Fonds MS-2-565 - Shirley A.M. Conover fonds

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Shirley A.M. Conover fonds

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  • 1976 - 1984 (Creation)
  • 1976 - 1984 (Creation)

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69 cm of textual records

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(1929 - 2007)

Biographical history

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.

Custodial history

Records were donated to the Dalhousie University Archives by Shirley A.M. Conover in accession (1986-070) on December 12, 1986.

Scope and content

Fonds consists of materials regarding the professional activities of Shirley A.M. Conover, including correspondence, studies, proposals for research and reports submitted to companies, research centres and government departments by MacLaren Plansearch Ltd., Plansearch Inc., MacLaren Atlantic Ltd., MacLaren Marex Inc., and Hardy Associates (1978) Ltd.

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  • English

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There are no access restrictions on these materials. All materials are open for research.

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Materials do not circulate and must be used in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room. Materials may be under copyright. Contact departmental staff for guidance on reproduction.

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Preferred citation: [Identification of item], Shirley A.M. Conover fonds, MS-2-565, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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