Board Member – Tom Whillans
Tom is an ecologist with particular interests in fisheries, fish habitat, wetlands, co-management, community development, traditional knowledge, watershed restoration, historical ecology, bioregionalism, restoration ecology and related environmental problems. His doctoral work was in the Department of Zoology, while located at the Institute for Environmental Studies, at the University of Toronto. Since 1983, he has been a professor in the Environmental and Resource Studies Program, Trent University. He chaired the Program from 1989-91 and 1994-5. Lately he has been involved particularly in the development of the community-based research and education program at the university.
Most of Tom’s research has focused on problems in the Great Lakes basin, although he has worked in both the Northwest Territories and Ecuador on issues relating to aboriginal use and the management of watershed and aquatic resources. He is currently the Director of INSTRUCT, a 6-year community-based watershed management program in Ecuador and Mexico, funded by the Canadian International Development Agency. It combines research, education and development. Tom is and has been a member of and on the Boards of many community and scientific organizations. These have focused mostly on natural resource management and restoration and on community development.
Approved by the Grand Chief, Anishinabek Nation