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Appointee Biographies

Committee on the Status of Species at Risk In Ontario (COSSARO)

TOM HILDITCH

Tom Hilditch is President and CEO of Colucent Environmental Inc. During his 40-year career as an ecologist, Tom has completed impact assessment, mitigation planning and ecological planning and design projects in Canada, China, Barbados, Venezuela and Equatorial Guinea. Tom served on the Species at Risk Program Advisory Committee (SARPAC), COSSARO’s sister committee between 2008 and 2014 (Member 2008 to 2010, Chair 2010 to 2014). Tom has served as Chair of COSSARO since 2015. He also currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the Species at Risk Conservation Trust and the Anishinabek/Ontario Fisheries Resources Centre.

DAN KRAUS

Dan Kraus is the Manager of Conservation Science and Planning for the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) - Ontario Region. He is co-author of the Lake Ontario Biodiversity Conservation Strategy, the Great Lakes Islands Conservation and Biodiversity Atlas and Beyond Island of Green: A Primer for Using Conservation Science to Select and Design Community-Based Nature Reserves. Prior to joining NCC, Mr. Kraus was a senior ecologist for an environmental consultant. He is a member of the Society for Conservation Biology and the Ecological Society of America. Mr. Kraus has an undergraduate degree from the University of Waterloo in Environmental Studies and a M.Sc. from the University of Guelph.

GLENN CUNNINGTON

Glenn Cunnington is a Project Manager with the District Municipality of Muskoka. He has conducted wildlife research and monitoring for a variety of species throughout Ontario and has served as a member of the E. hog-nosed snake and E. Foxsnake Recover Teams. Prior to his employment at Riverstone, Dr. Cunnington was a Species at Risk Biologist, and a Permitting and Agreements Coordinator with the Ontario Public Service. Dr. Cunnington holds a Ph.D. from Carleton University, and a Master of Science degree from Trent University.

SHANNON CATTON

Shannon Catton is a Senior Ecologist and Project Director for GEI Consultants, and a former Terrestrial Team Lead for Stantec Consulting. Shannon’s community involvement includes serving as a member for Priory Park Public School Council.

ALLISON FEATHERSTONE

Allison Featherstone is an ecologist with LGL Limited environmental research associates, where she leads a team of ecologists, biologists and planners as part of the Senior Management Team. Allison was appointed to the LGL Limited Board of Directors in 2018. Since joining LGL in 2003, Allison has been involved with over 150 natural heritage investigations in support of infrastructure (water, wastewater, transportation), renewable and clean energy projects, comprehensive broad scale environmental studies and Environmental Assessments/Environmental Impact Statements. Allison's community involvement includes participation as a member (2007-2018) and Chair (2014-2018) of the Region of Waterloo's Ecological and Environmental Advisory Committee, where she also served as a member on the Region of Waterloo Technical Advisory Committee for Wastewater Master Plan, the Region of Waterloo Transportation Master Plan Stakeholder Advisory Committee, and the Climate Change Adaptation Committee.

JILLIAN DEMAN

Jillian deMan has 23 years of dedicated environmental experience as a Senior Ecologist with AECOM where she has worked on projects across Canada in the renewable mining, transportation, waste and water sectors. Her main role is facilitation of project approvals with respect to the Endangered Species Act. Ms. deMan has an undergraduate degree from Brock University in biological and earth sciences and is recognized as an expert in woodland and wetland restoration before the Environmental Review Tribunal. She is a life time member of the Field Botanists of Ontario and currently volunteers her time with The Owl Foundation.

DARREN SLEEP

Darren Sleep is Senior Director, Conservation Strategies at Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI). His former employment includes roles as Project Leader, Forest Ecology at The National Council for Air and Stream Improvement (NCASI). Community involvement includes serving as Chair of the Survival and Recovery Working Group for the Species at Risk Advisory Committee (SARAC).

TOBY THORNE

Toby Thorne grew up in the UK with a keen interest in natural history and studied biology at the University of Oxford. He moved to Canada in 2013 to pursue a research master’s degree, studying Ontario Bats. He has worked on a variety of bat focused projects. Toby lives in Toronto, and currently helps lead the Native Bat Conservation Program at the Toronto Zoo, focusing on filling knowledge gaps and raising public awareness of bats in the province. He is the author of a 2016 field guide to Ontario’s bat species.

IAN BARRETT

Ian Barrett is a senior biologist and senior manager of Environmental Projects for Colville Consulting Inc. He is a former biologist for the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority, an ecologist for Gartner Lee Limited and a habitat technician for the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. Mr. Barrett holds a Fish and Wildlife Technologist Diploma from Sir Sandford Fleming College, a Bachelor of Science degree from Trent University and a Master of Science Degree from the University of Waterloo. Mr. Barrett is a former member for the Ontario Freshwater Fish Recovery Team and was involved in the development of the recover strategy for the Lake Chubsucker and the management plan for the Grass Pickerel.