Meet Our Staff

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Lois Corbett recently returned home to NB, after 30 years away working on environmental policy elsewhere, to join CCNB as Executive Director. Lois was most recently appointed by the Federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, to the Canada’s Sustainable Development Advisory Council. Lois was a Senior Policy Advisor to three Ministers of the Environment in Ontario since 2003 before establishing her own consulting practice. She was previously the Executive Director at the Toronto Environmental Alliance where she helped Toronto City Council adopt its progressive Smog Action Plan, ban the use of cosmetic pesticides, develop its Climate Change Action plan and its waste diversion plan, as well as amendments to its sewer use by-law and building permit process. At TEA Lois also successfully developed the campaign that saw provincial political parties’ commit to phase-out coal-fired electricity in Ontario.

Lois’ first job in the environmental movement was at the Conservation Council of New Brunswick in 1981 where she was employed as a summer student. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Saint Thomas University in Fredericton, NB.

Stephanie Phillips is our Office Manager and Financial Administrator. Stephanie brings a wealth of financial experience to our office as a long-time financial manager at Fredericton’s former York Credit Union where she oversaw her client’s unique financial needs. Stephanie manages our daily finances, office accounts, scheduling and general administrative duties.

Stephanie first joined the Conservation Council as a Board member in 2008 where she served as Treasurer for four years. After retiring from the credit union in 2010, she returned to us in 2014 as the office number cruncher and friendly down-to-earth greeter you often hear when you call our office.

As woodlot owners, Stephanie and her husband, Dan Phillips, have a keen interest in forestry related matters as well as a great concern for our planet’s overall health. When you hear her voice on the other end of the line, you know you’re talking to New Brunswicker with a passion for the sustainable management of our forests and the jobs they create.

Matt Abbott is the Fundy Baykeeper and Marine Conservation Director. Matt works out of CCNB’s marine conservation office in St. Andrews and aboard CCNB’s patrol vessel, the Fundy Baykeeper. The Fundy Baykeeper works for the Conservation Council to defend the public’s right to a healthy Bay of Fundy. This right is inherent in laws written to protect the marine environment and the species that inhabit it. Too often, however, these laws are not enforced. Part investigator, scientist, lawyer, advocate and educator, the Fundy Baykeeper’s top priority is to make sure environmental laws are enforced as citizens expect them to be.

 

Jon MacNeill is the Conservation Council’s communications director. He studied journalism, history and political science at St. Thomas University in Fredericton. He has written for newspapers across the Maritimes and for a Member of Parliament in New Brunswick. He joined the team at the Conservation Council in fall 2015. Jon lives in Fredericton with his daughter, Lainey.

 

 

 

Corey Robichaud manages our websites and social media, as well as writes articles for EcoAlert magazine, our blog and other publications. Born and raised in rural New Brunswick, Corey is a graduate of the St. Thomas University’s Communications and Journalism program and an alumni of the Katimavik youth volunteer program. Corey’s favorite place to meditate on summer days is the mossy surface of a huge glacier deposited rock found in Hammond River park, just a hop and skip away from his childhood home. Corey finds clean energy technology and permaculture fascinating, and is looking forward to building his own self-sustainable dream home some day.

 

Nadine Ives is our Learning Outside Project Director. Nadine has a PhD in hardwood tree ecology and has been involved in nature education in various forms for over 24 years (from school visits and nature walks to writing for the general public and facilitating workshops to university teaching). She is a member of the Sustainability Education Alliance of NB (SEA-NB) and the NB Biodiversity Collaborative. Sharing her love and appreciation for the natural world has long been a part of everything Nadine does. She greatly enjoys being able to help children and their teachers explore and learn about the natural world.

 

 

Jonna Karhunen is our Learning Outside Project Coordinator. She studied wildlife management, fish biology and environmental sciences and did her Master of Science at the University of Helsinki, Finland. Jonna has cherished her love for nature and education by working in schools and publishing numerous nature articles in Finnish magazines and books. With the Learning Outside Project, Jonna is able to support and encourage teachers to take their students outside as well inspire and get inspired by children exploring and learning in nature

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