Board of Directors

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The Conservation Council’s Board of Directors have a diverse knowledge that spans the environment, public health, education, engineering, sustainable agriculture and farming, law, psychology and social inequality.

  • President: John Crompton
  • Vice-President, Administration: Patrick Colford
  • Treasurer: Allan Vallis
  • Secretary:  Nikole Watson
  • Executive Member-At-Large: Frank Johnston
  • Past President: Lianne Thibodeau

John Bird is currently training at the Fredericton law firm of Whitehead, Bird and Miles. John completed his Master of Laws in Environmental and Maritime Law at the University of Edinburgh in 2013. His thesis work was delimiting the Aegean maritime boundaries between Greece and Turkey in accordance with international law and State practice.

With both a Bachelor of Science (biology) and law degree from UNB, John has investigated safety concerns associated with nuclear and coal sourced energy; sustainable development under current EU law; state and corporate responsibility for trans-boundary environmental harm; German and Brazilian climate policies with international climate change law; reefs around the island of Cuba including the Bay of Pigs; the impact of deregulation over industrial and municipal activities regarding waste and  pollution on the coral reef systems, and diversity, speciation and decimation of reef ecology.

Deborah Carr is a freelance writer, author, workshop leader, speaker and activist. She has written for regional, national and international magazines, specializing in nature, wildlife and conservation topics, as well as people profiles.  Deborah writes creatively and corporately, and has delivered writing workshops to the general public, within the prison system, to non-profit organizations, government, educational institutions, and in Haiti.

Seeing the ground zero effects of climate change in weather vulnerable countries turned her into a social justice and climate change activist.  Having written about sustainable forestry early in her career, she is also an ardent advocate for forests and rivers, and a founding member of Water and Environmental Protection for Albert County (WEPAC).

Stephanie Coburn is a farmer from the Head of Millstream, near Sussex. Her family farm produces  grass fed beef, pastured poultry and pigs, and vegetables. Until recently, Stephanie owned and operated the Winterwood Natural Food Store in downtown Sussex. She has served as the President of the Conservation Council for several years.

Patrick Colford: Please check back for more updates!

Dr. John Crompton, born in Sheffield, England, came to Canada in 1975 as a general practitioner doctor. He did his residency in Halifax, NS and came to Moncton in 1983 where he has been on worked in the anesthesia and intensive care units at the Moncton City Hospital ever since.  He worked with Kevin Mathews doing aerial photography in 1990s and joined CCNB in 2002 due to my concerns over forestry and climate change.

His hobbies are watercolor painting, organic gardening and flying. Dr. Crompton also has a 600+ acre woodlot that he says that the Irvings can’t cut.

Susan Eddy has a BA in biochemistry and an MSc in Zoology.  She worked for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and its predecessors in Winnipeg, Nunavut, and St. Andrews on various projects. For fourteen years, she worked as a fish inspector and shellfish specialist at DFO Inspection, which became part of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, in Blacks Harbour. After retiring she and her husband spent a year on the water sailing to Cuba in the wooden ketch Wayne built.

Since retiring she has volunteered with the Volunteer Centre of Charlotte County, Charlotte Dial-a-Ride, the Ross Memorial Library and the Conservation Council.  She sings with the St. Andrews women’s choir, Shiretown SIngers and enjoys cross country skiing, hiking and sailing.

Jim Emberger is best known for his work as a spokesperson for the New Brunswick Anti-Shale Gas Alliance (NBASGA), which brought together New Brunswickers from all regions of the province to help achieve a moratorium on shale gas development in New Brunswick. Originally from the United States, Jim has dual citizenship and lives with his wife, Marcella, in Taymouth, N.B.

Jim has worn many hats over the years — he has been a data processing consultant, a teacher, an investigator for the US Department of Energy, and the director of a not-for-profit organization promoting natural science education. In addition to writing and researching for the NBASGA, Jim is a songwriter and musician and has performed in various New Brunswick bands.

Hannah Grant earned a BSc(hons) in Environmental Biology from St. Andrews University, Scotland, as a McEuen scholar. She also has a B.A. in English and Biology from UNB. After working as a research assistant counting songbirds and picking larvae out of pond sediment, she spent a few years studying crustacean neurobiology and teaching ecology before coming back to the Maritimes to attend veterinary college, graduating as a DVM from UPEI.

She comes from a family with a love for wildlife, conservation and the arts, and likes to spend time on Grand Manan Island at her parents’ camp, which has a lovely view of the Bay of Fundy and a 30 year old Swedish composting toilet.

