Associates work on projects led by the Directors or Fellows. To apply to become an Associate is through a nomination to the Board by a current Director, Fellow or Associate.
Fiona Beaty is a doctoral candidate in the University of British Columbia’s Department of Zoology. Her research focusses on the adaptive capacity of British Columbia’s coastal ecosystems to climate change effects. She also works with regional non-profit organizations on marine conservation and spatial planning research in the Salish Sea.
Sean Boyd PhD
Dr. Sean Boyd is a research scientist with Environment and Climate Change Canada and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Simon Fraser University. He studies Arctic geese and sea ducks with special emphasis on winter ecology and migration ecology.
Andrew Couturier is a Senior Analyst with Bird Canada, where he has worked for more than twenty years on numerous national and international conservation initiatives. In particular, he is widely regarded for his leadership in Bird Atlas projects across Canada and the Salish Sea Atlas.
Gillian Darling Kovanic
Gillian Darling is an award-winning television documentary director and producer. She has produced films on health, education, agriculture and economic development, and worked for National Film Board of Canada.
Kate Keogh has been with the foundation since its inception and is a specialist in science and environmental education. She brings an understanding of classroom curriculum and practical ways that information from researchers can be incorporated into curriculum and made relevant to school age children. Kate served as a Director for 8 years and is our Archivist.
Josh McInnes is a marine ecologist and marine mammal researcher focusing mostly on foraging behaviour of transient (Bigg’s) killer whales and Risso’s dolphins. Josh has collaborated on marine mammal projects in Canada, USA, Australia and is a member of the Northern Indian Ocean Killer Whale Alliance.
Mike McKinlay is the owner of Mike McKinlay Productions, a film production company in Vancouver. His awards include a Leo Award and Wildspace Festival Most Impactful Small Budget Film.
Doug Swanston is a marine biologist who has recovered and relocated threatened and endangered animals under scrutiny of Species at Risk legislation. He also shares his passion with students and groups exploring the seashore.
Wendy Szaniszlo is a marine mammalogist who has worked on sea lion, gray whale and humpback whale research projects in collaboration with government, academic and not-for-profit organizations. She holds two degrees from the University of Victoria. Wendy has worked on species-at-risk and as a marine naturalist with Parks Canada, BC Parks, Department of Fisheries and Oceans and local eco-tour companies.