Algonquins of Ontario Consultation Office

Janet Stavinga, Executive Director
Megan Aikens, Communications and Policy Strategist
Ashley Bernard, Administrative Assistant
Sabrina Clark, Administrative Assistant

Janet Stavinga serves as the Executive Director of the Algonquins of Ontario Consultation Office. As the Executive Director, Janet brings over 25 years of experience in multi-stakeholder processes. For 12 years, she served as an elected municipal official, first as a Councillor for the former Township of Goulbourn, then as Mayor and, for six years, as an Ottawa City Councillor. Janet is also an experienced facilitator with expertise in multi-stakeholder forums with government, industry, and community organizations.

Throughout her career she has worked on innumerable complex issues to strengthen public engagement, foster inter-jurisdictional cooperation and build strong, healthy communities. Janet understands the complexities and challenges facing communities and the importance of integrating science and effective public participation within planning processes. She is passionate about community sustainability, civil society, and creating positive, constructive change.

Janet holds a Master of Science Degree from McGill University and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Geography, Resource Management from University of Windsor.

Megan joined the Algonquins of Ontario Consultation Office in September 2012 as the Strategic Communications Coordinator and now enthusiastically serves as the Communications and Policy Strategist. Through her diverse work and volunteer experience over the past ten years, Megan has conceptualized, designed and implemented a wide-range of communication programs of varying scales.

As a Master of Arts student specializing in Aboriginal politics, Megan conducted research on a number of policy areas impacting Aboriginal peoples across Canada. The core of her research examined the conditions that produce intergovernmental cooperation between First Nations and local governments in Ontario.

Megan holds a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University. Megan is firmly committed to building a sustainable future for generations of Algonquins to come.

Ashley Bernard grew up across Southern Ontario and has now been residing in Petawawa for the past four years. Since moving to the Ottawa Valley, Ashley has fallen in love with both the area and the people.

As a member of the Canadian Armed Forces for three years before medically retiring, Ashley has since dedicated herself to pursuing a number of post-secondary education opportunities. She first began with the condensed two year Business program from Algonquin College with a focus in business management from which she graduated with honours. Ashley is currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) program, focusing in Organization Management, through distance education at Nipissing University.

Ashley is passionate about community involvement and is an enthusiastic member of the Kiwanis Club of Pembroke, where she has taken on numerous roles. Giving back to the community and creating a better future for children all over the world is very important to her. Deeply interested in history, especially Canadian history, Ashley is an avid reader always eager to learn about traditional ways of living, farming, crafting and natural medicines.

Ashley sincerely looks forward to working the Algonquins of Ontario Consultation Office, learning about the rich Algonquin culture, and assisting with the Office’s seamless operations to benefit our ten Algonquin communities.

Sabrina Clark moved to the Ottawa Valley eighteen years ago to pursue her Diploma in Registered Nursing at the Pembroke Campus of Algonquin College. Graduating with Honours in 2002, she established her career in the healthcare field, specializing in long-term care. Along the way, she also developed a deep-rooted love for the area, choosing to marry and start a family here in Pembroke.

Following the birth of her second daughter, she took leave from Nursing to focus on her young family. In the years to follow, while managing a household, Sabrina took an active role volunteering in the community.

Whether she was working in the school library, fundraising for extracurricular activities, or teaching Sunday School, her contributions were enhanced by her meticulous organizational skills, willingness to continually learn and grow, and her desire to give back to the community.

In her pursuit of life-long learning, Sabrina is eager to immerse herself in a culture and heritage as rich as the Algonquins. She welcomes this next chapter in her professional career and is eager to assist in the daily ongoing administrative operations at the Algonquins of Ontario Consultation Office.

Sarah Cronier, Cultural Heritage Project Assistant
Sarah Dougherty, Policy and Strategic Initiatives Analyst
Ethan Huner, Senior Resource Technician
Trevor Parker, Lands Resource Technician

Janet Stavinga serves as the Executive Director of the Algonquins of Ontario Consultation Office. As the Executive Director, Janet brings over 25 years of experience in multi-stakeholder processes. For 12 years, she served as an elected municipal official, first as a Councillor for the former Township of Goulbourn, then as Mayor and, for six years, as an Ottawa City Councillor. Janet is also an experienced facilitator with expertise in multi-stakeholder forums with government, industry, and community organizations.

