Sandy Bligh

Chief Finance Officer

As Chief Finance Officer, Sandy is responsible for ONC’s financial planning, financial oversight, and statements, as well as overseeing the finance team. Before joining ONC, she spent time in the private sector and worked for the University of Victoria for the past 25 years, first as Director of Research Accounting and then Director of Accounting Services.

Sandy completed her Masters in Art History at the University of Victoria and has her Chartered Professional Accounting Designation.

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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 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.

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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, Observatory Physical 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 Director of Observatory Physical Operations. Ian leads 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 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. Daniela Loock

Director, Corporate Services

Dr. Daniela Loock manages the Corporate Services division (Corporate Services, Communications, and Learning & Community Engagement), providing oversight over ONC’s strategic human resources management, ONC’s national and international profile and brand recognition, and the community users of the facility. Daniela is responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation of ONC’s strategic and operational plans; formulates the policy and planning frameworks and related organizational management processes and practices; oversees ONC’s risk management; and is the primary liaison on behalf of ONC with the University of Victoria’s General Counsel in the negotiation and administration of contracts and agreements.

Prior to joining ONC, Daniela helped develop site assessment and long-term monitoring approaches for contaminated sites in remote and arctic locations and at military sites and conducted large-scale environmental field work. She has worked extensively with government departments, scientists, Indigenous Communities and contractors on solving complex contaminated site challenges and has been actively engaged in her local community.

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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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Meghan Paulson, Director, Observatory Digital Operations

Meghan Paulson

Director, Observatory Digital Operations

As Director of Observatory Digital Operations, Meghan leads the teams (Data Teams, Data Stewardship, Systems, Software Development) that essentially ensure the accessibilityfor researchers and the public aliketo all of the data being produced from ONC and partner observatories. This is accomplished through continuous monitoring and improvement to the overall observatory network, qualifying and archiving data according to best practices in research data management, assessing the quality control of data being produced and creating data products to support researchers in visualizing and interpreting data.

Prior to joining ONC in the Spring of 2020, Meghan spent over 20 years working in the energy industry in engineering and management roles. The energy industry projects included onshore and offshore projects in the US and internationally. In addition to the energy industry, Meghan has been involved in scientific drilling expeditions including Ocean Drilling Program and the Lake Malawi Drilling Project. Meghan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Dalhousie University and a Master of Science in Ocean Engineering from the University of Rhode Island.

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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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