MAEVA                   MIKE                     DAVID                   CATHY                   PHILIPPE

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 & EXECUTIVE 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.

DAVID MONK, EDUCATION DIRECTOR & TREASURER:

David is a doctoral candidate and sessional instructor in education at the University of Victoria. He holds a fellowship with the Centre for Co-operative and Community Based Economics, is the BC representative for the Canadian Association of Adult Education and a local social and environmental activist.  Living on the land of the Coast Salish people, David appreciates the knowledge and wisdom enshrined in the long history of the “Salt Water People”.  He has come to  embrace the magic of the ocean and understand the complexity of the relationship we share with the sea.  David understands the environment not as a resource to be controlled or extracted but rather as a complex system of  living organisms in which he is a part.  For David, Fish Eye Project is about sharing, learning and appreciating the ocean and all it has to offer. He hopes that people will begin to rethink the impact they have on future generations before it is too late. Fish Eye Project does this through place-based education, delivering the power of real-lived experiences to create a meaningful learning environment to anyone with an internet connection.  David unwinds by exploring and connecting with nature.

CATHY STURGEON, STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR:

Cathy is a nature lover and an enthusiast of environmental protection; her heart was drawn to the passion and energy of the team at Fish Eye Project on her first encounter. Cathy brings business, organizational development, strategic planning and operational advice to Fish Eye as it expands on its innovative, engaging and inspiring educational journey: connecting local and global audiences to the fascinating underwater world. Principal Consultant and founder of The Rhapsody Group, Cathy brings a combined 15 years’ experience working for the Canadian Government– both domestically and internationally– and from her work in a senior leadership position with Canada’s national sport organization for cross-country skiing, fostering growth and excellence in youth development right through to Olympians. Additionally, Cathy brings Board of Director experience from several not-for-profit organizations. She has worked, studied and travelled extensively in South and Central America, Europe and South East Asia and is fluent in French and Spanish. Cathy received Bachelor’s degrees in Commerce – International Management, and Arts – Spanish Literature from the University of Ottawa, and is currently completing a Master of Arts in Leadership at Royal Roads University.

 

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 the Parks Canada Agency. 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. According to him, emotion and knowledge are essential to people caring about the health of the ocean and taking 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.