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Board of Directors

Ocean Wise Board of Directors

Rod Campbell

Treasurer

Alexandra Cousteau

Director

Guy Dean

Director

Mike Gerbis

Director

Rod Campbell

Based in Vancouver, Rod is a finance professional with senior executive experience across multiple businesses, including insurance, investment banking, technology, and real estate. He is a trusted business advisor, excelling in the delivery of innovative finance solutions; identification and development of growth opportunities; leadership and coordination of mergers and acquisitions. In addition to being CEO of Cavell Risk, a strategic consultancy and insurance brokerage, Rod is Executive Chair of aDolus Technology Inc., a global authority on software intelligence for critical infrastructure.

Prior to founding Cavell, Rod’s executive background included Director and CEO of Jones Brown Inc., a Canadian Insurance Broker with over $190M in annual premiums acquired by Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. (NYSE:AJG); Chairman of Apri Group Benefits, one of Canada's largest independent group benefits consulting firms acquired by People Corporation (TSXV:PEO); President & CEO at Clarus Securities Inc., a private investment dealer; and Managing Partner at VRG Capital, a private equity firm. Early in his career, Rod spent nearly a decade at CIBC and years as Chief Financial Officer for growth companies based in British Columbia.

Alexandra Cousteau

Alexandra Cousteau, granddaughter of Jacques-Yves Cousteau, is an award-winning ocean activist and advocate for ocean restoration and abundance. As head of Oceans 2050, and as a senior advisor to ocean conservation organization Oceana, Cousteau collaborates with world leaders across sectors to influence, convene, and mobilize action to achieve measurable outcomes that will make the oceans more biodiverse and abundant.

Guy Dean

Guy Dean is passionate about supporting and promoting the consumption of sustainable seafood and particularly the long-term viability of the seafood industry. In 2018, Guy was awarded the ‘Seafood Champion Award for Leadership’ by the Ocean Foundation at the Seaweb Seafood summit in Barcelona, Spain.

Mike Gerbis

Mike oversees a unique collective of Canadian organizations that share the same vision: to achieve a sustainable, prosperous, and socially just future in a generation. He has been a pioneer in the sustainability and climate space in Canada for over three decades, helping companies become leaders and advising governments on effective policy.

Mike leads the strategic direction, growth, and impact of the group of organizations that includes GLOBE Series, The Delphi Group, Canadian Business for Social Responsibility (CBSR), and Leading Change Canada. Through its range of ESG and climate services – consulting, event design and management, peer-to-peer learning, and youth mentorship – this collective identifies, connects, and supports a global community of changemakers.

In addition to serving on a number of boards, Mike mentors youth and business leaders across Canada through initiatives such as Enactus, SHAD Valley, Loran Scholarship, and TEC Canada. He is also the founding Chair of Leading Change Canada and was the founding Chair of The Climate Reality Project - Canada.

Meghan Jeans

Director

Nina Jensen

Director

Sarah MacDonald

Director

Pascal Mittermaier

Director

Meghan Jeans

A lawyer by background and training, Meghan Jeans works at the intersection of law, policy, science, and markets to help foundations, social and environmental change organizations, and private sector clients link strategy to impact with solutions-oriented guidance, analysis, tools, and collaborations. She was most recently the Vice Chair of Aquaculture Stewardship Council.

Nina Jensen

Nina Jensen is the CEO of REV Ocean, the world’s largest Research and Expedition Vessel (REV) which will be available for scientists, NGOs, policy makers, innovators, engineers, and marine stakeholders. All REV Ocean initiatives are based on open collaboration and partnerships with relevant stakeholders, working toward the same common goal – preserving our ocean.

Sarah MacDonald

Sarah MacDonald is an accomplished Executive with international operational and corporate experience in the energy industry. Sarah is currently CHRO at Algonquin Power after having served as CEO of EfficiencyOne, the first Energy Efficiency Utility in Canada. Prior to joining EfficiencyOne Sarah spent almost 20 years with Emera and its subsidiaries. She has a proven track record of building, turning around and operating companies along with a history of increasing profitability and resolving difficult situations with multiple stakeholders.

