Standing Committees




Five Standing Committees were established in 2021, to help the CPA achieve it's mission, and perform essential duties. The vision, context, and objectives of the various committees are outlined in the CPA's Strategic Plan. Committees are composed of CPA members, and report to the Board of Directors.



Standing International Committee (SIC)


To act as the interlocutor between the CPA and the IPA on matters relating to the international permafrost community, including at the IPA Council.

Antoni Lewkowicz (Chair), Sharon Smith (Secretariat), Steve Kokelj, Ed Hoeve, Guy Doré, Chris Burn (ex-officio)

Standing Membership Committee (SMC)


To support new and existing members, increase engagement of CPA members in activities, and propose new member services.

Philip Bonnaventure (Chair), Rahib Day, Alice Wilson, Samuel Gagnon, Pamela Godin

Standing Finance Committee (SFC)


To develop and implement ideas to increase revenues, including attracting donations from foundations, industry and individuals.

Wendy Sladen (Co-Chair), Emmanuel L’Herault (Co-Chair), Ryley Beddoe,  Astrid Schetselaar

Standing Dissemination Committee (SDC)


To facilitate CPA activities that raise public awareness of permafrost issues, make contributions to permafrost education, and highlight CPA synthesis products and permafrost research carried out by CPA members.

Steve Kokelj (co-chair), Yifeng Wang, Adam Kirkwood, Alexandre Chiasson, Cassandra Koenig, Cedelle Pereira, Christy Rouault, Rosy Tutton, Shannon Hibbard, Shawn Kenny, Tabatha Rahman

Standing Linkages Committee (SLC)


Develop connections and strategic partnerships.

Duane Froese, Dylan Hemming, Mike Brown, Tim Ensom, Jenna Craig



















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