Elizabeth MacDonald

Advisor, Environmental Affairs


  • Conservation Officer
  • Regulatory enforcement, including auditing of offshore platforms and seismic vessels, to ensure protection of marine life, marine habitat, species at risk and their critical habitat, and Marine Protected Areas
  • Leads the review of environmental aspects of operators’ activity authorization applications
  • Leads the CNSOPB Strategic Environmental Assessment process
  • Acts as a key liaison with the Fisheries and Oceans Canada, other government agencies, fisheries groups and other stakeholders to establish and maintain strong working relationships, exchange information and inform and educate
  • Chair of the CNSOPB Fisheries Advisory Committee
  • Oversees offshore petroleum environmental assessments and environmental effects monitoring

Biographical Snapshot:

  • Over 16 years of experience working in marine conservation, including over 15 years with the CNSOPB
  • Prior to joining CNSOPB, Elizabeth worked in habitat management with Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Professional Affiliations, Degrees, and Accolades:

  • Bachelor of Science, Dalhousie University
  • Designated Environmental Professional (specializing in Policy and Legislation), ECO Canada
  • Contributor, Essay on Mitigation of Offshore Oil and Gas in the text book publication “Essays in Honour of Elisabeth Mann Borgese” by the International Ocean Institute
  • Completed a number of technical courses including but not limited to, environmental inspection and investigations, auditing, dispersant awareness and monitoring, and oil spill clearance

More About Me:

  • Avid outdoor enthusiast, who enjoys hiking, kayaking, fishing, skiing and snowshoeing.
  • Bucket list includes visiting all of Canada’s National Parks.