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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

Director of Aquatic Resources and Fisheries Management

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

Interim Program Manager

Alfred Young

Resource Management Officer Technician

Branden Hillier

Field Technician

Chera Gilby

Administrative Assistant

Christian Francis

Renewable Energy Project Coordinator

Danielle Crosby

DARFM Student

Eddie Knight

Treaty Rights Protected (TRP) Stewardship Keeper

Garrett Velkjar

Field Technician

George Sark

Field Technician

Janice Flynn

Project Administrator

Jeff Coolen

Treaty Rights Protected (TRP) Fisheries Coordinator

Kelsey White

Marine Conservation and Engagement Specialist

Lily Priest

Fisheries Management Project Lead

Lindsay Carroll

Indigenous Fisheries Biologist

Logan McNeill

Project Lead

Lucas Amiro

GIS Specialist

Marissa Murphy

Marine Conservation and Engagement Specialist

Matt Russell

Field Technician

Meredith Karcz

Program Manager

Nathan Beaudoin

Field Technician

Nikki-Marie Lloyd

IIHP Community Liaison

Roddie Gould

Community Liaison

Stephanie Sylliboy

Mi'kmaw Knowledge Project Assistant

Zack Sabean

Renewable Energy Engagement Coordinator