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COSEWIC Annual Report - 2005

Item II - Preparation For The Election Of Chair Of COSEWIC

 Following procedures set out in its Operations and Procedures Manual, a nomination Committee was struck in May 2005 in preparation for the election of a new Chair in May 2006, at which time Marco Festa-Bianchet will finish his second term as Chair of COSEWIC. René Belland (current co-chair, COSEWIC Vascular Plants and Lichens Specialist Subcommitte) will chair the Selection Committee.

Item III - COSEWIC Membership

Membership Changes

For Information:

See Appendix IlI for a list of current and proposed members.

 For Approval:

a)    Members from jurisdictions (Provincial/Territorial/Federal)  

At the Spring 2005 meeting of COSEWIC, the chair reminded again members from jurisdictions that CESCC members have to notify the Chair of COSEWIC by the end of June 2005 of the name of any new member or alternate to be submitted to the Minister of the Environment for appointment after consulting with the CESCC.

A curriculum vitae for each nominee must be on record with the COSEWIC Secretariat.

 Since July 2004, one jurisdiction, British Columbia, has submitted a new name for an alternate member on COSEWIC: Susan Pollard (M.Sc.)

b)   Co-chairs of Species Specialist Subcommittees

 New /Renewed members were selected as a result of a process started with a January 2005 public call for members. For Marine Fishes, both co-chair positions were advertised since one co-chair resigned in December 2004 and the other co-chair’s term expires December 31, 2005. Justifications and biosketches are herein provided for the following nominees submitted for consideration and review by CESCC and subsequent appointment by the Minister of the Environment effective January 1, 2006:

Co-chair, Plants & Lichens Specialist Subcommittee –Dr. Erich Haber

Co-chair, Freshwater Fishes Specialist Subcommittee – Dr. Robert Campbell

Co-chair, Terrestrial Mammals Specialist Subcommittee – Dr. Mark Brigham

Co-chair, Marine Fishes Specialist Subcommittee – Dr. Howard Powle s

Co-chair, Marine Fishes Specialist Subcommittee- Dr. Paul Bentzen *

* - All memberships are for a four year term with the exception of  Dr. Bentzen who was recommended for  two years to finish the term of the Marine Fishes co-chair who resigned, and to ensure that in future, both co-chairs’ positions are not vacated at the same time.

See Appendix IV (Biosketches of new/renewed COSEWIC members).