Aidan Wind, Executive Director
B Comm Geography, University of Victoria (2004). Aidan is the founder and executive director of Global Reef, a hybrid social venture that creates exceptional transmedia properties to entertain, excite and engage. All projects feature socio-environmental undercurrents that target large mainstream audiences, reach international markets and inspire change. His love of the oceans has taken him throughout the world, both as a captain of various vessels and as a technical scuba diving instructor.
Lynsey Dyer, Spokesperson
What hasn’t Lynsey Dyer done? The 27-year-old has won every big-mountain competition she’s ever entered including the overall Extreme skiing tour in 2005. She’s appeared in Warren Miller and Teton Gravity Research films, and this winter, she was awarded Female Skier of the Year by Powder Magazine. She’s hosted a handful of television shows for NBC and ESPN, and even appeared on Good Morning America. In 2006 She co-founded the non-profit She Jumps, which seeks to get girls into outdoor sports and offers avalanche safety and learn-to-ski clinics. Lynsey grew up ski racing in Sun Valley, Idaho, and went on to win a downhill gold in the Junior Olympics. She majored in graphic design while ski racing at Montana State University and has designed a signature line of clothing and ski graphics for Rossignol and Eddie Bauer. Living in Jackson, Wyoming, Lynsey is always seeking balance between her art and design, training as an athlete and non-profit work. “I can’t imagine it any other way,” She says of making a life out of the things she loves, “You can’t tell little girls to go follow their passions without putting yourself out there too right? I’m doing my best to walk the walk myself.”
Alf Kaech, Director of Business Development
Alf Kaech is co-founder and COO of ETS Avia, an Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) compliance service company. He is a business development professional and entrepreneur and has over 12 years of international experience in aviation, commercial real estate and emission trading. Alf started his career as an Airbus A320 pilot for Swissair servicing all major European destinations. He has deep hands-on experience with both flight operations and the European regulatory environment. After completing his MBA in 2004, he played an important supporting role to the VP of Customer Services in crafting the Power-by-the-Hour Customer Services offering for the new Bombardier CSeries family of commercial aircraft. In 2008, his focus shifted to the increasingly important realm of environmental legislation in an entrepreneurial capacity, with an emphasis on developing and delivering EU ETS compliance solutions for aircraft operators to manage their ETS obligations and providing consultancy services to Bombardier Aerospace. In February 2010, he co-founded ETS Avia to provide global aircraft operators with tools to better manage their ETS compliance requirements in an evolving and complex global regulatory environment.
Ian Hinkle, Director of Communications & Media Development
BA Film, University of British Columbia. Ian is a documentary filmmaker who has been chasing important stories since 1992, with an emphasis on social-political and environmental issues. From his directorial debut ‘The Living Coast’ (Director/Cinematographer: Discovery Channel) to ‘Born to the Wind’ (Camera: PBS, ESPN2, 1999) and ‘Long Road North’ (Writer/Director/Producer: 2008), he is a veteran of numerous award-winning adventure projects worldwide. He brings two decades of documentary production experience, from cinematographer and to producer. Ian has a keen eye for personal stories that lead to a deeper understanding of our planet.
Graeme McRanor, Writer & Producer
Graeme is a Vancouver-based writer/producer with Global Television, where his responsibilities include conceptualizing image campaigns, long-term brand strategies and other special projects for the network’s numerous markets across Canada. He also works as a freelance writer/producer, has a comedic television series, ‘Model Behavior’, in development and, over the last decade, has worked as a feature arts and entertainment writer for the Postmedia Network and as a writer/video producer for Sun Media. He has sold essays and features to the Globe & Mail and various magazines around the world, and his non-fiction work has been shortlisted for a CBC Literary Award. He has a degree in Radio and Television from Ryerson University in Toronto.
Ashley Hamilton, Social Investment Advisor
Ashley brings a "now-do" attitude to "how to". She’s a published author and public speaker on corporate responsibility, sustainable investing and human rights; and works with investors on issues such as labour rights, climate change, environmental management and sustainability reporting. She worked with a team of investors to persuade Goldcorp, Canada’s second-largest gold-mining company, to publish a first-ever Human Rights Assessment of its controversial Guatemalan mine. The company has made remarkable progress with its human rights practices since. Ashley is committed to helping investors make money by making the world a better place, and encourages them to become active participants in ensuring their capital is used in responsible and ethical ways.
