COSEWIC members

Last updated September 20, 2022

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Chair

Dr. David Lee

Telephone: 514-366-9574
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Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge subcommittee

Roger Gallant
Co-chair
Stephenville NL A2N 2Z5
Telephone: 709-638-4343
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Gloria Goulet
Co-chair
Winnipeg MB
Telephone: 431-228-3064
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Members (Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge)

Biographies:

  • Dr. Jeannette Armstrong
  • Dr. Myrle Ballard
  • Dan Benoit
  • Bradley Carpenter
  • Dr. Sue Chiblow
  • Barrie Ford
  • Nathan Cardinal
  • Jason Harquail

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):

  • Dr. Amanda Bennett
  • Dr. Constance Browne
  • Nicholas Cairns
  • Dr. Christopher Edge
  • Dr. Purnima Govindarajulu
  • Dr. Thomas Hossie
  • Dr. Karl W. Larsen
  • Lea Randall
  • Dr. Gabrielle Rimok (Early Career)
  • Dr. Njal Rollinson
  • Dr. Katherine Yagi
  • Dr. Jeannette Armstrong (ATK subcommittee)
  • Dr. Myrle Ballard (ATK subcommittee)
Arthropods

Jennifer M. Heron
Co-chair
New Westminster BC

Telephone: 604-812-8198
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Dr. David McCorquodale
Co-chair
Department of Biology
Cape Breton University
1250 Grand Lake Rd.
PO Box 5300
Sydney NS B1P 6L2

Telephone: 902-574-1547
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Members (arthropods):

  • Robert Buchkowski
  • Sydney G. Cannings
  • Jeremy deWaard
  • Allan Harris
  • Colin Jones
  • John Klymko
  • Jayme Lewthwaite (Early Career)
  • Jessica Linton
  • Dawn Marks
  • Dr. Julia Mlynarek
  • Jeff Ogden
  • Leah Ramsay
  • Dr. John S. Richardson
  • Sarah Semmler
  • Dr. Brian Starzomski
  • Dr. Sue Chiblow (ATK subcommittee)
  • Dan Benoit (ATK subcommittee)
  • Dr. Myrle Ballard (ATK subcommittee)
Birds

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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Dr. Marcel Gahbauer
Co-chair
Canadian Wildlife Service
National Wildlife Research Centre
1125 Colonel By Drive (Raven Road)
Ottawa ON K1A 0H3

Telephone: 613-971-2147
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Members (birds):

  • Dr. Christian Artuso
  • Dr. Louise Blight
  • Mike Burrell
  • Pete Davidson
  • Dr. Danielle Ethier
  • Dr. Andrew G. Horn
  • Dr. Tara Imlay (Early Career)
  • Dr. Elsie Krebs
  • Dr. Jean-Pierre L. Savard
  • Dr. Paul A. Smith
  • Dr. David Toews
  • Dr. Liana Zanette
  • Dr. Myrle Ballard (ATK subcommittee)
  • Barrie Ford (ATK subcommittee)
  • Sue Chiblow (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. Nicholas E. Mandrak
Co-chair
Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Toronto Scarborough
1265 Military Trail
Toronto ON M1C 1A4

Telephone: 416-208-2248
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Members (freshwater fishes):

  • Jennifer Diment (Early Career)
  • Dr. Julien April
  • Rowshyra Castaneda
  • Dr. R. Allen Curry
  • Dr. Alan Dextrase
  • Dr. Eva Enders
  • Dr. Neil Mochnacz
  • Dr. Constance O'Connor
  • Dr. Trevor Pitcher
  • Dr. Scott Reid
  • Dr. John S. Richardson
  • Dr. Mark Ridgway
  • Douglas Watkinson
  • Dr. Myrle Ballard (ATK subcommittee)
  • Roger Gallant (ATK subcommittee)
  • Dan Benoit (ATK subcommittee)
Marine fishes

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

Telephone: 250-510-3625
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Vacant position

Members (marine fishes):

  • Dr. Hugues P. Benoit
  • Dr. Ian Bradbury
  • Dr. Brendan Connors
  • Sabrina Crowley
  • Dr. Sean Godwin
  • Dr. Carrie Holt
  • Kendra Holt
  • Dr. David Keith
  • Ellen Lea (Early Career)
  • Dr. Sarah Lehnert
  • Dr. Aaron MacNeil
  • Dr. Pasan Samarasin
  • Dr. Kyle L. Wilson
  • Roger Gallant (ATK subcommittee)
  • Barrie Ford (ATK subcommittee)
  • Gloria Goulet (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. Hal Whitehead
Co-chair
Department of Biology
Dalhousie University
1355 Oxford Street
Halifax NS B3H 4J1

Telephone: 902-494-3723
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Members (marine mammals):

  • Dr. Marie Auger-Méthé
  • Dr. Steven Ferguson
  • Dr. Timothy R. Frasier
  • Dr. Michael O. Hammill
  • Dr. Katie Kowarski (Early Career)
  • Dr. Kim Parsons
  • Dr. Robert Stewart
  • Dr. Andrew Trites
  • Dr. Vivitskaia Tulloch
  • Barrie Ford (ATK subcommittee)
  • Bradley Carpenter (ATK subcommittee)
  • Roger Gallant (ATK subcommittee)
Molluscs

