Advisory Committees

The Foundation relies heavily on its volunteer advisory committee structure to make good decisions on the projects that should be funded. Our advisory committee model is unique in the world of salmon conservation. It’s a strategic direction that promotes inclusiveness of the many interests in wild salmon conservation as well as partnership among them. Most importantly, our advisory committees ensure the Foundation receives excellent advice in recommending conservation projects that respond to the unique salmon conservation imperatives faced in each of the five provinces.

There are six advisory committees consisting of a Scientific Advisory Committee and five Provincial Advisory Committees. Each appointee to these committees is an expert volunteer identified in consultation with stakeholder groups and governments. Our advisory committees have proven to be a very successful way of including people in our decision-making processes and ensuring full transparency in the granting process.

New Brunswick

Denis Guitard
Fernand Savoie
Kathryn Collet (Chair)
Michelle Gray
John Pugh
Tom Callaghan
Jim Marriner

Nova Scotia

Shane O’Neil
Sana Kavanagh
Michael Pollard
Kris Hunter
Al McNeill (Chair)
Larry Shortt
Jim Gourlay

Newfoundland & Labrador

Keith Piercey
Robert Otto
Brian Dempson
Fred Parsons (Chair)
Rick Maddigan
Ross Hinks
Calvin Francis
Robert Perry

Prince Edward Island

Mike Durant
Allan Ledgerwood
Randy Angus
Mary Finch
Rosie MacFarlane (Chair)
Becky Hersom-Petersen
Chris Mills


Sébastien Ross
Michell Damphousse
René Lafond (Chair)
Patrick Plante
Sylvie Tremblay
Jean Malec
Jean Boudreault
André St-Hilaire


Peter Cronin
Yvon Coté
Dr. Jeff Hutchings
Davis Reddin (Chair)
Brian Dempson
Francois Caron
John Bagnall
Rick Cunjak