Species at Risk: What does it Matter?
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (EST)
The number of plant and animal species at risk of disappearing in Canada is 723 and the list is growing. The reasons can be as varied and complex as the species themselves, however, many result from human activity. Join our panelists, Cynthia Wright and Jen Baker for a stimulation talk on what this means to all of us.
Cynthia served as the Assistant Deputy Minister in Environment Canada responsible for biodiversity programs and legislation from 2006 to 2010. This included implementation of the Species at Risk Act. She was also responsible for programs related to the implementation of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act and Environment Canada’s work under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. Prior to joining Environment Canada, Cynthia worked with the Alberta Forestry Service and for conservation authorities in Ontario. She has a Master’s degree specializing in resource policy from the University of Guelph. Growing up in Ancaster, her interest in conservation was raised when her school was raising funds to protect lands in the Dundas Valley. She is now happily retired living in Gatineau, Quebec.
Jen has been a volunteer with the Hamilton Naturalists' Club (HNC) for over 10 years and has served as the only staff person since 2008. As the Land Trust Coordinator she works to secure natural lands for permanent protection and helps to steward the HNC’s nature sanctuaries with a focus on protecting species at risk. She also coordinates the HNC’s popular hands-on education program that teaches students about local wildlife and gets them out in nature. Prior to joining the HNC, Jen worked at Ontario Nature for almost 10 years in a variety of roles, including Boreal Program Manager and Nature Network Manager. Jen enjoys being outside as much as possible whether it’s running, trekking to Machu Picchu, hiking Gros Morne Mountain, or paddling a quiet lake.
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