Team

Leadership Partners

Squamish Nation

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Ocean Watch Task Force

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In February, 2017 the Vancouver Aquarium’s Coastal Ocean Research Institute (CORI) released the Ocean Watch-Howe Sound edition. This report was prepared in response to needs expressed at Howe Sound Aquatic Forums held in 2014 and 2015. The report is a comprehensive project that provides a valuable assessment of the ongoing recovery of Howe Sound. It provided an action plan that consists of seven specific actions. To advance these action items, the Task force was created by the Howe Sound Community Forum in the spring of 2017. It is composed of elected representatives and staff of municipalities and regional districts bordering Howe Sound as well as representatives of the Squamish Nation and Non – Government Organizations with an interest in Howe Sound marine issues.

Several of the action items relate to the provision of accurate information about Howe Sound and the compilation of a marine reference guide. To accomplish this the Task Force has determined to follow the format of a guide produced for Barkley and Clayoquot Sounds.

Squamish Nation

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Ocean Watch Task Force

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In February, 2017 the Vancouver Aquarium’s Coastal Ocean Research Institute (CORI) released the Ocean Watch-Howe Sound edition. This report was prepared in response to needs expressed at Howe Sound Aquatic Forums held in 2014 and 2015. The report is a comprehensive project that provides a valuable assessment of the ongoing recovery of Howe Sound. It provided an action plan that consists of seven specific actions. To advance these action items, the Task force was created by the Howe Sound Community Forum in the spring of 2017. It is composed of elected representatives and staff of municipalities and regional districts bordering Howe Sound as well as representatives of the Squamish Nation and Non – Government Organizations with an interest in Howe Sound marine issues.

Several of the action items relate to the provision of accurate information about Howe Sound and the compilation of a marine reference guide. To accomplish this the Task Force has determined to follow the format of a guide produced for Barkley and Clayoquot Sounds.

Steering Committee

Jessica Schultz, MSc.

Manager, Howe Sound Research and Conservation (Coastal Ocean Research Institute, Ocean Wise)

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Jessica is a marine ecologist at the Coastal Ocean Research Institute, headquartered at the Vancouver Aquarium/Ocean Wise.  Our program has been monitoring the underwater biodiversity of Howe Sound for nearly four decades.  Jessica looks forward to sharing her perspective as a marine scientist, as well as learning how our efforts can better support marine planning and enhance ecosystem health.  Although she lives in Greater Vancouver, her heart lives in Howe Sound.  She feels extremely privileged and excited to be part of this collective effort to protect and restore this very special place.

Sarah McJannet, RPP MCIP

Planner, District of Squamish

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Sarah never strays far from the ocean if she can help it. Growing up in coastal BC, the marine realm has held her interest, imagination and respect for 40 years. Sarah is a professional planner with more than a decade of municipal experience in the Sea to Sky corridor. She led the development of the District of Squamish Marine Action Strategy, and co-authored the recently adopted Squamish2040 Official Community Plan. Sarah is excited about cultivating shared leadership and building new tools that integrate local and traditional knowledge, values and data (lots of data) to support decisions for the ecological and human health of Howe Sound/Atl’kitsem. She lives, paddles and plays with her family in Squamish and New Brighton, Gambier Island.

Ian Ross

Manager, Langdale Division Terminal Forest Products Ltd.

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Ian has worked in the coastal British Columbia forestry sector for over 25 years, specifically in Howe Sound/Atl’kitsem (the Sound) since 2005 with Terminal Forest Products Ltd. During thse years he has had the extreme good fortune to spend countless hours on the waters, tributaries, shorelines and uplands of the Sound, as well as the air above it. Humankind has flourished through our ability to manage forest resources in a sustainable manner for thousands of years. This will hold true going forward with green, renewable building materials and emerging clean-tech innovation in forest based alternatives to an incredible variety of products that can reduce reliance on fossil fuels. Ian is honoured to represent industrial forestry’s place within the interconnectedness of human, terrestrial and marine systems that are to be assembled in the Marine Reference Guide.

Randall Lewis

Environmental advisor and Projects Negotiation and Development, Squamish Nation

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Randall W Lewis has been working for Squamish Nation since 1992 as their Environmental Advisor, in their Project Negotiation and Development department. He has also worked as a project manager for the Squamish Nation Salmon Enumeration since 1996 to present. Over the past several decades Randall has been heavily involved in regional watershed and marine restoration, conservation and stewardship initiatives. From 1998 to 2017 Randall was the President of the Squamish River Watershed Society. He now serves as the Vice President of the society after nominating Francesca Knight for President in 2007. Through this work, he participated in the recognition of the Skwelwil’em Squamish Estuary as a Wildlife Management Area in 2007.

