The Montreal Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology was formed in response to the need for an organization dedicated to the practice of biological conservation in the Greater Montreal Area. Despite being the home to a variety of sustainability-minded groups, including the United Nations Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, no organization existed which fully encompassed the values set forth by the Society for Conservation Biology. By forming the Montreal Chapter, we aim to bridge the gaps which exist between the scientific community, the non-profit sector, and the general public by establishing a platform for conservation education, communication, and advocacy to the over 4 million people living in the Greater Montreal Area and, by extension, the 8.2 million people in the province of Quebec.

The Montreal Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology operates on the unceded traditional territory of the Kanien’kehá:ka people.

Current Board Members

Arun Dayanandan
Founding President & Website Administrator
M.Sc. Candidate, Concordia University

I am a Master’s student at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The son of two biologists, you could say my passion for the science began in the womb. After an inspiring conservation-focused trip to the Galapagos Islands, followed by a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to study biology in Australia, I continue to study the biological world in all its forms. (website)


charlesplaisirprofilephotoCharles-Alexandre Plaisir
B.Sc. Candidate, Concordia University

I am a senior biology undergraduate student at Concordia University. I am also completing a minor in Spanish studies. My passion for conservation was principally stimulated by an eye-opening experience in the Galapagos Islands in the months of May 2015 and 2016. Always looking to pair my social skills with my biology background, I see a bright future for Montreal and it’s conservation efforts.


JamieAllanProfilePhotoJamie Allan
B.Sc. Candidate, Concordia University

I am an undergraduate student at Concordia University, specializing in Biology. After embarking on an eye-opening volunteer trip to the Galapagos islands, my interests have been centered around the conservation of biodiversity and sustainable development.



François Brassard

Conservation Chair
M.Sc. Candidate, Concordia University

I am a Master’s student at Concordia University in Dr. Jean-Philippe Lessard’s lab. My current project aims to better understand how multiple North American ant species vary morphologically along their distribution as well as determine why these morphological changes occur. Apart from my research, I am highly interested in using insects and their attributes as novel tools to improve waste management in cities and their use as livestock food in agriculture.


KristenHirshPearsonProfilePhotoKristen Hirsh-Pearson
Ex-Situ Board Member
M.Sc. Candidate, University of Northern British Columbia

I am a Master’s student in the Natural Resources and Environmental Studies department in Forestry at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George, Canada’s Green University. I am currently working on cumulative threat mapping for Dr. Oscar Venter. Conservation and environmental protection has always been important to me which is why I completed my undergraduate degree at Concordia University with a Specialization in Environmental Sciences and a minor in Sustainability Studies where I took many biology and ecology classes.



Dr. Selvadurai Dayanandan
Professor, Concordia University

My research program is aimed at gaining insights into the processes underlying the origin and maintenance of biological diversity with specific focus on the ecology, evolution and genomics of forest trees, and understanding the causes and consequences of deforestation and forest fragmentation. Understanding these processes provides the necessary basis for the development of sound conservation and management strategies for forested areas. Current research projects in my laboratory include molecular phylogenetic studies and characterization of molecular markers for genomic mapping and gene flow studies in a variety of organisms including tropical and temperate forest trees. (website)