Throughout her career she has worked on innumerable complex issues to strengthen public engagement, foster inter-jurisdictional cooperation and build strong, healthy communities. Janet understands the complexities and challenges facing communities and the importance of integrating science and effective public participation within planning processes. She is passionate about community sustainability, civil society, and creating positive, constructive change.

Janet holds a Master of Science Degree from McGill University and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Geography, Resource Management from University of Windsor.

Megan joined the Algonquins of Ontario Consultation Office in September 2012 as the Strategic Communications Coordinator and now enthusiastically serves as the Communications and Policy Strategist. Through her diverse work and volunteer experience over the past ten years, Megan has conceptualized, designed and implemented a wide-range of communication programs of varying scales.

As a Master of Arts student specializing in Aboriginal politics, Megan conducted research on a number of policy areas impacting Aboriginal peoples across Canada. The core of her research examined the conditions that produce intergovernmental cooperation between First Nations and local governments in Ontario.

Megan holds a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University. Megan is firmly committed to building a sustainable future for generations of Algonquins to come.

Ashley Bernard grew up across Southern Ontario and has now been residing in Petawawa for the past four years. Since moving to the Ottawa Valley, Ashley has fallen in love with both the area and the people.

As a member of the Canadian Armed Forces for three years before medically retiring, Ashley has since dedicated herself to pursuing a number of post-secondary education opportunities. She first began with the condensed two year Business program from Algonquin College with a focus in business management from which she graduated with honours. Ashley is currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) program, focusing in Organization Management, through distance education at Nipissing University.

Ashley is passionate about community involvement and is an enthusiastic member of the Kiwanis Club of Pembroke, where she has taken on numerous roles. Giving back to the community and creating a better future for children all over the world is very important to her. Deeply interested in history, especially Canadian history, Ashley is an avid reader always eager to learn about traditional ways of living, farming, crafting and natural medicines.

Ashley sincerely looks forward to working the Algonquins of Ontario Consultation Office, learning about the rich Algonquin culture, and assisting with the Office’s seamless operations to benefit our ten Algonquin communities.

Sabrina Clark moved to the Ottawa Valley eighteen years ago to pursue her Diploma in Registered Nursing at the Pembroke Campus of Algonquin College. Graduating with Honours in 2002, she established her career in the healthcare field, specializing in long-term care. Along the way, she also developed a deep-rooted love for the area, choosing to marry and start a family here in Pembroke.

Following the birth of her second daughter, she took leave from Nursing to focus on her young family. In the years to follow, while managing a household, Sabrina took an active role volunteering in the community.

Whether she was working in the school library, fundraising for extracurricular activities, or teaching Sunday School, her contributions were enhanced by her meticulous organizational skills, willingness to continually learn and grow, and her desire to give back to the community.

In her pursuit of life-long learning, Sabrina is eager to immerse herself in a culture and heritage as rich as the Algonquins. She welcomes this next chapter in her professional career and is eager to assist in the daily ongoing administrative operations at the Algonquins of Ontario Consultation Office.

Sarah Cronier was born and raised in Laurentian Valley. Her time as a child included fishing, camping and exploring the outdoors as much as possible. She is an excellent artist in painting, sculpting, sketching and in turn has recently begun to collect indigenous art pieces.

Sarah has strong family ties to the area but it was not until late in her high school career that she discovered family lineage to the Algonquins of Greater Golden Lake. This discovery sparked an interest in learning more about this heritage as well as indigenous history in Canada.

Once accepted to Trent University it was assumed that with the strong environmental connection at a young age the environmental resources sciences program would be the obvious choice. However it became quickly apparent that it was not a good fit, something was missing. Remembering the recently found lineage Sarah began looking into indigenous programs offered through Trent, ultimately deciding that a joint program fresh to Trent University called Indigenous Environmental studies was the perfect mix of nature but adding that indigenous human connection that had been missing.

Throughout her time at Trent University Sarah’s courses spanned from chemistry to indigenous history giving her a board spectrum of experience to pull from. One of her favourite papers was a piece on how indigenous knowledge can be used in building designs to strengthen families and in turn creating sustainable communities. Sarah is excited to learn more and grow through this opportunity with the Algonquins of Ontario – a new chapter in her journey.

Sarah Dougherty was born and raised in Castleford, along the Ottawa River just outside of Renfrew, Ontario. As a member of the Snimikobi First Nation, with deep family roots tracing back many generations in the Ottawa Valley, Sarah has always been heavily influenced by her heritage, Mother Nature and her natural surroundings; spending much of her childhood fishing on the Ottawa River, camping with her family in Algonquin Park, and helping out at her grandparents farm in Horton Township.

