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Suzanne von der Porten

Suzanne von der Porten Hakai
Resource and Environmental Management (REM)
Simon Fraser University

Suzanne von der Porten is a postdoctoral scholar based at Simon Fraser University. Her postdoc research is focused on the changing roles of Indigenous coastal nations, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and the commercial fishing industry in relation to power and authority over herring.

Suzanne holds a Ph.D. in Environment and Resource Studies from the University of Waterloo, and both a B.Sc. and an MBA from the University of Victoria. Both her consulting and scholarship work are focused on improving the state of environmental decision-making and the sui generis rights of Indigenous peoples in Canada.

In a former life, she spent three years working as a helitack forest fire fighter in northern British Columbia, and later worked as a lead Fire Information Officer doing media relations for the BC Ministry of Forests and Range. This year, Suzanne celebrated the 15 year anniversary of her all-women’s Powershift cycling trip across Canada to promote alternative transportation.

Contact: suevonderporten [at]