*** The names of the contestants are in alphabetical order
Chris D. Smissaert
Chris Smissaert’s career began as a summer job in high school tree planting, supervising scarifying, and timber cruising with the Dept. of Natural Resources and NB International Paper in Dalhousie, New Brunswick. During this time, Chris also went to the 14th World Scout Jamboree in Lillehammer, Norway in 1975. He then went to UNB and graduated with a BSC.F in 1984 and has been self-employed in forestry ever since. Upon graduation, he worked as an employee with a classmate partner until he took over full control of the company in the summer of 1989. During this time, he worked mostly in hands on precommercial thinning and supervision, for licenses, governments, and small private woodlot owners, and was a chainsaw, brushsaw and skidder instructor. In these last 25 years, Chris has been active in many areas he has been interested in. Forestry highlights include silvicultural worker training, harvesting research, assistant and volunteer at the Association of Registered Professional Foresters of NB, many aspects of small woodlot management, urban arborist, and most recently timber cruising on both sides of the border, particularly stumpage appraisals. He was always a supporter of the Crown Lands and Forests Act until the corporate capture became too much to take and as a professional forester he is now totally against industrial management of our forests and will live to see it end.
Chris has always been Green but for many years there was no Green Party in New Brunswick, but in 2010 Jack MacDougall became the leader and he helped coordinate his Campaign. The solution we need is a political one and the Green Party is the only reasonable choice.
He has always been determined and persistent, he set goals for himself, he measures performance, and he strives to deliver his best. Should he win this nomination, he will build a great team, and he pledges to unite his efforts with the other nominees and help the Leader who will lead us to victory in 2018.
Listening to and understanding the issues people were facing are not enough for Jenn, a community leader on the Northside of Fredericton. She has taken great interest in the issues seeking to work within the existing systems to find solutions she immersed herself in multiple conferences such as the Great Gatherings, Imagine Fredericton, Non-Profit Housing, Gov Maker, Justice Forums and more.
Since becoming a Community Food Mentor she has participated in many food securities related conferences and worked on the Good Food Greater Fredericton Food Charter as well as volunteering on food-related events like Noche Latina.
She is currently on the board of Capital City Cycle a nonprofit bicycle advocacy group and the Fredericton Active Transportation group. Worked with the boards of Ducks Unlimited, the Community Action Group against Homelessness and served as President of the Fredericton North Riding association working in conjunction with the Greater Fredericton Green Team.
In 2014 she created and continues to be the Executive director of the Wil-Doo Community Bike Club a non-profit grassroots initiative that provides bicycles and bike programs for low-income youth and their families, for which many are newcomers to Fredericton. For this Jenn recently received the Unsung Hero award from the city.
When it comes to elections and campaigns Jenn has used the same learning mindset to actively participate in supporting four people through their campaigns, two of which were successful, she is now prepped to take on her own campaign with great vigor should she be successful in obtaining the candidacy.