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COSEWIC Annual Report - 2006

Item II – Election of Chair of COSEWIC

Following procedures set out in the COSEWIC Operations and Procedures Manual, a nomination Committee was struck in May, 2005, in preparation for the election of a new Chair of COSEWIC, as Dr. Marco Festa-Bianchet's second term as Chair of COSEWIC was scheduled to conclude at the end of the April, 2006, Species Assessment Meeting. Dr. René Belland, co-chair of the COSEWIC Plants and Lichens Specialist Subcommitte, chaired the Selection Committee. A number of nominations were received but subsequently all nominees withdrew with the exception of one nominee, Dr. Jeffrey Hutchings, non-government science member, from Dalhousie University.

At the Species Assessment Meeting in April, 2006, Dr. René Belland presented Dr. Hutchings as the candidate for the position of Chair of COSEWIC and Dr. Hutchings then spoke to the members about how his knowledge, experience and commitment to the work of COSEWIC would contribute to his ability to chair the committee. The members voted and, following the election, Dr. Hutchings was proclaimed Chair of COSEWIC for a two-year term of office to take effect May 1, 2006.

The members congratulated Dr. Hutchings on his election as Chair and highly praised Dr. Marco Festa-Bianchet for his outstanding contribution to COSEWIC as Chair of the committee over the past four years.