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Catherine Lambert Koizumi

Growing up in the Laurentians in Quebec, Catherine cultivated a strong interest in wildlife and nature conservation. Her academic background includes a bachelor degree in Biological Sciences (2001, Université du Québec à Montréal), a master degree in Natural Resources Management (2002, Washington State University) and a PhD in Ecology (2012, University of Alberta). She has completed over a decade of research in the West and in the Arctic on large carnivores, predator-prey interactions and collaborative management with Indigenous communities. In 2012, she returned East and entered the world of fisheries as she embraced the title of Executive Director for the Mi’gmaq Maliseet Aboriginal Fisheries Management Association (MMAFMA). Under her guidance, the organization grew from a single employee to a team of over 12 staff, conducting research and conservation projects on marine protected area, indigenous ecological knowledge, experimental fisheries and aquaculture, safety training, species at risk, etc., in close partnership with the three communities she proudly works for: the Micmacs of Gesgapegiag, the Micmac Nation of Gespeg and the Wolastoqiyik Wahsipekuk First Nation. Catherine is also the dedicated mother of two, a classical riding instructor and owner of a horse breeding farm.