Frank Johnston was born in 1949, Saint John, and grew up in Grand Falls, NB . He holds degrees in the Biological Sciences from the University of New Brunswick, MacMaster University and the University of Calgary. Frank is a “bad birdwatcher” and has advocated for conservation of the Falls and Gorge and sustainable development in the Grand Falls region as a past member of the Falls and Gorge Commission.

Scott Kidd and his partner Karen and son Marshall moved to Quispamsis from Winnipeg in 2004. Karen is a Canada Research Chair (Biology) at UNBSJ. Marshall is a teen with all the busyness that entails. Scott holds a BSc.(Hons.) from the University of Guelph, where he majored in Ecology, and a law degree from the University of Manitoba.

After graduating from the U of Manitoba, Scott practised law for several years before moving on to work as the Conservation Director for the Manitoba Chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. Although no longer practising law, Scott tries to keep abreast of developments in Canadian environmental law in Canada and regularly teaches Introductory Environmental Law to environmental science and biology students at UNBSJ. Since moving to Quispamsis Scott has worked on research and writing contracts (legal and environmental) for a number of local environmental organizations including the Conservation Council of New Brunswick.

David MacDonald is retired with a background in transportation. He came to the Conservation Council because of his concerns with forest management. He is active with the CCNB Southeast Chapter in Moncton.

Tyler McCready is a Professional Fire Fighter in Fredericton, New Brunswick. He holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of New Brunswick and is an Executive Officer with the Fredericton Fire Fighters’ Association (International Association of Firefighters’ Local 1053). He is passionate about the community, human and workers rights, the environment, and the relationship between them.

He sits as a Trustee with the Fredericton & District Labour Council and in his downtime, enjoys outdoor activities, his dogs and vintage motorcycles.

Rob Moir is first-and foremost a husband and father, and a proud New Brunswicker.  He moved to New Brunswick and joined UNB Saint John in 1996 and is currently serving as Associate Professor of Economics within the Faculty of Business, Transition Coordinator – Faculty of Business, Acting Chair of Nursing & Health Sciences, and former Chair of Social Sciences.

He received a BA & BSc (Honours in Economics) from McMaster, an MA from Queen’s, and a PhD from McMaster. Dr. Moir’s key research topic is the role of cooperation in the economy. As part of community groups including the CCNB he has provided advice, reports, talks, and expert testimony on pipeline location (Canaport LNG NEB Hearings), hydrocarbon security (Canaport LNG NEB Hearings), suburban development in environmentally sensitive zones (Kingston Cliffs), non-traditional fossil fuel extraction (Shale Gas), mining (uranium and Sisson Brook), and Crown Land Management/Forestry (the recent Crown Land Management Plan). He is a contributor to the local paper on social and environmental justice issues, and general public policy both as a letter writer and the author of opinion pieces.

Roy Ries: Please check back for more updates!

Liane Thibodeau is a retired human resource consultant who owned and operated a successfulhuman resource consulting firm in the province of New Brunswick.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton University.  She has had a strong interest in environmental issues since the early 1980s where she was one of the co-founders of the Miramichi Environmental Society.

Liane served on the board of directors of the Conservation Council of New Brunswick in the 1990s. She is an avid photographer and especially loves taking photos of the natural world.

Paula Tippett is a retired family doctor from Saint John. She has a BSc. from McGill, an M.D. from Dalhousie University, and a Masters in Public Health (Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences) from the University of Illinois in Chicago. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors of CCNB for many years,  once serving as vice-president, practiced family medicine in east Saint John for over 25 years, and was active in the Environment Committee of the Saint John Medical Society.

Allan Vallis is a Commercial Banking Manager with more than three decades of experience in leadership, management and executive positions in the financial services industry. Raised in Saint John, Allan earned his Business Administration degree from the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton. He currently lives on the Kingston Peninsula and “very much enjoys working and living in his home environment.”

Jessica Vihvelin  lives in Saint John with her husband and young daughter. Jess has a BA in History and Environment from McGill University and a Diploma in Journalism from Concordia University. She has worked at Efficiency New Brunswick since 2010 and is passionate about the environment, arts and community.

Nikole Watson: Nikole is the Energy Coordinator at the University of New Brunswick where she monitors energy projects and develops new opportunities for the campus to be more energy efficient. Nikole is completing the necessary requirements to become a LEED Accredited Professional with a focus on retrofitting existing buildings to make them more sustainable. Nikole is an active member of the Fredericton Swing Dance community and a hobby cyclist, and she is excited to be part of the Conservation Council and its initiatives.