Melissa Nevin began her role as the Director of Fisheries and Integrated Resources at the end of October 2018. Melissa’s role 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). 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. 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 11 years. She also worked with the Un’amak’i Institute of Natural Resources (UINR). Melissa graduated from Saint Mary’s University with a Bachelor of Arts in Geography in 2005 and is currently working on her thesis to complete a Master of Arts in Geography. 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 proud member of the Sipekne’katik First Nations community.
Charlie Marshall is a Jr Policy Analyst and has been part of APC’s Fisheries and Integrated Resources department since September 2017. 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 & Social Research. Charlie has been passionate about Species at Risk for many years, 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.
Mitch Downton is the Policy Analyst for Energy & Environment in APC’s Fisheries and Integrated Resources department. He frequently reviews documents to support policy development for responsible implementation of environmental and energy legislation. He also ensures communities and organizations have up-to-date climate, environmental, and energy funding information.
Mitch completed his Masters in Resource and Environmental Management from Dalhousie University in 2017. In 2015, he received his Bachelor of Science with a double major in Zoology and Political Science from the University of Guelph. Mitch is passionate about environmental and energy issues, specifically surrounding climate change and the clean energy transition.
Aimee Searle joined APC as the Communications Administrative Assistant at the Fisheries and Integrated Resources Department in May 2020. In this position, Aimee works closely with the Fisheries and Integrated Resources director, policy analysts and the fisheries coordinator providing administrative assistance. Aimee also assists with the coordination of various activities, meetings, workshops, and helps coordinate the Annual APC Fisheries Conference and Awards Banquet.
Prior to 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 JOHS Committee as their secretary and helped co-write their new Orientation training program. In 2019, she completed her certificate in Office Administration at Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) and is now currently working towards her Diploma in Business Administration.
When not at work, Aimee can be found exploring Nova Scotia on her ATV, hiking various trails, or searching for waterfalls with her closest friends.
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