Dr. Joseph Carney
Co-chair
Associate Professor
Biology Department
Lakehead University
955 Oliver Road
Thunder Bay ON P7B 5E1

Telephone (1): 807-766-7223
Telephone (2): 807-343-8253
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Dr. Dwayne Lepitzki
Co-chair
203, 410 Buffalo Street
PO Box 1311
Banff AB T1L 1B3

Telephone: 403-762-0864
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Members (molluscs):

  • Dr. Suzanne Dufour
  • Dr. Olwyn Friesen
  • Andrew J. Hebda
  • Erin Herder (Early Career)
  • Kelly McNichols-O'Rourke
  • Dr. Russell Minton
  • Dr. Todd J. Morris
  • Dr. Annegret Nicolai
  • Dr. Timothy Rawlings
  • Dr. Daelyn A. Woolnough
  • Dr. David T. Zanatta
  • Dan Benoit (ATK subcommittee)
  • Dr. Myrle Ballard (ATK subcommittee)
Mosses and lichens

Dr. René Belland
Co-chair
Department of Renewable Resources
University of Alberta
Edmonton AB T6G 2E1

Telephone: 780-492-0801
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Dr. David H. S. Richardson
Co-chair
Environmental Science
Saint Mary's University
923 Robie Street
Halifax NS B3H 3C3

Telephone: 902-496-8174
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Members

Lichen specialists

  • Dr. André Arsenault
  • Dr. Chris Deduke
  • Dr. Sean Haughian
  • Dr. Toby Spribille

Moss specialists

  • Dr. Richard Caners
  • Jennifer Doubt
  • Marc Favreau
  • Dr. Nicole Fenton
  • Dr. G. Karen Golinski

ATK subcommittee

  • Dan Benoit
  • Barrie Ford
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. Erin Baerwald
  • Dr. Catherine Cullingham
  • Dr. Jason Fisher
  • Dr. Elizabeth Gillis
  • Dr. Claire Jardine
  • Thomas Jung
  • Jillian Kusch (Early Career)
  • Dr. Fanie Pelletier
  • Dr. Albrecht I. Schulte-Hostedde
  • Dr. Eric Vander Wal
  • Gloria Goulet (ATK subcommittee)
  • Bradley Carpenter (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
  • Mannfred Masahiro Asada Boehm
  • Sam Brinker
  • Vivian R. Brownell
  • Brenda Costanzo
  • Varina Crisfield
  • Cary Hamel
  • Dr. Anna Lesley Hargreaves
  • Dr. Danna J. Leaman
  • David Mazerolle
  • Rebekah Neufeld (Early Career)
  • Dr. Stéphanie Pellerin
  • Jenifer Penny
  • Dr. Jeannette Armstrong (ATK subcommittee)
  • Dr. Sue Chiblow (ATK subcommittee)
  • Gloria Goulet (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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Gregory A. Wilson
Aquatic Species At Risk Specialist
Ecosystem Protection and Sustainability Branch
Ministry of Environment
4th Floor 2975 Jutland Road
PO Box 9338 Station Provincial Government
Victoria BC V8W 9M1

Telephone: 250-387-9586
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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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Vacant position
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

Dr. Suzanne Carrière
Biologist (Biodiversity)
Wildlife Division
Department of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR)
600 - 5102 50th Avenue
Scotia Centre, 5th Floor
PO Box 1320
Yellowknife NT X1A 2L9

Telephone: 867-920-6327
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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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Nova Scotia
Dr. Donna Hurlburt
Wildlife Division
Nova Scotia Department of Lands and Forestry
136 Exhibition St.
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)

Jacques Labrecque
Botaniste
Ministère du Développement durable de l'Environnement et de la Lutte contre les Changements Climatiques
Direction de l'expertise en biodiversité
Édifice Marie-Guyart, 4e étage boîte 21
675, boul. René-Lévesque Est
Québec QC G1R 5V7

Telephone: 418-521-3907 Ext. 4789
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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

Dr. Ray Poulin
Head of Research and Collections
Research Scientist - Curator of Zoology
Royal Saskatchewan Museum
Regina SK S4P 2V7

Telephone: 306-787-2801
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1 Vacant positions
Yukon Territory

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

Telephone: 867-667-5766

Telephone: 867-336-2048
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Tyler Kuhn
Senior Biologist, Habitat
Goverment of Yukon
Whitehorse YT Y1A 4Y9

Telephone: 867-332-6649
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Members from federal organizations

Canadian Museum of Nature

Jennifer Doubt
Curator, Botany
Canadian Museum of Nature
PO Box 3443 - Station D
Ottawa ON K1P 6P4

Telephone: 613-364-4076
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Dr. Katriina Ilves
Beaty Centre for Species Discovery
Research and Collections
Canadian Museum of Nature
Ottawa ON K1P 6P4

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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

Dr. Paul Grant
Research Scientist
Aquatic Ecosystem and Marine Mammals Section
Science Branch
Department of Fisheries and Oceans
9860 West Saanich Road, Room 2419
Sidney BC V8L 5T5

Telephone: 250-580-6177
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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

David F. Fraser
230 Goward Rd
Victoria BC V9E 2J6

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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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Dr. John Reynolds
Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby BC V5A 1S6

Telephone: 778-782-5636
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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
Yukon Government
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, 16th floor
Gatineau QC K1A 0H3

Email: cosewic-cosepac@ec.gc.ca