Dr. Christopher B. Cameron
Chris is a marine scientist and Associate Professor in the Départment de sciences biologiques at the Université de Montréal. His lab aims to understand the origin and evolution of animal body plan diversity. Chris teaches undergraduate courses in marine invertebrate zoology, evolution & development and biodiversity and is dedicated to his team of graduate students. He “loves the concept of ocean literacy – this is where conservation will make it’s greatest impact.” He knows that youth involvement is important, especially by those whose communities are under-represented in science careers. He makes a positive difference as a volunteer judge for the Quebec First Nations School Science competition – l’Expo-Science Autochtone – Québec.
Dr. Isabelle Côté
I am a professor of Marine Ecology at Simon Fraser University. I did a BSc at McGill University, an MSc at University of Alberta on the mating habits of a small reef fish, and a PhD at University of Toronto on the evolution of social behaviour in fishes. I have a deep passion for marine conservation. Over the years, I have used meta-analyses to reconstruct changes on coral reefs, measured the global effectiveness of MPAs, assessed the impacts of multiple stressors on reefs, and predicted the spread of marine invasive species. I advised Parks Canada on National Marine Conservation Areas, co-wrote with CPAWS guidelines for MPA networks, and was on the Royal Society of Canada panel on marine biodiversity. I won the Marsh Award for Conservation Biology of the Zoological Society of London in 2009, for contributions of fundamental science to conservation, and named Leopold Leadership Fellow in 2015 to learn to translate scientific knowledge into action.
I would like to join the board of CaNOE because I strongly believe in its mission. Connecting Canadians to the oceans is the only way to generate the public pressure needed to effect policies to protect our oceans, and these connections can only happen through education and outreach. I also believe that academic scientists have a lot to offer to such an enterprise, since they are at the forefront of discovery and primary producers of knowledge, but academics are not the best communicators… I am passionate about communicating all aspects of science using any means, from the conventional to less traditional podcasts, tweets, blogs and videos. I will bring this passion and creativity to the table, and act as a bridge between academia and educators.
Haley Guest (Secretary)
Haley grew up on the beautiful shores of Nova Scotia and has always had a great love for nature and living things. She campaigned for environmental causes in her adolescence, and an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science & Ecology at Dalhousie University gave her a developed understanding of the scientific and social elements of environmental issues.
A major finding of her honours thesis, which investigated Nova Scotians’ relationship with the sea, was that citizens place a high value the ocean and want to protect it, but lack a full understanding of ocean science and governance. This work fuels a personal and professional goal of Haley’s to see a greater emphasis on oceans within environmental education.
Upon graduating from Dalhousie, she has worked with Dr. Douglas Wallace and Dr. Heike Lotze researching ocean literacy of youth in Nova Scotia. She is very excited to have our research published (her first publication) soon in Marine Policy.
“It’s been fantastic to be involved in CaNOE over the past year on the Interim Board of Directors and I look forward to helping the organization move forward and advance ocean literacy in Canada.”
Jackie Hildering is a humpback whale researcher and Director of Education with the Marine Education and Research Society living on NE Vancouver Island, BC. In addition to this work, she strives to make her skills as a teacher, avid cold-water diver and underwater photographer count for the good of ocean conservation as “The Marine Detective”
Sonya Lee is a Science Educator at the Discovery Centre, a children’s science centre, in Halifax, NS. She delivers hands-on curriculum-based science workshops to students in Grades P-12 all around Nova Scotia. Until recently, she was a science communicator on a CBC radio segment called “Hit Me With Some Science”. She has a B.Sc. in Marine Biology and International Development Studies from Dalhousie University.
Originally from B.C., her passion for marine conservation education stemmed from volunteering at a local salmon hatchery and at the Vancouver Aquarium as a teenager. She has worked in the community, both in B.C. and in Halifax, to increase ocean literacy and conservation awareness by organizing hands-on conservation efforts such as stream and shoreline clean-ups, eelgrass planting and native shrub plantings. She currently teaches two ocean programs at the Discovery Centre and is working to develop more.
She hopes to bring her experience in creating hands-on education for students and the community on both coasts to the CaNOE board. She is excited to work with CaNOE to increase ocean literacy in all of Canada to move towards better protection and management of our oceans.
Michelle Lloyd (Chair)
Michelle is a marine ecologist and ocean science communicator and educator that is passionate about bridging gaps between scientists and stakeholders (government, industry, First Nations, and the public) and making ocean science accessible using a variety of media. She works with scientists across Canada helping them to share and disseminate their knowledge.
