The CaNOE 2017 Elections are now open!

Here are the candidates for the 2017-2018 CaNOE board! Candidates include returning nominations from current board members and new nominations from members around the country. Check out their biographies and photos below to learn more about them. 

The CaNOE Board consists of four executive directors, including the two co-chairs (officially president and vice-president), the treasurer and the secretary. There are currently up to 8 directors at large on the board. The election results will be announced at this year’s AGM on August 28th in Victoria, BC.

CaNOE members can vote in the CaNOE elections August 1st until August 18th, check your email for a link to our election page to cast your vote!

Returning Nominations

Best, Kiley

Kiley Best – Director at Large, Board Member 2016-2017, Newfoundland

Kiley Best is involved in education and outreach through her full time work with the Center for Fisheries Ecosystems Research and OceanNET at Marine Institute, aquatic invasive species research and the Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium board of directors Vice Chair. Fisheries research through family events and graduate student recruitment, Invasive species education in high school curriculum field labs, and encouraging ocean investment and conservation through action at the Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium. Kiley is involved in all aspects of coordinating, designing, fundraising and executing these initiatives. She looks forward to being involved with CaNOE to help achieve its goals.

Kayla Glynn – Executive, Secretary, Board Member 2016-2017, Nova Scotia

Kayla Glynn served as CaNOE’s Secretary on the Executive Board in 2016/2017. Kayla first got involved in CaNOE while completing her Master’s in Marine Affairs Program at Dalhousie University. While studying Kayla researched the assessment of environmental claims related to ship-source oil spills, and is currently interning at Clear Seas Centre for Responsible Marine Shipping. Kayla is now working in Vancouver, BC for as the Social Media Coordinator for Clear Seas Centre for Responsible Marine Shipping. 

Having grown up away from the sea, Kayla understands how many Canadians experience a disconnect from the ocean. However, since completing her BAH degree in coastal studies at the University of Victoria, the ocean has become Kayla’s passion, and her studies and work have aimed at discovering what motivates people to further engage with, and defend, all that the sea has to offer.

Kayla has a keen interest in oceans education and is happiest when sharing her knowledge of the ocean with others. “It has been a fantastic experience becoming involved with CaNOE and I look forward to aiding in the organization’s further growth, organization, and advancement of ocean literacy in Canada. I particularly look forward to encouraging others to join and feel the inclusivity and appreciation offered by the network.”

Kat Middleton – Director at Large, Communications Working Group Co-Chair, Board Member 2016-2017, Ontario

Kat Middleton is currently the co-chair of the communications working group, a member of the strategic planning working group and AGM planning group at CaNOE. She brings her website building, social media and graphic design skills to the organization as well as her experience with science communication and marine education. She currently runs CaNOE’s website, member emails including helping with SPLASHmail and updates the Facebook page. Her work at CaNOE involves creating and organizing communication materials and initiatives with her lovely co-chair Maggie and their awesome comms team. She hopes to continue building on the work she and her team have been working on over the last year including more outreach materials and developing a communications plan for the organization.  Outside of CaNOE Kat is a science communicator at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario. She is a marine scientist who has studied and worked in aquatic and ocean conservation over the last decade. She has experience working with several not-for-profits in Canada on issues such as marine planning, ocean policy, killer whale conservation, fisheries management and sustainable seafood. Twitter: @katmidds

Heather Murray, Executive, Co-chair, British Columbia

Heather is a facilitator and project assistant with WildBC in Victoria, where she helps connect teachers and their students to the natural world through workshops and outdoor learning experiences. Heather grew up playing in the red mud of the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia. She studied chemistry at Mt Allison and education at UNB, with a healthy dose of theatre on the side. Heather eventually found her way to Vancouver, where she helped introduce the Destination Conservation energy, water and waste program to BC schools and served on the Recycling Council of BC.

Having married into a sailing family, Heather looks forward to summers gunkholing around the spectacular south coast of BC and nurturing a love for the ocean and desire to understand and protect it. As a founding director of CaNOE, she has been thrilled to help launch and guide a national ocean literacy initiative. Heather has contributed her passion and practical perspective to the communications, strategic planning and membership working groups and looks forward to a second year as co-chair to work on partnerships and member engagement.

