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ROGER CREASEY (1953-2012)
 
Roger Creasey died suddenly on September 16, 2012. Roger was born in Calgary, spending his childhood and nearly all of his academic and professional life there. He graduated from the University of Calgary (B.Sc., M.Sc.), where he studied the regulatory and public policy areas of cumulative effects, and was one of the compilers of the Cumulative Effects Practitioners Guide for the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, and the Cumulative Effects Assessment policy used in the Alberta EIA process. He chaired two national conferences on Cumulative Effects Assessment and Management, and published and presented more than 40 papers. During his career, he was a member of at least 20 committees and task forces related to environmental issues management.

He worked in the field of energy and environment for 36 years. His key positions were as Section Head of Environment at the Energy Resources Conservation Board (1980-2001), and then as Principal Ecologist and Corporate Manager, Ecosystem and Environment, for Shell Canada Limited (2001-09). He held an adjunct teaching appointment with the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary, and co-taught EA and CEA courses, in Calgary, Latin America and Southeast Asia. He supervised or examined a series of graduate students in cumulative effects, wildlife and ecosystem management, species at risk, management systems and corporate social responsibility. He participated in multi-stakeholder groups, worked with First Nations, and hundreds of public consultation activities as a regulator and proponent. In 2009, he formed a consulting company, TerrainFX, and at the time of his death he was active on a number of projects in Canada and the USA.

Roger was a Member of the Alberta Society of Professional Biologists, and over the period 1978-99, had been a Member, Director, Vice-President and President, and helped organize ASPB Conferences in 1995 (Professional Roles) and 1996 (Access Management). Roger was an innovator, emphasizing landscape/biodiversity management to promote a “big picture” approach to development, involving minimization of footprint. He understood the need for research to support this approach and for Shell in Alberta he managed the Montane Elk and the West-Central Caribou/Wolf programs in collaboration with Canadian and U.S. universities.

The range of his awards is a testament to his contributions, among them the Emerald Award for Corporate and Institutional Leadership (2005); Alberta Prairie Conservation Award for conserving natural grasslands (1993); Premier’s Award of Excellence (2000); Alberta Environment Award for Environmental Excellence as a member of the inter-agency team designing the Athabasca Oil Sands Regional Sustainable Development Strategy; and the International Association for Impact Assessment’s Outstanding Contribution Award (2003). He was a former member and Director of the Western and Northern Canada Affiliate of the IAIA, and Co-Editor of the IAIA Newsletter, a director of the Miistakis Institute and the Alberta Caribou Governance Board. He worked closely with NGOs, in particular the Alberta Wilderness Association.

Roger had strong ties to the University of Calgary, in particular to the Faculty of Environmental Design. With Roger’s passing, professional biology lost one of the most prominent, pioneering practitioners of impact assessment and environmental management in Canadian history. In his honour, and in recognition of his important contributions to the field of cumulative effects assessment, we are establishing The Roger and Mona Creasey Memorial Graduate Scholarship. The purpose of the award is to assist students whose area of investigation is related to the cumulative effects of energy development activities in Canada on a species ecosystem leading to recommendations for its conservation or management.

If you have any questions regarding your donation please contact Marilyn Wile, Director of Development via email at mwile@ucalgary.ca or by phone at 403-220-3716.
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