About the Watershed Futures Initiative

The Watershed Futures Initiative is a collaborative initiative, which will undertake and coordinate research on cumulative effects in salmon-bearing watersheds of British Columbia, initiate dialogue among researchers, practitioners and policy-makers, and share emerging results via webinars and workshops. An Advisory Panel of experts provide technical advice, while the Coordination Team provides leadership and logistical support for the Initiative.

The Watershed Futures Initiative's goals are:

COMMUNITY CONNECTION

SCIENCE & UNDERSTANDING

To connect the disparate community of people working on cumulative effects through workshops and webinars.

To fill existing gaps in understanding through synthesis and research on cumulative effects.

INFORMING MANAGEMENT

To link research with decision-making towards improved, proactive management of cumulative effects.

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Advisory Panel

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DEBORAH CARLSON

Deborah is a staff lawyer at West Coast Environmental Law, working to understand how healthy relationships with nature and each other can be reflected, and protected, in law.

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CATHRYN CLARKE MURRAY

Research Scientist, Fisheries And Oceans Canada

Cathryn is a Research Scientist with DFO. She brings extensive expertise on the science and management of multiple human activities in aquatic ecosystems.

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KEVIN KRIESE

Chair, BC Forest Practices Board

Kevin is the Chair of the Forest Practices Board.  He has worked in BC for thirty years in land use, policy, and reconciliation.

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ANDREA REID

Assistant Professor & PI for the Centre for Indigenous Fisheries, University of British Columbia

Andrea is an Indigenous fisheries scientist who employs community-based approaches and Indigenous research methodologies in her study of culturally significant fish and fisheries. 

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BOB CHAMBERLIN

Chairman, First Nation Wild Salmon Alliance

Bob is a leader in wild salmon conservation, working to improve  salmon stewardship, reconciliation, and Indigenous rights.

 

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EMMA HODGSON

Research Scientist, Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Emma is a research scientist with the freshwater section of DFO, researching how human activities impact salmon and their freshwater habitats.

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TARA MARTIN

Professor, University of British Columbia

Tara leads the Conservation Decisions Lab, pioneering the field of conservation decision science to bridge the gap between science and conservation action.

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Coordination Team

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JONATHAN MOORE

Project Lead, Watershed Futures InitiativeProfessor, Simon Fraser University

 

Jon leads the Salmon Watersheds Lab, who research the ecology and conservation of watersheds, with a particular focus on the intersection of rivers, salmon, and people.

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EMMA GRIGGS

Salmon Watersheds Lab Manager, Simon Fraser University

Emma is a Vancouver-based conservationist who works as the Salmon Watersheds Lab Manager to coordinate and support the researchers in their cutting-edge work.    

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SARA CANNON

Researcher, Simon Fraser University

Sara is a part-time researcher in the Salmon Watersheds Lab focusing on the events and outcomes of the WFI Indigenous Webinar Series. 

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JULIAN GRIGGS

Principal, Dovetail Consulting Group

Julian is an independent consultant specializing in the design and facilitation of multi-party collaboration, particularly related to land and resource management, Indigenous rights, and climate.

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NIGEL SAINSBURY

Postdoctoral Researcher, Simon Fraser University

Nigel is a social scientist in the Salmon Watersheds Lab focusing on expert perceptions of pathways of effects to help inform cumulative effects management in BC's salmon-bearing watersheds.

 
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Funding Sources

The Watershed Futures Initiative is primarily funded by Fisheries and Oceans Canada's Ecosystems and Oceans Science Contribution Framework (EOSCF) program, and the MakeWay Foundation.

 

Additional funding support comes from the Gordon and Betty Moore FoundationLiber Ero and the Sitka Foundation.