Lucija Prelovec – Director at Large, Board Member 2017, Ontario

Lucija is an informal science educator with a love for the ocean.  After completing a BSc in marine and freshwater biology from the University of Guelph, she has worked at the Blue World Insitute of Marine Research and Conservation in Croatia, Marine Laboratory and Aquarium in Sarasota, Florida, and at the Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada. in Toronto.  These experiences showed her the importance of educating the public about the ocean and she went on to complete a Graduate Diploma in Science Communication from Laurentian University.  It was during this time she became involved with CaNOE, as a volunteer for the 2016 Ocean Literacy Conference and later becoming a member of the Communications and the Education and Outreach working groups.  She has enjoyed her time with CaNOE and looks forward to helping CaNOE continue to grow.  Currently, she is traveling Canada with Innovation150 and bringing a science exhibit and presentation to schools across the country.

Maggie Romuld – Director at Large, Communications Working Group Co-chair, Board Member 2016-2017, British Columbia

Maggie has degrees in Biogeography and 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, and her work with Alberta Watershed Planning and Advisory Councils (WPACs) focused on project management and outreach and education. This then led to more permanent work with integrated resource management and stakeholder engagement. 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. Maggie has recently relocated to the East Kootenays and is the middle of a career pivot, trying to combine her love of writing and editing with a strong desire to engage people with science and nature. A member of the first Board of Directors and the Communications Working Group, Maggie will continue working on the monthly SPLASHmail newsletter. She is also looking forward to furthering the work of the first board on improving ocean literacy in landlocked provinces, and initiating a discussion of “Rivers to Oceans” under the broader topic of ocean literacy.

Andrew Sherin – Executive, Treasurer, Board Member 2016-2017, Nova Scotia

Andrew Sherin brings to the Board a passion for the health of the ocean and evidence based decision making for ocean management, 35 plus years as a professional in ocean science, linkages to other ocean related networks, and experience as a Board member and reporting to a Board. The lack of knowledge about the oceans in the general public and amongst decision makers is a significant impediment to effective management of human activities that contribute to negative impacts on ocean health and marine ecosystems. Since January 2011, Andrew is the Director of the Atlantic Coastal Zone Information Steering Committee Secretariat. He has worked with Natural Resources Canada at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography for 35 years in various capacities. He’s a member of the BIO Oceans Association and editor of the their newsletter, a member of the Geomatics Association of Nova Scotia and a past board member, treasurer, and president. Andrew is also a member of the international science committee of the CoastGIS symposia series and a member of International Coastal Atlas Network Steering Group and edit the ICAN newsletter. He is the owner of a property 300 m from a quickly eroding coastal line and a father of three daughters and two granddaughters that love the ocean side.

Anne Stewart – Executive, Co-chair, Board Member 2016-2017, British Columbia

Anne Stewart, a founding CaNOE director, continues to pull hard for CaNOE’s goals nationally and internationally. Currently Anne participates in several CaNOE committees including governance, strategic planning, communications, finance and international. Anne is ocean literacy co-chair on the Canadian Galway Marine Working Group and part of the International Advisor’s Group to the EU’s Horizon 2020, Blue Growth, Ocean Literacy project called Sea Change. That project involves 19 countries. Anne is also a coastal community member, based in Bamfield, BC and  well known for hands-on work inspiring teachers and students.

Anne is an educator and communicator who believes science literacy requires ocean literacy. Anne promotes ocean literacy through active volunteerism and through her favourite endeavours: Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific, T. Buck Suzuki Environmental Foundation, Bluewater Adventures and her own marine education and communication company.

Anne is committed to CaNOE and looks forward to the next leg of the journey. She brings experience, wisdom and contacts that will help chart a passage that is inclusive, collaborative, creative and dynamic. 

