Plastic Oceans Team

Meet our team and board of directors

Team

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Natasha Tucker

Executive Director

Natasha, a Nova Scotia native, a lover of marine adventures and most importantly, a fierce advocate for the health of our oceans through the elimination of single-use plastics. With a strong educational background in Business Management, along with her past work experiences, predominantly in Retail and Tourism Management, Natasha is beyond thrilled to combine her love of leadership with her passion for ocean conservation to lead Plastic Oceans Canada as the Executive Director. 

Through many years of living along various coastlines of Canada, Natasha has developed a deep appreciation for the ocean and subsequently spends the majority of her time near it! Whether she’s scuba diving, learning to surf, walking her dog or most importantly, leading beach cleanups, she is most content near the ocean. Natasha’s mission is to connect people to the oceans and inspire change to reduce marine debris for a healthier ocean. Her infectious passion for ocean conservation is evident through extensive volunteer work, having spent time volunteering in numerous public education roles, marine mammal rescue, advising on the Ban the Bottle project at the Vancouver Aquarium in 2017, and coordinating shoreline cleanups for large retail corporations. She currently resides in Halifax where she sits on the Board of Directors for the Back to the Sea Society and volunteers with the Fishing Gear Coalition of Atlantic Canada.

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Kelsey Malden

Digital Marketing Specialist

Kelsey is our Digital Marketing Specialist located in Vancouver, BC. She has an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Political Science from the University of British Columbia, as well as a Marketing and Communications Management Diploma from BCIT. 

Since her high school days, Kelsey has been passionate about raising awareness for the repercussions of plastic waste on the environment and advocating for sustainability initiatives overall. She has since taken part in many beach and river clean-ups, hoping to make a difference with each area that is restored to it’s natural beauty. Kelsey also used to swim competitively, often times in the lakes of the Okanagan Valley before settling down next to the ocean. Through Plastic Oceans Canada she hopes to keep all of our waterways clean and safe for everyone to enjoy. 

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Dayanne Raffoul

Research Assistant

Dayanne Raffoul has had a passion for marine life from a young age. Growing up on the coast of Brasil she always wondered what secrets were waiting to be discovered within that marvelous blue world. Her curiosity lead her to become a Marine Biologist and a world citizen, by fulfilling her Bachelors in Biology within Canada, and an International Masters in Marine Sciences within Europe. She pursued her education and work experiences worldwide working with sharks, marine mammals, corals, and reef fish.

Dayanne believes that there could be harmony among all the species. She has dedicated her research and educational programs to raising awareness of environmental issues that are impacting the oceans, with the aim to reach this harmonious relationship. She has lived in hostile environments to obtain data, learned three new languages to communicate with the public, and designed interactive programs to encourage youth and adults to make sustainable choices. Dayanne has witnessed firsthand the negative impacts of plastics within our oceans. Therefore, she is eager to continue this journey with Plastic Oceans Canada on the mission of mitigating this global issue by inspiring the public to adopt a circular economy lifestyle.

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Shreya Vachhani

Outreach and Fundraising Volunteer

Shreya has an academic background in Environmental Engineering. Implementing ideas that can bring solutions to the plastic waste crisis was her area of interest in academia, and she has worked on other projects related to this topic as well. She believes that improving society’s overall understanding of the implications of plastic pollution will help combat this problem worldwide. As an Outreach and Fundraising Volunteer at Plastic Oceans, she has helped mitigate the plastic impact on oceans and marine life.

Board of Directors

Andrew Mason

Andrew Mason

Chairman

Andrew Mason is a British semi-retired physician who has worked in the UK, New Zealand and the USA as well as several communities across BC as a diagnostic radiologist.

During those years Andrew served on many local medical committees and organizations. Recently he was Chair of the board of the Canadian Association of Radiologists for five years and previously he was a board member for three years. During this time he developed an interest in governance in relation to the non-profit sector and helped evolve the new governance model of the CAR.

Andrew volunteers for Partners for Surgery, a Guatemalan NGO, that serves the underprivileged Mayan Indian population. He undertakes regular trips to the rural areas of Guatemala in order to help the team provide triage and diagnosis prior to possible surgery. He enjoys outdoor activities and is therefore concerned about environmental issues.

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Brad Jesson

Treasurer

Brad is currently a director with Northwood Family Office which serves the comprehensive investment and financial needs of affluent families. Northwood has quickly become one of the leaders in its field and is recognized as the ‘#1 Family Office in Canada’ by Euromoney in its global private banking survey. He is a graduate of the University of Alberta and a Chartered Professional Accountant, designated in both Canada and the US.

