Canadian MAB Committee

The Canadian MAB Committee is an ad hoc committee of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. Members of the Committee are selected for their qualifications, experience, and involvement in promoting and implementing aspects of the MAB Programme, particularly Biosphere Reserves. The Canadian MAB Committee makes recommendations about Canadian participation and positions to be adopted at UNESCO and assists in preparing documents related to Canadian participation in the MAB Programme of UNESCO. It is also responsible for providing advice on the development of the MAB Programme in Canada and to formulate a long-term vision for Canadian Biosphere Reserves. This includes providing recommendations on the future directions of the world network, including new designations and Periodic Reviews.

Members of the Canadian MAB Committee

Stan Boychuk, Chair

Based in British Columbia, Mr. Boychuk works as a private consultant with organizations to create transformational change, to develop meaningful relations with First Nation communities, and to provide avenues for creating success in current and emerging markets. He has volunteered for a number of community organizations including the Georgia Strait Alliance, Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Reserve and has chaired the Canadian MAB Committee since May 2010. He has worked in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors and was the Executive Director of the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve from 2002 - 2007. Some of his international experience includes supporting the Shatskiy Biosphere Reserve in Ukraine, supporting citizen participation in the West Polesie Transboundary Biosphere Reserve between Poland, Belarus and the Ukraine and exploring models of ecosystem based management to mitigate the impacts of climate change.

Eli Enns

Eli Enns is a member of the Tla-o-qui-aht Nation, a political scientist and a leader in the ethno-ecology movement. His experiences range from instructing on native governance at Brandon University, Manitoba to supporting community efforts towards alternative economic sectors on the West Coast and Ontario.. He currently serves as Regional Coordinator for North America, Indigenous Peoples’ and Community Conserved Territories and Areas (ICCAs), Board Member of Plenty Canada, and active collaborator with Ecotrust Canada and the University of Victoria.  Previous experiences include furthering a Tribal Parks Indigenous Watershed Management initiative, working for the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation and leading projects through the Canada-Africa Learning Alliance.

Marc-André Guertin

Marc-André Guertin has a Master’s degree in environmental sciences from the Université du Québec à Montréal. He has also done graduate studies in environmental education and is interested in training policy makers on environmental issues. He has extensive experience in the management of natural environments at the local level and is an instructor at the Centre de formation universitaire en environnement (CUFE) at the Université de Sherbrooke, where he teaches biodiversity conservation. He was director of the Canadian Biosphere Reserves Association for two years, during which he worked with various levels of government and with the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. He first worked as a community project organizer in conservation and biological diversity (1996 to 2000) before coordinating the conservation of the Mont Saint-Hilaire Biosphere Reserve for nine years.

Jean-Philippe Messier 

Jean-Philippe Messier is Chair of the Canadian Biosphere Reserves Association and Founder / Executive Director of the Manicouagan-Uapishka Biosphere Reserve in Quebec. This Biosphere Reserve is known to be putting in place a sustainable development and consensus building regional vision, with strong partnerships and engagement from a variety of partners from private sector, including hydroelectricity, mining and forestry companies; as well as with different levels of government; academia; NGOs and First Nations.  Mr. Messier has also served as the North American and European opening presenter at the Madrid World Congress of Biosphere Reserves and has led several capacity building sessions within the world network of Biosphere Reserves.

Maureen Reed

Professor Maureen Reed is currently Professor and Assistant Director, School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan. Her research specializations are social resilience, community-based ecosystem management, environmental governance, rural community sustainability, and gender-based analysis. Professor Reed is particularly passionate about social and equity dimensions of environmental and land use policies as they affect rural places. She currently works on several research projects related to community forestry, model forests, agricultural communities, national parks and Biosphere Reserves.  One of her key recent contributions include leading the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) funded project on ‘‘Creating Networking and Social Learning Strategies in Canadian Biosphere Reserves’’. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Victoria, a Master of Arts from the University of Toronto, and a PhD from the University of Waterloo.