Ricardo Pelai

Research Associate

Ricardo Pelai is a Research Associate at the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA). He is responsible for researching, writing, and providing project management support for various assessments.

Ricardo joined the CCA in 2020 as a research intern. He has over five years of research experience applying insights from the social sciences to understand environmental problems. As part of his master’s thesis, Ricardo investigated how different types of expertise are included (or excluded) in the development of new policies designed to adapt British Columbian forests to climate change. In addition to his master’s work, Ricardo was involved with various research projects at UBC, including tree biotechnology governance, Indigenous participation in setting forest conservation agendas, and the use of targets in governing biodiversity conservation.

Prior to joining the CCA, Ricardo worked at the University of British Columbia’s Equity & Inclusion Office, and completed an internship with the UN Convention on Biological Diversity Secretariat in Montréal. He is also a Science Outside the Lab North alumnus. Ricardo holds a M.Sc. in Forestry and a B.Sc. (Hon.) in Natural Resources Conservation from the University of British Columbia.

Ricardo is working on the following CCA assessments: High-Throughput Networks for Rural and Remote Communities and Plant Health Risks.