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Drawing on extensive backgrounds, the OFI management team is working towards harnessing the vast potential of the world's ocean in a safe and sustainable manner. 

Dr. Wendy Watson-Wright

Chief Executive Officer

Ocean Frontier Institute

Dalhousie University

wendy.watson-wright@dal.ca

+1 902 494-4201

Dr. Watson-Wright began her career in the Canadian federal public service as a research scientist with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She later spent five years as Director of the DFO’s Biological Station in St. Andrews, New Brunswick. From 2001 to 2009, she was DFO’s Assistant Deputy Minister of Science, and from 2015 until joining the Ocean Frontier Institute, she was the Regional Director General of DFO’s Gulf Region. From 2010 to 2015, Dr. Watson-Wright led the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO) in Paris as its Executive Secretary and Assistant Director General. 

Dr. Watson-Wright has been on several boards and panels including Ocean Networks Canada, MEOPAR, the Council of Canadian Academies’ Expert Panel on Ocean Science and the Strategic Advisory Board for the European Union’s Joint Programming Initiative on Oceans (JPI Oceans). As well, she was an invited member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health X-Prize.

Among her many successes and attributes, she is a Killam scholar and holds a Ph.D. in Physiology from Dalhousie University. 

Dr. Anya Waite

Scientific Director

Ocean Frontier Institute

Dalhousie University

anya.waite@dal.ca

+1 902 494-1921

Dr. Waite was appointed Associate Vice-President Research (Ocean) of Dalhousie University and Scientific Director of Ocean Frontier Institute commencing Sept. 1, 2018. Previously, she served as Section Head of Polar Biological Oceanography at the Alfred Wegener Institute in Bremerhaven and as Professor of Oceanography in the Department of Biology at the University of Bremen.  

After completing a BSc in biology in 1985 Dalhousie, she obtained her PhD in 1992 in biological oceanography at the University of British Columbia. She then held postdoctoral positions at WHOI (USA) and the Victoria University (New Zealand). 

In 1997 Dr. Waite took a professorship at University of Western Australia in Perth, and was there for 17 years as a biological oceanographer. She was a research group leader in the Oceans Institute as well as teaching students in the Environmental Engineering program. Dr. Waite’s early work included participation in the first Southern Ocean iron fertilization experiment, SOIREE. After this, Dr. Waite’s work in the East Indian Ocean explored the dynamics of mesoscale eddies, the nitrogen cycle in oligotrophic systems and the biology of the spiny lobster larvae in Australian waters. Her current interests include nitrogen fluxes in polar oceans and particle dynamics in mesoscale eddies, and she is on the Project Board for the 2019-20 Arctic ice-drift program MOSAiC.

Dr. Waite was Board Member of the American Association for Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) from 2011 to 2014, and she currently serves on the Editorial Board of Limnology and Oceanography and as Proxy Editor-in-Chief. She is international advisor to the Board of Directors of the Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre ACE CRC in Hobart, Australia, a member of the Norwegian Research Council Advisory Board, and a member of the Programme Advisory Group for the NERC Changing Arctic Ocean Research Programme. She is co-chair of the SCOR Working Group on biological observation systems, “P-OBS.” She has been on the Steering Committee of the Southern Ocean Observation System (SOOS) since 2017 and on the SOOS Executive Committee since 2018. 


Dr. Paul Snelgrove

Associate Scientific Director

Ocean Frontier Institute

Memorial University of Newfoundland

psnelgrove@mun.ca

+1 709 864-3773

Dr. Snelgrove is Director of the NSERC Canadian Healthy Oceans Network, a national research network in Canada and a Professor of Biological Oceanography in the Department of Ocean Sciences and Biology at Memorial University of Newfoundland. From 2003 to 2013, he held a Canada Research Chair in Boreal and Cold Ocean Systems, and in 2012 he held the Knapp Visiting Chair at the University of San Diego. As well, he was a NSERC Industrial Chair in Fisheries Conservation from 1996-2002. Dr. Snelgrove published the book “Discoveries of the Census of Marine Life: Making Ocean Life Count” with Cambridge University Press in 2010 and was awarded the Parsons Medal for Achievement in Interdisciplinary Ocean Sciences in Canada by DFO. In 2015, Memorial University awarded him the title; University Research Professor.