Leigh Badgley, Media Production
Canadian filmmaker, Leigh Badgley, has created a library of inspiring, important documentaries including, Greenpeace: Making a Stand (Global Television, 2006, and winner of the Leo Award for Best Documentary and the Special Jury Award at the Explorers Club Film Festival in New York). This film helped preserve a forest homeland for Argentina’s Wichi indigenous people and was showcased at the World Peace Forum in Vancouver. The controversial documentary The Dolphin Dealer (CBC, 2008) featuring Ric O’Barry, star of The Cove, resulted in the closing of a dolphin capture program. Leigh has a keen interest in combining traditional television and documentary programming with fresh digital components. Her first new media project: www.icepilots.com was nominated for a Rockie award in the cross platform category of the Banff Television Festival. She is now creating a mobile-optimized website and mobile app for History Television’s hit series: Ice Pilots NWT, and working in transmedia: a non-linear way of telling stories across several platforms simultaneously. Badgley recently served on the board of the Documentary Organization of Canada and is a member of Women in Film and Video, the Canadian Academy of Film and Television, and Istituto Italiano di Cultura. She is fluent in French, Spanish, English, and Italian.
Bill Weaver, Media Production
Bill Weaver is a journalist, filmmaker, and media strategist, with his hands in virtually every facet of television and radio for the past 35 years. He produces, directs, shoots, edits, and writes documentaries and short films that touch hearts and build bridges of understanding. Bill is a fervent explorer of new media, and new ways of telling our stories. Fascinated by the profound changes happening in the media landscape today, Bill is intrigued by what is evolving out of the chaos. Founder and facilitator of "Media that Matters", a conference for all facets of conventional and unconventional media aimed at making a positive difference in the world. He also specializes in shorts that help fundraise and promote the missions of values-based business and social-profit organizations, and is often found shooting and editing for other like-minded projects.
Robin June Hood, Educational Media Development
PhD Doctorate of Philosophy, University of Victoria, Curriculum Studies, Education. A cultural geographer, educator and filmmaker originally from Montreal, Robin has lived most of her adult life in Latin America and British Columbia. She worked in Central America supporting vulnerable populations in war affected regions during the tumultuous 1980’s. Upon her return to Canada she has operated a consulting business focused on transformational education, community development and international development. As a peace activist and documentary filmmaker Robin combines media skills with research affiliations to create support for community transformation and social movements. A pioneer of creative participatory methodologies, Robin has facilitated community development processes in Brazil, El Salvador, Guatemala and BC for the past decade. Robin has worked extensively in war zones with indigenous peoples and completed her doctorate on revitalizing traditional ecological knowledge with working children in Guatemala. Robin worked for the Canadian Red Cross during the SE Asia Tsunami response and coordinated a global conference on creating resilient communities in 2005-2006. Robin, is an adjunct professor at Royal Roads University and a regional council member for the BC Coastal Region of the Canadian Red Cross, she resides on Gabriola Island.
K. Joseph Spears, Sea-Use Law / Economics and Policy Making
LLB Joe Spears is a Canadian based independent Arctic and Ocean consultant with a particular interest in the creation of marine protected areas. Joe brings a unique perspective to the development of Marine protected areas. This is based on practical experience, academic studies, professional work and consensus building in the ocean field. Mr. Spears is the founding principal of the Horseshoe Bay Marine Group, an interdisciplinary ocean-consulting firm with a wide variety of clients in the maritime, ocean, arctic, and space sectors. Mr. Spears has operated marine eco-tourism businesses, as well as, founded the first whale watching operation off Cape Breton Island, in Nova Scotia. He has worked with Parks Canada, the Canadian Wildlife Service, Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries, and Dalhousie University to name a few. In addition, Joe has conducted fieldwork in the Canadian Arctic with the Inuit. Mr. Spears holds degrees in biology, economics, and law from Dalhousie University, as well as, a Masters in Sea-use law and policy from the London School of Economics in London, England. Mr. Spears holds numerous professional qualifications and is a member of various professional organizations in the law, policy and marine and ocean field. He is a frequent speaker and commentator on ocean and arctic issues. Mr. Spears takes an interdisciplinary approach to ocean issues and has a keen interest in the impact of climate change on our oceans. Joe is an avid mariner who resides in West Vancouver, and wishes he could spend more time in the Arctic.
