Leadership Transition at Ocean Networks Canada
July 2, 2012

July 02, 2012

The Board of Directors of Ocean Networks Canada has announced that Dr. Kate Moran will succeed founding president and CEO Dr. Martin Taylor as head of Ocean Networks Canada, effective July 1, 2012.

From Dr. Andrew Bjerring, Chair of Ocean Networks Canada’s Board of Directors:

“Throughout his five years of leadership at Ocean Networks Canada, Martin Taylor has overseen the growth of the Observatory and played a key role in expanding its reputation as a major international ocean research facility. He has been a vital force in securing funding to sustain and expand the Observatory, while promoting its innovative technology and the importance of oceans research to scientists, institutions, and governments around the world.”

Dr. Martin Taylor:

“Creating ONC in 2007 was the right decision at the right time as the ONC Observatory moved into full scale operation as one of Canada’s major science facilities. It’s been a privilege and pleasure for me to work with such a talented and dedicated team at all levels in the organization, and to see us sustain our success and increasingly fulfill our mission of enabling transformative ocean science and technology nationally and internationally. I hand over the reins to Kate Moran with every confidence that ONC will be all the more successful in the years ahead under her leadership.”

Previously the director of NEPTUNE Canada, Dr. Moran brings a history of leadership in marine research and oceanographic education as well as senior-level policy advice to the Obama Administration on the Arctic, global warming and the oceans.

Dr. Kate Moran:

"Ocean Networks Canada is internationally recognized for its ground-breaking work as the world's largest undersea cabled observatory. I feel privileged to follow MartinTaylor and his accomplishments in pioneering this new generation of ocean observing systems, and also to continue working with the superbly capable staffs of VENUS and NEPTUNE."

Dr. Andrew Bjerring:

"The Board of Directors is confident that Kate Moran will build upon the successes of our founding president. Over the next five years, we look forward to working with her to continue to position Ocean Networks Canada at the forefront of ocean discovery and technological innovation.”

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