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Stan Boychuk, Chair
Based in British Columbia, Mr. Boychuk works as a private consultant with organizations to create transformational change, develop meaningful relations with First Nations communities, and create avenues success in current and emerging markets. He has volunteered for a number of community organizations, including the Georgia Strait Alliance and 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 to 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 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. His 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.
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 establishing a sustainable development and consensus-building regional vision, with strong partnerships and engagement from a variety of private sector partners—including hydroelectricity, mining and forestry companies—as well as 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 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. Prof. Reed is particularly passionate about the 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. She recently led a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) funded project on ‘‘Creating Networking and Social Learning Strategies in Canadian Biosphere Reserves." She holds a PhD from the University of Waterloo.