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Species Status Advisory Committee


Fisheries and Land Resources


Section 6 of the Endangered Species Act


No Remuneration


The committee was established to review the status of species at risk, and to advise the Minister on matters related to their designation and re-designation under the Endangered Species Act and is governed by the Species Status Advisory Committee Regulations. The committee meets at least once every calendar year.


This committee consists of up to nine members appointed by the Minister. Members serve for a period of two or three years and are eligible for re-appointment.

Competency Profile:

Those who make up the SSAC should collectively possess the following core competencies:

  • Specific expertise of vascular plants, birds, mosses, freshwater fishes, or aquatic invertebrates normally acquired through the completion of a graduate program;
  • Significant training, experience, or employment in a natural-resource field;
  • Significant knowledge of Labrador wild species;
  • Extensive species status assessment experience;
  • Familiarity with the Endangered Species Act;
  • Committment to the conservation of biodiversity
  • Public speaking skills;
  • Facilitation skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a collaborative setting;
  • Individuals must also have demonstrated significant editorial skills;
  • A demonstrated ability to chair or participate on a science based expert committee would be an asset.


Members on the committee should have a post-graduate degree from a recognized educational institution in a relevant biological science such as conservation biology, ecology, wildlife management or equivalent expertise in a relevant biological science acquired through a combination of education and experience and current knowledge of relevant biological science.

  • Possess extensive and current traditional ecological or local knowledge about species in the province and their habitat and incorporating this information into species status assessments;
  • General knowledge about the wildlife species of the province;
  • Be considered an expert or possess detailed knowledge of a taxonomic group such as freshwater fish, birds, mammals, vascular plants, insects, other invertebrate groups (emphasis on freshwater species); or,
  • Possess detailed knowledge of the species of a specific geographic region (Labrador preferred).

Time Commitments:

Members of the SSAC should be available to meet one to two times per year. SSAC members may also be expected to spend additional time to reviewing materials, status reports and field reports to prepare for SSAC meetings.


SSAC membership term are for two years, however three members may have three year terms.

Vacancy Profile:

The Committee is seeking to fill two vacancies. The first candidate should have significant expertise in the biology, ecology monitoring and conservation of Labrador wild species (plants, insects, amphibians, fish, mammals and/ or birds). The second candidate should have significant expertise in the taxonomy, monitoring, ecology, and conservation of rare vascular plants, specifically to the species found in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Of the nine positions on the committee, two are currently vacant. To fill the existing vacancies, expressions of interest are being sought from individuals who possess the background, experience and skill-set identified in the SSAC profile and who can bring some of the core competencies to the table. Expressions of interest should highlight taxa for which the candidate has extensive knowledge and experience monitoring, the candidates experience assessing species status and any experience in the field of species/ ecosystem conservation.

Current Members:
NameTitleAppointment TypeAppointment Date (yyyy/mm/dd)Expiry Date (yyyy/mm/dd)
Arsenault, Dr. AndreMemberMinisterial2015-10-302018-10-29
Campbell, Dr. Christine ChairpersonMinisterial2015-10-302017-10-29
Langor, Dr. DavidMemberMinisterial2015-10-302018-10-29
Marino, Dr. Paul MemberMinisterial2015-10-302017-10-29
Maunder, Mr. John E.MemberMinisterial2015-10-302017-10-29
Montevecchi, Dr. William (Bill)MemberMinisterial2015-10-302017-10-29
VacantMemberMinisterialNot Applicable
VacantMemberMinisterialNot Applicable
VacantMinisterialNot Applicable

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