Aug 10, 2010: Dr Brian Riddell

Next Meeting: August 10th, 2010
Time: 9:30 am
Location: H.R. MacMillian Planetarium and Space Centre, Lower Level
Speaker: Dr. Brian Riddell
Topic: “Conservation of Pacific Salmon. Who is responsible?”

After almost thirty years of service to the public service of Canada, Dr. Riddell recently accepted the position of CEO and President of the Pacific Salmon Foundation (PSF), a non-for-profit charitable foundation dedicated to the conservation of Pacific salmon and restoration of their habitats. During his tenure with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, he established a strong reputation for objective accurate advice to senior management and integrity with all users and conservation groups in Canada and throughout the North Pacific region.

Dr. Riddell graduated from Guelph University with a B.Sc.(Honors Marine Biology) in 1974. He received his doctorate from McGill University in Population Biology/Genetics in 1979.

Prior to his recent appointment, he was Division Head, Salmon and Freshwater Ecosystems, Science Branch of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Pacific Geological Station in Nanaimo, B.C. Since graduating in1979, he has served as a research scientist and program manager for various programs and organizations re-lated to Pacific salmon stock assessment, population genetics research and international fishery issues.

In an advisory capacity, he has served on numerous committees in-cluding the SFU Leadership in Salmon Conservation and Management as well as Canadian Member of the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission. Dr. Riddell has received many public service awards. These include: Canada Medal (125th Year Commemorative Medal)… for citizenship in the community and contributions to the conservation of Pacific salmon and the Public Service of Canada; Public Service Distinction Award for development of Canada’s Policy for the conservation of Wild Pacific Salmon and the Deputy Minister’s Prix d’Excellence Award for contributions to the Department and the Public Service of Canada.

He is frequently requested to address national and international conferences and is widely published with over 100 publications in the primary scientific literature and secondary literature for the provision of advice to the Department of Fisheries.