CSSF is guided by a Board of Directors consisting of 9 eminent Canadian marine scientists and business leaders. The board is comprised of a President, Secretary Treasurer (CFO), Past-President, and 6 Directors who oversee all of CSSF's operations and management. By mandate, the Board of Directors is responsible for determining the Vision, Mission, Values, and Key Objectives of CSSF, and ensuring CSSF meets these values and objectives on a continual basis. CSSF's organizational planning, resource planning, program selection and services, and public image are also monitored and approved by the Board of Directors. Additionally, the Board of Directors is responsible for selecting and continually evaluating CSSF's management, as well as ensuring that the organization submits to annual financial audits and periodic governance reviews by an independent firm of public accountants.
Ross Chapman(M’97-SM’03-F’10) is a Fellow of the IEEE. He received a Ph.D. in physics at the University of British Columbia in 1975, and subsequently joined the Defence Research Establishment Pacific (DREP) in Esquimalt BC as a defence scientist in the Ocean Acoustics group. He spent the next 20 years there in underwater acoustics research, and was Chief Scientist on over 20 sea trials. He left DREP in 1995 when he was appointed Professor and Senior Research Chair in Ocean Acoustics at the University of Victoria (UVic). The academic and research program in Ocean Acoustics that he established at UVic has graduated more than 25 Masters and Ph.D. students. Dr. Chapman is internationally recognized for his research on the interaction of sound with the ocean bottom. He has published over 90 refereed papers on ocean acoustic propagation and geoacoustic inversion, mostly in the IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering and the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, and has presented over 125 papers at conferences (~30 invited). He is an active member of the Victoria Chapter of the IEEE Ocean Engineering Society, and is an associate editor of the IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering. He is also a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), and from 2004–2007 was the Chair of the ASA Technical Committee on Acoustical Oceanography.
Peter Lockie joined the Board as Secretary/Treasurer in June 2015. He holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Edinburgh, a Certificate in Accountancy Studies from the University of Aberdeen and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. He is currently President of Inverleith Consulting Inc. which provides a range of management consulting services. Previously, he worked at Camosun College in Victoria B.C. for fifteen years, most recently as Interim President and prior to that as Vice President, Administration and Chief Financial Officer. He is personally committed to community involvement and is currently Past Chair, having served four years as Board Chair, of the United Way of Greater Victoria following on from six years with a variety of Board roles at the Victoria Cool Aid Society.
Dave Gawley is a Chartered Accountant and has been involved with CSSF since 2000, first as the Treasurer from 2000-2010, then Secretary from 2003-2010, and finally President of the Board from 2011-12. Dave departed the board in 2012, only to rejoin again in 2015 as Past President. Dave worked for 8 years with a chartered accounting firm, and 26 years with the City of Victoria, primarily as the Director of Finance with short transfers as the General Manager of the Victoria Conference Centre and as the City Manager. During that time, he also spent many years volunteering as a Board member or Treasurer of non-profit organizations including many involved in furthering the training and education of officials in local government. After retirement from the City of Victoria in 1999, Dave established his own small business consulting firm. He is now enjoying his work as a semi-retired consultant in the finance and general management areas, with CSSF being one of his clients.
Anna Metaxas (Professor, Oceanography, Dalhousie University) holds a PhD in marine ecology from Dalhousie University. She is interested in the factors that regulate population dynamics of marine benthic invertebrates, and ultimately population connectivity, particularly larval dispersal, settlement and recruitment. For the last 20 years, her research has been evaluating the roles of larval behaviour and environmental characteristics in these processes, by using a combination of laboratory and field experimentation and mathematical modeling in habitats ranging from the shallow subtidal to the deep sea, and from the coastal waters of Nova Scotia to the Caribbean Sea and tropical Pacific and Indian Oceans. In addition to Dalhousie, she has done research at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Friday Harbor Labs of the University of Washington, and the Oceans Institute at the University of Western Australia. She has served on several national and international steering and scientific advisory committees (e.g. COML-ChEss, Ridge 2000, Endeavour MPA, InterRidge, Excellence Cluster Future Ocean) and is currently the chair of the Population Connectivity working group of INDEEP (International network for scientific investigation of deep-sea ecosystems) and the co-director of the Transatlantic Ocean System and Technology graduate program.