Tony Stark, Financial Administration
MBA Master of Public Administration, University of Victoria, 1986, Master of Business Administration, UBC, 1975, Bachelor of Commerce, UBC, 1970. Work Experience: 1981 to 2002. Tony was an Analyst, Manager and Director, Treasury Board Staff, Province of British Columbia. This is the group of professionals, which provides analysis and advice to the Cabinet committee responsible for setting budgets and approving expenditures for the government. From 1975 to 1980, he held various positions with the Ministries of Consumer and Corporate Affairs, Environment and Health, Province of British Columbia. Previously from 1970 to 1972, Tony was an Assistant Accountant with Peat, Marwick, Mitchell and Company, Chartered Accountants, in Vancouver, BC. In addition, Tony has an extensive knowledge of government finance and government accounting policies, as well as, highly developed financial analysis skills. Tony is familiar with business planning concepts, particularly in a public sector setting. Personal: Born 1946 in Vancouver, BC. Married with three daughters. Recreational interests include hiking, cycling, kayaking, skiing and fishing.
Anne Lévesque, Organizational Development
MBA Anne has over twenty - four years experience in developing and managing conservation programs of regional, provincial, national and international scope. Her work has focused in building strategic alliances with governments, First Nations, corporations and advocacy organizations to address sustainable natural resources use. One of her NGO-Corporate partnership program received honourable mention from the Canadian Centre for Philanthropy in 2003. Anne is experienced in supporting teams in strategic planning and in developing public outreach programs. She completed an MBA in 2006 specializing in Public Relations and Communications. Her applied thesis, titled “Stakeholder engagement in reputation management strategies,” was prepared for the CEO of Mountain Equipment Co-op. Presently, Anne is contracted by the Canadian Boreal Initiative as Director of Strategic Partnerboats. Prior to this new role, she was the National Executive Director of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society; led the growth of Wildsight - a prominent conservation organization of south eastern British Columbia; coordinated the Environment and Development Support Program - a Canadian International Development Agency and Canadian Environmental Network collaboration; and developed environmental awareness programs in northern New Brunswick, the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua and in Ecuador.
Jeff Rempel, Coastal Management
Water and Coastal Management University of Plymouth, UK and Universidade do Algarve, PT (2009). Jeff is an environmental management expert. His interdisciplinary education and work experience provide an integrated approach (social, economic, ecological and institutional) to the management of complex adaptive social-ecological systems. He is eligible for registration as a P.Biol. His project experiences include: contaminated sites, waste management, legislation review, EIA coordination, wildlife and fisheries biology, hydrology, and hydrogeology.
His excellent project management skills have developed over the past 10 years to include work plan, budget and proposal preparation as well as field logistics and sampling. He is also proficient in a wide variety of PC applications and understands the benefits of using GIS in cross-disciplinary management. Mr. Rempel is an effective communicator, as a scientist and to non-technical audiences. He has experience working with various levels of government (municipal, provincial, and federal) and communities including first nations. He is a proven leader, project manager, and natural scientist with a high degree of professionalism and attention to detail.
Geoff Carr, Information Management & Editor
MA Geoff Carr is a PhD candidate in the Department of Art History, Visual Art, and Theory at the University of British Columbia. His research interests include architectural history, memorialization, and cultural memory studies. He has published articles in academic journals and book chapters in scholarly anthologies. Geoff has worked as a writing instructor, and currently he is editor of Wreck, an online journal of art history at UBC.
Richard Corman, Business & Planning
Early in his career, Richard was employed by the University of British Columbia, Electrical Engineering Department and the Tri University Meson Facility (TRIUMF) in Vancouver. He also worked for MacDonald Detwiller (MDA) at a time when MDA had only a dozen employees. Richard then founded his own company, Novatech Designs Ltd., and for over 27 years, he developed and manufactured numerous oceanographic instruments. Those products were sold to scientists, government agencies and universities around the world, and were used in the Arctic and Antarctic regions, as well as throughout the oceans of the world. Over his 36-year career, Richard was able to merge his electronic and mechanical design skills with his extensive business and marketing skills.