Graduating from the University of Guelph in 2016, Sarah earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice and Public Policy, specializing in Political Science. This has given her a strong foundation in policy and project development, analysis techniques, as well as regulatory amendment processes and evaluation of best practices. Along with her Bachelor’s Degree, Sarah also possesses a Business Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management.

During her time at the University of Guelph, Sarah was a member of the Varsity Track and Field team, earning a Provincial gold medal and two National bronze medals at the university level in the weight throw, and was also a member of the National Gold Medal team in 2014. Sarah was named team captain for three of her senior years, and returned as an assistant coach this past season. Having a passion for learning as well as helping others, Sarah worked through her university years as an Academic Tutor for the University of Guelph football team, as well as a Student Athlete Mentor for the Athletic Department and Learning Commons, where she assisted first year and academically at risk varsity athletes in managing a balance between their academic, athletic and personal lives.

As a member of the Snimikobi First Nation and Algonquins of Ontario Consultation Office, Sarah is engaged in the current land claim proceedings and is motivated to be an advocate for the AOO, using her knowledge and abilities to help the current and future generations of Algonquin people, as well as making a valuable contribution to the Algonquins of Ontario on our journey of survival, rebuilding and self-sufficiency.

Ethan Huner received his college education from Sir Sanford Fleming College School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences in Lindsay, ON. He is a graduate of both the Ecosystem Management and Parks and Forest Management Technician programs.  His education provides a strong foundation in biology of flora and fauna, and natural resource management practices and principles.

Ethan’s passion to work with people paved the way to providing Environmental and Cultural education and consultation to the public, private stakeholders, and First Nation communities and organizations throughout a ten year professional career as a Naturalist in the United States and Canada.

Prior to accepting the position as Resource Technician with the Algonquins of Ontario Consultation Office, Ethan had worked for Algonquin Provincial Park as a Interpretive Naturalist and Fish and Wildlife Technician for the past five years. His studies and research efforts within Algonquin Park included conducting lake and fish surveys, monitoring and surveying for species at risk turtles and birds, carnivore tracking and monitoring projects, and investigating white-tailed deer migration patterns. Ethan has also participated in MNR research projects in Algonquin Park on black bear den studies, moose calf collaring and tracking, and species at risk monitoring.

Beyond natural science experience, Ethan has also developed a strong understanding of archaeology within the Algonquin Traditional Territory. Working with archaeologists in the field, and investing his own time on the land, he has been involved in documenting various archaeological sites and artifacts within Algonquin Park.

Ethan continues a deep connection to traditional values and life-ways of native culture. He is a grass dancer, and singer who has been travelling the powwow trail for many years.

Trevor Parker acquired his college education from Sir Sandford Fleming College. He is a graduate of both the Fish & Wildlife Technology and GIS Cartographic Specialist programs.

 Trevor started his career working for the Toronto & Region Conservation Authority as a Field Technician conducting watershed surveys of riverine aquatic habitats through fisheries sampling and water quality monitoring. Later on in his tenure at the TRCA, Trevor was employed as an Aquatic Analyst, being responsible for development review, conducting species at risk surveys and working within inter-agency teams to develop watershed based fisheries management plans.

 Trevor also acquired significant experience in the private environmental consulting field while employed with Niblett Environmental Associates as a Fisheries Technologist. He has worked on a wide range of environmental assessment projects, both big and small, such as Waterpower Class Environmental Assessments in northern Ontario, Fisheries Act Authorizations, Level 2 Environmental Reports for new aggregate operations and Environmental Impact Studies for a broad spectrum of development projects.

 During his tenure at the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources – Pembroke District, Trevor worked as a Fish & Wildlife Technical Specialist, Lands & Waters Technical Specialist and as a District Planner. As a Fish & Wildlife Technical Specialist he was responsible for administering the district’s trapping program, permitting and screening of development projects under the Endangered Species Act, and licencing and permitting under the Fish & Wildlife Conservation Act. In his role as a Lands & Waters Technical Specialist he was assigned to lead the district’s small acreage parcel siting projects in conjunction with MNRF’s Land Claims & Treaties Section (LCTS) and the Algonquins of Ontario. Trevor was responsible for siting potential parcels of land throughout Renfrew County, summarizing his field assessments, reporting to AOO community leaders and LCTS, and guiding AOO community leaders to parcels. As a District Planner for the Ministry, Trevor was responsible for protecting the Ministry’s interest in a variety of aspects, including but not limited to the review of municipal planning documents, bylaw amendments, aggregate licence applications, Municipal Class Environmental Assessments, as well as Environmental Impact Studies.

