Meet Todd Dupuis, a member of our Prince Edward Island Advisory Committee
Todd Dupuis was born on the mighty Miramichi where he spent weekends on the Little Southwest branch chasing brook trout or making tea over an open fire with his grandfather; so his appreciation of the outdoors was entrenched at a young age.
Todd moved to PEI in the early 80s to attend university and still resides there today. A serious outdoor enthusiast he is an avid hiker, snowshoer, skier and can also be found sailing the waters of the Northumberland Straight during the summer months.
Todd is a science graduate of the University of Prince Edward Island and worked in the watershed restoration field for more than 25 years. As a technical advisor for many community-based stream restoration projects across Prince Edward Island and to the Government of Prince Edward Island on fish passage issues, Todd has built strong relationships with many environmental stakeholders within the province.
He co-authored the “Technical Manual for Watershed Management on Prince Edward Island” and has taught at the university level. As a member of the Prince Edward Island Round Table on Resource Land Use and Stewardship Commission he has supported the development of a resource land strategy for the province. He co-chaired the Bonshaw Hills Public Lands Committee which shepherded the development of the Bonshaw Hills Provincial Park which is PEI’s largest. Todd is presently the Executive Director of PEI Provincial Department of Environment, Water and Climate Change and Environment (EWCC).
Todd began working summer jobs in the river restoration field in PEI while a student at UPEI. In 1992 he accepted a position with the Atlantic Salmon Federation finishing in 2014 as the Executive Director of Regional Programs in Atlantic Canada and Quebec.
He still has a role conserving Atlantic salmon through his position with the provincial government. The Department of EWCC is responsible for ensuring river systems in PEI have sufficient water volumes and water quality to sustain aquatic wildlife. The Department is also responsible for action on climate change, which certainly has implications for wild Atlantic salmon.
Volunteers have always been critical to the success of salmon conservation in PEI. The Island is blessed with a strong network of watershed management organizations with the overall goal to improve and protect the environmental quality of watersheds for the benefit of all Island residents. These organizations, with their many volunteers, are the backbone of efforts to conserve and restore habitats essential for the survival of wild Atlantic salmon. This Alliance achieves their goals by promoting co-operation and by providing a strong, united voice in addressing Island-wide watershed issues.