Dr. Richard Dewey, Associate Director, Science Services

Dr. Richard Dewey

Associate Director, Science Services

Dr. Richard Dewey holds a B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Victoria and a Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of British Columbia. His research interests are coastal and ocean flows, mixing processes, turbulence, waves, and tides. Richard has conducted research throughout the Pacific from Japan to California, and along the B.C., Alaskan, and Arctic coastal margins.

As the Associate Director for Science Services, Richard provides guidance to the science and research programs enabled by the observatory systems operated by Ocean Networks Canada. He co-authored the original VENUS proposal in 2001, and has been an integral architect in the design, installation, and continuous operation of the ocean observing systems. Richard supervises the ONC Staff Scientists, and together they manage the scientific collaborations with our research partners.

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Leslie Elliott, Communications & Marketing Manager, Communications

Leslie Elliott

Communications & Marketing Manager,

Leslie Elliott is the Manager of Communications and Marketing at Ocean Networks Canada (ONC). In this leadership role, Leslie is responsible for consistent and clear messaging and brand implementation. She manages a team of communications and marketing professionals who are tasked with raising the national and international profile and brand recognition of ONC. The team aligns their activities with ONC’s organization-wide, multi-year communications and marketing plan to engage a host of creative communications and marketing products and services that promote ONC’s unique capabilities to a host of key audiences and stakeholders.

Before joining ONC, Leslie spent 12 years at The Banff Centre in Alberta, where her roles included program coordinator, office manager, and executive assistant to both the management and arts programming areas. At The Banff Centre, she played a key role in supporting international collaborative projects in a cross-disciplinary environment that included relationship-building with financial supporters from both the private and public sectors.

Leslie earned her honors degree in Business from Carleton University in 1982. Over her diverse career, she has worked in hospitality, customer service, office management and administration, marketing and communications, as well as various entrepreneurial ventures.

You can often find Leslie outdoors either cycling, hiking or skiing. 

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Eric Guillemot, Associate Director, Software Engineering

Eric Guillemot

Associate Director,
Software Engineering

Eric joined NEPTUNE Canada in December 2005 as the Senior Web Services Architect and is currently Manager, Software Applications.

Eric graduated from Le Havre University in France with a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering. He spent 2 years working in the Sultanat of Oman as a Seismic Topographer before immigrating to Canada. He received a B. Comp. Sc. (Hon.) from the University of Manitoba. As part of his master's program, he specialised in software engineering, graph theory and theoretical computing.

Eric has more than 20 years experience developing large software projects for both the public and private sectors as project manager, software architect and software engineer. Projects included e-commerce applications, accounting-related packages, computer graphics packages and research projects.

Eric's role with NEPTUNE Canada will be to propose and implement the architecture for the DMAS software. The primary objective is to provide accessibility of the oceanographic data to the international scientific community. The architecture will rely on cutting-edge technology such as Web services, messaging systems, ESB and Workflow Orchestration.

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Dr. Maia Hoeberechts, Associate Director, User Services

Dr. Maia Hoeberechts

Associate Director, User Services

Dr. Maia Hoeberechts is a member of the Ocean Networks Canada User Engagement division based at the University of Victoria. In her role as Associate Director, User Services, she manages the Data and Learning & Engagement teams, which are together responsible for creating products and services which meet the needs of the scientific, educational and broader user community. Maia joined Ocean Networks Canada in 2010 as the Staff Scientist for Computer Science and Engineering, a role which she held for three years before assuming her current position. She continues her research involvement as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Victoria focusing on interdisciplinary connections between ocean science and computer science, principally in the areas of computer vision, data analytics and scientific visualization. She is also active in building Ocean Networks Canada's involvement in community-based research, citizen science and community-university engagement.

Before joining Ocean Networks Canada, Maia worked as the project manager on an interdisciplinary research project at Western University to develop and market an emotionally adaptive computer music composition engine. She is passionate about science outreach and has been involved in a variety of outreach programs targeted at researchers, students, children and members of the general public. She helped establish the London, Ontario chapter of the IBM Women in Technology program and served as its leader for 3 years. In 2009, she received the Western Faculty of Science Outreach and Recruitment Award.

Maia holds a PhD in Computer Science in the area of computability theory and a BSc in Philosophy and Computer Science from Western University. Her doctoral research focused on the interface between theory and practice in computer science.

