Cheryl Chetkiewicz, PhD, is an Associate Conservation Scientist with Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Canada with expertise in wildlife research, conservation, environmental planning, and monitoring. She focuses on regional-scale conservation issues in Ontario’s Far North, specifically field-based and applied wildlife research and monitoring, cumulative effects assessment, regional strategic environmental assessment, and protected area planning. Prior to her work with WCS Canada in Ontario, Cheryl worked for the Gwich’in Renewable Resource Board as a Biologist conducting research based on direction from the Co-Management Board and was a Program Officer for global carnivore conservation at WCS Global based in New York.

With respect to environmental assessment, Cheryl has been engaged with a number of federal and provincial environmental assessments in northern Ontario, particularly in the Ring of Fire. She has worked to promote the need for regional and strategic environmental assessment in Ontario’s Far North with both government and First Nations and together with Dr. Anastasia Lintner, developed a report providing the rationale for doing so. She also leads a research effort to examine the cumulative effects of future lands use and climate change scenarios on wildlife in the region to support more effective cumulative environmental assessment and decision-making.

Cheryl has been a member of the OAIA Planning Committee since 2015 and has focused on bringing practitioners and experts together to share their experience around strategic and regional environmental assessments across Canada at both the federal and provincial level. As a member-at-large, Cheryl plans to continue to support and encourage the interest in regional and strategic environmental assessment, cumulative effects assessment and the role of environmental assessment in generating better conservation outcomes.

Last Updated: December 2016