Speaker Profiles

Aran O’Carroll

Aran O’Carroll

Executive Director

Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement Secretariat

Aran O'Carroll has worked with the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA) both as national conservation planning coordinator for the CBFA’s work on protected areas and species at risk, and now as Executive Director.

Previously, he worked with the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, where he was the national manager of legal and regulatory affairs and its lead negotiator for the CBFA.

Aran was the environmental community’s elected representative to the federal Forest Sector Sustainability Table; chair of the multi-sector Boreal Leadership Council's Woodland Caribou Committee; co-chair of a National Advisory Group to the federal government on Woodland Caribou; a founding director of Global Forest Watch Canada, and a consultant for the United Nations Forum on Forests, the World Resources Institute, and the Coast Information Team of the Great Bear Rainforest initiative.

He was also a staff lawyer and the director of forest monitoring for the public-interest environmental law firm, Ecojustice, and a director of both the University of Victoria Environmental Law Centre and the University of New Brunswick’s Environmental Law Society.

Aran has an Honours BA in economics from Queens University and a law degree from the universities of New Brunswick and Victoria. He was called to the B.C. bar in 2000. Aran has also completed the course work toward a graduate degree in forestry at the University of B.C.

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