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The Department of Aquatic Resources & Fisheries Management (DARFM) oversees the Mi’kmaw Conservation Group that operates programs and initiatives for our member communities. These programs focus on Species at Risk/Invasive Restoration Species, Monitoring, Restoration, Oceans and Marine, and Fisheries Management Technical Files.

Director

Tyler Sack

Senior Director

Tyler is from the Membertou First Nation. During his youth, Tyler lived on the Sipeknek’katik First Nation, and considers both Membertou and Sipekne’katik his home Communities.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology from Saint Mary’s University and A Master of Arts in Sociology from the University of Guelph. His graduate research was focused on identity-construction, cultural and authenticity, and decolonization.

Tyler previously worked for Membertou as their Communications Liaison as well as a number of student roles such as the Aboriginal Student Advisor, Graduate Student Teaching Assistant, as well as completing three consecutive internships with the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

Additionally, Tyler is the former Manager of Research and Analytics at Orenda Software Solutions, an artificial intelligence company that uses social media to measure public perception. Orenda was a regional winner in the Innovacorp I-3 start-up competition in 2015, and later accepted into the IBM Innovation Space, the FinTech Sandbox in Boston, and the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto. Tyler worked for the start-up for five years developing his knowledge of strategic planning, innovation, and taking on various projects related to machine-learning.

Tyler has also volunteered with Digital Mi’kmaq, a curriculum enrichment program designed to introduce and encourage Mi’kmaq students to pursue STEM programs in post-secondary education and related careers.

Staff

Alannah Williams

Program Manager

Alaric Forde

Field Technician

Alfred Young

Resource Management Officer Technician

Branden Hillier

Field Technician

Chera Gilby

Administrative Assistant

Christian Francis

Renewable Energy Project Coordinator

Garrett Velkjar

Field Technician

George Sark

Field Technician

Janice Flynn

IIHP Project Coordinator

Jeff Coolen

TRP Fisheries Coordinator

Kelsey White

Program Manager

Lily Priest

Fisheries Management Project Lead

Lindsay Carroll

Indigenous Fisheries Biologist

Logan McNeill

Project Lead

Lucas Amiro

GIS Technician

Marie Lachance

Project Lead

Marissa Murphy

Marine Conservation and Engagement Specialist

Matt Russell

Field Technician

Meredith Karcz

Program Manager

Nathan Beaudoin

Field Technician

Nikki-Marie Lloyd

Indigenous Liaison Officer

Reagan Gillis

Student Intern

Riley MacLeod

Field Technician

Roderick Gould

Field Technician

Stephanie Sylliboy

Mi'kmaw Knowledge and Food Project Assistant

Zack Sabean

Project Lead