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General Manager – Peter Meisenheimer

Peter is a biologist with a B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the University of Guelph. He has worked for government, industry and non-governmental organizations in Canada and internationally. His experience includes fisheries and aquatic resource management projects in diverse settings such as the Laurentian Great Lakes, the interior of Africa, the Russian arctic, and international fisheries in the Pacific and north Atlantic oceans.

He served as the first Chair of the Ontario Species at Risk Program Advisory Committee, Vice-Chair of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission Committee of Advisors and Vice-Chair of the Canadian Fisheries Research Network Board of Directors. He also has experience managing development projects in southern Africa and as a board member for non-profit organizations of various kinds.

Prior to joining the AOFRC as General Manager, Peter spent nine years as Executive Director of the Ontario Commercial Fisheries’ Association, serving on the AOFRC board of directors as a representative of the commercial fishery.

He enjoys birding, natural history, native plant gardening and generally rattling around in the great outdoors. He is happiest in a canoe or a tent.

Lucas Beaver

Fisheries Technician – Lucas Beaver

Lucas started working at the A/OFRC in 2014 as part of the Indigenous Fisheries Internship program. In 2016, after 2 years of internship, he was hired on as a full-time fisheries technician. From a young age, Lucas has been fascinated with plants and animals, always attempting to examine and identify everything around him. Previously, Lucas has worked at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry as an Ontario Stewardship Ranger and Species at Risk Assistant, Ontario Parks as a Park Naturalist/Interpreter and Resource Stewardship Technician, and consulting companies working as a breeding bird and vegetation surveyor. Lucas attended Fleming College and earned his Fish and Wildlife Technician Diploma. Lucas is a member of Alderville First Nation, although he was born and raised in North Bay. Lucas is looking forward to using our new drone to develop and carry out new survey methods, as well as conduct index netting surveys.

Areas of specialization:

  • Ability to pilot small Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) within Visual line-of-sight (VLOS).
  • Able to safely operate commercial watercraft on large bodies of water.
  • Experienced in helicopter safety and survey work.
  • Experience conducting various terrestrial surveys such as breeding bird, marsh bird, aerial stick nest, amphibian, vegetation, Species at Risk, and more.
  • Excellent field identification of birds, fish, benthos, plants, mammals, and reptiles and amphibians of Ontario.

Training and certification:

  • Small Vessel Operator Proficiency (SVOP) certificate
  • Small Non-Pleasure Vessel Basic Safety (MED A3) certificate
  • Canadian Safety Council ATV Training certificate
  • Snowmobile Safety Training certificate
  • Firearms Possession and Acquisition License
  • Radio-Restricted Operator Certificate with Aeronautical Qualification (ROCA)
  • Pilot Certificate-small Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), Visual line-of-sight (VLOS)-Basic Operations
  • Commercial UAV Pilot Training Course certificate of completion
  • Class 2 Backpack Crew Leader Electrofishing Certificate
  • Ontario Stream Assessment Protocol (OSAP) training course certificate
  • Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) Minnow Identification Workshop certificate of completion
Aireal Starr

Fisheries Technician – Aireal Starr

Aireal Starr is an Ojibway Kwe who is a proud member of Biigtigong Nishnaabeg. Aireal began working for the Anishinabek/Ontario Fisheries Resource Center in 2016 where she first started in the Internship program then eventually was hired as a full-time fisheries technician. She has four years of experience in the field, working all across Ontario, and more specifically within First Nation communities. She has led and conducted various baseline and long term monitoring fisheries projects to evaluate fish community and fish habitat. She is experienced with a wide variety of fish sampling gear (i.e. gill nets, trap nets, seine nets, etc.) and knows their limitations and applications.

Aireal graduated from Western University with a Bachelor of Science with a double major in biology and psychology. As an Indigenous person, Aireal is committed to ensuring the conservation of resources and protection of rights for Indigenous communities. She has always had a passion for the outdoors and conserving the environment to preserve the land for future generations.

Training and Certification

  • Identification of Ontario Fishes, Royal Ontario Museum (2017)
  • Identification of Ontario Minnows, Royal Ontario Museum (2018)
  • Restricted Operator’s Certificate (Marine Commercial) ROC-MC, Georgian College for Marine Training and Research (2018)
  • Marine Emergency Duties A3, Georgian College for Marine Training and Research
  • Small Vessel Operator Proficiency SVOP, Georgian College for Marine Training and Research
  • Commercial UAV Pilot Training Courses, Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre (2017) 
  • Ontario Stream Assessment Protocol OSAP training course
  • Class 2 Backpack Electrofishing Crew Leader Certificate
  • ATV Training Course, Canada Safety Council
  • Wilderness Survival Training, Survival Canada

    Fisheries Technician – Briana Chevrier

    Briana is a former Fisheries Intern with the A/OFRC and has recently rejoined the team as a Fisheries Technician. Briana is a member of Nipissing First Nation located along the north shores of Lake Nipissing and has been an avid fisherman for most of her life.

    During her two years as a Fisheries Intern with the A/OFRC, Briana gained extensive experience in a variety of fishery assessments working with First Nations across Ontario. “My favourite part about the field season is working with members of our partner communities. They are always so welcoming and eager to share their knowledge about their lands and water”.

    Briana also worked as a Fisheries Technician for her community, Nipissing First Nation. During those four years she conducted a variety of assessments on Lake Nipissing. She monitored an Indigenous Commercial fishery assessment and partnered with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry to complete creel surveys on Lake Nipissing, interviewing anglers in both the summer and winter months.

    Briana graduated from Sault College in the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Technician program in 2015 and is currently working towards her Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Geography degree at Nipissing University.

    Areas of specialization

    • Variety of fishery assessments on large and small bodies of water
    • Shoreline/habitat assessments
    • Commercial fishery monitoring

    Training and Certification

    • Identification of Ontario Fishes, Royal Ontario Museum (2018)
    • Identification of Ontario Minnows, Royal Ontario Museum (2018)
    • Restricted Operator’s Certificate (Marine Commercial) ROC-MC, Georgian College for Marine Training and Research (2018)
    • Small Vessel Operator Proficiency, Georgian College for Marine Training and Research (2016)
    • Marine Emergency Duties A3, Georgian College for Marine Training and Research (2016)