New Nominations


Kayla Hamelin, Communications Working Group Member – Nova Scotia

Kayla Hamelin became actively involved with CaNOE after participating in the 2016 Ocean Literacy conference and is currently a member of the Communications Working Group, contributing regularly to the SPLASHmail newsletter. Originally from the shores of Georgian Bay, Kayla’s passion for the ocean was sparked at a young age after a family trip to the Maritimes. Post-secondary studies led her back to the Atlantic coast, where she completed a B.Sc.Hons. in Marine Biology and Oceanography at Dalhousie, and then on to the Redpath Museum in Montreal, where Kayla earned a M.Sc. in Biology from McGill. During her studies, she taught undergraduate biology labs and worked as Chapter Coordinator for the science outreach organization Let’s Talk Science. Now, Kayla works as the Coordinator of Conservation and Educational Outreach for the Canadian Sea Turtle Network in Halifax. She am keen to apply my skills in teaching, communication, and non-profit management to my work with the CaNOE board

Captain Jan Negrijn – Newfoundland

Captain Jan Negrijn is an ocean educator, leader in marine ecotourism, small business owner, and a committed advocate for ocean literacy. Jan enjoyed a 30 year career as a ship master and marine educator with the Marine Institute of Memorial University, where he developed and taught many courses related to ocean literacy. Since 2004 he has operated ‘Coastal Connections’, a specialty tour company, focussed on providing high quality educational cruises on board the M/V Coastal Explorer He has worked in collaboration with science teachers and curriculum specialists with the NL English School District and the provincial Department of Education, and developed and field-tested a ‘floating classroom’ model for K-12 students, linked directly to the school curriculum. His award winning skills, experience and passion for ocean education has made him a key player in Newfoundland, and he is interested in becoming part of a national effort through CaNOE..

Magali Grégoire – Nova Scotia

Magali Grégoire is a science educator and museologist who discovered her passion for ocean life when she moved to Newfoundland in 2013. After working as the Educational Programs Coordinator at the Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium, she felt inspired to open a similar aquarium in Nova Scotia. In 2016 she founded the Back to the Sea Society, a non-profit dedicated to opening a seasonal, catch-and-release aquarium in greater Halifax. Magali is the Chair of Communications for the Fishermen and Scientists Research Society and a Board member of the Eastern Passage and Area Business Association. Having worked at the Montreal Insectarium and the Nova Scotia Nature Trust, she has a strong experience with environmental education and conservation. Magali would like to contribute her knowledge of science communication and experience in the non-profit sector to the CaNOE Board. She is also willing to put to work some of her newly acquired fundraising skills! 

Natasha Ewing – British Columbia

Natasha Ewing has a background in biology and ocean science from the University of Victoria and is currently pursuing her MA in Environmental Education and Communications through Royal Roads. Natasha has strong experience in public and K-12 education and engagement through previous positions with the BC Ministry of Environment and World Fisheries Trust. In her current position with Ocean Networks Canada as a K-12 education coordinator, Natasha has been instrumental in initiating and coordinating engaging, experiential programs, such as the Ocean Science Symposium for high school students and teachers, which is in its 6th year. Her interests in flexible learning environments, sustainable education, and understanding how students become invested in their learning led her to pursue further education. Once complete, she hopes to continue inspiring youth to follow their dreams, providing genuine learning experiences, and assisting in the creation of new innovative programs.  

Patrick Wells – Newfoundland 

As a fisher, guide, and teacher of over 25 years, Patrick Wells represents a wide variety of perspectives about our oceans. He has a significant amount formal and informal instruction experience focused on activity-based learning in aquatic habitats. Patrick has a genuine concern for our changing ocean and a strong desire to improve citizen ocean literacy. He is interested in the study of ocean literacy, and as part of a local research project, he is encouraging teachers to adopt a “sustainability stance” towards our oceans. In the context of the literacy groups of NMEA and CaNOE, Patrick has developed a keen interest in measuring ocean literacy. It is his personal goal to find or develop teacher resources that enable teachers to increase the ocean literacy of their students and grow a grassroots movement within teacher associations towards the 7 principles of Ocean Literacy. Patrick would like to work for CaNOE as a director at large and expand his support for the education and outreach committee. 

Paul Brett – Newfoundland

Paul Brett is the Head, School of Ocean Technology, at the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University in St. John’s, NL. The School of Ocean Technology (SOT) is charged with the responsibility of developing and delivering education and training and applied research and development programs in various aspects of ocean technology. He holds a Master of Science (Geography) from Memorial University as well as undergraduate degrees in Education (post-secondary), Physics, and Geography. Paul is a specialist in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing; he has widespread experience working with synthetic aperture radar (SAR), multispectral imaging, multi-beam sonar, side scan sonar, and geographic information systems application and development. Most of his career has been involved in ocean related education research and exploration with particular emphasis on attracting youth to the exciting field. Paul offers 25 years of educational leadership to the network.

