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Panel Session: Community Wildfire Resilience
Building community capacity for wildfire emergency management 

Moderator: Tara McGee, Professor, Faculty of Science – Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alberta

  • Westley Steed, Wildfire Risk Management Coordinator, Forest Management Division, Government of the Northwest Territories
  • Magda Zachara, FireSmart Canada Program Manager
  • Michelle Vandevord, President, Indigenous Fire Safety Council
  • Cliff Buettner, Program Director, Prince Albert Grand Council
Panel Session: Fostering Pyrodiversity through Knowledge Exchange

Connecting diverse sources of knowledge to address wildland fire challenges

Moderator: Kelsey Copes-Gerbitz 


  • Oliver Costello, FireSticks Alliance, Australia
  • Amanda Monthei, Life with Fire podcast, former hotshot
  • Lori Daniels, Professor, University of British Columbia and NSERC-Canada Wildfire Strategic Network
  • Alex Zahara, Prince Albert Grand Council
Panel Session: New Knowledge of Wildland Fire-Climate Society Interactions
Emerging technologies and knowledge to support wildland fire management 

Moderator: Jonathan Boucher, Researcher, Forests Fire, Laurentian Forestry Centre, CFS

  • Christopher (Kit) O’Connor, Research Ecologist, USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station Human Dimensions Program
  • Tanya Letcher, Provincial Fire Behaviour Analyst, Alberta Wildfire
  • Pierre Martel, National Fire Management Officer, Parks Canada
Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
Ralph Waldo Emerson


At this time, it is our intention to host an in-person conference, however, we intend to provide some opportunities allowing attendees to participate virtually if they choose. For the safety of our guests, we will incorporate any necessary safety precautions recommended by public health professionals and government entities. In the event circumstances surrounding COVID restrict/limit an in-person conference, we may explore a fully virtual option. We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you updated.