chair
New Westminster BC

Telephone: 604-812-8198
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John Klymko
Co-chair
Zoologist
Atlantic Canada Conservation Data Centre
PO Box 6416
Sackville NB E4L 1G6

Telephone: 506-364-2660
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Members (arthropods):

  • Robert Buchkowski
  • Sydney G. Cannings
  • Lisa Capar
  • Jeremy deWaard
  • Allan Harris
  • Colin Jones
  • Jayme Lewthwaite (Early Career)
  • Jessica Linton
  • Dawn Marks
  • Dr. Julia Mlynarek
  • Tyler D. Nelson
  • Jeff Ogden
  • Dr. Robert J. Pivar
  • Leah Ramsay
  • Dr. Brian Starzomski
  • Roger Gallant (ATK subcommittee)
  • Dan Benoit (ATK subcommittee)
Birds

Dr. Louise Blight
Co-Chair
Procellaria Research & Consulting and
University of Victoria
Victoria BC

Telephone: 778-677-8495
Email: louise.blight.birds.ssc[at]gmail.com

Dr. Richard Elliot
Co-chair
Scientist Emeritus
Environment and Climate Change Canada
17 Waterfowl Lane
Sackville NB E4L 1G7

Telephone: 506-229-9444
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Members (birds):

  • Dr. Christian Artuso
  • Mike Burrell
  • Pete Davidson
  • Willow English
  • Dr. Danielle Ethier
  • Dr. Andrew G. Horn
  • Dr. Tara Imlay (Early Career)
  • Dr. Elsie Krebs
  • Dr. Ann McKellar
  • Dr. Jean-Pierre L. Savard
  • Dr. David Toews
  • Dr. Liana Zanette
  • Dr. Sue Chiblow (ATK subcommittee)
  • Dr. Jeannette Armstrong (ATK subcommittee)
  • Jessus Karst (ATK subcommittee)
Freshwater fishes

Dr. Margaret F. Docker
Co-Chair
Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
50 Sifton Road
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg MB R3T 2N2

Telephone (1): 204-474-8831
Telephone (2): 431-336-0222
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Dr. John S. Richardson
Co-Chair
Professor, Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
University of British Columbia
3041-2424 Main Mall
Vancouver BC V6T 1Z4

Telephone: 604-822-6586
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Members (freshwater fishes):

  • Jennifer Diment (Early Career)
  • Dr. Julien April
  • Dr. Rowshyra Castaneda
  • Dr. R. Allen Curry
  • Dr. Eva Enders
  • Dr. Nicholas E. Mandrak
  • Dr. Neil Mochnacz
  • Dr. Fielding Montgomery
  • Dr. Olivier Morissette
  • Dr. Trevor Pitcher
  • Dr. Scott Reid
  • Douglas Watkinson
  • Julia Kennedy-Francis (ATK subcommittee)
  • Dan Benoit (ATK subcommittee)
  • Jessus Karst (ATK subcommittee)
  • Jason Harquail (ATK subcommittee)
Marine fishes

Mike Bradford
Co-chair
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Dr. Bruce Leaman
Co-chair
2098 Buckingham Rd.
Duncan BC V9L 6X7

Telephone: 250-510-3625
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Members (marine fishes):

  • Dr. Hugues P. Benoit
  • Dr. Heather Bowlby
  • Dr. Ian Bradbury
  • Sabrina Crowley
  • Dr. Sean Godwin
  • Ellen Lea (Early Career)
  • Dr. Aaron MacNeil
  • Dr. Pasan Samarasin
  • Dr. Kyle L. Wilson
  • Jason Harquail (ATK subcommittee)
  • Julia Kennedy-Francis (ATK subcommittee)
Marine mammals

Dr. John K.B. Ford
Co-Chair
Scientist Emeritus
Cetacean Research Program
Pacific Biological Station
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
3190 Hammond Bay Road
Nanaimo BC V9T 6N7

Telephone: 250-667-4698
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Dr. Michael O. Hammill
Co-chair
Section head
Maurice Lamontagne Institute
Fisheries and Oceans
Mont Joli QC G5H 3Z4

Telephone: 418-775-0580
Telephone: 418-730-4621
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Members (marine mammals):

