Program Manager. After receiving a Ph.D. in natural resource management from Simon Fraser University’s School of Resource Management, Eric joined Uu-a-thluk in September 2017. He has a strong interest in fisheries governance, especially in relation to Indigenous communities. Eric will be supervising all Uu-a-thluk activities, including helping First Nations with fisheries policy.
Central Region Biologist. Jared spent four summers as a fisheries intern with Uu-a-thluk and six months as an associate biologist before stepping into his current role in April 2017. A graduate of UVic, he completed his B.Sc. with a major in marine biology. Jared traces his ancestors through the Tseshaht and Hupacasath First Nations, and is interested in drawing on Nuu-chah-nulth perspectives for how to manage and care for aquatic resources. Jared’s qu-us name is Whehs-Wiss-Sunup.
Deputy Program Manager. Jim has worked for the NTC since 1995 when he came on board as a biologist for the central region. After a reorganization in 1996, Jim moved to Port Alberni and began his work as the Southern Region Biologist with Ditidaht, Tseshaht, Uchucklesaht, and Hupacasath First Nations. He oversees a variety of areas for Uu-a-thluk including groundfish, herring and the Aboriginal Fisheries Strategy program.
Southern Region Biologist. Sabrina began working with Uu-a-thluk as a summer student while completing her Bachelor’s degree in Fisheries and Aquaculture at VIU. After returning each summer until she graduated in 2009, Sabrina became an Uu-a-thluk team member working in all three Nuu-chah-nulth regions. She is a member of the Uchucklesaht Tribe and was raised in Kildonan on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Sabrina’s Nuu-chah-nulth name is Huu-yiik, meaning ‘dancer.’
Northern Region Biologist. Roger immigrated to Canada with his parents in 1962 from England. He eventually settled in Calgary, and then later earned a B.Sc. in oceanography and marine biology from UVic. Roger started working for the NTC in 1993, and he specializes in fish habitat, sea otter management, the clam fishery and chinook escapement assessments, in addition to other areas. In 2005, Roger received the Nuu-chah-nulth name, Uupiihaa, meaning “person who helps a lot.”
Kelda is covering Sally Hill’s leave of absence and joined Uu-a-thluk in September 2020. She grew up in the rural Fraser Valley and has been calling Vancouver Island home since the age of fifteen. Kelda has worked with and for Nuu-chah-nulth Nations since 2014, when she collaborated with Indigenous guardians on the West Coast Trail to provide rescue services for hikers. She holds a Master’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from UVic, and can be found on the ocean, in a river, or in the woods in her free time.
Marine Stewardship Coordinator, joined Uu-a-thluk in October 2019. Hailing from Port Alberni, Danielle holds a B.A. in Tourism Management and a Master’s degree in Sustainable Leisure Management. She has always had a strong interest in biology and conservation, and her internship with the Institute for Coastal Research at VIU fostered an interest in multi and inter-disciplinary approaches to marine and terrestrial natural resource management. Danielle is a hobby farmer who also teaches part-time in the Faculty of Management at VIU.
Aline Carrier, Marine Emergency Capacity Building Coordinator. Aline holds a Master’s degree in oceanography and has experience working at-sea with local communities in locations including Senegal, Kazakhstan and British Columbia. Through these experiences, she has developed an aptitude for scientific event organization and marine science education (interactive activities). A resident of Vancouver Island for since 2015, Aline was born and raised on the east coast with Quebecer and Senegalese roots. She enjoys any aquatic activity, but particularly snorkelling, scuba diving and surfing.
Alison Wale, Capacity Building Coordinator. Alison is a member of Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation, and was raised in Nuu-chah-nulth territory which resulted in her lifelong love of the natural world. She is a graduate of VIU’s Resource Management Officer Technologies Program, and joined Uu-a-thluk in April 2020. Alisoin has travelled while doing consultation work on oil spill cleanup and studying Traditional Ecological Knowledge. She brings her insatiable love of learning and knowledge-sharing with her wherever she goes, and is delighted to be a part of the NTC fisheries team.