He is also active in real estate development across Canada and has served on the board of the Infill Development Association of Edmonton (IDEA). In addition, he has served on many other non-profit boards, helping drive positive change in his community: He led the development of a 7,000 square foot downtown community hub for the Pride Centre of Edmonton. Helped grow Free Play for Kids – an after school free program for more than 25,000 kids in Edmonton. With REACH Edmonton, he helped launch the 24/7 crisis diversion program which provides comprehensive, coordinated access to 24-hour services for vulnerable citizens, reducing the need for expensive medical, judicial, and police interventions.

 Brad is passionate about the environment and strives to be a part of the wave of activism which will fuel permanent societal and environmental change. He spends time with his husband Henry running, golfing, and exploring.

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John McCulloch

Director

John McCulloch was until 2011 Managing Partner of the ‘OneWorld’ global airline alliance. Prior to that he was Head of Group Marketing for HSBC worldwide, and before that spent 15 years with Cathay Pacific Airways and the Swire Group based out mainly out of Hong Kong and Japan.

He has a law degree from Cambridge University, and now runs his own consulting and advisory business in Vancouver, also working as a volunteer with various not-for-profit organisations and local charities.

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Martine Brouillet

Director

Martine Brouillet is a Montreal-born French Canadian entrepreneur. Throughout her career, she has founded or co-founded several businesses across multiple industries, including a financial tech company, a film production company, and an emerging virtual learning company. She is the founder of Ontario’s largest French-language day camp, Camp Tournesol. She is an activator and investor with SheEO, which funds women-led socially conscious enterprises. She is a graduate from McGill University.

In 2020, she received an award of excellence for her resilience, adaptability, and entrepreneurial spirit from Canadian Parents for French (Ontario). She is the winner of the Fondation Franco-Ontarienne’s 2020 Entrepreneur of the Year award, and a nominee for the Mississauga Board Of Trade Small Business Awards 2021. She has served on many nonprofit boards.

Her passion for animals and the outdoors fuels her activism for the environment. Her flagship company is dedicated to 1% donation for special causes. She spends her free time paddling with her dogs in Sparrow Lake or snowshoeing in the woods of Muskoka. She lives in Mississauga, Ontario.

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Max Wensel

Director

Max Wensel is an investment banker at CIBC, where he advises on mergers and acquisitions, capital raises, corporate strategy, and various other financial matters. Prior to this, he worked as a corporate finance associate at Stemcell Technologies, and as a financial analyst at Pacific M&A. Max continues to explore his passion for environmental and ecological causes through volunteerism and engagement with non-profits and charitable organizations which brought him to Plastic Oceans Canada. An avid lover of nature, Max can often be found sailing, kayaking, or on extended hikes throughout the Pacific Northwest and Rocky mountains.

Science Advisory Board

Daniel Rotman

Science Advisory Board

Daniel has an M.A. in Conflict Resolution and his mission is to engage in society’s large, multi-party, cross-sector problems. This has brought him to the world of waste, where he operates a consultancy at the crossroads of waste management and behaviour change. He also co-founded and co-facilitates the Master Recycler Vancouver program, which has been empowering local waste reduction and prevention champions since 2015. His experience spans the fields of waste planning research, private recycling, Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), education and waste audits. He also serves on the Board of SPEC, where he works to integrate and educate on behaviour change. Daniel is thankful to be able to live, play and work on unceded Indigenous land and strives to live in a way to protect the land for generations to come.

Alex Christison

Science Advisory Board

Alex Christison is a dynamic waste management researcher and professional currently residing in Toronto. He has been deeply involved in issues surrounding waste, from his time as a logistics coordinator and manager for an event waste management company, to his present work representing the City of Toronto at Community Environment Days. He is currently pursuing a Master’s of Environmental Studies at York University, specializing in Urban Waste Planning, and is researching civic engagement opportunities within a circular economy approach to waste management. Alex is looking to bring is his critical and innovative thinking to Plastic Oceans Canada to help best inform and advance their crucial mission.

Lisa Erdle

Science Advisory Board

Lisa is the Manager of Science & Innovation at the 5 Gyres Institute. She is a microplastics researcher, lifelong sailor, and is passionate about keeping waterways clean for wildlife and people. Lisa has worked in the microplastics field since 2014, first sailing on a tall ship researching microplastics in the South Salish Sea. Currently, Lisa is also a PhD Candidate at the University of Toronto, where she researches sources, fate and effects of microfibers in the environment. Born and raised in Toronto, Lisa grew up swimming and sailing on the Great Lakes and holds a deep love of the water.

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