  • Dr. Marie Auger-Méthé
  • Thomas Doniol-Valcroze
  • Dr. Steven Ferguson
  • Colin Garroway
  • Dr. Katie Kowarski (Early Career)
  • Dr. Kim Parsons
  • Peter S. Ross
  • Dr. Robert Stewart
  • Dr. Vivitskaia Tulloch
  • Barrie Ford (ATK subcommittee)
  • Julia Kennedy-Francis (ATK subcommittee)
  • Nathan Cardinal (ATK subcommittee)
Molluscs

Dr. Dwayne Lepitzki
Co-chair
203, 410 Buffalo Street
PO Box 1311
Banff AB T1L 1B3

Telephone: 403-762-0864
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Dr. Todd J. Morris
Co-chair
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Great Lakes Laboratory
for Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
867 Lakeshore Road
Burlington ON L7S 1A1

Telephone : 905-336-4734
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Members (molluscs):

  • Dr. Suzanne Dufour
  • Dr. Olwyn Friesen
  • Dr. Cameron P. Goater
  • Andrew J. Hebda
  • Erin Herder (Early Career)
  • Kelly McNichols-ORourke
  • Dr. Annegret Nicolai
  • Dr. Timothy Rawlings
  • Lily Stanton
  • Dr. Daelyn A. Woolnough
  • Dan Benoit (ATK subcommittee)
  • Julia Kennedy-Francis (ATK subcommittee)
Mosses and lichens

Dr. André Arsenault
Co-chair
Forest Ecologist
Canadian Forest Service
Atlantic Forestry Centre
26 University Drive
Corner Brook NL A2H6J3

Telephone: 709-638-2365
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Dr. René Belland
Co-chair
Faculty Service Officer IV
Department of Renewable Resources
University of Alberta
Edmonton AB T6G 2E1

Telephone: 780-492-0801
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Members

Lichen specialists

  • Dr. Chris Deduke
  • Dr. Sean Haughian
  • Chris Lewis
  • Tegan Padgett (Early Career)
  • Dr. Toby Spribille

Moss specialists

  • Dr. Richard Caners
  • Jennifer Doubt
  • Marc Favreau
  • Dr. Nicole Fenton
  • Cassandra Robillard

ATK subcommittee

  • Dan Benoit
Terrestrial mammals

Dr. Chris Johnson
Co-chair
Professor
Ecosystem Science and Management Program
University of Northern BC
3333 University Way
Prince George BC V2N 4Z9

Telephone: 250-960-5357
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Dr. Stephen D. Petersen
Co-chair
Director, Conservation and Research
Assiniboine Park Zoo
2595 Roblin Blvd.
Winnipeg MB R3P 2N7

Telephone (1): 204-927-6090
Telephone (2): 204-793-4363
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Members (terrestrial mammals):

  • Dr. Catherine Cullingham
  • Dr. Jason Fisher
  • Dr. Elizabeth Gillis
  • Dr. Troy Hegel
  • Dr. Claire Jardine
  • Rebecca Jeppesen
  • Thomas Jung
  • Jillian Kusch (Early Career)
  • Dr. Fanie Pelletier
  • Shannon Stotyn
  • Dr. Eric Vander Wal
  • Neil Jones (ATK subcommittee)
  • Nathan Cardinal (ATK subcommittee)
  • Dr. Jeannette Armstrong (ATK subcommittee)
Vascular plants

Bruce Bennett
Co-chair
Coordinator
Yukon Conservation Data Centre
Wildlife Viewing Program V5N
Biodiversity Section
Yukon Department of Environment
PO Box 2703
Whitehorse YT Y1A 2C6

Telephone: 867-667-5331
Telephone: 867-689-1767
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Del Meidinger
Co-chair
Meidinger Ecological Consultants Ltd.
639 Vanalman Avenue
Victoria BC V8Z 3A8

Telephone (1): 250-881-1180
Telephone (2): 778-977-1180
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Members (vascular plants):