Brady Clarke, Photographer
Motor Captain / Surfer
Tofino, BC, CAN
Brady’s life has revolved around the ocean for most of his life. His passion has taken him around the world surfing, sailing, fishing, diving, and photographing the world’s oceans. Born in British Columbia, he spent nearly a decade guiding whale watching excursions in both Victoria and Tofino, BC. It was during this time that an interest in photography evolved into a passion and a career. Brady’s goal is to capture the beauty, fury, and vulnerability of the sea. With his art, he attempts to foster a deeper appreciation and understanding in humanity, as to the reality of our impact upon the earth. (www.bradyclarkephotography.com)
Jeremy Koreski, Camera Operator / Photographer
Tofino, BC, Canada
Jeremy is a professional photographer based on Vancouver Island. Born and raised in the town of Tofino, his work can be found in a wide variety of editorial, commercial and fine art collections. With a singular style that sees west coast culture and ecology through the intensely artistic values of his contemporaries, Jeremy has become one of the leading recorders of outdoor life in Canada. (www.jeremykoreski.com)
Jack Madro, Team Logistics / Technical Support
Motor Captain / Safety Diver
Edmonton, AB, CAN
Jack caught the aquatic and scientific bug at an early age. If he was not at a lake, river, or ocean investigating aquatic life, he was tinkering or modifying equipment to try to make it work better. He formed a number of businesses that involved commercial and recreational diving, whale watching, and marketing. In the past 35 years, he and his team have been responsible for training over 7000 scuba divers in the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. Jack’s consulting and business interests have taken him throughout the world. In the diving industry, he has become recognized as the “go to guy” for resort and business operations. Problem solving, leadership and teamwork, are his forte. “If it is broken, we will try to fix it, if it is garbage, we will recycle it, or take it out.” Jack sees challenges as the “Spice of life.”
SSI Instructor Certifier, IANTD Technical Instructor, PADI Master Instructor, and St. John’s Medic First Aid Instructor
Alessandro Rossi, Underwater Camera Operator
Alex grew up in Switzerland, as an apprentice to a Luthier. After establishing himself as an expert hand craftsman of violins, a fateful sailing trip to Sri Lanka changed his life forever. Overwhelmed by his newfound passion for the oceans, Alex became a technical dive instructor and has never looked back. Since then, Alex has spent the last decade filming extensively throughout the northern and southern hemispheres. He is fluent in Swiss Italian, Swiss German, Italian, English, and French.
InnerSpace Systems: Megalodon Rebreather Diver, TDI Technical Instructor: Technical Diving International, PADI Master Instructor, and DAN Medic First Aid Instructor
Philippe Rouget, Lead Biologist
Victoria, BC, CAN
Philippe Rouget, (B.Sc., M.Sc., R.P.Biol.) is a senior marine biologist in Golder Associates’ Victoria Office and program coordinator for Golder’s Marine Service Group. Specializing in coastal marine ecology and marine mammal acoustics, he has over nine years of experience in designing and managing multi-disciplinary marine biological research programs. Mr. Rouget has over four years of experience as a marine consultant acting as marine biology lead on various EA, EIA, EIS and environmental monitoring projects, and managing field programs both in Canada and abroad. His work includes comprehensive biophysical assessments of marine and shoreline habitat, benthic community sampling, marine mammal surveys, underwater noise assessments, noise modelling, resource evaluations, biological monitoring/mitigation projects, habitat compensation programs, environmental documentation, technical report preparation and literature-based review for marine related projects. He has participated in marine environmental impact assessments and permitting services associated with marine foreshore development projects, including offshore oil and gas, alternative energy, residential development, and port facilities. Relevant to these services, he has authored or co-authored various supporting reports, as well as multiple peer-reviewed journal articles. Mr. Rouget also acts as founder and director of the Coastal Wildlife Research Foundation, an international nonprofit research organization specializing in marine mammal studies. He is fluent in English and French.