Dr. Harris was born in St. Joseph's, P.B., Newfoundland. He received a B.A. (Education) and a M.A. (History) from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a Ph.D. (History) from the University of London. Dr. Harris joined Memorial as Assistant Professor of History in 1963, and subsequently held a number of academic positions, culminating in a 10-year period as President and Vice-Chancellor, prior to his retirement in 1990.
Dr. Harris has held a wide variety of appointments during his career, including chairmanship of the 1989 Review Panel on Northern Cod Stocks. He has been a member of the Provincial Panel of Arbitration Chairmen since 1966. He is Commissioner of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Public Complaints Commission, and is chairman of the Battle Harbour Historic Trust.
Dr. Harris has received a number of honors and awards, including an appointment in 1987 as an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Ms. Baird was born in St. John's, Newfoundland and received a B.A. (Sociology) from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a Master of Public Health from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. She had a lengthy career in the Newfoundland public service in a number of administrative, managerial and advisory positions in the field of health care and social policy.
During the 1980s, she served as Assistant Secretary to Cabinet and as Assistant Deputy Minister in the Newfoundland Petroleum Directorate, and, later, in the Department of Energy. In these positions she was responsible for policy and planning relating to the socio-economic impacts associated with offshore petroleum exploration and development.
She served as member of the federal Lower Churchill Hydroelectric Environmental Assessment Panel from 1977 to 1980, and was the official spokesperson for the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador during the Hibernia Environmental Assessment Panel hearings in 1985.
Dr. Lien received a B.A. from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, a M.Sc. and a Ph.D. from Washington State University.
He came to Newfoundland in 1968 as Assistant Professor in Memorial University of Newfoundland's Department of Psychology, and was appointed as full professor in 1981. In 1988, he was cross-appointed to Memorial's Ocean Sciences Centre. Dr. Lien's principal research interest is the application of principles of animal behavior to marine resource conservation and management, with particular emphasis upon whales. He also is involved in studies of resource education and of traditional ecological knowledge of resource users.
Dr. Lien has published extensively in both academic and popular journals, and has been a member of numerous academic, advisory, and community committees. His current memberships include the ICES Marine Mammal Advisory Committee, theScientific Advisory Board of the Canadian Environmental Network, the Expert Advisory Committee of the Protected Areas Association, and the Commission on National Parks and Protected Areas of the World Conservation Union.