2nd prize: Jena Webb, Université du Québec à Montréal

Over the past two decades, Jena Webb has focused her work in Canada and abroad on the links between health, society and ecosystems. She began her studies in the natural sciences, earning a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s in environmental science. To earn her PhD, she led a study that touched upon physical and human geography and took a gendered approach to exploring the impacts of deforestation and oil extraction in Amazonia on the levels of mercury and hydrocarbons in fish species and the indigenous peoples who consume them.

She is currently one of the key collaborators on the Genre Équité Santé Travail Environnement (GESTE) research and knowledge sharing project. In her current role as programs director for the Community of Practice in Ecosystem Approaches to Health (CoPEH-Canada), she oversees the communications and co-leads the pan-Canadian academic coalition’s networking and teaching initiatives. CoPEH-Canada aims to foster the understanding, sharing and application of ecosystem approaches to health to meet the current challenges of implementing actions, interventions and research for a sustainable and healthy future.