Stella Peters (Na-siis-mis-uk-sup) – British Columbia

Stella Peters (Na-siis-mis-uk-sup) has shared her knowledge, working with students, teachers, professors and other visitors to Huu-ay-aht First Nations territories, for decades. Stella is a guardian of the coast and the first cultural interpreter at the Huu-ay-aht  and Canadian National Historic Site/ Kix’iin.

Stella lives beside the Pacific Ocean and knows her connections to the sea, from the food that feeds her family to the tsunamis that have shaped their history. When asked why Stella would be willing to serve on the board she quickly answered “because I care”.

Like other Nuu-chah-nulth-aht living on the west coast of Vancouver Island, Huu-ay-aht are people of the sea and Stella is at home on the beach, collecting traditional sea foods. She is also at home in the board room and at ease with technology, sharing her photography with hundreds of her on-line followers, who have had the chance to learn from her.

Stella brings her own unique Indigenous voice and wisdom to the CaNOE board. Raised by her Grand-parents (her Grandfather was the head chief, Tyee Hawiih) Stella was trained to be a leader. Her years on Council and the training she received there will hold our board in good stead, and add perspective, as we pull together for ocean literacy in Canada.

Julia Larsen – British Columbia

Julia Larsen is a 25 year old student enrolled at BCIT in the Fish, Wildlife, and Recreation program and will be graduating in April of 2018. She is extremely determined to make waves within the field of environmental sciences and thinks that sitting on this Board as a Director would prove an ample opportunity to do so. Julia is currently working at the Discovery Passage Aquarium in Campbell River and has experience in fundraising, teaching, and the non- profit sector. She can also offer experience with social media, blogging and event coordinating. Julia is a compassionate, ambitious and open-minded individual that is forward thinking and would be an asset to the organization. 

Kelly Schnare – Nova Scotia

As a connector and networker, integrated systems thinker, Kelly strives in the creative -public-education realm.  Understanding our place at shorelines with #mywatermark & re-imagining our industrialized ports with #rah2050 are where Kelly works best. Grassroots empowered change is leadership, building capacity for the Atlantic region speaking together for our Ocean health is essential, for example #PlasticFreeJuly campaigning. Born in NFLD, raised in Halifax, she studied graduate school in Taiwan & the Philippines, this east coaster is proud to fly flags of the Canadian Water Network, Swim Guide & Project Wet, Based in #CanadasOceanCity and online with @foreverytree

Krista Collier-Jarvis – Nova Scotia

Krista is a recent graduate of the Master of Arts in English program from Dalhousie
University and a professional Mermaid (performing under the name of Mermaid Mutiny) in Halifax, NS. She has ten years of academic writing experience and eight years working as a professional photographer. Her publications include appearing as a mermaid over thirty times in the media; CTV, CBC, Global, Eastlink, The Metro, The Chronicle Herald, and so, as well as photography; The Chronicle Herald, The Business Voice, The QEII Times, Faces Magazine, PinUp Canada, and so on, and finally, as an academic writer; Kimbelins and Dalhousie Theses and Dissertations. Upon meeting Christina Mittermeier during a CaNOE event, she was
motivated to combine her passions for ocean conservation, photography, and writing to inspire
change in our world.

Norm Sloan – British Columbia

Norm Sloan was born and raised in Vancouver and spent his summers along the dry Douglas fir/Garry oak shores of the Salish Sea where he committed to marine biology.  After receiving a Ph.D. from the University of London (UK) in 1977, Norm fulfilled a dream of experiencing tropical marine biology in the western Indian Ocean (Seychelles) and in the Atlantic (Bermuda).  He has worked for Fisheries and Oceans in BC as a shellfish researcher (his specialty is in invertebrates) and in the coastal forest industry as well as a private sector consultant (including 2 years on the Exxon Valdez oil spill) and in coastal zone planning in Indonesia.  Norm’s best gig was as Parks Canada marine ecologist for Gwaii Haanas National Park, National Marine Conservation Area and Haida Heritage Site from 1998 until he retired in 2015.  Norm feel that slow progress in Canadian marine conservation relates to a disengaged public confused over the role of oceans in the nation’s destiny.