Biography: Originally from Thunder Bay, ON, Erika earned a B.Sc. in Ecology with a minor in French Studies from the University of Guelph in 2011 and a Master of Resource and Environmental Management (MREM) at Dalhousie University in December 2012.
Erika has a wide range of educational experience, both through her work and education. In 2005, she worked for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources as an Ontario Ranger in Central Ontario, and again 2007 to 2010 as a Forest Fire Ranger in her hometown of Thunder Bay, ON. Erika also worked as a Research Assistant in a theoretical community ecology lab at the University of Guelph in 2011, where she learned about conducting scientific research, and how to sample invertebrates and fish in freshwater lakes.
Erika was drawn to the Master of Resource and Environmental Management program because it allowed her to explore different economic, socio-political, and bio-physical dimensions that influence the way Canada and other Countries manage the environment. As part of her master’s degree she completed her internship with Dr. Heather Castleden, Dr. Graham Gagnon, and ID. PhD. candidate Megan Kot as a Research Associate on the Canadian Water Network (CWN) study exploring the implementation of Water Safety Plans in Alberta. This project provided Erika with the opportunity to travel across Alberta interviewing small system water operators about their perspectives on the new Drinking Water Safety Plan being mandated by the provincial government.
She also completed two directed readings with Dr. Heather Castleden. One explored the access and availability of safe drinking water for First Nation communities across Canada. Another was through the Canadian Community of Practice for Ecosystem Approaches to Health (CoPEH-CAN) Conference and Field School in Moncton, NB (June 17th – 27th).
Current Position: As of November 2012, Erika has been working as a Research & Education Officer with the Mi’kmaw Conservation Group (MCG), a program administered by The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq (CMM). This position has allowed her to maintain a strong connection with Dr. Heather Castlden and the HEC Lab by collaborating on various projects that are of concern to our member First Nation communities.
Perrier, E. Kot, M. Castleden, H. & Gagnon, G. “Implementing Drinking Water Safety Plans in Canada’s Small and Medium Sized Communities – Understanding the Barriers and Bridges of Early Adoption in Alberta”. Atlantic Division of the Canadian Association of Geographers’ Conference (ACAG), October 19-21, 2012, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Perrier, E., Kot, M., Castleden, H., & Gagnon, G. (2012). “Implementing Drinking Water Safety Plans in Canada’s Small and Medium Sized Communities – Understanding the Barriers and Bridges of Early Adoption in Alberta” (Masters Report), School for Resource and Environmental Studies, Dalhousie University