Science Capability

Overview: The Canadian CEBCEM is one of six official Collaboration for Environmental Evidence (CEE) centres globally, and the only one of its kind in North America. CEBCEM members conduct systematic reviews to support evidence-based decision making and policy development. By following CEE guidelines, the Centre produces systematic reviews that offer a traceable source of evidence and repeatable methodology to inform conservation actions that are defensible and rational. The Centre strives to build capacity through training and awareness with the hope that evidence-based management is the future of environmental conservation in Canada.

Centre Capacity:

  • Staff members trained by CEE
  • Expertise in conservation and environmental management
  • Access to leading academic search engines and libraries
  • Software necessary for efficiently conducting reviews


  • Director: Dr. Steven Cooke
  • Project Manager/Researcher: Jessica Taylor
  • Project Manager/Research Associate: Dr. Trina Rytwinski
  • Project Manager/Researcher: Lisa Donaldson
  • PhD Student: Dirk Algera

Industrial Application

Focus: Evidence Synthesis, Systematic Reviews, Conservation, Environmental Management, Science Policy

Project Examples:

  • What are the consequences of fish entrainment and impingement associated with hydroelectric dams on fish productivity?;
  • The effectiveness of spawning habitat creation or enhancement for substrate spawning temperate fish;
  • What are the impacts of flow regime changes on fish productivity in temperate regions?;
  • The effectiveness of non-native fish eradication techniques in freshwater ecosystems 

Engagement types and co-funding

  • contract research and consulting
  • systematic review training and workshops
  • industry and government collaborations 

Point of Contact: Dr. Steven Cooke – Faculty of Science; 613-520-1377

Contact Information

Dr. Steven Cooke – Faculty of Science; 613-520-1377

Facility Details