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Bill Gummer

Bill graduated from Carleton University in 1970 with a BSc in Chemistry. He then began his career with the Ontario Water Resources Commission followed by two years with Montreal Engineering Company.

In 1973, he joined Environment Canada’s Inland Waters Directorate, leading the inter-provincial and Canada-US water quality initiatives of the Prairie Provinces Water Board, Red River Pollution Board, Souris River Water Quality Board, and Poplar River Water Board to resolve and avoid water use conflicts and disputes.

As Associate Science Director, Bill co-led the multi-partner and multidisciplinary 1990–1996 Northern Rivers Basin Study focusing on the assessment of industrial impacts in the Peace, Athabasca and Slave River basins. In 1993, he assumed responsibility for the Canadian Wildlife Service’s ecosystem research programs involving migratory birds, species at risk, contaminants, land use-habitat interactions, wetland vulnerability and water quality.

In 2002, he accepted the regional directorship for the Canadian Wildlife Service where he led negotiations with Greenland for polar bear conservation, directed the assessment of the wildlife and habitat implications of the Mackenzie Gas Project, chaired the Prairie Habitat Joint Venture, sat on the North American Wetland Conservation Council, the North American Waterfowl Management Plan planning committee, the Regional Habitat Stewardship Board, and directed the species at risk, migratory bird and regional federal protected areas programs. He has 38 years of experience in the fields of water (quality) and wildlife management.

Photo credit Delaney Anderson.

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