Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee is an independent body with the main role of informing CLIMAtlantic on the needs, trends, and emerging climate issues facing Atlantic Canadians so that CLIMAtlantic can tailor their programs and services to best assist all users and decision makers.

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Chaim Anderson smiles at the camera for a headshot which is framed by a yellow circle.
Chaim Andersen

Nunatsiavut Government

Chaim Andersen is the Community Climate Change Liaison for the Nunatsiavut Government, one of the four regions in Inuit Nunangat representing and governing Labrador Inuit. Her work focuses on providing opportunities and support for Nunatsiavut communities to pursue climate change adaptation and monitoring. Born and raised in Nain, her Inuit culture and language is very important and has been crucial in understanding climate change, it’s impacts, and our ability to adapt.

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Charles Bourque

UNB

Dr. Charles P.-A. Bourque is Professor of Hydrometeorology, Faculty of Forestry & Environmental Management at the University of New Brunswick.

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Erin Burbidge

Clean Foundation

Erin Burbridge is the Director of Programs and Policy at Clean Foundation and oversees programs relating to coastal restoration and adaptation and low-carbon transportation.

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John Sommerville

NRCan (in Halifax)

John Sommerville is a Policy Analyst with Natural Resources Canada’s Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Division. He is the lead analyst for Canada’s Climate Change Adaptation Platform’s Coastal Management and Mining Working Groups and supports nature-based adaptation initiatives across the Platform.

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Adam Cheeseman

Nature NB

Adam Cheeseman lives and works in unceded Mi’kmaq territory in Sackville, NB. Adam works as Director of Conservation with Nature NB, an organization whose mandate is to celebrate, conserve, and protect New Brunswick’s natural heritage through education, networking, and collaboration. Adam manages Nature NB’s climate change adaptation projects, which focus on building capacity and expertise for nature-based adaptation approaches in Maritime Canada.

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Joel Finnis

MUN

Dr. Joel Finnis is an atmospheric scientist with Memorial University, Department of Geography. His research addresses climate dynamics, climate adaptation, and communication of weather/climate risk.

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Vincent Leys

CBCL

Vincent Leys is a senior coastal engineer with the consulting firm CBCL, based in Halifax.

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Patricia Manuel

Dalhousie University

Dr. Patricia Manuel is Professor of Planning in the School of Planning at Dalhousie University. She teaches and conducts applied research in environmental and community planning, specifically watersheds, coasts, climate change adaptation, social vulnerability analysis, and marine spatial planning.

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Garrett Mombourquette

Parks Canada

Garrett Mombourquette is a Climate Change Specialist in Prince Edward Island National Park, where his work focuses on building climate resilience while transitioning to net-zero carbon.

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Kathleen Parewick

Municipalities N&L

Dr. Parewick is a community planner and facilitator who supports MNL’s extensive municipal advocacy, policy and practice-related efforts through research, content development, engagement and education activities for the organization’s 275 member communities.

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Dr. Xander Wang

UPEI

Dr. Wang is an Associate Professor in the School of Climate Change and Adaptation at the University of Prince Edward Island and he has over 10 years of research experience in high-resolution climate projection and flood modelling.