Sarah has a keen interest in ocean science, having been COO of XOCEAN, an Irish company that uses uncrewed surface vessels to map the ocean floor.

Pascal Mittermaier

Pascal Mittermaier’s career spans over 30 years, 10 countries, and three industries including healthcare and sustainable development. Formerly Managing Director at the Nature Conservancy, Pascal currently serves as Board Chair of Nature Sacred and is Entrepreneur in Residence at Sea-Ahead, helping Bluetech startups and incubators prepare for market launch.

Tuck Rickards

Director

Rich Simmons

Director

Richard Sparrow

Director

Keith Spencer

Vice Chair

Tuck Rickards

Tuck Rickards works closely with high-growth technology companies and Global 1000 organizations on the recruitment of high-impact digital and technology executives. He’s also a member of the Sustainability and Social Impact Practices. Tuck is a Board Director of the Bay Area Council in San Francisco, a Trustee of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, and an Advisory Board Member of a growth stage cyber security software company, Night Vision.

Rich Simmons

Rich Simons is a native Vancouverite who graduated from the Commerce Department of UBC in 1968. With diverse experience, including the full range of marketing, branding and business building skills, Rich provides a unique perspective, strength and depth to Ocean Wise. . He also provides entrepreneurial guidance for new CEOs, plays an advisory role in business building, and is an active Angel investor in the technology and food industries (named by the Vancouver Angel Forum as Angel Investor of the Year in 2017). Rich and his wife, Linda Kathleen, are involved in the local philanthropic community through The Simons Family Foundation.

Richard Sparrow

Richard Sparrow is the Director of Indigenous lead conservation through reconciliation with the Grizzly Bear Foundation (GBF) and has been active in the field of First Nations conservation, restoration management, and policy for more than 20 years. Richard is a member and Councillor of xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam Indian Band).

Keith Spencer

Keith Spencer is a leading information technology lawyer in British Columbia. As a member of various boards and advisory committees, Keith plays a significant role in number of early stage and emerging technology companies and technology industry associations.

Lisa Stewart

Director

Brian Sullivan

Director

Martin Thibodeau

Director

Ian Warner

Chair

Lisa Stewart

Lisa Stewart is an Investment Counsellor with RBC PH&N Investment Counsel. Throughout her career, Lisa has spent a considerable amount of time managing, developing, and mentoring investment professionals which has allowed her to further appreciate all aspects of the financial services industry.

Brian Sullivan

Brian Sullivan is part of a broader team dedicated to leveraging and developing Google’s infrastructure to address global environmental, health, and humanitarian issues. As part of Google’s “in-kind technology philanthropy,” Brian manages external partner relationships and internal Google collaborations to identify and accelerate initiatives in machine learning, large scale analytics, and remote sensing with an impact focus. His partnerships experience spans academic and research organizations, NGOs, UN agencies, government/policy, philanthropy, the private sector, as well being a frequent conference speaker and project advocate.

Martin Thibodeau

Martin Thibodeau is the Regional President of RBC Royal Bank in British Columbia. Martin is a Governor of the BC Business Council, and he sits on the Board of Directors for BC Children’s Hospital, Science World, Ocean Wise, Peter Dhillon Center for Business Ethics, Urban Development Institute and is part of the CABGU Board for BC & Alberta.

Ian Warner

Ian Warner has over 20 years of experience achieving excellent results in portfolio and fiscal growth within the financial services sector. Currently, he is the President & CEO of Aprio Inc., a board management software company located in Vancouver, BC. Before Aprio, Ian was Chief Operating Officer of Vancity, Canada’s largest credit union, and spent five years at Vancity's subsidiary, Citizens Bank of Canada, including four years as CEO and a board member. He has served on the board of the Alumni Association of the University of British Columbia, his alma mater, and as a Chair of the BC Technology Industry Association’s SaaS C-Council.

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