Director & Staff

Melissa Nevin | Fisheries | APCFNCMelissa Nevin
Director of Fisheries and Integrated Resources

Melissa Nevin is a proud member of Sipekne’katik First Nation. She holds an advanced Bachelor of Arts in Geography from Saint Mary’s University, and has continued her education in public policy, geography, and project management. Melissa joined APC as the Director of Fisheries and Integrated Resources in October 2018.

As director, Melissa works with the Fisheries and Integrated Resources Team to address fisheries and environmental related issues, policy initiatives, identify opportunities, and provide updates to the communities on current and upcoming issues. Her role also consists of coordinating and collaborating with Government, Academia, Industry, Indigenous organizations, Atlantic First Nations communities including the Atlantic Aboriginal Aquatic Research Ocean Management (AAROM) bodies and Commercial Fisheries Liaison Coordinators (CFLCs). Furthermore, she also sits on several committees and working groups, focusing on First Nation policy and fisheries resource management.

Prior to her position at APC, she served as a Mi’kmaq Consultation Researcher for the Kwikmu’kw Maw-klusuaqn Negotiations Office (KMKNO) for eleven years. She also worked with the Un’amak’i Institute of Natural Resources (UINR). Melissa has trained in public management and policy and has worked on National Parks, Fisheries, Indigenous Knowledge, and participated in various committees on energy, mining, environment, climate change, fisheries, both on a provincial and national level.

Melissa is a travel enthusiast and has visited over 9 different countries, including much of Canada and the United States. Outside of work commitments, Melissa enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, walking, and swimming, and spends time with her friends and family enjoying a good meal and traditional foods.
(902) 435-8021 ext. 3406

Charlie Marshall | Fisheries | APCFNCCharlie Marshall
Fisheries Policy Analyst

Charlie Marshall has been part of APC’s Fisheries and Integrated Resources department since September 2017 working as a Fisheries Policy Analyst. His main files are Species at Risk, Marine Protected Areas, Marine Spatial Planning and Indigenous Knowledge. Reviewing policies and providing recommendations concerning these files are his main duties, however he is a member of regional and national Species at Risk advisory committees, to be a voice for the communities of the Atlantic.

Charlie is a proud Millbrook First Nations community member. He graduated from St. Francis Xavier University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in Aquatic Resources and majoring in Public Policy and Social Research. Charlie has been passionate about Species at Risk for many years and while attending StFX, he wrote his thesis on the Implementation of the Species at Risk Act with regards to Atlantic Salmon. Prior to joining APC, he worked for Mi’kmaw Conservation Group as a student and full-time (2013-2017) managing river restoration projects, operating the Stewiacke Atlantic Salmon smolt wheel and actively involved in adult Atlantic Salmon snorkel surveys.
(902) 435-8021 ext. 2001

Mitch Downton | Fisheries | APCFNCMitch Downton
Policy Analyst for Climate Change

Mitch Downton joined APC in January 2018 as the former Regional Climate Change Coordinator. He is currently the Policy Analyst for Climate Change. His position includes reviewing and implementing federal and provincial policies to observe potential impacts to Atlantic First Nation communities from a climate change perspective. In April 2021, he developed the Atlantic First Nation Climate Change Advisory Committee, where First Nation climate leaders from across the Atlantic meet to discuss climate priorities within the region. Lastly, Mitch oversees climate change research projects that help to benefit APC’s represented communities.

In 2015 Mitch received his Bachelor of Science with a double major in Zoology and Political Science from the University of Guelph. He completed his Masters in Resource and Environmental Management from Dalhousie University in 2017. Mitch is passionate about environmental and energy issues, specifically surrounding climate change and the clean energy transition.

Mitch enjoys outdoor activities such as golfing, volleyball, and bouldering. He also enjoys playing bass and spending time with family.
(902) 435-8021 ext. 1428

Jack Daly | Fisheries | APCFNCJack Daly
Policy Analyst, Fish and Fish Habitat

Jack Daly joined APC as the Policy Analyst for Fish and Fish Habitat in April 2021. His work includes reviewing fish and fish habitat policies and regulations stemming from the Fisheries Act and providing policy analysis support for other initiatives in the department. Jack also works to support and strengthen efforts on the conservation, protection, and restoration of fish and fish habitat for First Nation communities and organization in Atlantic Canada.

