Jill Watkins

Project Director

Jill Watkins is a Project Director at the Council of Canadian Academies.

Jill has over 25 years of experience managing projects and small scientific teams. Most recently she was Manager, Ecosystem Management Policies and Practices at Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Prior to this, she was a Senior Scientific Advisor with the Ecosystem Science Directorate, also at Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Her most recent job relied on science to inform the development of policy, legislation, and regulations. She led a team responsible for managing the threat of aquatic invasive species across Canada, and contributing to the review of the Fisheries Act. 

For four years Jill chaired a Canadian expert group on Arctic marine biodiversity, and represented Canada on the Arctic Council’s Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program – Marine Steering Group, which she also chaired for two years. She also led a report on how the science conducted during the International Polar Year (2007-2009) reflected and influenced government priorities. Prior to joining government, Jill founded a consulting company, Enviroscope, which she ran for over a decade. She has also produced several publications that required the synthesis of large amounts of information from various sources. She is the author of numerous scientific publications.

Jill holds a PhD in Meteorology from Reading University, UK and a B.Sc. in Physical Geography and Mathematics from the University of Toronto. She mentors northern youth through the DreamCatcher program, and enjoys volunteering in her community.

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