Management Board

The Management Board is comprised of individuals from government, partner institutions, academia, industry, and science/research groups responsible for overseeing the development, execution and review of the Institute research plan with particular emphasis on ensuring sustainable operations, growth and expansion in support of the Institute's vision and mission.


As patrons committed to the vision and mission of the CRI, the Management Board, will actively promote regional, national, and international opportunities and partnerships, and provide advice and direction to the CRI Executive.


Jean-François Blais, PhD

Director, Institute national de la recherche scientifique - Centre Eau Terre Environnement

Dr. Blais specializes in the development of new physico-chemical and biological technologies for the treatment of effluents, soils, ashes, treated wood wastes, and metallurgical/mining industry wastes polluted by toxic metals (like As, Cd, Cr, Cu, Ni, Pb, Sb and Zn) and others types of contaminants (PAH, PCP, PCDD/F, e.g.).

A full professor at the Water, Earth and Environment Center of the National Institute for Scientific Research (INRS-ETE), he is a past holder of the Canada Research Chair in environmental decontamination (2001 to 2011) and also is currently the Director of the INRS-ETE (March 2014). He is co-author of more than 210 research papers and 200 conference presentations, is co-inventor of 18 patents related to new environmental technologies, and has advised on over 45 M.Sc. and 45 Ph.D. student research degrees and is Editor of the Journal of Water Science (Revue des Sciences de l’Eau).


Simon Courtenay, PhD

Chair of the CRI Science Directors, Professor in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability, University of WaterlooNON-VOTING MEMBER

Dr. Simon Courtenay’s research is focused on estuarine ecology and ecotoxicology, exploring the uses that animals make of the complex environments where rivers meet the sea and how human activities affect that ecology. Currently, he is developing monitoring programs to detect impacts of particular industries and cumulative effects. His work with the Canadian Water Network’s Canadian Watershed Research Consortium is presently supporting research in areas across Canada to develop partnerships and monitoring programs in support of cumulative effects assessment at the watershed and regional levels.


George Dixon, PhD

Vice-President, University Research and Professor of Biology at University of Waterloo

Dr. Dixon has expertise in aquatic toxicology and environmental risk assessment and management with over 25 years’ experience assessing metals and mining activity impacts. He has served as an advisor on metal contamination issues to Environment Canada, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the Department of Justice (Canada), the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U. S. National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, the Department of Justice (US) and the World Health Organization, among others. He has supervised over 60 M.Sc. and Ph.D. research projects, co-authored over 180 refereed journal articles, and is Associate Editor of three scientific journals, including the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.

David MaGee, PhD

Vice-President (Research) at the University of New Brunswick

Dr. David MaGee is the Vice-President (Research) at the University of New Brunswick (UNB). Dr. MaGee has been active with UNB in a faculty role since 1990, serving in many capacities, including: Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor of Chemistry, Chair of the Department of Chemistry, and Dean of Science.

His expertise is in the development of new and/or simpler ways to make biologically-interesting and structurally-challenging natural products, including anti-cancer and anti-microbial compounds.

Robert Gilmour, PhD

Vice President Research & Development, University of Prince Edward Island

Dr. Robert Gilmour, Jr. leads UPEI’s Research Services as experienced administrator and well-published researcher who manages a diverse research portfolio encompassing multiple funding sources while maintaining an active laboratory in biomedical and health sciences. Previously, Dr. Gilmour was the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.


Perry Haines

Assistant Deputy Minister, NB Environment

Mr. Haines has worked with the Department of Environment and Local Government for more than 25 years in a variety of capacities. Since 2007 he has been an Assistant Deputy Minister within the Department, responsible for the Environment divisions of the joint Department. Mr. Haines has an undergraduate and graduate degree in Engineering from the University of New Brunswick.


Jack G. Imhof

Director of Conservation Ecology, Trout Unlimited Canada

Jack Imhof specializes in restoration ecology, watershed management and natural channel design and is the Director of Conservation Ecology for Trout Unlimited Canada and an adjunct professor at the University of Guelph, Waterloo and Brock. Jack was a member of a committee that helped to create the community-based watershed fisheries plan for the Grand River and as a result his team received the Ontario government’s Amythest Award for Excellence in Public Service.

He was the 2010 recipient of the Conservation Award of Excellence from the Credit Valley Conservation for his leadership and dedication to the Credit River Watershed he was also co-recipient in 2009 of a National Recreational Fisheries award along with others of the Grand River Fisheries Implementation Committee.


