16-17 October 2023
Athens, Greece

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Michael Benson

Michael Benson

Manager Wildfire Operations, FPInnovations

Michael Benson leads a wildfire operations research program at FPInnovations, a not-for-profit research and development organization based in Canada. Michael brings nearly 30 years of experience in the wildfire sector of which several years were spent leading the benchmark airtanker program in British Columbia, responding to wildfires spread over nearly 1 million sq kilometers with both amphibious water bombers and retardant airtankers. Michael’s hands-on experience in aerial firefighting, combined with his research in methods to protect forests and communities from wildfires, offers global agencies ideas in how to best tackle the complex problem of escalating wildfire behaviour in the face of climate change.