MICHAEL BLAZECKA, LOGISTICS & TECHNOLOGY

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.

PHILIPPE DAIGLE, INTERNATIONAL PROJECT 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.

SARAH FRIESEN, DIVING COMMITTEE LEAD

Sarah was signed up by a friend to do an open water course as a joke 6 years ago and she hasn’t looked back since. She has gone diving in the Galapagos, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Hawaii, and California, but the majority of her dives have been on Vancouver Island. When she is not diving, Sarah enjoys swimming, hiking, and climbing…just nothing that requires coordination. She comes from a marine biology background, having completed her B.Sc. at the University of Victoria in 2011. To the Fish Eye Project, she brings experience as a scientific diver from the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre and the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre.  Her most recent work with SODC was running the scientific diving program and showcasing the Salish Sea ecosystem to aquarium visitors.Sarah is always excited to share her passion for the ocean and looks forward to doing that with Fish Eye!

MAEVA GAUTHIER, 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.

ANNE-MARIE HUARD, DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

Anne-Marie completed a Masters in oceanography on northern coastal marsh at Institute of marine science in Rimouski (ISMER) and a bachelor degree in environmental science on biodiversity and conservation at McGill University (Montreal). She has been working for the past years on GHG reduction and adaptation to climate change at municipal level. Her holistic vision and skills on projects management as well as her motivation to increase awareness about ecosystem services has led her to get involved on the coordination side of international projects for Fish Eye Project.

DAVID MONK, INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION

David completed his PhD in education at the University of Victoria. He held 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.

PAULA HUDDY-ZUBKOWSKI, EDUCATION CONSULTANT

Educator, traveler, and nature lover, Paula Huddy-Zubkowski is also an Instructional Media and Educational Technology Consultant in Calgary, Alberta. For the last 15 years this teacher-adventurer has explored our amazing Earth. In June 2017, Paula was invited to join the Canada C3 expedition. Her passion for connecting with nature, through indigenous perspectives, motivates her to teach students to be global citizens who understand how mapping and technology can be used to create action plans for more sustainable living on this little blue planet we call home. Recently she also became a National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow and in 2017 was honored as a Royal Canadian Geographical Society Fellow. She continues to use design thinking and experiential learning to empower students to be agents of change.

VANESSA TAN, EDUCATION TEAM LEAD

Vanessa Tan grew up in Crofton, B.C. on Vancouver Island. After earning a degree in Anthropology and First Nations studies at Simon Fraser University, she completed her fieldwork in for a second degree in Global Education at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago. A leader in Canadian education, Vanessa is a member of the Canada C3 Teacher Advisory Committee supporting the development of reconciliation resources for the Canada C3 Digital Classroom. Vanessa is passionate about developing high impact curriculum-linked resources designed to promote bioregional geo-inquiry action learning. With more than a decade of K-12 teaching experience, Vanessa strives to ensure that students of all ages learn the truth of our nation’s history and believes that reconciliation must be a multi-generational commitment. Vanessa sees herself as a cultivator of curiosity and her work ultimately leads learners to be prepared to do the work of social and environmental transformation locally and globally.