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Pierre Martel

Manager, Fire Management, Natural Resource Management Branch Parks Canada / Government of Canada

Pierre Martel is originally from Quebec, but has been living in Nova Scotia for most of the last 20 years. He currently lives just outside Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site in southwestern Nova Scotia. Pierre started his career in the public service in January 2007 with Parks Canada as a park warden recruit and was assigned to Kejimkujik where he spent most of the next 8 years working in fire management and doing ecological restoration project management.

In 2015 he joined the National Fire Management Division, the team responsible for national coordination of the wildfire management program for Parks Canada. Since 2019 he has been the manager of that team, ensuring the continued success and implementation of the program. Pierre overall has been involved in wildfire management and search and rescue for about 20 years. Ironically,
before joining Parks Canada and launching in a fire career path, Pierre worked for various organisations mostly in aquatic-related positions doing work such as conducting research on forest streams, assessing environmental impacts on fish and their habitat, and participating in river restoration projects.

Pierre lives on a small hobby farm in Nova Scotia with his wife, 2 girls, mini donkeys, ducks, chickens, dogs, and cats.