Michelle holds an MSc in Biological Oceanography from Dalhousie University and a BSc in Animal Biology from Thompson Rivers University from which she gained experience in scientific research, science communication and outreach. Detecting a lack of communication, collaboration and coordination in ocean science, Michelle brought together various organizations in Halifax to coordinate outreach activities in eastern Canada to increase ocean literacy and celebrate the importance of our oceans. She also co-developed the successful Seacology by Kayak program, a series of guided sea kayak tours accompanied by local scientists and experts. For the Canadian Healthy Oceans Network (CHONe), she led and coordinated various outreach initiatives (Our Science, The Secret Lives of CHONe Scientists, and 2020 Vision of Canada’s Oceans podcast series), programs (Talk to your Member of Parliament locally and in Ottawa, Seacology by Kayak, Let’s Talk Science), workshops (Communicating Science to Non-scientists) and events (2020 Vision of Canada’s Oceans Dialogue, All Party Ocean Caucus, AGMs, Oceans Week) promoting public awareness of biodiversity science for the sustainability of Canada’s three oceans.
Andrea Moore (Treasurer)
Andrea is a freelance biologist, editor, and writer working out of Halifax, Nova Scotia. She grew up in Edmonton and studied environmental biology at the University of Alberta before taking off on a world circumnavigation aboard the tallship Picton Castle. After almost two years at sea, she traded the high seas for the coasts, earning her Master’s in Science in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation in Europe as an Erasmus Mundus student studying in Portugal, Lithuania, Malta, and Belgium. Her current research focuses on monitoring and risk assessments of marine invasive species in Atlantic Canada.
Andrea is excited to keep the ocean literacy CaNOE paddling along over the next year as a continuing board member.
Heather is a facilitator and project assistant with WildBC, the education arm of the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, in Victoria BC. She coordinates, develops and delivers professional development workshops in environmental education to teachers and other community leaders, with an emphasis on exploring the outdoor classroom.
Heather grew up beside the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia. She has degrees in chemistry (Mt Allison), secondary education (UNB), studied in the UK, and travelled extensively. Heather eventually found her way to Vancouver, joining the Sage Foundation to help introduce Destination Conservation, an energy, water and waste program in BC schools. She also served on the board of the Recycling Council of BC.
Having married into a sailing family, Heather spends part of her summer gunkholing around the spectacular south coast of BC, which has deepened her love for the ocean and desire to understand and protect it. As a founding member of CaNOE, she is thrilled to help launch a national ocean literacy initiative and is looking forward expectantly to the first conference and beyond.
Jennifer is currently a PhD candidate with a specialization in Environmental and Chemical Toxicology in the Biology department at Carleton University. Her PhD research focuses on studying the interactions of parasites and contaminants on Arctic marine bird health and reproduction. Jennifer also completed her MSc (University of Victoria) in the Canadian Arctic, examining how seabirds can be used as sentinels of environmental change in the north, both in terms of changing prey species and marine plastic pollution.
Before working in the north, Jennifer completed her BSc and BEd at the University of British Columbia. She worked in the Public Education program at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre, and has been involved in curriculum development for projects based on both Pacific and Arctic Ocean place-based learning objectives. In addition to Jennifer’s current research she also co-leads an annual workshop at the Nunavut Arctic College (NAC), a collaboration with Environment Canada and Carleton which is ongoing. This annual workshop uses wildlife studies as a platform to teach the Environmental Technology Program students about contaminants in the Arctic, allows them to gain job-related skills relevant in wildlife studies, and integrates local knowledge on how wildlife have been traditionally used by Inuit communities.
Jennifer hopes to bring her experience in marine education to the CaNOE board. There are many groups working in marine education in Canada, and she plans to use her networks in northern and marine education to facilitate dialogue between the groups to increase exposure of ocean literacy approaches.
She also hopes to contribute to discussions around using social media as a tool in for CaNOE members to engage a wider network of audiences.
Dr. Dave Riddell
Dave is an Education Coordinator with the Learning and Engagement team at Ocean Networks Canada. He works closely with educators and scientists to develop and teach new courses and design educational materials to promote marine science and foster ocean literacy in universities, colleges, and communities across BC and Canada.
A passionate educator, Dave has worked in various capacities as an in-service teacher, university instructor and researcher, curriculum designer, and filmmaker to understand and raise awareness of the ecology and health of our aquatic and coastal systems on both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts. Before moving to BC, Dave worked with Maritime non-profit groups and communities to help formulate and answer relevant questions and develop critical skills related to addressing local environmental concerns. He is also a strong advocate of the arts and on his days off can often be found behind a camera or songwriting in his studio.
Dave holds a PhD in Ecotoxicology and an MSc in Aquaculture from the University of Stirling, a BSc in Applied Ecology from the University of Ulster, and a BEd from St. Thomas University.
Maggie recently resigned as Executive Director of a provincially designated Alberta Watershed Planning Advisory Council (WPAC) and now divides her time between Belize, Brooks, and British Columbia.
Maggie has Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science degrees in Biogeography (and an incomplete Ph.D. in Biosystems and Biodiversity). She is registered as a Professional Biologist in both Alberta and British Columbia. Maggie’s primary research interests are riverside habitats and the impact of dams on river ecology. She has taught a variety of social, regional and physical geography courses, as well as conservation and other biology courses at colleges and universities in Alberta and British Columbia. Her initial contract work with Alberta WPACs focused on outreach and education, and project management; this then led to more permanent work with integrated resource management and stakeholder engagement.
