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Proposed Marathon Platinum Group Metals and Copper Mine Project in Ontario – Joint Review Panel - Biographical Notes

Dr. Louis LaPierre – Panel Chair

Dr. Louis LaPierre is Professor Emeritus in Biology at the Université de Moncton. He has a Biology degree from Université Sainte-Anne, a Masters of Science in Wildlife Ecology, as well as a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Maine.

Dr. LaPierre has chaired and participated on many advisory bodies and received wide recognition for his scientific contributions. Environment Canada has awarded him a Lifetime Achievement Award and an Eco-citizenship Award. He held the K.C. Irving Chair in Sustainable Development at the Université de Moncton for eight years. He has been a member of the Technical Advisory Committee on Sustainability for the National Round Table on the Environment and Economy and co-chaired the New-Brunswick Round Table on Economy and the Environment. He is a Tribunal Review Officer for the Canadian Environmental Protection Act and serves as a Council Member of Sustainable Development Technology Canada.

Dr. LaPierre has valuable scientific expertise and substantive experience with environmental assessment and review panels. He served as a member of the joint federal-provincial panel reviewing the Sydney Tar Ponds Remediation Project in Cape Breton. He was also a member of the federal panel that reviewed the management of high level nuclear waste across Canada. He was appointed by the federal government as Chair of the Institute for Environmental Monitoring and Research associated with the low-level military flying program in Labrador and northeastern Québec and has served in this capacity for over ten years. He has been a member of the scientific team reviewing the environmental effects of the establishment of the bridge to Prince Edward Island. He was also a member of the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment Review Panel on the harmonization of the Canadian environmental assessment process.

Dr. David Pearson – Panel member

Dr. David Pearson is a Professor of Earth Sciences and a member of the Co-operative Freshwater Ecology Unit at Laurentian University. He is Co-Director of the Laurentian University / Science North Graduate Diploma program in Science Communication, and Senior Science Advisor to Science North, Sudbury`s science centre, where he was the Project Director and then Founding Director from 1980 to 1986.

From 2001 to 2007 Dr. Pearson was Chair of the Ontario Office of the Canadian Climate Impacts and Adaptation Research Network and is now science advisor to the Ontario Centre for Climate Impacts and Adaptation Resources. From 2008 to 2010 he was co-chair of the Ontario Government's Expert Panel on Climate Change Adaptation and chair of the Science Advisory Panel for Ontario's Far North Initiative. He has hosted two TV series: "Understanding the Earth" (TV Ontario) and "Down to Earth" (Mid Canada TV); and was the scientist for CBC Northern Ontario's weekly Radio Lab" from 1982 to 1997. In 2000, Dr. Pearson received the Geological Association of Canada's Ward Neale Medal for communication of the earth sciences, and in 2003 he was awarded the McNeil Medal of the Royal Society of Canada for public communication of science.

Dr. Philip H. Byer – Panel member

Dr. Philip Byer is a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and the Centre for Environment at the University of Toronto and a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario. He has undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His teaching, research and professional work are in the areas of environmental planning, project evaluation, environmental impact and risk assessment, and municipal waste management.

In the past 10 years, Dr. Byer has focused his research on improving the consideration of climate change in infrastructure planning. In 2004, he completed a project for the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency on methods for addressing climate change uncertainties in project assessments. He recently completed a second project for the Agency on decision-making under uncertainties for adapting to climate change in project planning.

Dr. Byer has also been a member of many advisory committees for governments and the private sector. He was Chair of the Province of Ontario Environmental Assessment Advisory Committee, which received the J.R. Dymond Public Service Award from the Federation of Ontario Naturalists in 1992 "in recognition of distinguished public service resulting in exceptional environmental achievement". Dr. Byer has also participated on a waste management advisory group to Toronto's City Council and was the technical advisor on risk assessment to the federal panel that reviewed the environmental assessment of the Confederation Bridge project. He has also worked as an advisor on the environmental impacts of an innovative renewable energy proposal and a major water diversion project.

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