Executive Director, Centre for Offshore Oil & Gas Environmental Research
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Kenneth Lee is executive director of the Centre for Offshore Oil and Gas Environmental Research (COOGER) within Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). The Centre is responsible for coordinating a national strategic program in environmental and oceanographic research related to oil and gas activities. Lee’s responsibilities include the identification of departmental research priorities and the promotion of national and international collaborative research programs. In addition, he serves as a committee member of NATO’s Science for Peace and Security Programme. Lee has published over 300 articles in scientific journals, technical reports, and books. In addition, he has co-chaired an International Maritime Organization Working Group that established Guidelines for Marine Oil Spill Bioremediation. He received the prestigious Prix d’Excellence (Science) from DFO for research on environmental issues associated with offshore oil and gas activities and Canada’s Federal Partners on Technology Transfer (FPTT) Leadership Award for developing operational guidelines for oil spill countermeasures. Lee received his B.Sc. degree in marine biology from Dalhousie University and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in limnology and microbial ecology from the University of Toronto.