Former Environment Canada scientists will assist in scientific environmental work
Two former Environment Canada scientists have joined the Wood Buffalo Environmental Association.
Tom Clair and Jean-Guy Zakrevsky will take on new roles as senior staff.
“I am very excited to have Mr. Zakrevsky and Dr. Clair on board,” says WBEA Executive Director Dr. Kevin Percy.
“As former long-term Environment Canada staff members, both scientists have a wealth of experience and bring unique perspectives and expertise to the table.
“WBEA is committed to undertaking solid scientific environmental work in the RMWB, and I look forward working with our newest staff members to fulfill that commitment as WBEA contributes to the implementation of the Canada-Alberta Joint Implementation Plan for Oil Sands Monitoring, and transitions into the new Alberta Environmental Monitoring Agency.”
As its new lead scientist, Clair will provide oversight and advice for the Wood Buffalo Environmental Association’s monitoring and research programs while assisting the executive director and the board in assessing new science developments relevant to the association’s programs.
Clair is joining WBEA after a 40 year environmental research career, 34 of which were with Environment Canada in the Atlantic Region. Dr Clair’s main research focus while at Environment Canada, was understanding the interaction between air pollutants in land and water systems, especially for acid rain, mercury, reactive nitrogen.
He has published over 80 papers in peer reviewed literature, and an equal number of technical reports and policy documents on related topics.
Recently, Clair has led Canada-US research groups on mercury effects in eastern North America, as well as a Canada-USA workgroup on acidification modeling.
Zakrevsky’s responsibilities at WBEA will involve managing and directing the Ambient Air Technical program, as well as the Terrestrial Environmental Effects Monitoring program.
Zakrevsky comes to WBEA with over 25 years of senior program and project management experience at Environment Canada, where he directed environmental laboratories, water quality and hydrology monitoring, and science programs.
He represented Canada’s interests with respect to water monitoring on Arctic-HYDRA, an international committee which had a mandate from the World Meteorological Organization to coordinate pan-Arctic scientific work related to climate change.
While at Environment Canada, Zakrevsky founded a national Water Modelling Community of Practice that successfully promoted closer linkages between the science, monitoring and policy communities.
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