MARIO CYR, UNDERWATER CINEMATOGRAPHER *Special Guest

Mario Cyr is an internationally renowned expedition leader for Arctic and Antarctic missions, a cold-water diving expert and a world-class cinematographer. He has participated in more than 150 films for broadcasters such as National Geographic, Discovery Channel, the BBC, IMAX 3D, Disney Productions, the CBC and David Suzuki, la Société Cousteau, France 2, Arte and NHK Japan. Sequences, filmed by Mario, have shared great success in movies such as Toothed Titans, Palme d’or winner - Festival d’Antibes 2011, the famous Mission Antarctique, the movie Oceans, by Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud, awarded a Cesar for best film documentary in 2011, and Ice Bear, nominated for an Emmy Award in 2013, in the category Best images. He's touring in Quebec to share his amazing cinematography in Quebec and elsewhere in Canada. More info on his website: LesYeuxdelaMer.com.  

DR. PHILIPPE ARCHAMBAULT, ARCTIC SCIENTIST *Special Guest 

Dr. Philippe Archambault is the Director of the network ‘Notre Golfe’ and of the benthic ecology laboratory at Université Laval (Quebec). His research focuses on the influence of anthropogenic and natural disturbances on benthic biodiversity (animals living in or near the seafloor). He is trying to understand the processes altering biodiversity, and ultimately the role of the latter in the ecosystem. In other words, what is the role of biodiversity in the environment? Why is biodiversity important? Among the processes studied are productivity and human disturbances (aquaculture, multi-stressors, etc.) and natural disturbances (hypoxia, climate change). He is also co-leader a theme section on multistressor in the Strategic CHONe network (Canadian Healthy Ocean Network) and Chairman of the 4th World Conference of Marine Biodiversity to be held in Montreal in May 2018. Dr. Archambault will be our co-host for the French Live Dive and has a lot of knowledge to share on Arctic marine species who live in or near the seafloor. 

MAEVA GAUTHIER, CO-FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR:

As a marine ecologist, Maeva is passionate about connecting people to nature, using education and filmmaking as tools. She recently completed a Graduate Certificate in Education and Communication at Royal Roads University (2015). Prior to that, she completed a Masters in marine ecology (Univ. of Victoria, 2012), a BSc. in biology (Univ. of Quebec in Montreal, 2007) and technical diploma in tourism (College Montmorency, 2000). Her involvement has been mostly in ocean outreach and education since 2009. Some of her projects include: Fish Eye Project Live Dive events, POLAR Arctic bulletin Editor, film workshops with youth, community monitoring initiatives using video, University Antarctic expedition, ShoreZone Coastal Mapping by helicopter using imagery, marine ecology surveys in the Arctic on board an Icebreaker, studying deep-sea ecosystems using video and sonar, etc. Founding the Fish Eye Project non-profit with Mike Irvine came naturally as a stepping stone after doing marine education activities for World Oceans Day for a few years in a row. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family, sailing, scuba diving, yoga, and hiking.

MIKE IRVINE, CO-FOUNDER & CREATIVE DIRECTOR:

Mike is all things emerald green. Born on Vancouver Island surrounded by the ocean, he comes from a family of divers and marine engineers. He is a recent graduate from the University of Victoria (2015), Faculty of Education, Curriculum and Instruction. Mike made history by successfully defending his thesis live from underwater, his defense can be seen on YouTube titled: “Beneath The Waves”. Mike’s research focused on underwater web cameras as tools for motivating students to engage in inquiry-based learning of marine science topics. Since 2011, he has been developing innovative technologies and working with marine experts to perform underwater live events to promote marine awareness and ocean stewardship. Mike combines his roots in diving and technology with his passion to connect and enhance the cultural identity of ocean communities to their local marine ecosystems.

PHILIPPE DAIGLE, SCIENTIFIC DIRECTOR:

A biologist with a master's degree in environmental sciences, Philippe has been working as a biology teacher since 2005 . Each year, he brings a group of students to the tropics for a course on tropical ecosystems and the marine environment. Passionate about the ocean, he's had the chance to dive into many unusual places around the world. For more than ten years, he has been very involved in various issues surrounding the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park (Quebec, Canada). During these years he has, among other things, supervised a live scuba diving activity for Parks Canada. His interest in education, the environment, and the ocean led him to develop the wonderful tool of live dives to ultimately connect the marine world to humans on the surface, maximizing emotional and intellectual impact. Philippe believes that emotion and knowledge are essential for people to care about ocean health and take action to protect it. He brings many years of experience in education and live dives to help Fish Eye Project strategically plan its development, partnerships, and guide its content.

MICHAEL BLAZECKA, DIVING SAFETY OFFICER:

Michael has over 35 years of experience working in the fields of environmental science and forestry. He graduated from Simon Fraser university with a BSc in Biophysics in 1982. During his career, he worked as a consultant for several companies including BC Research, Norecol Environmental Consultants and LGL Ltd. He has authored, or co-authored over 40 technical reports for government, mining and forest industries. Michael’s primary focus was in GIS, Photogrammetry, and computer software development. In 2005, he retired as a Principal in the forestry consulting company Forest Information Systems Ltd. Since retirement Michael has had the time to pursue his 42 year old passion for underwater photography and videography. He also volunteers his time to various non-profit organizations in the Victoria area, as well as provide mentorship to environmental science students at the University of Victoria. Michael is bringing to Fish Eye Project a wealth of experience and knowledge in the diving and technology realms and is actively involved in the planning, logistics, and technological aspects of the dives.