  • Sean Blaney
  • Dr. Mannfred Masahiro Asada Boehm
  • Samuel Brinker
  • Vivian R. Brownell
  • Varina Crisfield
  • Cary Hamel
  • Dr. Anna Lesley Hargreaves
  • Dr. Danna J. Leaman
  • Etienne Léveillé-Bourret
  • David Mazerolle
  • Rebekah Neufeld (Early Career)
  • Michael Oldham
  • Jenifer Penny
  • Dr. Jeannette Armstrong (ATK subcommittee)
  • Dr. Sue Chiblow (ATK subcommittee)

Members from provinces and territories

Alberta

Dr. Gordon Court
Provincial Wildlife Status Biologist
Fish and Wildlife Policy Division
Environment and Parks
2nd Floor, Great West Life Building
9920 - 108 Street
Edmonton AB T5K 2M4

Telephone: 780-422-9536
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Robin Gutsell
Species at Risk, Non-Game and Wildlife Disease Policy
Environment and Parks
2nd floor, Great West Life Building
9920 - 108 Street
Edmonton AB T5K 2M4

Telephone: 780-644-1154
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British Columbia

Dr. Purnima Govindarajulu
Unit Head, Species Conservation Unit
Conservation Science Section, Ecosystems Branch
Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy
4th Floor, 525 Superior Street
PO Box 9338 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria BC V8W 0C5

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Vacant position
Manitoba

Chris Friesen
Coordinator
200 Saulteaux Crescent
Manitoba Conservation Data Centre
PO Box 24
Winnipeg MB R3J 3W3

Telephone: 204-945-7747
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Brian L Joynt
Conservation Zoologist
Wildlife Branch
Manitoba Natural Resources & Northern Development
PO Box 24
14 Fultz Blvd
Winnipeg MB R3Y 0L6
Telephone: 204-451-2506
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New Brunswick

Mary Sabine
Biologist
Species at Risk Program
Fish and Wildlife Branch
Department of Natural Resources
Hugh John Flemming Forestry Centre
PO Box 6000
Fredericton NB E3B 5H1

Telephone: 506-453-7103
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Vacant position
Newfoundland and Labrador

Jessica Humber
Ecosystem Management Ecologist
Endangered Species and Biodiversity Section
Department of Environment and Conservation
117 Riverside Drive
PO Box 2007
Corner Brook NL A2H 7S1

Telephone: 709-637-4608
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Shelley Moores
Senior Manager
Endangered Species and Biodiversity Wildlife Division
Department of Environment and Conservation
117 Riverside Drive
PO Box 2007
Corner Brook NL A2H 7S1

Telephone: 709-637-2018
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Northwest Territories

Ève Lamontagne
Manager, Wildlife Research and Monitoring
Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Government of Northwest Territories
PO Box 240
Fort Simpson NT X0E 0N0

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Claire Singer
5404A 49 Street
Yellowknife NT X1A 1R3

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Nova Scotia
Dr. Donna Hurlburt
Wildlife Division
Nova Scotia Department of Lands and Forestry
Kentville NS B4N 4E5

Telephone: 902-679-6886
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Vacant position
Nunavut Territory
2 Vacant positions
Ontario

Colin Jones
Provincial Arthropod Zoologist
Ontario Natural Heritage Information Centre
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
300 Water St., 2nd Floor N.
PO Box 7000
Peterborough ON K9J 3C7

Telephone: 705-937-0336
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Dr. Brent Patterson
Senior Research Scientist
Wildlife Research and Monitoring Section
Ontario Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry
c/o Trent University, DNA Building
2140 East Bank Drive
Peterborough ON K9J 7B6

Telephone: 705-755-1553
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Prince Edward Island
2 Vacant positions
Quebec (Fauna)

Nathalie Desrosiers
Biologiste
Direction de la biodiversité et des maladies de la faune
Direction générale de l'expertise sur la faune et ses habitats
Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs du Québec
880, chemin Ste-Foy, 2e étage
Québec QC G1S 4X4

Telephone: 418-627-8694 Ext. 7418
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Isabelle Gauthier
Biologiste
Coordonnatrice provinciale des espèces
fauniques menacées ou vulnérables
Direction générale de la gestion de la faune et des habitats
Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs
880, chemin Sainte-Foy, 2e étage
Québec QC G1S 4X4

Telephone: 418-627-8694 Ext. 7456
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Quebec (Flora)

