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Jill Watkins

Ecosystem and Biodiversity Science Branch, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Senior Scientific Advisor
Dr. Jill Watkins is a Senior Scientific Advisor in the Ecosystems and Oceans Science Sector at Fisheries and Oceans Canada. She has over 20 years of experience working on environmental issues including species at risk, sustainable development, northern contaminants, International Polar Year, northern science and technology, and Arctic marine biodiversity. Jill is the former chair of the Arctic Council’s Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program-Marine Steering Group. Recently she was instrumental in restoring $40 million per year for science at Fisheries and Oceans Canada. She is currently involved in the department’s aquatic climate change program, and is a mentor for northern youth through Big Brothers and Sisters’ DreamCatcher program.