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 2022, are all available 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 Outreach 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.
Angus Bonnyman hails from Tatamagouche and is a third generation wild blueberry grower and the Executive Director of the Christmas Tree Council of Nova Scotia. Angus is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Acadia University. He earned his ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors through the Rotman School of Business in 2018. He has been an Employer Representative on the Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia and chairs its Finance, Audit and Risk Committee; has served as Treasurer of The Marguerite Centre, Nova Scotia’s only recovery house for women recovering from addictions and abuse; and served as Treasurer of the Public Accountants’ Board of Nova Scotia for six years.
This is Gillian Blackburn, the Resource Assistant with the Christmas Tree Council of Nova Scotia. Gillian is a candidate of a Bachelor in Business Management and a Major in Sustainability from Dalhousie University. Growing up in rural Nova Scotia, she has always loved any aspect agriculture and within the past year, has fallen in love with the Christmas tree industry. Gillian’s professional background involves marketing, event coordination, leading for 4-H youth, resource development, and multiple sustainable community development projects in Halifax Regional Municipality. In her time spent with CTCNS, she has helped develop ctcns.com, iloverealtrees.com, media.ctcns.com, and The Christmas Tree Forum with resources for producers and consumers. She’s worked in-field with multiple research projects, published the podcast Real Trees, Real Talk – Why Nova Scotia Love Real Christmas Trees, aided in developing the social media pages and collaboration between organization for further promotion of the industry, and working with educational pieces for growers such as videos, the Lunchbreak Series, factsheets, and the Certificate in Christmas Tree Grading course.
Lienna Hoeg is the Acting Christmas Tree Specialist 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 one of the Field Research Assistants for CTCNS this summer! I have recently completed my second year of my Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics at the Dalhousie University Agricultural Campus in Truro, NS. I am originally from Lunenburg County where my grandfather operates a Christmas Tree Farm, which is where my interest in the industry began.
Through my position so far I have had the opportunity to learn more about the current projects of the council, as well as gain further insights to different aspects of the industry through exploring resources such as the Christmas Tree Forum, and past Lunchbreak series videos. I have also participated in some field work, where I was able to try my hand at grafting.
I am very excited about this position and look forward to working with you all, and seeing what the summer has in store!
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.