Cliff Buettner

Cliff Buettner

Director of Forestry and Emergency Protective Services Prince Albert Grand Council
I graduated from Renewable Resources Technology – Kelsey Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences (Saskatoon) in 1980. I worked for Saskatchewan Environment and seasonally seconded to Wildfire Management Branch for 17 years primarily involved in Wildland Fire Suppression Operations.

I was hired as a Forestry Technologist in 1999 for the Prince Albert Grand Council, and over the past 23 years promoted to the Program Director for Forestry and Emergency Protective Services.

I represent PAGC on the CIFFC Technical working group and currently the Vice President of the Prince Albert Model Forest Inc. which is part of the Canadian Model Forest Network.

Our office provides Response Service contract administration for 35 First Nation fire crews in 12 First Nations as part of a 5-year Saskatchewan Response Services Agreement. Additionally, the Saskatchewan First Nations Emergency Management and PAGC Search, Rescue and Recovery services for all Saskatchewan First Nations are administered through our office.

Our office also provides Wildland Fire Certification and Training through contractual services with the Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency.

We are currently involved fiscally and have completed many on-reserve Fuel Hazard Reduction projects funded by Indigenous Services Canada through the Emergency Management Assistance Program. We also provide contract services for Fuel Mitigation projects in communities and recreational subdivisions tendered through the Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency.

Sarah Henderson

Sarah Henderson

Dr. Sarah Henderson is the Scientific Director of Environmental Health Services at the BC Centre for Disease Control and the Scientific Director of the National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health (NCCEH). She is also an Associate Professor at the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Henderson oversees a broad program of applied research, surveillance, and knowledge translation to support evidence-based environmental health policy and practice in BC and across Canada. She has been studying the population health effects of wildfire smoke for more than 20 years.

Marc-André Parisien

Marc-André Parisien

Marc-André Parisien is a research scientist at the Canadian Forest Service, Northern Forestry Centre, (Edmonton, Alberta) where he has been working with the fire research group since 2000. He was trained as a forest ecologist and holds a BSc from McGill University, a MSc from l’Université du Québec à Rimouski, and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. His research on wildland fire is focused on understanding biophysical controls on fire regimes, mostly within the boreal biome of North America. He specializes in quantitative analysis methods, including process-based simulation modeling, a tool he uses for mapping wildfire risk. He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications and his work has been featured in the scientific and popular media.

Jane Park

Jane Park

Jane Park has been the Fire and Vegetation Specialist in Banff National Park located on the traditional territories of the Treaty 6, 7 and 8 First Nations and the Metis Nation homeland, since 2011. She started her career with Parks Canada in 2002 as a park warden for Banff National Park and has worked in various parks from Vuntut National Park (traditional territory of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation) in the Yukon to Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve (traditional territory of the Haida Nation) on the northwest coast of BC. Her work in Banff focuses on the reintroduction of fire onto the landscape, wildfire and fuel management, non-native and invasive vegetation management, and ecosystem restoration. She is also an Incident Commander on one of 5 Parks Canada National Incident Management teams. Her recent work includes raising awareness of gender and diversity issues within Parks Canada and the broader wildland fire community in collaboration with colleagues in various other fire agencies.

Natasha Broznitsky

Natasha Broznitsky

Natasha Broznitsky is a Research and Innovation Officer with the BC Wildfire Service and is responsible for facilitating research the BC Wildfire Service is involved in. She has been the BCWS lead on health research projects covering various aspects of wildland fire personnel health, including respiratory and dermal exposure and psychosocial and mental health. Natasha started with the BCWS in 2014 as a firefighter on an Initial Attack crew in Williams Lake. She now lives in Powell River and assists the Sunshine Coast Zone and with importing and exporting out of province staff during times of high fire activity.