The WRRB is please to introduce our new Federal Government appointee to the Board, nominated by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Stu Niven. Stu started his career with a three-year technical diploma in Fish and Wildlife from CEGEP Vanier College. He worked in the private sector paying his way through schooling: paving roads and working on bridges, as well as working at a trout hatchery in a hunting and fishing reserve. This road and biology work influenced his undergraduate honours degree in freshwater fisheries (University of Guelph) and graduate work in Eco-toxicology (Concordia University).
Stu worked as a technician for nine years running a field station and teaching third year college students practical fisheries and wildlife field-work techniques. He also worked on endangered birds in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Haleakala National Park in Hawaii. After that, he joined the Federal Government and worked for 16 years at Fisheries & Oceans Canada in various roles, representing Ontario, Nunavut, and the Northwest Territories. These roles were predominantly fish habitat protection and species at risk.
Stu joined the GNWT in 2014 as Manager of Environmental Affairs and has been a key team member for projects including the Tłı̨chǫ All Season Road, Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk Highway, Canyon Creek All-Season Access Road and Great Bear River Bridge.
Please join us in welcoming Stu to the Board. We look forward to his contributions to our work.