Douglas Pimlott Memorial Lecture
MARK PIMLOTT, Policy Analyst; Legislation and Conservation, Department of Environment, Nunavut
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Douglas Pimlott, as one of the founders and leaders of the environmental movement in Ontario and in Canada during the 1960s and '70s, had a major impact on its development and accomplishments. Having died in his late 50s during the late '70s, many have wondered what more Doug and the many friends, supporters and colleagues whom he inspired, might yet have accomplished. Many were inspired nonetheless to continue 'to carry on the good fight' which he seemed to tirelessly endorse, and much has been accomplished by them during the four decades since his passing. However conservation successes rarely solve any problem for all time. Victory in the skirmishes does not mean that the war to protect nature and natural habitats can ever be truly won. What would Doug have thought of the state of the natural world today? 'About the ongoing threats to the maintenance of fully functioning ecosystems which are necessary to support wolves, bears, caribou and other keystone species? 'About the ongoing battles to save important and missing elements to our national and international system of parks, protected areas and ecological reserve? 'About the challenge of providing support for the development of fully functioning indigenous-led governments and enterprises, especially in the remote areas of northern Canada? 'About the restrictions which have been placed on citizen conservation organizations and even upon scientists by governmental systems, which have tolerated criticism or dissent to a greatly varying degree? Mark is not so presumptuous or vain as to imagine that he could speak for his father, however by providing information and personal insights about Doug Pimlott, and about his belief systems and personal philosophies, the presenter hopes to provide some insights into the forces which drove his father's love for wildlife and for wildland, and about Doug's mission to work to achieve a greater level of environmental integrity and harmony. In the process, he raises questions about the state of the Canadian environment on the 150th anniversary of this great and vast country.
BRIEF BIO: In some ways, Mark has followed both literally and figuratively in his father's footsteps. However as he would report, at a much less dogged pace and with a far less significant impact on the people and the environment that have surrounded him, than did his father. After accompanying his father Doug Pimlott during field investigations of moose in Newfoundland, and of wolves in Ontario and on Baffin Island during his youth, Mark pursued those interests and involvements by attending the University of Waterloo in the Faculty of Environmental Studies. Mark subsequently moved to British Columbia in 1974 and worked for 30 years with the BC Wildlife Branch. For the first decade he served as the Regional Information and Education Officer and led the department's educational and extension programs in the Lower Mainland Region. Soon after transferring to serve as a Scientific and Technical Officer (Wildlife Management), Mark completed a degree in Natural Resource Management at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. In 2004 Mark moved to the Nunavut community of Igloolik where the Nunavut Wildlife Service had recently based its decentralized operations. Serving as the territorial Manager of Legislation and Compliance for the Department of Environment, Mark continued his career in wildlife conservation and management based about 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Mark has more recently served in the position of Policy Analyst; Legislation and Conservation, continuing his life and employment in Igloolik through 2015. Currently on a leave of absence from his position with the NU DoE, Mark is 'practising for retirement' after a more than 40 year career in the field in which his father's life and work, inspired him to follow.