Ruth Simons

Executive Director, Future of Howe Sound Society and Lead of the Howe Sound Biosphere Region Initiative

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Ruth is passionate about Howe Sound and the purpose of the Future of Howe Sound Society – conservation and stewardship of Howe Sound for current and future generations.  A retired business executive, former Municipal Councillor and lifelong resident of the Howe Sound area, she has lived and raised her family in Lions Bay for the past 29 years.  Ruth is leading the initiative for Howe Sound to be designated by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve. 

Bill Wareham, MBA

Regional Science Projects Manager, David Suzuki Foundation

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Bill Wareham holds a B.Sc. in Zoology and an MBA. He has worked in the environmental non-profit sector for over thirty years and has worked with the David Suzuki Foundation since 2002 where he served in various roles including Senior Marine Conservation Specialist, the director of the Marine Conservation, and as the Regional Science Projects Manager. He was a founding member of the SeaChoice program, which was established to promote sustainable seafood procurement in the Canadian retail marketplace. Bill previously worked as Executive Director of the Sierra Club of BC and has over seventeen years of experience working on marine conservation. Bill has played an active role in promoting marine use planning and protected areas policies, and has represented the environmental sector in many multi-stakeholder processes. In his current role Bill provides project management oversight for the Suzuki Foundation’s Coastal Eco-region project and plays an active role in engaging stakeholder partnerships, developing strategic plans, fundraising, and government relations. Bill and his family have lived in Gibsons BC since 1994 and has a deep knowledge awareness of the issues and conservation challenges in Howe Sound. Bill is an active outdoor enthusiast and is keen to lend his experience to the Howe Sound Marine Reference Guide to help ensure the marine environment is healthy and resilient well into the future.

Kelly Binning

Integrated Oceans Management, Department of Fisheries and Oceans

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Kelly Binning grew up on Vancouver Island and graduated from UBC with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Ecology and Environmental Biology. She brings with her significant technical expertise in the area of oceans and fisheries management gained through 20 years with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. In her current capacity, she advances key initiatives that support the sustainable development and protection of Canada’s oceans and marine resources to ensure healthy and productive ecosystems for the benefit of current and future generations, including her kids. Kelly looks forward to learning about the Marine Reference Guide and the marine planning activities that support and help ensure sustainability of Howe Sound.

Trevor Dunn

Director – Sea to Sky Gondola

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For almost 25 years Trevor has lived and played around Howe Sound.  In 2008 his business partner and him decided they wanted to build a business in Squamish that invited the world to see this amazing place. Their business goal was to make it easy for people to access the great outdoors. The more people know a place and the stories of a place the more they connect with it. With his involvement on the steering committee he hopes to highlight the opportunity that access can provide in helping people learn responsible ways to interface with Howe Sound and how access can create advocates for positive community lead change.

Adam Taylor

President of the Underwater Council of British Columbia

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Adam Taylor grew up on Bowen Island where his family homesteaded in 1895 and have been active members of the community ever since. Most of his childhood and youth was spent exploring the beaches and waters of Howe Sound, which led to his passion for SCUBA diving…

Even after 26 years exploring under the waves he is still fascinated and shares his experiences through underwater photo & video. He also hosts beach interpretations for local residents in the hopes that meeting their underwater neighbours will inspire people to help protect them.

With professional experience managing Land Development and Infrastructure projects he recognizes how the Marine Reference Guide will help inform the decision making process of local and regional governments.

Based on his volunteer experience on projects such as the proposed National Park Reserve on Bowen Island, discovery & documentation of Glass Sponge Reefs, and the Halkett Provincial Park Expansion he is also excited about how the Guide can be used as an educational tool for residents to learn more about the marine environment in their own backyards.

Management Team

Fiona Beaty

Project Director

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Fiona is a marine ecologist who attributes her life’s direction to growing up in Howe Sound/Atl’kitsem. Having spent her childhood flipping rocks to search for crabs on Bowen’s beaches, it’s not surprising that she is now pursuing graduate studies in coastal ecology at the University of British Columbia. Fiona is absolutely thrilled to be leading the marine reference guide. She is especially inspired by building community relationships, stewardship, and capacity to understand and protect Atl’kitsem’s beautiful marine world.

Emily Nickerson

Research team

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Emily is Vancouver based librarian with ties to Gambier Island and love for all things ocean. She brings a social science research perspective to the project and is focusing on Howe Sound/Atl’kitsem’s human use values. She is most excited about the community relationship building this project promotes towards long term environmental and human well-being in the region.

