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Former Moncton Mayor joins Joggins Fossil Institute board of directors

Three new people have joined the board of directors at The Joggins Fossil Institute.
Three new people have joined the board of directors at The Joggins Fossil Institute. - Dave Mathieson

Halifax architect and Mount Allison provost also join the board of directors


Joggins, N.S. – The Joggins Fossil Institute announce the installation of three new members to the board of directors; Brian F.P. Murphy of Moncton; Ron Burdock, of Halifax; and Dr. Jeff Ollerhead of Wood Point, N.B.

Murphy is a former city councillor and mayor of the City of Moncton.

“I’m pleased to help Joggins in their mission to preserve, study and interpret a unique UNESCO World Heritage site," Murphy said.

He is also an experienced litigator and a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Law Society of New Brunswick, and immediate past president of the Moncton Area Lawyers’ Association.

He was awarded the Prix Dialogue in New Brunswick, the Phoenix Award by the EPA in the United States and was made a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the Republic of France.

Murphy currently volunteers with the Capitol Theater Foundation, La Theatre l’Escaouette Fundraising Campaign, and the Peter McKee Foodbank Fundraising drive. He is married with three daughters.

Ron Burdock is a Principal and LEED Accredited Professional, with over 30 years of experience, at Architecture49 and its predecessor, WHW Architects.

His past projects include the Thinkers’ Lodge Restoration in Pugwash and the award-winning Joggins Fossil Centre.

Burdock is pleased to, once again, be affiliated with the Joggins Fossil Institute and the work it does in interpreting the fossil cliffs.

"It is a rare thing for an architect to remain so closely involved with a project ten years after the building is built, and Joggins and its story have earned a special affection in our office, so I am delighted to be offered this opportunity,” Burdock said.

Dr. Jeff Ollerhead is Provost and Vice-President, Academic and Research/Professor at Mount Allison University, whose duties in that capacity include the planning and management of the university’s academic affairs and the development, and the maintaining and supporting of teaching and research excellence.

He welcomes the opportunity to serve on the Joggins Fossil Institute board of directors.

“Joggins continues to make important contributions to evolutionary studies and public education”, he says, “I’m honoured to join the board.”

Dr. Ollerhead joined the MTA Department of Geography and Environment in 1994 and served previously as Department Head and Dean of Science and Graduate Studies.

His research interests include coastal evolution and salt marsh restoration.

Dr. Melissa Grey, Curator of Paleontology is pleased to have them join the board of directors.

“I’m so grateful for the continued support of the Joggins Fossil Institute by so many talented and devoted individuals,” said Grey. “Mr. Murphy, Mr. Burdock and Dr. Ollerhead will be wonderful additions to our team.”

The Joggins Fossil Institute board of directors are volunteers.

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