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Kari Easthouse

Kari Easthouse is a Program Forester with the Nova Scotia Landowners and Forest Fibre Producers Association, where he works on various programs to promote sustainable forest management on woodlots in Eastern Nova Scotia. Kari has worked in the area of forest management in Eastern Nova Scotia for the past 18 years. Kari has a Diploma in Forest Technology from Lakehead University, and a BSc and MSc in Forestry from the University of New Brunswick. Kari Lives in Roberta, Richmond county where he maintains a farm and woodlot with his family


Peter Burchill

Peter is a graduate of the UNB Forestry & Environmental Management Program (2001) and is a Registered Professional Forester in Nova Scotia.  He worked in Alberta and Coastal BC for 8 years managing silviculture contracts before joining the Nova Scotia Landowners and Forest Fibre Producers Association (NSLFFPA) in 2009. Peter manages NSLFFPA’s private woodlot Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification program and is currently the Eastern Mainland Program Forester.  He lives in Antigonish with his wife and three children.


Dale Prest

Dale Prest is leading Community Forests International’s drive to position our forests in the vanguard of the fight against climate change. Growing up in a logging and sawmilling family, Dale gets the challenges that landowners face in managing their forests given today’s economy. Through his MSc in soil science at St. FX and with CFI, Dale is showing how we can develop new values and products from our forests that can help landowners achieve their goals and objectives of investing in and seeing a return from healthy, diverse forests.




Jason Hollet

Jason Hollett has been working for the Province on sustainable development issues such as climate change for 11 years. In his current position as Executive Director of Climate Change at Nova Scotia Environment, he and his team is responsible to develop and implement Nova Scotia’s first cap and trade program. He grew up in Lockeport, NS and currently lives in Dartmouth.

Peter Duinker

Peter Duinker is a Professor in the School for Resource and Environmental Studies at Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Management in Halifax. He is also Co-Principal in the consulting firm Sylveritas Ltd. At Dalhousie, he teaches and researches a wide range of topics, most of which deal with forests and the environment. Peter has research and consulting experience across a wide range of forests, including those across Canada and Europe. In addition, he has experience with both hinterland forests as well as settled-area woodlots and urban forests. A key theme in his consulting and research practice is climate-change adaptation. He began his work on impacts and adaptation in the late 1980s with a focus on boreal forests, and has since extended this work to Acadian and urban forests. Peter was manager of the Atlantic Region office of the Canadian Climate Impacts and Adaptation Research Network (C-CIARN) from 2001 to 2007, during which he gained a strong appreciation for adaptation issues associated with both inland and coastal communities. He led three urban-forest vulnerability assessment workshops in Halifax, London, and Saskatoon in summer 2013. Peter has made numerous conference presentations on the theme of forests and climate change, and has published extensively on the subject. In 2008, Peter received a recognition award from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for contributing to the 2007 Award of the Nobel Peace Prize to the IPCC.

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David Montague

David Montague has been the Executive Director of the Downeast Lakes Land Trust since 2014.  Prior to joining DLLT, he worked in the outdoor recreation industry in Maine, Wyoming, and Virginia and conducted wildlife research in the northern Rockies, Appalachia, and Africa. He is a Registered Maine Guide and has degrees in wildlife biology from Colorado State and Virginia Tech. He lives in Grand Lake Stream with his wife and assorted animals, and in his spare time he enjoys hunting, sailing, gardening, and renovating his 150-year-old farmhouse.

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Robert Turner

Robert Turner holds a BS in finance and a MS in forest management. He brings over 25 years of experience in forest management consulting, primarily in the northeastern US for private landowners, non-profits, and government agencies. This experience spans a broad range of technical and analytical services, often related to forest inventory and management planning, mensuration, growth and yield modeling, financial modeling, information and decision support systems, and spatial analysis. His expertise in long-term timber supply modeling has supported state and regional forest policy in all the states of the Northern Forest. Robert is accredited as a lead verifier by ARB and CAR under their Forest and Urban Forest protocols and has been a verifier/ biometrician on over twenty forest carbon projects under CAR, ARB & VCS standards since 2010. He is an SAF Certified Forester and sits on the Forest Stewards Guild Membership and Policy Council.



Astrid Nielsen

Astrid Nielsen is the General Manager for the Eastern Ontario Model Forest (EOMF) where she has been working part time since 2016. Over the past year, she has been working to partner with Bluesource to develop a program to generate carbon offsets for the private forest owners part of the forest certification program. Prior to the EOMF, Astrid worked in urban forestry at the City of Ottawa and in the forestry consulting business. In addition to the EOMF, Astrid owns a forestry consulting business, teaches an urban forestry course at U of T, and sits as Past President the Ontario Professional Forester’s Association board.


Dorothy Maguire

Dr. Dorothy Maguire is an avid conservationist and forest ecologist having had the chance to conduct research in forests across Canada, and internationally. She holds a Bachelors in Science and Masters in Forest Conservation from the Faculty of Forestry at the University of Toronto, and a PhD from McGill University where she studied how anthropogenic disturbances such as forest fragmentation affect the ecosystem services provided by forests. Her research has taken her both high up into the treetops, and across the seas to Europe, her passion for finding sustainable environmental solutions never wavering. Dorothy has just settled into her new job as Forest Carbon Solutions Analyst at Bluesource Canada where she hopes to bring her expertise in forest carbon to help find incentives for forest owners to lead the way in sustainable forestry practices.


Sean Fraser

Sean Fraser is a devoted father and husband and has the pleasure to serve as the Liberal Member of
Parliament for Central Nova. Sean was elected to office on October 19th, 2015 and shares his time
between his home in the riding and Ottawa when the House of Commons is in session.
Sean is a Pictou County native with family throughout the Town and County of Antigonish. He graduated
from East Pictou Rural High School and holds a law degree from Dalhousie University, a Masters degree
in Public International Law from the Netherlands’ Leiden University, and a Bachelor of Science from St.
Francis Xavier University. Prior to running for office, Sean had a successful career with one of Canada`s
top-ranked law firms. Sean is dedicated in his service to the constituents in Central Nova with priorities around economic development and job creation, social justice a healthy environment and ensuring that Canada does right by the world.