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Christopher
Chan

Edmonton, AB

Christopher (he/him) was born and raised in Edmonton on Treaty 6 Territory. Christopher is the son of Sino-Vietnamese boat refugees who risked their lives to secure a safer future for their families. His interest in the environment originated in family camping and hiking trips he took in his youth across western Canada, which fostered a strong connection to these lands. He subsequently completed a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences and History from the University of Alberta. He worked two field seasons in the North Saskatchewan watershed and Banff and Yoho National Parks, where he supported research on the downstream effects of glacial retreats on aquatic communities. He has also worked on water quality and clean energy supply chain projects at the Technische Universität Berlin and the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Oxford.

He is excited to apply his scientific background to the twin crises of climate change and biodiversity loss and hopes to develop a policy-informed career in the environment. He also hopes to gain a more well-rounded understanding of these twin crises to determine how he can collectively support communities to build just and sustainable futures. In his free time, Christopher still finds time to go out on the land for hikes and is looking forward to his next wilderness backpacking excursion.

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