Staff Bio for Leif Helmer

Leif Helmer
Past Chair, Board of Directors

Leif works for the Nova Scotia Community College, as a School Manager for the School of Technology and Environment. His responsibilities include liaison with industry and community partners for new program development, such as the forest sector exploration NSCC is undertaking. He joined in NSCC in 2010 and worked as Faculty to develop and deliver the Natural Resources Environmental Technology program until 2020. Prior to joining NSCC he worked for a decade with the Nova Scotia Department of Environment where he led the Parks & Protected Areas Program for the western region of the province. This involved working with industries and communities to create and manage new wilderness parks and nature reserves for forest conservation. His main focus was establishing the management plan for Tobeatic Wilderness Area. Work to assess and secure 30 properties with high ecological value from Bowater-Mersey in 2006 was recognized with the Minister’s Award of Excellence. He was a founding member of the Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve, and part of the inaugural team to establish MTRI.