Never one to sit still, Maggie is currently pursuing a Professional Writing Certificate from the University of Calgary. She hopes to turn her love of writing, and strong desire to engage people with science and nature, into her next career.
I am running for the CaNOE Board of Directors because I’ve been teaching college students about society and the environment for over 20 years, and I believe in the power of education and communication. I was lucky enough to grow up on the west coast, and could take advantage of places like Willows Beach, Bamfield and the West Coast Trail to instill a love and appreciation of the ocean. I moved to Alberta early in my career, however, and have seen firsthand that residents in landlocked provinces have very little knowledge about oceans in general and are much less aware of the issues facing oceans today.
I believe we have to break down regional boundaries and work nationally to improve our awareness of issues facing all Canadians, whether they are oilsands developments, proposed tanker routes or hydropower infrastructure. I think that CaNOE is an excellent step towards filling the knowledge gap so that we can have balanced discussions about issues relevant to Canadians. I also believe that my research, teaching, and stakeholder engagement background put me in a unique position to help develop and support a solid understanding of ocean science; from biodiversity and beach drift to marine pollution and ocean acidification.
Anne Stewart, a founding director of CaNOE, pulls hard for ocean literacy in Canada (Galway Canadian Marine Working Group) and beyond. Anne is a marine naturalist, ecologist; lover of oceanography and educator who believes that one cannot be truly science and environmentally literate, without being ocean literate. Known widely for leading the Public Education team at Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre (for over 20 years), Anne is now dividing her working time between Pearson College, Bamfield and educators’ workshops. She can often be found on Race Rocks admiring all the life in this MPA.
Anne looks forward to the next leg of CaNOE’s journey. She brings experience, wisdom and passion to help chart a course that is inclusive, national and dynamic. Anne would build membership, provide benefits, link to others, bring in en français and first peoples’ expertise, and consider charitable status, fund raising and a move towards a governance model board. Allons y, à la plage!
Michelle Watts is the Program Coordinator for Schools on Board, a national outreach program of ArcticNet based out of the University of Manitoba. As program coordinator she has led three Arctic expeditions taking small teams of high school students and teachers from across Canada on board the CCGS Amundsen to participate in ArcticNet’s annual marine scientific expedition. She has also planned two Arctic Climate Change Youth Forums bringing over 100 high schools students and teachers together to learn about Arctic system sciences and to engage in meaningful dialogue about social and political implications of a changing Arctic. In addition to this, she recently worked with Kiilinik High School in Cambridge Bay, NU to host “Ice Camp Day”, bringing students to the ice camp stationed on the ice in Dease Strait.
Michelle holds a B. Sc. in Agroecology and a B. Ed. and has experience in both conducting research in forage seed plants and as a middle years classroom teacher.
She is passionate about providing unique experiential learning opportunities for youth and connecting them with scientists. Developing key partnerships has been key in the success of Schools on Board. Recently, Schools on Board has had the privilege of working with the International Institute for Sustainable Development, Arctic Science Partnership (Canadian-Denmark-Greenland), ArcticNet Student Association, Ikaarvik, Nunavut Sivuniksavut, Museum of Nature (Ottawa), and the Canadian High Arctic Research Station on a variety of initiatives.
Her current position continues to foster a personal interest in sustainability, climate change and other environmental issues. She is extremely pleased to be apart of CaNOE and hopes to bring prairie, Arctic, and international perspectives to the group.
Dr. Jody Wright (Vice-Chair)
Dr. Jody Wright is an ocean science expert with a passion for science communication, stakeholder engagement, and leadership. Dr. Wright is currently employed as a Policy Analyst with Clear Seas Centre for Responsible Marine Shipping, a not-for-profit organization focused on facilitating the development of research and policy frameworks that will ensure the highest standards of safe and responsible marine shipping in Canada. Dr. Wright has lived in a number of communities across Canada including Halifax, NS; St. Andrews By the Sea NB; Ottawa, ON; and currently, in Vancouver BC.
Before joining Clear Seas, Dr. Wright worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Genome Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle, as a science educator at the University of British Columbia, and as a freelance science writer. Dr. Wright holds a PhD in Marine Microbiology (University of British Columbia), and a BSc in Environmental Science (Simon Fraser University).
I believe that advancement of ocean literacy in Canada is crucial in order to improve public understanding the ocean’s influence on us and our influence on the oceans. This increase in literacy can then be leveraged to improve the quality of public dialogue surrounding ocean issues, and to apply pressure on policy makers to make decisions that keep the best interests of the ocean in mind. I have a lifelong passion for marine science and leadership and am motivated by working in teams and being accountable to teammates and stakeholders. To me, these seem like key attributes and activities for a director at CaNOE. I believe that CaNOE is well positioned to make substantial advances in improving ocean literacy in Canada and I would be honoured to be a part of the leadership of this organization.