Meet our Team
and Board of Directors

Team

Adrian Midwood

Executive Director

Originally from the Greater Vancouver Area, Adrian went travelling at a young age and didn’t stop until he came home and took on this role. He is a 200-ton ocean rated Captain, professional-level SCUBA diver and small NGO and Business owner from his time in the south pacific islands. His experience on and in the ocean gives him the inspiration to fix this issue and his professional background empowers him to understand how.

For the past 7 years, Adrian has worked directly on waste plastic remediation programs such as:

• developing government programs for Fiji and Tonga on education and waste collection
• building infrastructure and job creation for local rural communities centred around valuing plastics
• social enterprise valuing waste plastics to prevent them from entering our ocean
• creating voluntourism opportunities for people to get engaged on the ground
• A TEDx youth talk
• collaborating with most major international NGOs and foreign embassies based in the South Pacific on frameworks for waste plastic remediation.

Genevieve Wakutz

Communications & Operations Coordinator

Genevieve studied English Literature, Environmental Studies and Forest Conservation at the University of Toronto and graduated with a BA Hons. in 2018. Her passion for conservation and increasing awareness of critical environmental issues led her to Plastic Oceans. Based out of Southwestern Ontario, Genevieve combines her passions and education to coordinate communications for Plastic Oceans Canada. Through this position she hopes to inspire Canadians to care about the environment and make changes to protect it.

Rachel Stewart-Dziama

Community Engagement Officer

Growing up in Ucluelet, British Columbia, and spending much of her summers in Nova Scotia, Rachel fell in love with wild places and oceans on two coasts. With five seasons as an interpreter with Parks Canada, she has an understanding of ecology and how the delicate balance of natural systems can inspire people to help create positive change. Rachel is presently wrapping up her Bachelor of Science in geography and anthropology at the University of Victoria. With camera in tow, Rachel is often hiking or kayaking.

Nate Slaco

Staff Filmer

Nate is a Vancouver based filmer and story teller that has a passion for conservation. He joined our team to help create clean shorts explaining our interactive experiences and events.

Together we aim to start meeting up with organizations and groups across Canada to tell their stories and how they tackle plastic pollution.

You can see his work here.

Kareena Fagwani

Business Development Intern

Kareena considers herself a ‘fish person’. She feels at home in the ocean and amidst nature. Growing up in India, Kareena has always gravitated towards giving back to the community and has over 4 years of experience in the nonprofit and social impact space. In the past, Kareena has been a part of Samhita, a CSR consulting firm in India where she worked on researching key gaps in sanitation and identifying India’s most innovative solutions in WASH (water sanitation and hygiene) to bridge these gaps. She is also the Vice-President of Mumbai Girls Football; an NGO based in India where she leads the strategy and development of “Football Per Sq Ft” which is a national level program to empower girls and women through soccer.

She is a tyro surfer, a Kalaripayattu martial artist and a green living enthusiast. She will be pursuing an MBA with a focus on sustainability from UBC in the upcoming cohort of 2020.

Board of Directors

John McCulloch

President

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.

Andrew Mason

Chair

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.

Max Wensel

Treasurer

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.

Tim Stephenson

Director of Education

Tim Stephenson, a science teacher at Walnut Grove Secondary School in Langley, British Columbia was a recipient of the Prime Ministers Award for Teaching Excellence in 2018.

He is an environmental champion who gets his students excited about science. Shaping his teaching to encourage students to engage in science, he uses countless hours after school to guide the passions and interests of some of the keenest and brightest minds.  Tim has developed a very popular course on astronomy to get students thrilled to learn about chemistry, physics and biology from a universal point of view.  He is very active on Twitter and Instagram to promote current and relevant developments in science and climate issues.

Outstanding Achievements

  • Created only astronomy course in school district, which students flock to; course led to public outreach opportunities such as star parties and solar eclipse viewing.
  • Lead a year-long research project in the high school, studying the effects of ocean acidification and rising water temperatures on corals and crustaceans.
  • Inspired by Tim, students launched the Engineering Club, meeting regularly after school to transform single-use plastic items bags into permanent and useful objects like plastic bricks.
  • Has lead students to author and illustrate a children’s book on plastic pollution.
  • Was featured at a local TEDx event, speaking about the importance of teachers, the near future of the environmental sciences, and the joy of learning.

Donald Pinkney

Director of Marketing

Donald is a experienced Director Of Sales and Marketing with a 17 year history of working in the hospitality industry, properties include Pacific Gateway Hotel, Pan Pacific Hotel, Pacific Palisades, Accent Inns and Holiday in on Broadway. Currently the DOSM of Pacific Gateway Hotel in Richmond for the past 7.5 years, he has had the pleasure of successfully re-branding a branded property to an independent brand. Donald is a strong sales professional with a Bachelors Degree in Hospitality Management from Vancouver Community College and a certification in Revenue Management. Donald has past board experience with Richmond Cares Richmond Gives, as well as Vancouver AM Tourism association.

Advisory Panel

Daniel Rotman

Master Recycler Vancouver

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 now operates a consultancy at the crossroads of waste management and behaviour change. He has experience working in waste planning, private recycling and Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR). He has also co-created and has been co-facilitating the Master Recycler Vancouver program since 2015, empowering new waste reduction and prevention champions. (See http://www.masterrecyclervancouver.ca/about/).

Daniel also sits on the Board of Directors with the Society Promoting Environmental Conservation (SPEC, see http://www.spec.bc.ca/) and re:FILTER (see https://www.refilter.ca/).

Daniel is thankful to be able to live and play and work on this beautiful land and strives to live in a way to protect it for generations to come.

Dr. Peter Ross

Dr. Ross is an international expert in ocean pollution, having published over 140 scientific articles and book chapters.

He is the Director of the Ocean Pollution Research Institute out of the Vancouver Aquarium, which is an Environmental Microplastics Facility dedicated to developing new techniques and insight into the source, transport, fate and effects of microplastics in the ocean.

His team has published ground-breaking studies documenting the widespread distribution of microplastics in the NE Pacific Ocean and ingestion by zooplankton.

He served as a Research Scientist with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada between 1996 and 2013. He leads research on a variety of different pollutants in marine ecosystems here in the Pacific as well as in the Arctic and has provided advice in support of the regulation, management, and disposal of chemicals of emerging concern in Canada.

Margaret McCullough

Political & Education

Margaret has been a senior biology and science teacher in Victoria for 39 years. In 2014 she received the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence.

Margaret has been a science and Biology teacher in Victoria for 39 years. She holds an Honours degree in Genetics and Biochemistry, was awarded the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence and has a UNEP Certificate for expertise in Marine Litter.

Margaret founded Fin Free Victoria with Rob Stewart and has worked with school students for many years on environmental campaigns such as Fin Free, Banning the Trophy hunting of Grizzly bears and the Ban the Bag campaign.

During these campaigns she empowered her students to work with their communities, NGOs, and politicians at the provincial and federal levels- the end goal being legislation. They achieved successes with a ban on Grizzly Bear trophy hunting in BC, and the use of single-use plastic bags in Victoria, and adoption of the national plastic reduction strategy.

She is now a schools coordinator for Surfrider Vancouver Island, and has started a single-use plastic-free schools BC campaign, and is working with MPs to implement the national plastic reduction strategy.

Outstanding Achievements

  • Awarded a UNEP Certificate for expertise in Marine litter.
  • Founded Fin Free Victoria with Rob Stewart
  • Founded Kids for a Plastic Free Canada