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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.

(For additional information on the role of the SSAC, please visit

http://www.flr.gov.nl.ca/wildlife/endangeredspecies/ssac/index.html ).


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. The Chairperson is elected by the appointed members.

The members of the Committee are experts across several taxonomic groups, specific ecosystems and/or geographic regions. Candidates should indicate in the Additional Information portion of the online application, which area of expertise they are interested in representing.

Competency Profile:

Those who make up the SSAC should collectively possess the following core competencies. Examples may include:

  • Specific expertise of vascular plants, birds, mosses, molluscs, freshwater fishes, or aquatic invertebrates or a combination of multiple taxa normally acquired education and work experience;
  • Significant knowledge and experience with the wild species of Labrador (for one of the vacancies);
  • Significant understanding of the potential threats to wild species;
  • Have experience in the field of conservation or biodiversity;
  • Individuals must have demonstrated significant editorial skills, published authors would be an asset;
  • Previous experience working in a collaborative setting;
  • Leadership experience would be an asset for the Chairperson in a science based expert committee;
  • Knowledge of the Endangered Species Act;
  • Public Speaking; and
  • Facilitation Skills.




As per Section 2 of the Species Status Advisory Committee Regulations, a person who has the following qualifications is eligible to be appointed by the Minister as a member of the Species Status Advisory Committee:

  • 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 the relevant biological science; or
  • Extensive and current traditional ecological or local ecological knowledge about species in the province and their habitat and be able to incorporate this information into species status assessments

The SSAC Regulations also require that applicants have:

  • general knowledge about the species of the province;
  • detailed knowledge of a taxonomic group such as freshwater fish, birds, mammals, vascular plants; arthropods other invertebrates groups (including but not limited to freshwater species); or
  • 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 nine vacancies. The candidates should have significant expertise in one or multiple of the following areas:

  • Plants
  • Arthopods
  • Fish
  • Birds
  • Lichens
  • Terrestrial Mammals
  • Labrador wildlife
  • Aquatic invertebrates
  • Bryophytes
  • Molluscs

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 expertise in one or more of the listed areas in the table. Expressions of interest should highlight taxa for which the candidate has extensive knowledge and monitoring experience, assessing species status experience 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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