A world-reknowned expert on conservation of beluga whales, Dr Beland has published three books, numerous scientific and popular articles, and has hosted a TV series on the environment. He regularly writes for magazines and documentary films, and lectures to various publics. He is senior research scientist with the St. Lawrence National Institute of Ecotoxicology, a non-profit organization dedicated to research and education on marine mammals and toxic compounds in estuarine ecosystems.
From Sept 1995 to Sept 1998, Béland was one of three Canadian Commissioners (and Acting Chair) with the International Joint Commission, a binational Canada-USA organization overseeing environmental boundary issues and waters, including the Great Lakes. He later sat on the Board of Directors of the Keystone Policy Center, Colorado. Previously (1981-87), he worked as a research scientist as head of the Fisheries Ecology Research Center with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and (1975-1981) with the Canadian National Museum of Nature as a paleoecologist studying dinosaurs. He is the owner of Filmar Industries, a SME manufacturing scientific equipment for research in limnology and oceanography.
Beland completed a BA and BSc at Laval University (Quebec City), and a PhD at Dalhousie University (Halifax). He was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at ORSTOM Centre, Noumea, New Caledonia, and the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. He was awarded several prizes and honors, including from the Quebec Society pof Public Relationists, NAUI, Laval University, Radio-Canada. Dr Beland is fluent in French, English and Mandarin, being official translator of reknown Chinese poet Zhao Si.
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