Join Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Canada Science and Technology Museum for an evening of thought-provoking discussion about the exploration and conservation of our oceans.
Invited speakers from Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Oceans North, and the Canadian Wildlife Service will explore the growing fields of ocean exploration and resource exploitation, their impact on our planet and their implications for marine conservation. The session will end with a panel discussion and question-and-answer period.
Come join the conversation and share your thoughts using the hashtag #CuriosityOnStage.
The event will be simultaneously translated into both official languages as well as available via live stream from the Museum’s Facebook channel.
Join us between 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm, before the event, for a small reception along with light refreshments and networking opportunities.
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Cherisse Du Preez (Fisheries and Oceans Canada) – Marine Biologist in the Marine Spatial and Ecology Analysis Divison
Erin Abou-Abssi (Oceans North) - Policy Advisor
Jennifer Provencher (Canadian Wildlife Service) – Head of the Wildlife Health Unit
Kyrke Gaudreau (Ingenium) – Panel Moderator; Science Advisor, Canada Science and Technology Museum
CHERISSE DU PREEZ, MARINE BIOLOGIST, FISHERIES AND OCEANS CANADA
Dr. Cherisse Du Preez is a marine biologist and deep-sea explorer with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). She currently studies newly discovered habitats in potential Marine Protected Areas in the Pacific Ocean, offshore of British Columbia. Using some of the world’s most technologically innovative oceanic ships and deep-sea submersibles, she collects videos and specimens to map the distribution of animals living far below the waves. Recent expedition highlights include exploring never before seen submarine volcanic mountains off Vancouver Island and Haida Gwaii, monitoring the Deep Horizon Oil Spill site in the Gulf of Mexico, filming and writing for Blue Planet II, exploring the deep waterways of the Great Bear Rainforest, and documenting the South Pacific hydrothermal vents threatened by deep-sea mining.
Cherisse graduated from the University of Victoria in 2015 with a PhD in biology. She has since completed a post-doctoral research position at Pennsylvania State University and an NSERC visiting fellowship at DFO.
ERIN ABOU-ABSSI, POLICY ADVISOR, OCEANS NORTH
Erin Abou-Abssi works at Oceans North, a nonprofit organization that fosters science and community-based conservation in the Arctic regions of Canada and Greenland within the framework of Inuit knowledge, rights and consultation.
As a policy advisor, she deals with issues related to climate change and industrial and commercial pressures in the waters of the Arctic, with a focus on creating and implementing interdisciplinary policy solutions. She draws on experience in the private sector and with the auditor general of Canada, the First Nations in British Columbia and the Public Health Agency of Canada. She earned her master’s degree in natural resource management and regional planning at Simon Fraser University and has conducted paleoecological climate change research.
JENNIFER PROVENCHER, HEAD OF THE WILDLIFE HEALTH UNIT, CANADIAN WILDLIFE SERVICE
Dr. Jennifer Provencher is the Head of the Wildlife Health Unit at the Canadian Wildlife Service, currently working with partners on issues affecting the conservation of wildlife species, such as plastic pollution and contaminants. Some of her recent academic research includes a study on how fish and zooplankton communities in the eastern Canadian Arctic have changed with the different sea ice conditions, and incidental seabird bycatch in growing Arctic fisheries, which are in turn being impacted by changing climatic conditions. Her work has also included using seabirds to track plastic pollution, and she now leads several projects that assess how seabirds area affected by marine plastic pollution.
She completed her PhD in Biology with a specialization in Environmental and Chemical Toxicology at Carleton University in 2016, after which she pursued post-doctoral work at Acadia University in partnership with Environment and Climate Change Canada.
KYRKE GAUDREAU, SCIENCE ADVISOR, CANADA SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY MUSEUM
An expert in business model innovation, science communication, and sustainability, Kyrke Gaudreau has significant experience teaching, leading teams, and helping both public and private organizations unlock their creative potential. He has also consulted nationally and globally on sustainability projects. Currently, he promotes scientific literacy and technological entrepreneurship at the Canada Science and Technology Museum through internal business model generation, corporate training, and expert guidance on science communications. Kyrke holds a BEng in Civil and Environmental Engineering from McGill University, a PhD in Social and Ecological Sustainability from the University of Waterloo, and an MBA from the University of Northern British Columbia. An avid year-round cyclist and rollerblading aficionado, Kyrke resides in Ottawa with his wife and daughter.