The Chief Scientist is appointed through Ministerial Order under section 15.1 (1) of the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act.
The role of the Chief Scientist is to:
- communicate environmental science information to Albertans and government
- provide scientific oversight on the provincial environmental science program
- Acts as a champion of science, research, and the role of evidence, as a recognized expert and active researcher in environmental sciences.
- Provides scientific advice to address complex environmental challenges and opportunities facing the province and the government.
- Promotes and builds scientific excellence through partnerships with Universities and other credible scientific and research based institutions and organizations.
- Ensures scientific information coming from Alberta Environment and Parks meets rigorous ethical and scientific standards.
- Establishes and upholds a public schedule for environmental science reporting to inform the Government of Alberta and Albertans.
In addition to the responsibilities listed above, the Chief Scientist also consults and supports the Science Advisory Panel and the Indigenous Wisdom Advisory Panel to ensure an improved understanding of Alberta’s environmental issues.
Meet the Chief Scientist
The inaugural Chief Scientist position was held by Dr. Fred Wrona. Dr. Wrona was appointed Alberta Environment and Parks’ Chief Scientist in June 2016 and retired in June 2020 after an extensive career, which included leading environmental science programs and initiatives at the provincial, national and international levels.
An interim Chief Scientist, Dr. Garry Scrimgeour, has been appointed to carry out the responsibilities of the role until a suitable candidate is appointed.
Recruitment for the position of Chief Scientist is currently underway. This page will be updated once more information becomes available.
Office of the Chief Scientist Publications
- A Study Design for Enhanced Environmental Monitoring of the Lower Athabasca River
- Summary of Enhanced Monitoring of the Lower Athabasca River, 2018
- Ecotoxicity Assessment of Treated Oil Sands Process-Affected Water (OSPW): 2019 Toxicity and Mesocosms Studies
- A Third Party Scientific Review of Alberta Environment and Parks' North Central Native Trout Recovery Program
- Knowledge for a changing environment: 2019-2024 science strategy
- Castle Region Scientific Assessment and Synthesis
- Land Use, Climate Change and Ecological Responses in the Upper North Saskatchewan and Red Deer River Basins: A Scientific Assessment
- Linear Disturbances in the Livingstone-Porcupine Hills of Alberta: Review of Potential Ecological Responses
Connect with the Office of the Chief Scientist:
Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
10th Floor, 9888 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 5C6