Conover, Shirley A.M.

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Conover, Shirley A.M.

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1929 - 2007


Shirley Conover was a Leslie Pearson Senior Fellow at Dalhousie University's School for Resource and Environmental Studies and made significant contributions to the field of environmental assessment and management in Canada and internationally. Born 9 July 1929 in Brantford, Ontario, to Hazel and Carter MacMillan, she was educated at Oberlin College and Yale University before earning her PhD in marine zoology at Dalhousie. In the 1970s and early 1980s she led teams carrying out environmental impact assessments for the Davis Strait, Sable Island and Hibernia oil fields. Later she became director of two CIDA international development projects through Dalhousie University: Environmental Management Development in Indonesia and the Environment and Resource Management Project in the Philippines. Both projects supported government and academic infrastructure development and provided heavily used baseline ecological information. They were also a fertile training ground for many distinguished professionals in Canada, Indonesia and the Philippines. In 1990 Conover was appointed to chair the Environmental Assessment Panel for the Halifax Harbour Clean-up Project. She was a member of the Canadian Environmental Advisory Council to federal environment ministers for eight years, served as secretary to the International Association for Impact Assessment and, in 2002, she was awarded the Rose Hulman Award for her contributions to environmental assessment in The Hague, Netherlands. Conovers died 8 January 2007 in Cobourg, Ontario.


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