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Alberta's New Chief Scientist is Good News for Wildlife and Water, Says Y2Y

Y2Y reacted today to the Government of Alberta’s announcement that it was appointing a new Chief Scientist for the province.

April 6, 2016

Canmore, AB – The Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) reacted today to the Government of Alberta’s announcement that it was appointing a new Chief Scientist for the province, reporting to the Deputy Minister of Environment and Parks.

“Yellowstone to Yukon welcomes the news that the Province has appointed Alberta’s first Chief Scientist. As an organization focused on using the best science for making decisions about the future of our natural ecosystems, Y2Y applauds the creation of this position,” says Dr. Jodi Hilty, Y2Y’s President and Chief Scientist.

On Tuesday, Environment Minister Shannon Phillips appointed Dr. Fred Wrona to the position. Dr. Wrona was formerly the Chief Scientist for the Alberta Environmental Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Agency (AEMERA) and Senior Science Strategist and Advisor with Environment Canada, where he was based at the University of Victoria as a Professor in the Department of Geography and the Water and Climate Impacts Research Centre (W-CIRC).

“The province has a number of important land-use planning decisions to make that will impact the quality of our water, our wildlife and our way of life,” says Dr. Hilty. “The government has indicated that it will use the best science available when it comes to protecting landscapes like our headwaters, and places like the Castle Wildland and Provincial Parks in southern Alberta. Having a position responsible for science will be a great benefit to the province.”

“We look forward to working with Dr. Wrona in the future and will seek an opportunity to discuss the role of science in policy decision making soon,” adds Dr. Hilty.


For further comment, contact:

  • Dr. Jodi Hilty, PhD, President and Chief Scientist, Y2Y
    (403) 678-1137, jodi@y2y.net
  • Stephen Legault, Program Director - Crown, Alberta and NWT, Y2Y, (403) 688-2964, stephen@y2y.net