Martin (Marty) Tailefer (CD, B.SC, M.SC.) is the President & Managing Director of Maritime Way Scientific which he founded in 2010. He has over 25 years of experience in the operational application of oceanography and ocean-acoustics. He served for 20 years in the Canadian Navy; the second half was centered around Underwater Warfare and as the Fleet Oceanographer of the Canadian Pacific Fleet. He joined General Dynamics Canada (GDC) in 2001 and worked as a systems engineer for 6 years. In 2006, he joined Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) as a senior oceanographer. Martin has extensive operational experience in applying his subject-matter-expertise and knowledge in the oceanographic tactical domain. He spearheaded operational oceanography, modeling and decisional technologies with DND, General Dynamics Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada. He led the fleet in the enhancement of oceanography tactics by creating a pan-Navy Tactical Oceanographic Workshop and advanced the fleets understanding of tactical acoustic modeling.
Mike Brissette is the Technical Sales Engineer for R2Sonic, LLC of Austin, TX a manufacturer of advanced Wideband Multibeam Echosounder solutions to
Hydrographic, Offshore, Dredging, Defence, and Marine Research customers worldwide. Prior to joining R2Sonic in 2013, Mike was the President and Principal Multibeam Trainer at MosaicHydro Ltd, a company he co-founded in 2004. In that role he delivered consulting and training to organizations involved in hydrographic surveys specializing in multibeam and sidescan sonar training. Previous to his entrepreneurial experience Mike served 20 years in the Royal Canadian Navy with service in both submarines and the surface combatant fleet with his last 7 years in charge of hydrography for the west coast Navy. Mike holds an MEng in Survey Engineering from the University of New Brunswick and a BSc in Computing Sciences from the College Militaire Royal de St Jean.
Dr. Philippe Archambault (Professor, Institut des sciences de la mer (ISMER) , Université du Québec à Rimouski) holds a PhD in marine ecology from Laval University. Phil’s interest is in the relationship between environmental and anthropogenic disturbances and how this modify biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. His research on ecological disturbances has been performed in the Canadian Arctic, the Gulf of St. Lawrence and overseas (Australia, Italy, Papua New Guinea, French Polynesia, etc.) form the intertidal zone to the deep sea. In addition to ISMER he was a visiting scholar and done research at Centre de Recherches Insulaires et Observatoire de l'Environnement, (French Polynesia), University of Pisa, Muséum d'histoire naturelle, France, Station marine de Dinard and at the Centre for Research on Ecological Impacts of Coastal Cities at University of Sydney, Australia. He is going to be a visiting scholar in 2015-2016 at Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University, USA. Phil serves on many national and international steering and scientific advisory committees (Canadian Healthy Ocean Network (CHONe I, II), ANIMIDA III, Quebec-Océan, Ressources aquatiques Québec, and the Benthic Expert Group of Circumpolar Marine Biodiversity program). He is presently the Director of the Innovation Network ‘Notre Golfe’ that is a multisectorial network on the socioecological environment of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Finally, he is the president of the 4th World Congress of Marine Biodiversity, in 2018 in Montreal.
Dr. Sally Leys (Professor, Biology, University of Alberta) received her PhD in Marine Biology from the University of Victoria. She held a Canada Research Chair in Evolutionary Developmental Biology, Tier 2 from 2002-2012, and has been Chair of the Division of Evolutionary and Developmental Biology of SICB from 2013-16, Chair of the User Committee for Neptune Canada (now Ocean Networks Canada) and was formerly Chair of the User Committee for the Canadian Scientific Submersible Facility. Sally's research straddles two areas of evolutionary and developmental biology: developmental mechanisms in early branching metazoans and the evolution of coordination. She and her group particularly focus on sponges (Porifera) and in addition to using molecular and cell biological approaches in the laboratory, use SCUBA and remote operated vehicles, such as ROPOS to study sponge physiology in the natural habitat.