The NRESi operates with a Director, Research Manager, an internal Steering Committee, and a newly developed Advisory Panel.
The Director, Art Fredeen, and Research Manager, Al Wiensczyk, are responsible for:
- managing the day-to-day operations of the Institute;
- building dialogue with the external community to identify research needs and opportunities where NRESi can provide support;
- coordinating and promoting opportunities for collaboration among members of the Institute, local communities, government and industry; and,
- sharing and building the profile and vision of the Institute through outreach and extension.
The Steering Committee reflects perspectives of the members of the Institute and it ensures that the Institute functions in accordance with its vision statement and purpose.
The Steering Committee works closely with the Director and Research Manager to:
- help realize strategic plans and provide direction to NRESi;
- support interdisciplinary and collaborative project and partnership planning, networking, and development;
- review applications for membership in the Institute; and,
- ensure that the perspectives and needs of the members of the Institute are known and integrated into NRESi’s activities.
Members of the Steering Committee
Dr. Art Fredeen (as Director)
Michelle Connolly, Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions
Al Wiensczyk, NRESi Research Manager
Dr. Che Elkin, Ecosystem Science and Management Program
Dr. Stephen Déry (NRES Graduate Committee Representative)
Dr. Tristan Pearce, International Studies
Dr. Scott Green, Environmental Science and Management Program
Dr. Lisa Wood, Environmental Science and Management Program
This new committee includes representatives external to NRESi’s membership. Appointed members include individuals from UNBC, as well as the broader community. This committee is responsible for:
(a) Updating the Steering Committee on relevant events and changes in their respective offices or sectors;
(b) Identifying trends, opportunities, needs, and issues applicable to NRESi’s work,
(c) Providing direction in response to questions about natural resource issues,
(d) Collaborating to suggest potential strategies for addressing the trends and/or opportunities identified,
(e) Enable new, productive, and relevant avenues of collaboration among the members of the NRESi and with wider communities.