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Please follow along to learn more about our 2023 Sustainable Ocean Conference Keynote Speaker and Panellists!

Dr. Cinda Scott

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Cinda P. Scott completed her Ph.D. in 2009 at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science in Marine Biology and Fisheries with a focus in molecular evolutionary genomics. Since 2014, she has directed The School for Field Studies, Center for Tropical Island Biodiversity Studies program in Bocas del Toro, Panamá, dedicated to the study of anthropogenic impacts of tourism on the natural environment. Maintaining interests in MPAs, coral reef ecology, and conservation biology. Her current research examines the health and complexity of mangrove ecosystems throughout Bocas del Toro.

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Zachary sabean

PANELLIST

Zach hails from the Annapolis Valley, where he has spent most of his life. He's a proud band member of Annapolis Valley First Nations but is happy that his role in the Confederacy of Mainland Mi'kmaq allows him to work for Mi'kmaq all over Nova Scotia. 

Zach had an appreciation for the environment from a young age and has a background in communications. He's currently working on a project aiming to raise awareness about Offshore Wind energy among Mi'kmaq communities, and to ensure their concerns are brought up and addressed properly.  

When he isn't speaking to a crowd or working on an event, he can be found playing guitar, or cursing at his car while attempting to work on it. He lives for camping and prefers time on the road or in nature over time at home. 

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Dr. Shelly denny

PANELLIST

Shelley is Mi'kmaq from Eskasoni First Nation and the Senior Advisor at the Unama'ki Institute of Natural Resource (UNR). She attended Acadia University where she obtained her BSc in Biology and later obtained her MSc in Biology at St.F.X University, and PhD at Dalhousie University.

Her research interests are in exploring ways Indigenous and western knowledge can be used for the benefit of all, known as Two-Eyed Seeing. Her doctoral research built on her current interest and experience at UINR by exploring how Aboriginal and treaty fisheries can be governed in Nova Scotia using Two-Eyed Seeing.  

As the founder of Indigenous Minds Consulting, Dr. Denny’s other interests are to assist government, academia, and industry understand differences between knowledge systems and how they be harnessed to enhance resource management in Canada. 

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Dr. Jamie Snook

PANELIST

Jamie Snook, PhD (he/him) is an Indigenous researcher, educator, and a co-management Executive Director with a strong commitment to Northern governance, public policy, and self-determination. Based in traditional Innu and Inuit territory within Labrador, Jamie is a member of the NunatuKavut Community Council and has a deep connection to the Northern communities he has served over the past two decades in a number of community leadership roles. His professional work has involved a wide array of roles, including land claims implementation, research on cultural keystone species such as polar bears and caribou, and being at the centre of co-management dialogues, recommendations, and decisions that have had many positive outcomes for Inuit in Nunatsiavut.  

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alanna syliboy

PANELIST

Alanna is from the Sipekne’katik First Nation. She is the proud mother of three children, Mia, and Dominick and Sage. She is the daughter of Bernie Syliboy and the late Audrey Syliboy.  In her free time Alanna loves to spend time with her family and friends. She also loves to be creative and does bead work. In the summer, you may find Alanna at one of the many pow wows around Mi’kma’ki. Alanna is responsible for coordinating DARFM community outreach and has organized several successful events and activities including the very popular Fish Friends at the LSK school in Sipekne’katik.   Alanna looks forward to many more events and activities as DARFM continues its outreach, youth mentorship and education initiatives. 

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