 

Yusuf Sarker, GIS Analyst
Lucas Tyukodi, Resource Technician

Janet Stavinga serves as the Executive Director of the Algonquins of Ontario Consultation Office. As the Executive Director, Janet brings over 25 years of experience in multi-stakeholder processes. For 12 years, she served as an elected municipal official, first as a Councillor for the former Township of Goulbourn, then as Mayor and, for six years, as an Ottawa City Councillor. Janet is also an experienced facilitator with expertise in multi-stakeholder forums with government, industry, and community organizations.

Throughout her career she has worked on innumerable complex issues to strengthen public engagement, foster inter-jurisdictional cooperation and build strong, healthy communities. Janet understands the complexities and challenges facing communities and the importance of integrating science and effective public participation within planning processes. She is passionate about community sustainability, civil society, and creating positive, constructive change.

Janet holds a Master of Science Degree from McGill University and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Geography, Resource Management from University of Windsor.

Megan joined the Algonquins of Ontario Consultation Office in September 2012 as the Strategic Communications Coordinator and now enthusiastically serves as the Communications and Policy Strategist. Through her diverse work and volunteer experience over the past ten years, Megan has conceptualized, designed and implemented a wide-range of communication programs of varying scales.

As a Master of Arts student specializing in Aboriginal politics, Megan conducted research on a number of policy areas impacting Aboriginal peoples across Canada. The core of her research examined the conditions that produce intergovernmental cooperation between First Nations and local governments in Ontario.

Megan holds a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University. Megan is firmly committed to building a sustainable future for generations of Algonquins to come.

Ashley Bernard grew up across Southern Ontario and has now been residing in Petawawa for the past four years. Since moving to the Ottawa Valley, Ashley has fallen in love with both the area and the people.

As a member of the Canadian Armed Forces for three years before medically retiring, Ashley has since dedicated herself to pursuing a number of post-secondary education opportunities. She first began with the condensed two year Business program from Algonquin College with a focus in business management from which she graduated with honours. Ashley is currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) program, focusing in Organization Management, through distance education at Nipissing University.

Ashley is passionate about community involvement and is an enthusiastic member of the Kiwanis Club of Pembroke, where she has taken on numerous roles. Giving back to the community and creating a better future for children all over the world is very important to her. Deeply interested in history, especially Canadian history, Ashley is an avid reader always eager to learn about traditional ways of living, farming, crafting and natural medicines.

Ashley sincerely looks forward to working the Algonquins of Ontario Consultation Office, learning about the rich Algonquin culture, and assisting with the Office’s seamless operations to benefit our ten Algonquin communities.

Sabrina Clark moved to the Ottawa Valley eighteen years ago to pursue her Diploma in Registered Nursing at the Pembroke Campus of Algonquin College. Graduating with Honours in 2002, she established her career in the healthcare field, specializing in long-term care. Along the way, she also developed a deep-rooted love for the area, choosing to marry and start a family here in Pembroke.

Following the birth of her second daughter, she took leave from Nursing to focus on her young family. In the years to follow, while managing a household, Sabrina took an active role volunteering in the community.

Whether she was working in the school library, fundraising for extracurricular activities, or teaching Sunday School, her contributions were enhanced by her meticulous organizational skills, willingness to continually learn and grow, and her desire to give back to the community.

In her pursuit of life-long learning, Sabrina is eager to immerse herself in a culture and heritage as rich as the Algonquins. She welcomes this next chapter in her professional career and is eager to assist in the daily ongoing administrative operations at the Algonquins of Ontario Consultation Office.

Sarah Cronier was born and raised in Laurentian Valley. Her time as a child included fishing, camping and exploring the outdoors as much as possible. She is an excellent artist in painting, sculpting, sketching and in turn has recently begun to collect indigenous art pieces.

Sarah has strong family ties to the area but it was not until late in her high school career that she discovered family lineage to the Algonquins of Greater Golden Lake. This discovery sparked an interest in learning more about this heritage as well as indigenous history in Canada.

