Our Story

The Canadian Partnership for Wildland Fire Science (Canada Wildfire) was initiated in June 2009, through a Memorandum of Understanding signed by three founding partners: Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AAF), University of Alberta School of Forest Science and Management (UofA), and the Canadian Forest Service (CFS) Northern Forestry Centre (NoFC). Originally known as the Western Partnership for Wildland Fire Science, it was formed to address priority research needs by creating a fire science hub that linked AAF and NoFC with researchers at the UofA and other Canadian and international research institutions. In 2019, the partnership expanded with BC Wildfire Service joining, followed by Parks Canada and Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency in 2020 and the Government of the Northwest Territories in 2021.

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Canada Wildfire will be an international leader in wildland fire science, shaping wildland fire management in Canada and around the world.



To provide excellence in wildland fire research, education, and knowledge exchange for the development of innovative policies and practices while teaching and mentoring generations of scientists and practitioners.



• Excellence
• Collaboration
• Strategic Alignment
• Adaptation
• Innovation
• Open Science

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Strategic Directions

• Research
• Education
• Partnerships and Collaborations
• Applications and Communications

Canada Wildfire Team

Karen Blouin

Research Coordinator

Email: karen.blouin@ualberta.ca

Renee Beaulac

Program Coordinator

Email: rbeaulac@ualberta.ca

Mike Flannigan

Science Director

Email: mflannigan@tru.ca

Sandra Kinash

Knowledge Translation and Mobilization Specialist

Email: skinash@ualberta.ca

Brian Wiens

Managing Director

Email: brian.wiens@ualberta.ca

Wankui Zhou

General Administrator

Email: wankui@ualberta.ca