Natasha, a Nova Scotia native having previously lived in Vancouver, is 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.