Yan Chen is a current student in the Dalhousie Masters of Environmental Studies program and undertaking research assistant work for the project. She is conducting research on young citizens’ energy-related landscape perception in the areas around Mactaquac site and the proposed Site C site. The photographic data she uses has been collected from social media sites since October 2014, including Twitter and Instagram. Yan is also monitoring online news and debates on the Mactaquac Dam issue and analyzing the fall 2014 survey results about people’s most significant energy issues.
Carolyn Chenard is an MSc Rural Sociology Candidate in the Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology at the University of Alberta. Recent non-refereed publications include “Workbook Results: Integrated Watershed Management Plan for the North Saskatchewan River Watershed” with Dr. Naomi Krogman and “Retaining Financial Capital for Rural Community Development: A Case Study of the Town of Olds, Alberta” edited with Dr. John Parkins. Carolyn holds a BSc in Environmental Management from Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC and has worked in Edmonton, AB as an industry consultant writing environmental impact assessments and regulatory applications for planned energy developments. Her research interests include deliberative democratic theory, social practice theory, environmental governance, participatory practices and the public sphere, and social and environmental impact assessment.
Matthew Dairon is a Masters student at the University of Alberta in the Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Alberta in Environmental and Conservation Science. During his time as an undergraduate, Matthew took part in a 14 month internship at Environment Canada in the Contaminated Sites Division and after the completion of the internship, continued to work part time with the federal government. His time at Environment Canada allowed him to study and assess various forms of resource and energy development such as coal, uranium, and oil sands mining in Alberta and the Northwest Territories. Matthew’s work and educational experiences encouraged him to continue on to graduate studies and explore the social aspects of resource/energy development.
Christy Hempel is a PhD Candidate at the University of Guelph’s School of Environmental Design and Rural Development. She obtained a Bachelor of Architecture (University of Waterloo) in 1991. After a 20 year career as architectural illustrator, she became increasingly involved in community efforts to strengthen citizen engagement, develop community resilience, and build sustainable landscapes in Owen Sound, Ontario where she and her husband raised their family. Local advocacy efforts brought her to the University of Guelph, where she received a Masters of Planning in 2010. Under the supervision of Dr. Karen Landman, Christy’s current doctoral research is focused on strengthening citizen involvement in rural landscape character assessment and resource management decision-making processes. Her current case study research, supported by OMAFRA’s New Directions research grant, explores values around landscape character and visual landscape preferences in the rural landscapes of Bruce, Grey and Huron Counties. The second phase of this longitudinal research project will explore deliberative techniques for planning for wind energy at a regional scale. Christy has also implemented the Ontario branch of our Q-method study, and undertaken other research work with our SSHRC-funded project.
Larissa Holman undertook her Dalhousie Masters of Resource and Environmental Management internship and final project on the implications of the ‘rewilding’ option in our Mactaquac site. She reviewed literature on dam removal activities, globally; developed an archive of video resources on dam removal; and developed a online ‘storymap’, allowing those who did not know the Saint John River valley before the Mactaquac dam to swipe between pre- and post-dam aerial imagery. Her critical cartography approach to this issue was designed to highlight how large dams alter communities, and reduce uncertainties related to restoring rivers. Larissa graduated in December 2014.
Kristina Keilty is a student at Dalhousie University in her second year of the Masters of Environmental Studies program. She is undertaking a research project on the Mactaquac dam and headpond looking to understand citizen perceptions of the dam and headpond landscape. Specifically, her research is interested in understanding how and why people can come to accept energy infrastructure into their local landscapes. Field work was completed in the Summer of 2014 and the study is anticipated to be completed by August 2015. Kristina started her work with the team as part of the ‘Flocus’ group study on the Mactaquac dam in the Summer of 2013 and carried out preliminary analysis of the focus group data.