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Dr. Kim Juniper, Chief Scientist

Dr. Kim Juniper

Chief Scientist

Dr. Kim Juniper has been a Professor in the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences and the Department of Biology at the University of Victoria, and holder of the British Columbia Leadership Chair in Ocean Ecosystems and Global Change since 2006. He came to the University of Victoria from the Université du Québec à Montréal where he was Professor of Biology and Director of the GEOTOP Research Centre. He received his BSc from the University of Alberta (1976) and a PhD from Canterbury University in Christchurch, New Zealand (1982).

The primary focus of his research is the biogeochemistry and ecology of submarine hydrothermal systems. His interdisciplinary publications on deep-sea vents encompass the fields of microbial ecology, biomineralization and benthic ecology. Other research areas have included the microbial ecology of deep-sea sediments, and the seasonal dynamics of arctic sea-ice microbial communities.

Juniper previously served the NEPTUNE Canada project as Co-Chief Scientist in 2004-2006, and was President of the Canadian Scientific Submersible Facility from 2001 to 2011. He previously served as Associate Director of Science for NEPTUNE Canada and Director, User Engagement for Ocean Networks Canada previous to his current role.

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Ian Kulin, Associate Director, Marine Operations

Ian Kulin

Director, Marine Operations

Ian Kulin joined NEPTUNE Canada in January 2012 as an Associate Director for NEPTUNE Canada. The engineering teams of NEPTUNE and VENUS merged in 2013 and his present position is directing Marine Operations. Work rolls for Ian include heading up the ONC facility at the Marine Technology Center in Sidney, BC as well as the position of Chief Scientist / Expedition Leader on multiple expeditions and maintenance cruises on vessels such as the R/V TG Thompson, R/V JP Tully and D/V JOIDES Resolution. Ian is a graduate of Dalhousie University (TUNS) and a LEEDS Accredited Professional Engineer. He spent the previous five years at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) as an engineer on Dr. Robert Ballard’s E/V Nautilus team and as Project Manager on the Construction and Commissioning of the Inner Space Center at GSO. GSO work included all Nautilus vessel upgrades, maintenance and future planning as well as development of a new instrument package for the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program. Prior to working on the Ballard team Ian worked for over 17 years managing various engineering projects in more than ten countries on three continents.

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Dr. Kathryn (Kate} Moran, Director, President and CEO

Dr. Kathryn (Kate) Moran

President and CEO

Dr. Kathryn (Kate) Moran joined the University of Victoria in September 2011 as a Professor in the Faculty of Earth and Ocean Sciences and as Director of NEPTUNE Canada. In July, 2012, she was promoted to the position of President & CEO, Ocean Networks Canada. Her previous appointment was Professor at the University of Rhode Island with a joint appointment in the Graduate School of Oceanography and the Department of Ocean Engineering. She also served as the Graduate School of Oceanography’s Associate Dean, Research and Administration. From 2009 to 2011, Moran was seconded to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy where she served as an Assistant Director and focused on Arctic, polar, ocean, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and climate policy issues.

Moran holds degrees from the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Rhode Island and Dalhousie University. Her research focuses on marine geotechnics and its application to the study of paleoceanography, tectonics and seafloor stability. She has authored more than 45 publications.

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Benoît Pirenne, Director, User Engagement

Benoît Pirenne

Director, User Engagement

Benoît Pirenne is Ocean Networks Canada Director, User Engagement. He joined the University of Victoria on October 2004 to build the Data Management and Archiving System for the NEPTUNE Canada and VENUS observatories. The department he directs consists of three groups: Software Engineering, User Services (with data quality, data products and learning) and Science Services, for a total of about 30 staff.

Previously, Benoît spent 18 years at the European Southern Observatory (ESO, Munich, Germany), a leading Organization for astronomical research. At ESO Benoît assumed a number of scientific and technical positions. As Head of the Operations Technical Support Department in this Organization, he was responsible for running the data management and archiving system supporting both ESO's telescopes and the NASA/ESA's Hubble Space Telescope.

Benoît has a bachelor degree in computer science from Liège, Belgium, and a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Namur, Belgium.

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Adrian Round, Director, Observatory Operations

Adrian Round

Executive Director, Observatory Operations

A graduate of Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario, with a BEng Electrical, Adrian Round, OMM, MSc completed a full career in the Canadian Navy. Over his 26 years in uniform, he served in a number of sea-going and shore command appointments including the Commanding Officer of HMCS ALGONQUIN and the Base Commander of Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt.

In 2002, Adrian retired from the Canadian Forces and in March 2003 joined the VENUS Project as the Project Manager. For 9 years he led the design, construction and operation of VENUS Coastal Network, an ocean observatory using fibre optic cables in the waters around Victoria. In January 2013 he assumed his current role as Director, Observatory Operations for Ocean Networks Canada.

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