Kevin Cash, PhD

Director General, Water Science and Technology, Environment and Climate Change Canada

Dr. Kevin Cash became the Director General of the Water Science and Technology Directorate within the Science and Technology Branch of Environment and Climate Change Canada on April 1, 2017. His responsibilities include supporting emergency response to oil spills (Coastal Strategy Initiative), enforcement activities, water quality monitoring and various hydrology and aquatic ecosystem contaminant research initiatives.  Previously he was Director General Wildlife and Landscape Sciences Directorate. The Directorate focuses on research pertaining to wildlife and wildlife health as well as landscape ecology and habitat change.


Stella Swanson, PhD

Swanson Environmental Strategies Ltd.

Dr. Stella Swanson’s 35-year career has included management of the Aquatic Biology Group at the Saskatchewan Research Council, and consulting positions with SENTAR Consultants (now Stantec) and Golder Associates Ltd. (where she attained the position of Principal).

She now owns and operates Swanson Environmental Strategies. Stella’s experience spans work for a wide range of industries as well as federal, provincial and territorial governments, First Nations, and NGOs. She has worked on all types of ecosystems, from small saline lakes on the prairies to subarctic watersheds and marine systems off both the east and west coasts of Canada. Stella has contributed to dozens of environmental impact assessments, as well as human health and ecological risk assessments. Stella is currently the Chair of the Joint Review Panel for the Deep Geologic Disposal of Low and Intermediate Nuclear Waste. She was also a member of the Royal Society of Canada’s Expert Panel on the Behaviour and Environmental Impacts of Crude Oil Released into Aqueous Environments. Stella’s focus is on strategic environmental planning, public consultation and engagement, and expert review.

Michael van den Heuvel, PhD

Institute Director

Dr. Michael van den Heuvel is the Institute Director; the first outside of the University of New Brunswick, expanding CRI’s credibility as a national institute. Dr. van den Heuvel was previously the Canada Research Chair in Watershed Ecological Integrity and his research is focused on understanding how agriculture and chemical use influences freshwater and coastal environments by looking at endocrine responses, immunotoxicology, and population health of fish. He is developing methods and solutions to best monitor environmental problems and better protect rivers in Prince Edward Island. Dr. van den Heuvel has a BSc and a PhD from the University of Waterloo.


Fred Whoriskey, PhD, Chair

Executive Director, Ocean Tracking Network, Dalhousie University

Dr. Fred Whorisky has been the Executive Director of Dalhousie University’s Ocean Tracking Network since 2010 where he oversees global research infrastructure documenting the movements and survival of aquatic animals and their links to environmental conditions. 

Dr. Whorisky’s research areas has included the development of sonic tracking programs for Atlantic salmon and impacts of exotic species on native ecosystems and has been heavily involved in public policy issues, especially with regards to environmental impact assessments.

He was previously a professor at McGill University, the Vice President, Research and Environment with the Atlantic Salmon Federation and sat on the boards of AquaNet and the Huntsman’s Marine Science Centre. Dr. Whoriskey has an undergraduate degree from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island and a PhD from l’Université Laval in Quebec City.


Frederick J. Wrona, PhD

Chief Scientist and Assistant Deputy Minister, Alberta Environment and Parks, Government of Alberta

Dr. Wrona is the Chief Scientist for the Government of Alberta, Department of Environment and Parks and the Assistant Deputy Minister for the Environmental Monitoring and Sciences Division. He also continues to have active research programs through his various faculty/research positions in Universities both Canada and Europe.

He has more than 30 years of experience leading or contributing to numerous environmental programs addressing regional, national and international environmental issues related to ecotoxicology, cold regions hydro-ecology, climate impacts on freshwater ecosystems, integrated and adaptive environmental monitoring program design, and cumulative effects assessments.

He has published more than 150 peer-reviewed scientific articles, reports and proceedings in these areas and has been the recipient of numerous national and international distinctions and awards. Well acquainted with Alberta, Dr. Wrona served as the Scientific Director of the Northern River Basins Study (1992-96) and was a member of the International Science Advisory Committee of the Alberta Water Research Institute, which is now part of Alberta Innovates – Energy and Environmental Solutions.

He also continues to be the scientific program co-lead of the Oilsands Monitoring Program with Environment Canada. Dr. Wrona has served on numerous national and international scientific advisory and review panels; key examples include: Senior Science Strategist and Advisor with Environment Canada leading the scientific design and implementation of the Joint Oil Sands Monitoring Program in Alberta. Canada’s Head Delegate to the Arctic Council’s, Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program; and Canada’s Head Delegate for the UNESCO-International Hydrology Program.