Kevin Percy

Executive Director, Wood Buffalo Environmental Association (WBEA) (Fort McMurray, AB)

Kevin Percy is Executive Director of the independent, not-for-profit, consensus-based Wood Buffalo Environmental Association (WBEA) in Fort McMurray, Alberta. The multi-stakeholder WBEA monitors air quality, terrestrial environmental effects, and human exposure to air emissions within the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, including the Athabasca Oil Sands.

Prior to joining WBEA as Lead Scientist in January 2009, Dr. Percy was Senior Scientist-Global Change with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)’s Canadian Forest Service. Until May 2009, Dr. Percy served as a Principal Investigator and Steering Committee member of the world’s largest greenhouse gas-forest experiment. The ecosystem-scale Aspen FACE (Free Air Carbon Dioxide Enrichment) Experiment was located in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. It was primarily supported from 1997-2008 by the U.S. Department of Energy Program for Ecosystem Research and comprised over 110 scientists from nine countries.

Dr. Percy has authored numerous scientific publications in leading journals and books, including the recently published book Alberta Oil Sands: Energy, Industry and the Environment. Among his publications are those on mechanistic exposure-response, monitoring concepts/design, and state of science analyses. Dr. Percy has received the NRCan Departmental Achievement Award for Excellence in Science, and has served in various capacities on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fourth Assessment process, the International Union of Forest Research Organizations’ Expert Panel on Adaptation of Forests to Climate Change, as well multi-stakeholder processes convened under the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment, and the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers.

Dr. Percy holds a PhD from the University of Bristol, England, and MSc and BScF degrees from the University of New Brunswick.

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