Conférence canadienne sur la forêt urbaine

biographies

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Céline Cousteau (public conference)

Céline is the daughter of Jean-Michel Cousteau, sea explorer and film producer, and the grand-daughter of the legendary Jacques-Yves Cousteau. As the basis of her work, Céline strives to make the connection between the human species and the environment, showing the importance of learning from one another, while helping to preserve the distinctive beauty and knowledge of each group of people, without exception.​

In the Amazon Jungle in Peru, she helped doctors provide medical services to remote populations. When she is not in the field, Céline speaks at conferences and universities all over the world, while continuing to prepare for her next expedition.

​Boucar Diouf

Boucar Diouf is the 6th of a family of 9 children: 6 boys and 3 girls. He was born and raised in the province of Sine, the stronghold of the Serer ethnic group in Senegal.  

Before coming to Canada, Boucar completed his Master's degree and a certificate of advanced studies in the Faculty of Science at the University of Dakar. He was then awarded a scholarship to pursue a PhD in oceanography in Québec. He wasn't the first to leave his family for cold weather countries: His brother N'dane studied for his engineering degree in Czechoslovakia and for a postgraduate degree in Belgium,

Since his arrival in Canada, Boucar has distinguished himself for his talents as a comedian and television host. Award winner of the Prix Jacques-Couture for building bridges between cultures, he is the spokesman for the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie au Canada. For 7 years, he hosted the Des Kiwis et des hommes program broadcast on Radio-Canada and, at the present time, he heads the Océania documentary series on the Explora television network. 

​Dr. Peter Duinker

Peter Duinker is a Professor in the School for Resource and Environmental Studies at Dalhousie University. He teaches and researches a wide range of topics, most of which deal with forests and environmental assessment.  

Peter got involved in urban-forest issues when, following Hurricane Juan, Halifax put together its Point Pleasant Park Restoration Task Force in fall 2003. He then joined the team preparing the Point Pleasant Park Comprehensive Plan to help with the forest sections. With his students and research assistants, Peter and city staff prepared Halifax's first Urban Forest Master Plan. At his home in downtown Halifax, Peter is slowing removing the Norway-maple canopy and replacing it with native species associated with Acadian old-growth forests.

Nancy Guay, D.Éc

In addition to her Master's degree in land use planning and regional development from Université Laval, Mrs. Guay has held the title of Economic Developer (Ec.D.) since 2010 and has been working with regional development authorities for nearly 15 years, including the past nine years as Director of Laval Technopole's Agropôle. Over the years, she has developed expertise in consultation, innovation and marketing, in order to support companies in locating their operations as well as in their growth, with regard to matters concerning regional planning, and in particular, in relation to the environment and land use planning.  ​​

Dr. Cecil Konijnendijk van den Bosch

Dr. Cecil Konijnendijk van den Bosch, a Dutch national based in Sweden, is Head of the department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. He is also part-time professor of green space management at the University of Copenhagen. Cecil Konijnendijk has an M.Sc. in forest policy from the University of Wageningen, Netherlands, and a D.Sc. (in forest policy and economics) from the University of Joensuu, Finland. 

He has a special research interest in the concepts of urban forestry and urban greening, green space and forest governance, urban ecosystem services, as well as communication and public involvement issues. Cecil is the (founding) editor-in-chief of the scientific journal Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, published by Elsevier since 2002. His over 250 scientific and professional publications have included the co-edited textbook Urban Forests and Trees and the book The Forest and the City: The cultural landscape of urban woodland. He currently leads the European Union funded research project GREEN SURGE, on green infrastructure, urban biocultural diversity and ecosystem services.

Albert Mondor

Albert Mondor has a diploma in ornamental horticulture and a degree in plant biology. A passionate horticulturist and garden designer, he has practiced his craft for over 30 years.  In addition to teaching courses and lecturing at conferences across Canada, his weekly gardening column has appeared in "le cahier Casa" of the "Journal de Montréal" and the "Journal de Québec" since 1999. 

In May 2014, Albert Mondor was awarded of the prestigious Henry Teuscher Award, presented by the Montréal Botanical Gardens for his exceptional contribution to the advancement of horticultural knowledge in Quebec. Recognized as a talented and rigorous professional, Mondor serves on various committees, where he offers his expert advice. He is a member of the selection committee for the Mérites Horticoles of the Montréal Botanical Garden and a jury member for the Exceptionnelles of the Daniel A. Séguin Garden in Saint-Hyacinthe. He is also the coordinator of the Natural Reserve Selection program ​

Dr. ​Matilda van den Bosch

Physician with clinical experience from general practice and radiology, currently researcher combining medical knowledge with studies in ecology, land use and landscape planning. The aim is to understand the relation between public health and the environment by methods such as GIS-analysis, experimental trials, and epidemiology. 

The work is broadly acknowledged and she has published a line of scientific articles, book chapters, and educational books. She works as a consultant for WHO, and is a directing board member of the International Society of Doctors for the Environment, and president elect for the Swedish Society of Behavioural Medicine.

Dr. François Reeves

​Dr. François Reeves is an interventional cardiologist and associate professor of medicine at Université de Montréal, with a joint appointment in the Department of environmental health. Formerly, he was the chief of cardiac catheterization laboratories at Hôpital Notre-Dame, CHUM and Cité de la santé and a member of the executive committee of the Réseau québécois de cardiologie tertiaire. Since 2010, at the same time as practising interventional cardiology, Dr. Reeves has devoted part of his career to environmental cardiology. 

The author of Prévenir l'infarctus ou y survivre, published by MultiMondes and Éditions du CHU Sainte-Justine, he published, in 2011, Planète Cœur Santé cardiaque et environnement, which introduces the concepts of environmental cardiology. Updated and translated in 2014, Planet Heart: How an Unhealthy Environment Leads to Cardiac Disease, published by Greystone Books, was selected among the three finalists of the Lane Anderson Award for the best scientific publication in Canada. Since 2008, he has been sponsoring Journée de l'Arbre de la santé (Tree of health day) at health care institutions in Québec, coinciding with National Tree Day. He also chairs the environmental health committee of Médecins francophones du Canada, where he serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors. He is moreover a member of the advisory committee of the Québec government's Minister of the Environment, within the Program of action against climate change.​