The Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation/La fondation pour la Conservation du saumon atlantique (ASCF/FCSA) is a registered charitable organization incorporated as a non-profit organization under the Canada Corporations Act.
The Board of Directors are volunteers and come from each of the five provinces whose wild Atlantic salmon populations the ASCF/FCSA program is intended to assist and from the Indigenous community. Each member of the ASCF/FCSA Board is eminent in his or her field and possessive of the skills and qualifications necessary to ensure the ASCF/FCSA is successful in meeting its objectives.
Our Mission Statement
To promote enhanced community partnerships in the conservation of wild Atlantic salmon and its habitat in Atlantic Canada and Quebec.
- To be an effective source of funding for community volunteer organizations in conserving, restoring and protecting wild Atlantic salmon and its habitat.
- To enhance cooperation and partnership between governments, Indigenous organizations. community volunteer groups and others in the interests of conserving, restoring and protecting wild Atlantic salmon and its habitat.
- To promote and improve conservation planning and management at the watershed level as the basis for ensuring effective use of and accountability for funds made available for wild Atlantic salmon conservation initiatives.
- To improve public awareness, education and research respecting the conservation of wild Atlantic salmon and salmon habitat.
Stephen Chase is Executive Director of the Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation. He is responsible for managing and directing a major wild Atlantic salmon conservation trust fund with the goal of improving community-based stewardship of fish and fish habitat. He works closely with community organizations and with federal, provincial and Indigenous government agencies throughout Atlantic Canada and Quebec.
During a 20-year career with the Government of New Brunswick, he has worked in the departments of the Treasury Board, Justice, and Health and Community Services. He has extensive experience in intergovernmental relations, policy development and directing major government programs. He has negotiated and administered several federal/provincial and inter-provincial agreements.
More recently he was employed with the Atlantic Salmon Federation (1999 to 2004) as Vice-President, Government Affairs, where he was responsible for advocacy and developing stronger working relations with governments at the regional, national and international levels to conserve the wild Atlantic salmon. He also served as a Senior Policy Advisor with Fisheries and Oceans Canada in Ottawa and Moncton (2004-2006), where heled public consultations on salmon conservation programming. Prior to joining the ASCF Stephen was Executive-Director, Government Relations with Canadian Blood Services in Ottawa (2006 to 2007), with responsibility for business relationships with Provincial-territorial governments.
He holds degrees in Law and Arts (Biology) from the University of New Brunswick and currently serves as a City Councillor for the City of Fredericton.
Conservation Program Manager
Darla Saunders holds a Bachelor of Science from Dalhousie University and a Master of Science from McGill University. She has more than 15 years of experience in the field of conservation and has worked on a wide variety of project across Eastern Canada. Before joining the Foundation, she worked with Parks Canada and the Nature Conservancy of Canada.
Conservation Program Coordinator
Allyson completed a Bachelor of Science from St. Francis Xavier University and a Master of Science from the University of New Brunswick. Before joining us, she was a Lab and Field Technician for Forest Protection Limited based out of the Canadian Forest Service in Fredericton, NB.