Dr. Hilary Thorpe (she/her/hers)
Hilary is the Pacific Region Marine Coordinator for Parks Canada. From 2012-2020, Hilary was the Marine Project Manager at Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site, where she worked closely with the Archipelago Management Board to develop the Gina ’Waadluxan KilGuhlGa Land-Sea-People Management Plan. Prior to joining Parks, Hilary was a postdoctoral fellow at UBC and Academic Director for the Haida Gwaii Higher Education Society. She holds a B.Sc. in Ecology and a Ph.D. in Forestry, both from the University of Toronto. Hilary lives in Revelstoke, BC, with her partner and their two children.
Suudhl Cindy Boyko (she/her/hers)
Suudhl Cindy Boyko has served as the Haida Nation co-chair on the Gwaii Haanas Archipelago Management Board for the past twenty years, where she has overseen signing of the Gwaii Haanas Marine Agreement and establishment of Gwaii Haanas National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, the raising of the Legacy Pole at Hlk’yah GawGa Windy Bay and signing of the Gina ’Waadluxan KilGuhlGa Land-Sea-People Management Plan. Cindy sat as an elected representative on the Council of the Haida Nation for nine years and, prior to that, was manager of the Haida Gwaii Watchmen Program. She is also a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the Haida Gwaii Institute. Cindy lives in Skidegate with her cocker spaniel, Kona.
Dr. Derek Armitage (he/him/his)
Derek is Professor and Associate Director (Graduate) in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability, University Waterloo, where he co-leads the Environmental Change and Governance Group. His research aims to support coastal communities and their partners to sustainably manage oceans, coasts and fisheries using ideas from cooperative (co-) management, adaptive governance and knowledge co-production, as well as social-ecological systems and resilience thinking. He has lived and worked in a range of geographic contexts, including the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic regions of Canada, southern Ontario, the Caribbean, southeast Asia and east Africa.
Derek has led a wide range of initiatives and working groups in several major research partnerships, including the Community Conservation Research Network, the OceanCanada Partnership, and most recently, a new global partnership on the vulnerability and viability of small-scale fisheries. He serves on the Independent Science Panel for the Government of New Zealand’s Sustainable Seas Science Challenge, and the Research Oversight Committee of a Genome Canada project on sustainable fisheries in Nunavut. He has consulted on conservation and environmental projects for such clients as Ministry of Environment and Energy (Ontario), Ministry of Natural Resources (Ontario), Alberta Environment, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the Global Environmental Facility (World Bank), African Development Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank.
Derek is the co-editor of several books on coastal and natural resource management, including ‘Adaptive Co-Management: Collaboration, Learning and Multi-Level Governance’ (UBC Press), ‘Governance of the Coastal Commons’ (Routledge), and a forthcoming volume, ‘Canada’s Oceans: Pathways to Sustainability in a Sea of Change’ (UBC Press). He currently lives and works in Waterloo, Ontario in the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples, and will be found whenever possible near the shores of Lake Huron (Naadowewi).
Ella-Kari Muhl (she/her/hers)
Ella-Kari Muhl is a political ecologist and interdisciplinary sustainability practitioner. She holds an MSc. (with distinction) in Environmental and Geographical Science from the University of Cape Town (South Africa), and has a Bachelor of Social Science in psychology, and media and communications. Her research interests focus on issues of equity, the co-production of knowledge and sustainable governance of marine resources. Ms. Muhl’s work in South Africa has focused on improving marine protected area governance by understanding perceptions of local scientists, community members, NGOs, and the local managing authorities. In this context she has contributed to ongoing policy changes and rezoning efforts in Africa’s oldest marine protected area (MPA), and produced a short film to give voice to local communities adjacent to the protected area.
Although born and raised in Cape Town, Ms. Muhl has lived and worked across Asia and Australia, and is a certified divemaster and teacher. She has extensive volunteer experience, including with the Department of Parks and Wildlife (Western Australia) and Save Our Seas (South Africa) foundation which aims to help underrepresented children experience the benefits of the ocean. Her volunteer and international experiences drive her interests in supporting local communities and their connection to the environment. Ms. Muhl is currently completing her doctoral degree in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability, University of Waterloo.
Dr. Dan McCarthy (he/him/his)
Dan is an Associate Professor in the School of Environment and Resources and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo and Executive Director of the Waterloo Institute of Social Innovation and Resilience. Dan’s research explores the utility of a complex systems-based approach to developing knowledge of, and effectively intervening within, linked social-ecological systems to foster resilience, sustainability and social-environmental justice, and to leverage this research for teaching and intervention. Dan has extensive experience in community-based, participatory, and Indigenous research contexts as well as over a decade of research and curriculum development experience around the concept of social innovation.
Dan was the principal investigator on the SSHRC Partnership Development Grant, Anishanaabe Maamwaye Aki Kiigayewin: Fostering Innovations in Intercultural, Corporate-Indigenous Relations and Mine Restoration. The Project, guided by a group of Elders from across Treaty 9, Treaty 3, and the James Bay region, supported the development of an Indigenous-led social innovation, Anishinaabe Maamwaye Aki Kiigayewin (AMAK) – all people coming together to heal the earth. The overall goal of the AMAK initiative is to improve mine reclamation strategies and outcomes by including both scientific data and Indigenous Traditional Knowledge in the design, planning and monitoring stages of the mining and reclamation process. The project contributed important insights to the critical need for decolonization and diversity in social innovation scholarship and practice.
More recently, Dan is the principal investigator on a SSHRC Insight Grant with the Haida Gwaii Institute and the Haida Museum. The project, Practicing Reconciliation Through Teaching and Research on Haida Gwaii, focuses on education and research for reconciliation using an inter-cultural social innovation lens. This work builds off of eight years of teaching for the HGI. Dr. McCarthy has also been working with the Centre for First Nations Governance for the last several years on the Transitional Governance Project and is a co-applicant on the SSHRC Partnership Grant application. He has led a small group of researchers, including Dr. Greg Hill (University of Portland) and collaborator Melanie Goodchild, in a project to generate a systems map of the Indian Act.