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Executive Leadership Team

Lasse Gustavsson

President and CEO

Lasse has dedicated his career to conservation and sustainable development. His several decades of international executive leadership and management experience included roles at Greenpeace International, WWF Sweden, WWF International and Oceana. His expertise includes regional and global program strategy and management, corporate and government partnership, as well as policy and advocacy work at the highest political levels in the EU, UN and in countries across the globe. Lasse studied at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden and IMD Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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Carlos Drews

EVP, Conservation

Carlos is a recipient of the LiverdPress Award for his lifetime conservation achievement. He previously held the position of executive director of the Jane Goodall Institute, and previously served as director of the World Wildlife Fund’s Global Species Programme. Carlos developed a first-of-its-kind toolkit for marine turtle adaptations to climate change; co-authored Costa Rica's annual report on human sustainable development; and orchestrated an advocacy program to successfully influence the UN to establish wildlife crime as a global threat. He holds a Ph.D. in Zoology from Cambridge University.

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Jennie Moushos

EVP, Finance & Bus. Development

Jennie has over 25 years’ experience in the finance and insurance industry including as senior vice president, Western Division, for Intact Insurance Company. Jennie co-founded the Women in Insurance Cancer Crusade BC Chapter, assisted on the task force that established a General Insurance and Risk Management Program at the BC Institute of Technology, and has been a regular presenter at the annual FCI-CWI Women in Leadership Conference. Jennie has also served on the board of SOS Children’s Villages Canada, Bridges to Community Canada, and The Western Investment Company of Canada.

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Senior Management Team

Vanessa Abaya

Director, Development

Scott Bohachyk

Director, Youth

Terry Burmas

Director, Finance

Laura Hardman

Director, Plastic Free Oceans

Jessica Johnston

Director, Human Resources

Mike McDermid

Director, Fisheries and Seafood

Jordon Randall

Director, Information Technology

Lorenzo Rojas-Bracho

Director, Whales

Nic Schulz

Director, Communications

Nicole Straughan

Director, Ocean Bridge

Sonya Swiridjuk

Director, Annual Giving

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Ocean Wise's people includes the youth ambassadors and alumni from the Ocean Bridge, Direct Action and YouthToSea program. They are passionate about the environment, leaders in their community and inspiring ocean champions.

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