Shannon Bower has been working in the arena of fish and wildlife conservation for over 15 years in various charity and non-profit roles as a researcher, educator, consultant, and life-long learner.
Dr. Bower’s research works to make fisheries activities sustainable for fish and humans, with an emphasis on social-ecological systems analysis, sustainable development, and partnerships. This work has taken her to many countries around the world, offering insights into the important role cultural systems and beliefs play in our relationships with the world aquatic and the solutions we create to solve our problems. Her dream is for a future filled with free-flowing rivers, healthy fish, and healthy communities.
Dennis Zimmermann is a consultant, educator, and facilitator that has lived and worked in Northern Canada for over 20 years. Central to all of this work has been identifying community values, facilitating conservation-based processes around deep-rooted social conflict, and supporting the connection people have to fish, wildlife and habitat.
Over that period he has worked in numerous sectors including tourism, marketing, communications, business development, international investment promotion and fish and wildlife management. As a consultant working for numerous Yukon First Nation Governments, NGOs and other organizations he has collaboratively developed local, regional, and hemispheric salmon plans. He has a keen interest in international recreational fisheries, fisheries management, governance structures, indigenous peoples and land claim implementation.
He resides with his family in Whitehorse, Yukon and is currently an official Canadian representative on the Yukon River Panel international salmon treaty, and the Yukon Land Use Planning Council.
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