Kyla Hemmelgarn

Research Team

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Kyla has worked as a professional photographer for 14 years, as a Park Manager of a marine protected area (Porteau Cove), and is currently studying at the University of British Columbia to complement her experience in the fields of Marine and Conservation Biology. She is especially interested in conservation genetics, and marine ecology. She has a Citation in Environmental Studies from Langara College, is a certified sailboat skipper, a scuba diver, and a CABIN (Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network) field technician. Her work has brought her to many regions of the world, which have inspired a sense of wonder and awe in the ocean and earth, but also an awareness of its fragility, and of the vast reaches of human impacts. She now feels a deep sense of urgency to protect the richness and wild beauty we have right here at home in Howe Sound.

Jonathan Williams

Squamish Nation Youth Lead

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Ha7lh skwayel Jonathan Williams kwi en sna. Good day, my name is Jonathan Williams, I am a part of the Squamish nation, the Nuu-chah-nulth and the Cree nations. I have lived in the Squamish nation territory my entire life. I have had a personal connection with Howe Sound from birth. From when I was a baby I was welcomed into this world with a traditional welcoming ceremony that had traditions from the Squamish Nation and the Cree people. During this ceremony my feet were washed with sacred water and cedar boughs gathered from Shannon Falls. The teachings of my ancestors has shown me that we have to learn about Howe sound. I have done this in a traditional way and in modern ways. I have a great appreciation for my territory and I hope people appreciate and can understand the importance of a healthy ecosystem.

Genevieve Cruz

Research Team

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Genevieve was a MA student in UBC Journalism when she first created a short documentary on the movement to turn Howe Sound into a marine protected area. The project left her inspired, with an endless fascination in researching the environmental history of Howe Sound. It was the people she met and the stories she gathered for the film that motivated her to pursue further education on the way that science is translated to the public. She recently finished a second MA in history of science and technology studies in UBC, with a focus on volcanoes and seismic sensing networks in the Philippines, where she was born. After this program, she returns to Howe Sound with a renewed love for the deep sea, and a willingness to continue learning about and engaging in Howe Sound’s rehabilitation.

Bridget John

Research Assistant

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Bridget John received her BSc. at UBC in Biology and Oceanography before diving into her passion of the conservation and stewardship in Howe Sound. She has volunteered with a variety of non-for-profit organizations, as a cetacean research intern, field technician and wildlife image classifier and science educator. Living at the head of the Sound, in Squamish, her love of its wilderness and flourishing community continues to grow daily. When she isn’t working or volunteering she enjoys hiking, windsurfing, ski touring, climbing and running. Bridget is truly excited to see the Marine Reference Guide project grow and the outcome it will have on community education.

Nolan Rudkowsky

Squamish Nation Youth Lead

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Hello. I am a Squamish nation youth born and raised in the ‘Squamish Valley’. I am part Squamish and also part Gwich’in from the NorthWest Territories. I feel that growing up in the Squamish Valley automatically fosters a strong, personal connection with the land and Howe Sound. I have practiced my culture from a young age and Howe Sound is very special to us Squamish people. From the mountain ranges that tower over the valley to the creeks that run down it is a very special place. I am very grateful to be a part of the Marine Reference Guide, and the movement in Howe Sound to make it ecologically rich and powerful as it once was. I hope that out of this project, we as a community can come together and achieve one goal: that we protect Howe Sound’s ecological sustainability.

Advisors

Andrew Day, Ph.D

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Dr. Andrew Day is the CEO of the BC Parks Foundation. He has a law degree and Ph.D in resource and environmental management. He has developed and led some of the first and most widely endorsed oceans and wild salmon strategies in Canada. He grew up near Howe Sound and his vision and work producing Ocean Watch: Howe Sound Edition formed the origins for the Marine Reference Guide.

Darcy Dobell

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Darcy is the Principal of the wabe consulting, where she works at the intersection of ecosystem protection, Indigenous rights, and sustainable economic development. She has founded and played leadership roles in non-profit organizations form local to national scales, and provided support and advice as we launched the Howe Sound Marine Reference Guide initiative. Darcy also serves on the Boards of Directors of Coast Opportunity Funds, Ocean Networks Canada, and the BC Parks Foundation. Darcy lives in Vancouver with her family.

Andrew Day, Ph.D

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Dr. Andrew Day is the CEO of the BC Parks Foundation. He has a law degree and Ph.D in resource and environmental management. He has developed and led some of the first and most widely endorsed oceans and wild salmon strategies in Canada. He grew up near Howe Sound and his vision and work producing Ocean Watch: Howe Sound Edition formed the origins for the Marine Reference Guide.

Darcy Dobell

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Darcy is the Principal of the wabe consulting, where she works at the intersection of ecosystem protection, Indigenous rights, and sustainable economic development. She has founded and played leadership roles in non-profit organizations form local to national scales, and provided support and advice as we launched the Howe Sound Marine Reference Guide initiative. Darcy also serves on the Boards of Directors of Coast Opportunity Funds, Ocean Networks Canada, and the BC Parks Foundation. Darcy lives in Vancouver with her family.

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