On Wednesday, September 6, 2017, the New Brunswick Community Land Trust held its Annual General Meeting in Sussex at the SNB Wood Co-op. The NBCLT Board of Directors welcomed Aaron Dowding, Michael Fox and Phillippe Gervais to the board.
Aaron Dowding grew up in Ontario, but over the years has called several places in Canada home. Following the completion of a degree in archaeology, Aaron moved to Banff, Alberta, where he spent eight years coaching ski racing and wearing out his hiking boots exploring the mountains. In 2010, an acceptance letter to UNB brought him to Fredericton to undertake a Masters of Environmental Management.
Aaron joined the Nature Trust of New Brunswick to lead the conservation planning team in 2013. He works on a variety of conservation projects, most notably the development of Habitat Conservation Strategies for the Upper and Lower St. John River regions. Much of this work involves building partnerships with other organizations, leading him to work closely with conservationists, researchers and naturalists in New Brunswick and Maine to further land conservation in our province. Aaron also spends a significant amount of time working directly with private landowners, supporting and guiding them in their efforts to protect sensitive habitats and species on their property.
Michael Fox is a professor of Geography and Environment at Mount Allison University, serving in a previous role as Vice President (Academic & Research) and Head of the Department. Michael has been a teacher, researcher and administrator at the post-secondary level for over 35 years, in the areas of community land use planning, environmental assessment and resource management, as well as sustainable community planning and education for sustainable development. He works with rural and small town communities on strategic planning and effective land use management issues. He is currently chair of the Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (UNSCO) and past chair of the Tantramar Regional Planning Commission. Michael holds a PhD and teaching degree in Geography and Education from McGill University, as well as a Master’s degree and Honours BA in Geography from the University of Western Ontario. Michael lives in Sackville, NB.
Philippe Gervais, originally from Moncton, now lives in Rogersville where he works with La Ferme Terre Partagée. Phil is a young enthusiastic farmer who seeks to mobilize not only youth but all farmers of the Maritimes. He is particularly interested in rural community development and the interactions of rural areas with urban centres. When he is not working on farm he allocates his time to strengthening the ties between food producers and their consumers. He is highly passionate about whole healthy food systems and the strong community they foster.
Welcome Aaron, Mike and Phil! For a full list of NBCLT’s 2017-18 Board of Directors see here and for more information on how to get involved with the NBCLT, please contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.