Once accepted to Trent University it was assumed that with the strong environmental connection at a young age the environmental resources sciences program would be the obvious choice. However it became quickly apparent that it was not a good fit, something was missing. Remembering the recently found lineage Sarah began looking into indigenous programs offered through Trent, ultimately deciding that a joint program fresh to Trent University called Indigenous Environmental studies was the perfect mix of nature but adding that indigenous human connection that had been missing.

Throughout her time at Trent University Sarah’s courses spanned from chemistry to indigenous history giving her a board spectrum of experience to pull from. One of her favourite papers was a piece on how indigenous knowledge can be used in building designs to strengthen families and in turn creating sustainable communities. Sarah is excited to learn more and grow through this opportunity with the Algonquins of Ontario – a new chapter in her journey.

Sarah Dougherty was born and raised in Castleford, along the Ottawa River just outside of Renfrew, Ontario. As a member of the Snimikobi First Nation, with deep family roots tracing back many generations in the Ottawa Valley, Sarah has always been heavily influenced by her heritage, Mother Nature and her natural surroundings; spending much of her childhood fishing on the Ottawa River, camping with her family in Algonquin Park, and helping out at her grandparents farm in Horton Township.

Graduating from the University of Guelph in 2016, Sarah earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice and Public Policy, specializing in Political Science. This has given her a strong foundation in policy and project development, analysis techniques, as well as regulatory amendment processes and evaluation of best practices. Along with her Bachelor’s Degree, Sarah also possesses a Business Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management.

During her time at the University of Guelph, Sarah was a member of the Varsity Track and Field team, earning a Provincial gold medal and two National bronze medals at the university level in the weight throw, and was also a member of the National Gold Medal team in 2014. Sarah was named team captain for three of her senior years, and returned as an assistant coach this past season. Having a passion for learning as well as helping others, Sarah worked through her university years as an Academic Tutor for the University of Guelph football team, as well as a Student Athlete Mentor for the Athletic Department and Learning Commons, where she assisted first year and academically at risk varsity athletes in managing a balance between their academic, athletic and personal lives.

As a member of the Snimikobi First Nation and Algonquins of Ontario Consultation Office, Sarah is engaged in the current land claim proceedings and is motivated to be an advocate for the AOO, using her knowledge and abilities to help the current and future generations of Algonquin people, as well as making a valuable contribution to the Algonquins of Ontario on our journey of survival, rebuilding and self-sufficiency.

Ethan Huner received his college education from Sir Sanford Fleming College School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences in Lindsay, ON. He is a graduate of both the Ecosystem Management and Parks and Forest Management Technician programs.  His education provides a strong foundation in biology of flora and fauna, and natural resource management practices and principles.

Ethan’s passion to work with people paved the way to providing Environmental and Cultural education and consultation to the public, private stakeholders, and First Nation communities and organizations throughout a ten year professional career as a Naturalist in the United States and Canada.

Prior to accepting the position as Resource Technician with the Algonquins of Ontario Consultation Office, Ethan had worked for Algonquin Provincial Park as a Interpretive Naturalist and Fish and Wildlife Technician for the past five years. His studies and research efforts within Algonquin Park included conducting lake and fish surveys, monitoring and surveying for species at risk turtles and birds, carnivore tracking and monitoring projects, and investigating white-tailed deer migration patterns. Ethan has also participated in MNR research projects in Algonquin Park on black bear den studies, moose calf collaring and tracking, and species at risk monitoring.

Beyond natural science experience, Ethan has also developed a strong understanding of archaeology within the Algonquin Traditional Territory. Working with archaeologists in the field, and investing his own time on the land, he has been involved in documenting various archaeological sites and artifacts within Algonquin Park.

Ethan continues a deep connection to traditional values and life-ways of native culture. He is a grass dancer, and singer who has been travelling the powwow trail for many years.

Trevor Parker acquired his college education from Sir Sandford Fleming College. He is a graduate of both the Fish & Wildlife Technology and GIS Cartographic Specialist programs.

 Trevor started his career working for the Toronto & Region Conservation Authority as a Field Technician conducting watershed surveys of riverine aquatic habitats through fisheries sampling and water quality monitoring. Later on in his tenure at the TRCA, Trevor was employed as an Aquatic Analyst, being responsible for development review, conducting species at risk surveys and working within inter-agency teams to develop watershed based fisheries management plans.