Chantal Bouchard

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Benoit Tremblay
Botanist
Ministère du Développement durable de l'Environnement
et de la Lutte contre les Changements Climatiques
Direction de l'expertise en biodiversité
675, boul. René-Lévesque Est
Quebec QC G1R 5V7

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Saskatchewan

Erin Swerdfeger
Zoologist
Fish, Wildlife and Lands Branch
Ministry of Environment
Government of Saskatchewan
3211 Albert Street, 4th Floor
Regina SK S4S 5W6

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Sarah Vinge-Mazer
Botanist
Fish, Wildlife and Lands Branch
Ministry of Environment
Government of Saskatchewan
3211 Albert Street, 4th Floor
Regina SK S4S 5W6

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Yukon Territory

Thomas Jung
Senior Wildlife Biologist
Fish and Wildlife Branch
Government of Yukon
PO Box 2703
Whitehorse YT Y1A 2C6

Telephone (1): 867-667-5766
Telephone (2): 867-336-2048

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Tyler Kuhn
Senior Biologist, Habitat
Government of Yukon
Whitehorse YT Y1A 4Y9

Telephone: 867-332-6649
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Members from federal organizations

Canadian Museum of Nature

Dr. Katriina Ilves
Beaty Centre for Species Discovery
Research and Collections
Canadian Museum of Nature
Ottawa ON K1P 6P4

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Gregory Rand

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Canadian Wildlife Service

Sydney G. Cannings
Species at Risk Biologist
Canadian Wildlife Service
Environment and Climate Change Canada
91780 Alaska Highway
Whitehorse YT Y1A 5X7

Telephone: 867-335-8918
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Gina Schalk
Species at Risk Biologist
Canadian Wildlife Service
Environment and Climate Change Canada
351 St. Joseph Boulevard
Gatineau QC K1A 0H3

Telephone: 819-938-3957
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Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Jennifer Diment
Science Advisor, Species at Risk
Department of Fisheries and Oceans
200 Kent Street
Ottawa ON K1A 0E6

Telephone: 431-275-2607
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Shannan May-McNally
Acting Senior Science Advisor, Species at risk
and Atlantic Salmon
Department of Fisheries and Oceans
200 Kent Street
Ottawa K1A 0E6

Telephone: 613-297-7044
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Parks Canada

Leah de Forest
Species Conservation Specialist
Parks Canada
1869 Upper Water
Halifax NS B3J 1S9

Telephone : 204-228-2567
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Dr. Pippa Shepherd
Species Conservation and Management Ecosystem Scientist III
Parks Canada
300 - 300 West Georgia St
Vancouver BC V6B 6B4

Telephone: 604-666-7378
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Non-government science members

Dr. Arne Mooers
Professor
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Boulevard
Burnaby BC V5A 1S6

Telephone (1): 778-782-3979
Telephone (2): 778-782-4649
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Jamie Snook
217 Hamilton River Road
P.O. Box 2050, Station B
Happy Valley-Goose Bay NL A0P 1E0

Telephone: 709-896-6780
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Dr. Sabrina Taylor
Associate Professor
Weaver Brothers Distinguished Professor
School of Renewable Natural Resources
RNR Bldg. Room 227 (Office 331)
Louisiana State University and AgCenter
Baton Rouge LA 70803

Telephone: 225-578-4137 Ext 4227
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Early career scientists

Dr. Rachel Buxton
Post-doctoral Research Fellow
Geomatics and Landscape Ecology Laboratory
Carleton University
Ottawa ON K1S 5B6

Telephone: 343-777-4325
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Caitlin Willier
Habitat Biologist
Government of Yukon
10 Burns Rd
Whitehorse YT Y1A 4Y9

Telephone: 867-456-6716
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About us

The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) is an independent advisory panel to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada that meets twice a year to assess the status of wildlife species at risk of extinction. Members are wildlife biology experts from academia, government, non-governmental organizations and the private sector responsible for designating wildlife species in danger of disappearing from Canada.

COSEWIC secretariat

Canadian Wildlife Service
Environment and Climate Change Canada
351 St. Joseph Blvd, 14th floor
Gatineau QC K1A 0H3

Email: cosewic-cosepac@ec.gc.ca