Meet the Team!
Comprised of a variety of backgrounds, our Team is full of knowledge, experience, and ambition to help Christmas tree producers thrive in business, boost the fertility of their trees, and become involved in a community of like-minded professionals around Nova Scotia.
Our current Research Team, is available to discuss tree health, pests, weeds, fertility, new entrant interest, our research projects, business, marketing, resources, networking, and much more!
Feel free to reach out!
Brittany Frenette works within the Outreach section of the Christmas Tree Council of Nova Scotia. From event planning to coordinating the quarterly Nova Scotia Christmas Tree Journal, she has many roles in managing the team and our outreach strategies.
Brittany is the General Manager and has been with the Council since December 2017. Coming to CTCNS with a background in Health & Human Services, she has spent many years working in Program Development and Management and truly has gained a passion for working within this growing and engaged industry. It truly is great to be a part of the Christmas Tree Community.
Lienna Hoeg is the Christmas Tree Specialist with Perennia Food & Agriculture Inc., in partnership with the Christmas Tree Council of Nova Scotia. She works with the members of the Research Team to establish, maintain, and collect data on various research sites throughout the province. Lienna provides in-field services for Christmas Tree growers and helps develop resources. Lienna specializes in vegetation management and routinely presents on integrated pest management practices to Christmas tree growers.
Lienna obtained a Bachelor of Science in Forestry degree from the University of New Brunswick in 2019. She is now a MSc in Agriculture Candidate, with a focus on Vegetation Management from Dalhousie University. Her project focuses on the development of phenological models and management strategies for narrow leaf golden rod in lowbush blueberry fields. Previous to working with the Christmas Tree Council, Lienna has worked as a Silviculture Assistant and Forest Resource Worker. She has also held numerous positions as a Research Assistant, working with vegetation management, aphid research, and native pollinator research. In 2021, she obtained her Articling Agrologist designation as well as a Certificate in Nutrient Management Planning. Lienna also holds a Pesticide Applicators License and Good Agriculture Collection Practices Certificate.
My name is Laura Isaacs, and I am super excited to be back for my second summer as a Research Assistant with CTCNS! I had a great summer last year gaining new knowledge in the Christmas tree industry, and I cannot wait to see what this summer has in store.
The fall and winter were busy with schoolwork, as I just completed my third year in Agricultural Economics at Dalhousie University’s Agricultural Campus. I did get to attend a judging competition with the Dal AC judging team in Guelph in March which was one of the highlights of my school year.
I’m very excited to take a break from the books and get back out in the field again! I am very much looking forward to interacting with growers through lot visits and meetings throughout the summer. May you all have a great summer, and I’ll hopefully be seeing you soon!
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From Roman Valley, Guysborough County, I was raised on a farm with Christmas trees, wild blueberries, beef cattle, and forest land. Currently residing in Bridgewater, Lunenburg County.
Specialize in Environmental and Forest Management where I previously worked on several projects at CBPP including a carbon credit program for woodlot owners and alternative hardwood management in woodlots.
Natural Resources Environmental Technology – NSCC
BET in Environmental Studies – CBU
In September 2022, I will be furthering my studies by taking a GIS Graduate Certificate Program at COGS.
The Christmas Tree Council of Nova Scotia summer position peaked my interest when I seen the councils focus of overall improvement in Christmas tree production, promoting biodiversity on the tree lot, and their work on informative soil nutrient management.
So far my position has included an introduction to SMART Trees, grafting scions on balsam fir, the Christmas tree grading course, integrated pest management, and exploring the Christmas Tree Forum.
My name is Vanessa Deveau. I am a MSc in Agricultural Candidate, with a focus on Vegetative Management in wild lowbush blueberry fields at Dalhousie University. My project focuses on the ecology and management strategies of a hemiparasitic plant in blueberry fields. Previously, I have worked as Plant Protection Assistant with the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture.
I have also held positions as a Research Assistant, working with the Vegetation Management Research laboratory. The various job opportunities in agriculture have been pivotal at shifting my academic and future career paths.
This summer I will have the opportunity to expand my toolbox (e.g., additional skill sets such as grafting) in another important agricultural sector within Nova Scotia. I am looking forward to working within the Christmas tree industry this summer!