 Trevor also acquired significant experience in the private environmental consulting field while employed with Niblett Environmental Associates as a Fisheries Technologist. He has worked on a wide range of environmental assessment projects, both big and small, such as Waterpower Class Environmental Assessments in northern Ontario, Fisheries Act Authorizations, Level 2 Environmental Reports for new aggregate operations and Environmental Impact Studies for a broad spectrum of development projects.

 During his tenure at the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources – Pembroke District, Trevor worked as a Fish & Wildlife Technical Specialist, Lands & Waters Technical Specialist and as a District Planner. As a Fish & Wildlife Technical Specialist he was responsible for administering the district’s trapping program, permitting and screening of development projects under the Endangered Species Act, and licencing and permitting under the Fish & Wildlife Conservation Act. In his role as a Lands & Waters Technical Specialist he was assigned to lead the district’s small acreage parcel siting projects in conjunction with MNRF’s Land Claims & Treaties Section (LCTS) and the Algonquins of Ontario. Trevor was responsible for siting potential parcels of land throughout Renfrew County, summarizing his field assessments, reporting to AOO community leaders and LCTS, and guiding AOO community leaders to parcels. As a District Planner for the Ministry, Trevor was responsible for protecting the Ministry’s interest in a variety of aspects, including but not limited to the review of municipal planning documents, bylaw amendments, aggregate licence applications, Municipal Class Environmental Assessments, as well as Environmental Impact Studies.

 

Yusuf joined the Algonquins of Ontario Consultation Office in August 2015 as a Geographic Information System (GIS) Analyst.

He is academically trained as a GIS Analyst as well as an Environmental Biologist specializing in the fields of aquatic and marine biology, fisheries, biodiversity conservation, and environmental management. He has a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree with a focus on fisheries and aquaculture; and a Master of Science in Fisheries Biology & Genetics from Bangladesh Agricultural University, Bangladesh. He holds a second Master’s degree completed from Europe in the field of Marine Biodiversity & Conservation. After coming to Canada, he did a Graduate Certificate Program in Environmental Management & Assessment from the Algonquin College, Ottawa. Then he completed another Graduate Certificate in GIS from the same college aiming to utilize GIS and Remote Sensing in his fields of work.

Prior to joining the Algonquins of Ontario Consultation Office, he worked as well as volunteered as a research assistant or intern for several government and nongovernment environmental organizations, universities and research institutes in Bangladesh, Europe and Canada. He has published a number of articles in peer reviewed scientific journals from his research works. His current interest focuses on applying GIS & Remote Sensing in resource monitoring, management, and evaluation as well as in solving a diversity of geospatial problems on environmental and conservation projects. His expertise in GIS include spatial analysis, spatial database development & management, computer mapping, web GIS or web mapping and web application development.

Yusuf enjoys living in the Ottawa Valley and is very much committed to make a positive contribution to the Algonquins’ journey of rebuilding and self-sufficiency using his wide range of technical skills and experiences.

Lucas possesses an Honours Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Trent University and a Fish and Wildlife Technologist Diploma and Forestry Technician Diploma from Sir Sandford Fleming College.

Lucas spent several summers working as an Assistant Fisheries Technician with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) in Algonquin Provincial Park and in Peterborough. The majority of this work involved data collection and research pertaining to Lake Trout. Lucas also worked during the summer of 2013 on the Invasive Species Awareness Program, a joint effort between the MNRF and the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) to promote awareness and record sightings of Invasive Species for monitoring purposes. As part of this Program, Lucas coordinated sampling efforts with volunteers in order to track the distribution and concentration of Spiny Waterflea, Zebra and Quagga Mussels.

In 2009, Lucas assisted with The Great Lakes Fishery Mass Marking Initiative at the OFAH operated Ringwood Fish Hatchery. This effort included assisting with the processing of Chinook salmon raised at the hatchery for release into Lake Ontario. Lucas was introduced to the Mass Marking Initiative during this time, which through the use of an AutoFish trailer purchased by the New York State Department of Environment and Conservation (NYSDEC) allowed for all reared trout and salmon species to be tagged and inventoried to a computer database.

In 2010 while on field placement Lucas assisted staff from the MNRF Bancroft office, North Hastings Community Fish Hatchery as well as White Lake Fish Culture Station and volunteers with their spring helicopter stocking efforts. A number of lakes surrounding Bancroft were stocked with Lake Trout, Brook Trout or Rainbow Trout.

Lucas is a member of the Algonquins of Kijicho Manito Madaouaskarini (Bancroft). His great grandfather was Chief John Baptiste Dufond of the Bear Clan.

 

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