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Scientific Advisory Council

The Scientific Advisory Council (SAC) of NBEI provides the leadership vision and management direction for the activities that are under the supervision of the Institute. The SAC is made up of the following prominent appointees.

Tom Al, Ph.D.

Tom is a professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Ottawa. He specializes in hydrogeology and groundwater chemistry. For over 20 years his research has focused on prevention and remediation of groundwater contamination from mining, nuclear-energy and other industrial activities.

 

 

 

 

 


David Besner, Ph.D.
SAC Chair

David has experience in the private, public and academic sectors for his expertise in air quality science.  Since retiring as Assistant Deputy Minister of Environment and Local Government with the Government of New Brunswick in 2001, he has served as president of D. Besner & Associates. David has chaired numerous air quality standard and air emission standard setting committees in Canada, served on the International Joint Commission’s Air Quality Board as well as the Ontario Environment Minister’s Committee on Transboundary Science.

 

 

 


Cecelia Brooks, B.Sc.

Cecelia is the Research Director and Indigenous Knowledge Specialist for the Assembly of First Nations Chiefs in New Brunswick and the Water Grandmother with the Canadian Rivers Institute at UNB. She worked as an Organic Extractions Chemist/Laboratory Manager with a US environmental laboratory before moving to the management of municipal water and wastewater treatment laboratories. As Science Director for Maliseet Nation Conservation Council she developed an effective and respectful method of paralleling indigenous knowledge with scientific methods. She has served on advisory boards, councils and committees that contribute to conservation of natural resources and works to foster good working relationships between the scientific/academic communities and the First Nations of New Brunswick.

 


Maurice Dusseault, Ph.D.

Maurice carries out research in petroleum geomechanics, new heavy oil production methods, salt mechanics (mining, storage), and deep waste disposal.  He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the Canadian Geotechnical Society and several other professional groups and organizations.
Maurice works with the International Society for Rock Mechanics (ISRM) Commission on Petroleum Geomechanics and as a senior scientific advisor to the Alberta government on science and geomechanics issues.  His research comprises carbon dioxide sequestration, shale gas geomechanics, leaking of old wells, and hydraulic fracturing.

 

 


Karen Kidd, Ph.D.

Karen is an ecotoxicologist and holds a Canada Research Chair at the University of New Brunswick. Her research is on understanding the effects of human activities on the aquatic environment. She has done studies on how chemical pollution from agriculture, aquaculture, industries and municipalities affects fish and other aquatic life in lakes and rivers. In addition, she researches the accumulation of mercury, pesticides and industrial chemicals through stream and lake food webs to fish to understand the risks that these contaminants pose to fish and fish-eating wildlife and humans.  

 

 

 


Dr. Van Lantz

Van is a professor and acting Dean in the Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management at the University of New Brunswick. His expertise in the areas of economic impact and cost-benefit analyses related to environmental and natural resource management, along with variety of other areas of study will add to the perspectives available to the Institute. In addition to accumulating a distinguished portfolio of publications and reports, he also list many study awards and grants.