Among his many awards and achievements, Dr. Snelgrove sits on numerous advisory boards in Canada and internationally and frequently sits on review panels and editorial boards.

Dr. Snelgrove received a BSc. Hons degree in Biology at Memorial in 1984, a Master's degree in Oceanography from McGill University in 1987 and a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Biology Department at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in 1993. 

Kim Thomson

Chief Administrative Officer

Ocean Frontier Institute

Dalhousie University

kim.thomson@dal.ca

Ms Thomson has more than 20 years of experience as a senior administrator in both university and government sectors. Prior to joining OFI, she served as Chief of Staff to the Provost and Executive Director of the Provost’s Office at Dalhousie University where she was responsible for developing and implementing strategy to address priority initiatives, and for providing senior administrative leadership and oversight within the Provost’s complex portfolio. Prior to joining Dalhousie in 2001, Ms Thomson spent more than ten years at the Council of Maritime/Atlantic Premiers facilitating collaborative programming between the Maritime/Atlantic provinces, and between Eastern Canada and the New England States. She has also provided strategic and administrative leadership to numerous volunteer-based organizations. She has an MBA from Saint Mary’s University.

Julie Rideout

Manager of Operations

Ocean Frontier Institute

Memorial University of Newfoundland

jdrideout@mun.ca

+1 709 864-7493

A Chartered Professional Accountant, Ms. Rideout joined OFI after a nine-year career as a part of Memorial University’s Faculty of Science. An entrepreneur, she was formerly the owner-operator of four Subway franchises in St. John’s, NL. When she isn’t working, she can be found studying at Memorial University where she is currently completing her Bachelor of Education.

Angie Collez

Executive Assistant

Ocean Frontier Institute

Dalhousie University

angie.collez@dal.ca

+1 902 494-8823

Georgette Clairmont

Administrative Staff Specialist

Ocean Frontier Institute

Memorial University of Newfoundland

gclairmont@mun.ca

+1 709 864-3773

Richard Davis

Research Implementation Coordinator

Ocean Frontier Institute

Dalhousie University

richard.davis@dal.ca

+ 1 902 494-2829

Mr. Davis coordinates the technical team formed by OFI to serve the oceanographic needs of OFI, Dalhousie and external partners. Mr. Davis has managed scientific projects within Dalhousie University for over 20 years, including expeditions from the Arctic to the Antarctic. He was the project manager for Canada’s first automated research buoy system installed in Lunenburg Bay as part of the Centre for Marine Environmental Prediction. For the last eight years he has managed the underwater glider program started by the Ocean Tracking Network (OTN) and then enhanced by the Marine Environmental Observation, Prediction and Response (MEOPAR) Network of Centres of Excellence. He also is the technical team lead for MEOPAR’s Observation Core on the east coast.

Mr. Davis received his bachelor’s degree (honors) in aquatic biology from the University of Texas at Austin and his master’s degree in biological oceanography from the University of Texas with Dr. John Cullen as his supervisor. His research interests are primarily in bio-optical oceanography and phytoplankton physiology and ecology but of late has expanded to the use of marine robots to expand ocean observation.  

Patti Lewis

Communications Advisor

Ocean Frontier Institute

Dalhousie University

patti.lewis@dal.ca

+1 902 494-3134

Gita Narayan

Transnational Programs Coordinator

Ocean Frontier Institute

Dalhousie University

gita.narayan@dal.ca

+1 902 494-5213

Chris Xiao

Finance Manager

Ocean Frontier Institute

Dalhousie University

chris.xiao@dal.ca

+1 902 494-4410