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Operations Team 2023 ©Ricky Belanger

Our Team

Our people are our greatest asset

The MERS Team

Meet Our Staff, Board, and Research Associates

    • Caitlin Birdsall

      Executive Director; Co-founder

    • Nicole Doe

      Director of Operations

    • Jackie Hildering

      Education & Communications Director; Co-founder

    • Christie McMillan

      Science Lead; Co-founder

    • Marieke Knierim

      Outreach & Office Coordinator

    • Felicia Vachon

      Research Coordinator

    • Effie Korpershoek

      Communications Assistant

  • Our Board of Directors

    • Leah Thorpe

      Board Chair; Co-founder

    • Angela Danyluk


    • Don Gordon


    • Wendy Kotorynski


    • Emily Wisden-Seaweed


    • Anita Blakely


    • Rhona Govender


  • MERS Research Associates

    • Tasli Shaw

      Research Associate

    • Mark Sawyer and Ashley Hoyland

      Research Associates

    • Ali Gladwell

      Research Associate; Graduate Student

    • Joan Moreaux

      Research Associate; Graduate Student


The work of MERS is supported by many. Contribute to our work by becoming a team member, attending our events, or becoming a donor. We need you to further marine conservation in BC.

Join us to help the whales, and the ocean they depend on.

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