I’ve worked for Ontario Parks for the last three years where I started in protected areas policy and research but have since moved into a program development and project lead role. I’ve been fortunate to have supported or led a broad range of initiatives within Ontario Parks including:
(1) Administration of the research authorization program under the Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act, 2006. This program manages the review of applications and issuance of authorizations to conduct research within conservation reserves and provincial parks.
(2) Accounting and reporting of conserved and protected areas in Ontario. I’ve collaborated with private land managers to facilitate use of the decision support tool screening template for protected areas and other effective-area based conservation measures, to assess eligible areas for reporting as PAs or OECMs. I’ve worked with partners including the Royal Botanical Gardens, Ontario Heritage Trust, the City of London and Bruce Trail Conservancy in the reporting of their lands.
(3) Program and policy development to support the management of conservation reserves under Ontario Parks. In 2019, Ontario Parks assumed responsibility for 295 conservation reserves as a result of government transition. In my current role, I work with management and program area staff to address operational and/or policy gaps.
(4) Coordination of the 2018 Canadian Council of Ecological Areas National Workshop (Toronto, ON.)
(5) State of protected areas reporting
Before working for Ontario Parks, I held several GIS positions within the Ontario Government and private sector that focused specifically on natural resource management (including species at risk, fisheries management, aggregates and crown land) and hydroelectric development projects.
I completed the Ecosystem Management Technician program at Sir Sandford Fleming College in 2016 where my education focused on inventorying and classification of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, GIS, invasive species management, and ecology.