Jack is originally from Rhode Island in the United States but has lived in Atlantic Canada since 2017 in both St. John’s and Halifax. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island in 2017 and a Master of Arts degree in Geography from Memorial University in 2019. During his studies at Memorial, he was also a Nippon Foundation Ocean Nexus Affiliated Fellow for Memorial University where he researched the intersections of sustainable development, climate change, and equity in Canada’s oceans policy.

Prior to APC, he worked as an Aquatic Science Biologist for Fisheries and Oceans Canada at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography where he worked on the region’s Ecosystem Based Management initiative. Jack is passionate about holistic forms of governance for achieving equitable fisheries and oceans management.

Jack loves a good antique find, reading, camping, and spending time with his friends.
(902) 435-8021 ext. 2013

Chelsey Karbowski | Fisheries | APCFNCChelsey Karbowski
Fisheries Coordinator

Chelsey Karbowski began working at APC in June 2021 as the Fisheries Coordinator. As part of her role, she coordinates and liaises with the fisheries managers and directors in the Atlantic First Nations communities. Chelsey also facilitates and coordinates the Commercial Fisheries Liaison Coordinators (CFLCs) quarterly meetings and works with the CFLCs on participation at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) advisory committee meetings in the Atlantic. She also works with the Canadian Coast Guard Indigneous Working Group, which is made up of members from the Canadian Coast Guard – Atlantic Region (CCG), DFO Human Resources, and various First Nation groups across the Atlantic, who focus on the recruitment and retention of First Nation members within the CCG. Chelsey also assists with coordinating the Annual Fisheries Conference and Awards Banquet.

In 2013, Chelsey completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Aquatic Resources with a Double Advanced Major in Public Policy and Social Research from St. Francis Xavier University. During her studies, she was also an active member of both the Aquatic Resources and Indigenous societies. In 2015, Chelsey moved to Iceland to complete her Master’s Degree in Resource Management from the University of Akureyri. Prior to her work with APC, Chelsey has worked with different Environmental Non-Government Organizations (ENGOs) with a focus on Ocean Conservation. Her specialization has grown to range from Atlantic Canadian fisheries, species at risk, policy, microplastics research and waste management to the sustainable management of important spaces.

Chelsey believes in supporting Indigenous commercial fisheries activities, as a proud Indigenous woman who has been raised in Unama’ki, and to appreciate what we share with nature. When not at work, Chelsey enjoys spending time with her German Shepherd Maya, playing beach volleyball, and being close to the waters of Nova Scotia.
(902) 435-8021 ext. 2012

Aimee Searle | Fisheries | APCFNCAimee Searle
Communications Administrative Assistant

Aimee was born and raised in qospemsis (Quispamsis, NB) in the Wolastoqey Territory, but also spent some of her childhood in Quebec and the eastern shores of the United States. She currently holds a certificate in Office Administration from the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) and will soon graduate with a Diploma in Business Administration from NSCC.

Aimee joined APC in May 2020 as the Communications Administrative Assistant for the Fisheries and Integrated Resources Department. In this position, Aimee works closely with the Director of Fisheries and Integrated Resources, Policy Analysts, and the Fisheries Coordinator by providing administrative and logistical support. She also assists with the coordination of various activities, meetings, workshops, and helps coordinate the Annual Fisheries Conference and Awards Banquet.

Prior to her work with APC, she served as a receptionist at Safety First Contracting for two years, where she assisted in various traffic control operation tasks, safety courses, and completed general administrative duties. She also served on the Joint Occupational Health and Safety (JOHS) committee as their secretary and helped co-write their new orientation training program.

Aimee currently resides in Upper Rawdon, Mi’kma’ki with her boyfriend. When not at work, Aimee can be found exploring the beauty of Atlantic Canada, hiking various trails, exploring rural areas on her ATV, or searching for waterfalls with her closest friends.
(902) 435-8021 ext. 1752


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