Species At Risk Public Advisory Committee Members Selected



    
    McGuinty Government Appoints Public Committee To Advise On Protection Of
    Species At Risk
    

    TORONTO, Aug. 15 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    The McGuinty government has appointed a provincial committee to provide
advice on protecting species at risk.
    The committee includes top experts in resource use, land use or
environmental sectors, who are not part of the Ontario public sector and who
have a good knowledge of species at risk protection and recovery.
    The Species at Risk Program Advisory Committee is one of two provincial
committees established under Ontario's new Endangered Species Act
(http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/Business/Species/2ColumnSubPage/STEL01_131232.htm
l) to provide expertise and advice on the protection and recovery of species
at risk and implementation of the new act. The other is the Committee on the
Status of Species at Risk in Ontario
(http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/Business/Species/2ColumnSubPage/STEL01_131230.htm
l), which is responsible for assessing and classifying the status of species
that may be at risk, based on the best available scientific information
available.

    QUOTES

    "I look forward to working with the advisory committee on ensuring that
we protect and develop recovery plans for our species at risk," said Natural
Resources Minister Donna Cansfield
(http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/About/2ColumnSubPage/249086.html). "Conserving
our province's rich biodiversity is a priority for the government, and the
members of this committee will help ensure we do it right."

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -   Ontario is home to more than 30,000 species, of which more than 180
        are currently identified as being at risk
(http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/Business/Species/2ColumnSubPage/246809.html).
    -   Ontario's new Endangered Species Act took effect on June 30, 2008,
        making the province a North American leader in species at risk
        protection and recovery.

    LEARN MORE

    -   See a list of the members of the committee
(http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/Newsroom/LatestNews/251555.html) with a brief
        biography.

    -   Find out more about Ontario's new Endangered Species Act
(http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/Business/Species/2ColumnSubPage/STEL01_131232.htm
l)
        (ontario.ca/speciesatrisk).

    -   Learn more about how you can
(http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/Business/Species/2ColumnSubPage/STEL02_168357.htm
l) protect species at risk in Ontario.

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    BACKGROUNDER
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             ADVISORY COMMITTEE SUPPORTS ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT
    

    The Species at Risk Program Advisory Committee is an independent body
that provides expertise and advice related to the protection and recovery of
species at risk and implementation of the new Endangered Species Act.
    The committee will advise the Minister of Natural Resources on policy
development and implementation, as well as public engagement related to the
protection of species at risk

    Species at Risk Program Advisory Committee

    Chair

    Peter Meisenheimer is the Executive Director of the Ontario Commercial
Fisheries' Association, a member of the Canadian Committee of Advisors of the
Great Lakes Fishery Commission and a Director of the Anishinabek/Ontario
Fisheries Resource Centre. He is also a consultant on fisheries management
matters and a weekly columnist with the Guelph Daily Mercury.

    Members

    Jessica Annis is the Director of Environmental Policy at the Building,
Industry and Land Development Association, a member of the Ontario
Biodiversity Council and a member of the Ryerson Planning Alumni Committee.

    Kimberly Barrett is the Senior Terrestrial Ecologist with Halton Region
Conservation Authority and a member of several Species at Risk recovery teams.

    Anne Bell is the Senior Director of Conservation and Education for
Ontario Nature and a Research Project Manager with Evergreen.

    Steve Fonger is a full-time farmer, a Director with the Ontario
Federation of Agriculture and past director of the Ontario Soil and Crop
Improvement Association.

    Tom Hilditch is the President of Savanta Inc. and a member on the Board
of Directors of the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

    Scott Jackson is Manager of Forest Policy for the Ontario Forest
Industries Association, a member of the Ontario Biodiversity Council and a
Professional Associate with the Faculty of Forestry at the University of
Toronto.

    Michelle Kanter is the Executive Director of the Carolinian Canada
Coalition.

    David Morris is a Director with Tallgrass Ontario and a member of the
Carolinian Woodland Recovery Team.

    Paul Norris is the President of the Ontario Waterpower Association, and
serves on the Hydro Review Advisory Board and the Ontario Environmental
Industries Association Board of Directors.

    Rachel Plotkin is a Biodiversity Policy Analyst with the David Suzuki
Foundation and a participant in the Carolinian Woodlands Recovery Team.

    William Rapley is the Director of Conservation Education and Research
with Toronto Zoo.

    Ed Reid is a Wildlife Biologist with the Ontario Federation of Anglers
and Hunters and a managed forest planner.

    Donna Stewart is the Ontario Regional Vice President for the Nature
Conservancy of Canada.

    
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    Jason Travers,                         ontario.ca/natural-resources-news
    Species at Risk,                                  Disponible en français
    (705) 755-1754
    





For further information:

For further information: Stefanie Millon, Minister's Office, (416)
314-2198; Jolanta Kowalski, Communications Services Branch, (416) 314-2106

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