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Dr. Simon Courtenay was appointed scientific director of Canadian Water Network in 2013. In this role, he leads the development of network initiatives focused on Canadian water management. Simon is also a professor in Environment and Resource Studies at the University of Waterloo.
Simon completed his both his Bachelor and Master of Science at the University of Western Ontario. He received his PhD from the University of British Columbia, where he studied fish behavioural ecology. A postdoctoral fellowship at Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Gulf Fisheries Centre in Moncton, New Brunswick led to a position as a research scientist, working on salmon assessments and later, estuarine ecology and aquatic monitoring.
In 2005, Simon began a co-location with the Canadian Rivers Institute in the Department of Biology at the University of New Brunswick. The objective of this co-location was to foster research collaborations between DFO and academia on research opportunities. One major opportunity was Canadian Water Network's research to better understand the Saint John River watershed and the subsequent designation of Saint John Harbour as the pilot project for the Canadian Watershed Research Consortium. Simon joined the project and then, working with others, followed the Saint John model to develop New Brunswick’s second node in the Consortium, the Northumberland Strait Environmental Monitoring Partnership.