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    The Canadian Marine Environment Protection Society (CMEPS) is a volunteer-run, Canadian registered charitable society founded in 1993 and based in Vancouver, British Columbia. So many years later, most of the original founding members of CMEPS remain active members of the board of directors.

    CMEPS was formed to help facilitate the discussion of ethical, scientific and environmental issues related to the plight of marine animals and their ocean habitat.

    CMEPS investigates, produces and widely distributes educational materials created for public consumption. These publications address issues such as environmental conditions, management practices, population status and humane treatment of marine animals in Canada.

    CMEPS believes that the public should be made aware of the importance of protecting the ocean’s remaining natural ecosystems for their biological and cultural importance, now and for the future..

    BIOS OF DIRECTORS

     

    Roy MULDER

    President

    Roy Mulder, a self-proclaimed fish sympathizer uses strong visual imagery of the ocean combined with active involvement in marine conservation to create the change that needs to happen. Learning scuba diving through the Canadian Armed Forces 37 years ago set him on his current path to devote his life to the creation of marine conservation areas in Canada.  He is a strong believer in community and has been active in numerous organizations and programming.

    As Vice-President to the Underwater Council of British Columbia he cut his teeth on the complexities of ministerial policy and dealing with the political system. Advocating on behalf of the UCBC he worked towards creating marine sanctuaries for the Mooring Buoy Program that he helped to found. All the areas identified went on to become part of the Rockfish Conservation Areas in Canada as a result of this work.  In the process an illegal wolf-eel fishery was discovered and halted.  Having logged thousands of dives over decades has strongly affected Roy’s feelings about the ocean. He is keenly aware of the degradation of fish stocks from a point of view that scuba divers truly understand. As a member of the Reef Environmental Education Foundation, he learned fish identification and counting procedure. As a coordinator of numerous PADI Project Aware underwater beach clean-ups he developed a template for a safer underwater clean-up. Having seen thousands of kilos of garbage come up from the bottom of the ocean and lakes have strongly affected Roy.

    During this time he was invited to be on the Canadian Marine Environment Protection board that he currently sits on as Executive Director. The CMEPS board focuses on marine issues in Canada.  

    As the former chair of the TD/Canada Trust Friends of the Environment Foundation he developed his skills in funding community based environmental and educational programs.  This work provided an education in all of the environmental activity on both land and water in Vancouver. The experience proved to be invaluable in understanding the power and effectiveness of individuals and groups to effect change. He still believes that strong community involvement is instrumental in the success of initiatives.

    Using his skills as an underwater cinematographer/Mediactivist Roy uses strong visual imagery to create the emotional connection to the creatures in the ocean. As the newly elected President of the Marine Life Sanctuaries Society, he is working towards creating more marine sanctuaries in Canada.

    Roy believes that we need to create a better connection between the scientific community and the public, so that people are aware of the state of the oceans.

    Tony WEBB

     TONY WEBB, Director

    Tony Webb was born and raised in southern England. He migrated to Canada to work as a junior engineer at the Steel Company of Canada in Hamilton, Ontario, where during his training in the metallurgical laboratory, his keen interest in the natural sciences was kindled by the supervisor of that department who was a renowned ornithologist.  Tony remains an avid bird watcher but his interests have expanded to include the protection of many other marine and land animal species such as whale, wolf and especially bear.

    As a founding member of the World Wildlife Fund of Canada, Tony was instrumental in helping create the first Grizzly Bear Sanctuary in Canada, which is located at the head of the beautiful coastal inlet Khutzeymateen, in the north-west wilderness area of British Columbia.

    As Chairman of Vancouver’s North Shore Black Bear Network, Tony works with local municipalities and conservation officers of the Ministry of the Environment to reduce human/black bear conflicts in suburban areas of Vancouver, caused by human negligence in the mismanagement of bear attractants such as human food waste and bird feeders.  Tony believes that black bear awareness is key to reducing the number of black bears killed in the Province by authorities in the interest of public safety.

    Tony is also a founding director and past vice-president of the Wild Bird Trust of B.C, a group that has preserved a vital coastal wetland habitat, the Maple Wood Flats, located on the north side of Vancouver’s Burrard Inlet.  Tony volunteered as project engineer for the building of an eighty foot span bridge across a tidal inlet at the wetlands, and he helped raise funds of about $125,000 to build it.

     

    Tony’s association with the oceans, and perhaps his greatest engineering challenge, came when he designed a control system for the three Canadian Coast Guard ice breakers "Henry Larson,"  "Martha Black" and "Sir George Pearkes" for the regulation of engine temperatures, suitable for the ships to travel through the Panama Canal and the Canadian Arctic. Tony holds an aircraft pilot licence with seaplane endorsement.

    In 1991, Tony joined the committee that would eventually become the Canadian Marine Environmental Protection Society (CMEPS) after producing the 1992 marine life conference.  Tony remains an active CMEPS director who has been involved in campaigns, such as moving shipping lanes to save whales; convincing the Canadian Armed Forces to participate in whale rescue operations; or demanding double-hull tankers to prevent oil spills.

     Tony and his wife Yoskyl live in North Vancouver (bear-country) with Carley, a black lab who was rescued at 6 years old as an uncontrollable dog.  Carley had been to most of the rescue centres in town and it was decided the dog would have had to be destroyed.  The Webb’s rescued Carley who is now about 13 years old and a great companion animal.

     

    Dr. Chis Harvey-Clark

    Dr. Chris Harvey-Clark is currently the University Director of Animal Care at Delhousie University, and past Director of Animal Care at UBC.

    He has been an integral member of the Canadian Marine Environment Protection Society for many years and has recently returned to sit on its board of directors. Dr. Chris Harvey-Clark brings unparalleled knowledge in marine mammals, turtles, animal care, ethics and environmental conservation. He is an avid diver and is renown for his underwater footage.

    Brunella BATTISTA

     Vice-President

    Brunella Battista was born in Naples, Southern Italy - next to the ocean, where she became interested in nature because her father was an avid snorkeler.

    Brunella became a vegetarian when she was 16 and her love of animals made her get involved in a number of antivivisection groups.

    In 1997 Brunella moved to Canada because it seemed to be more environmentally friendly than southern Italy.

    Even in Canada she volunteered for many animal protection groups where she helped in many animal rights campaigns.

    Brunella is interested in human rights and she has been involved with minorities groups such as the Girlz Group and AWARE where she helped by volunteering, mentoring and editing videos.

    Brunella is an experienced video producer and her first short film titled “The food and I - “ the discovery of my relationship with the so called FOOD” won a Special Jury Prize at the INVIDEO film festival in Milan in 2002. In 2005 Brunella got involved with the Canadian Marine Environment Protection Society by helping film and produce a documentary titled "Oceanic Nurseries", which focuses on the government's long process of creating marine protected areas in the southern Straight of Georgia in British Columbia and focuses on a number of concerns regarding the protection of the marine environment.

    Brunella also teaches acting for film and TV, stop motion and Film production at camps from Douglas College to the Chilliwack Cultural Centre. She has been in front of the cameras many times, as Dumpty in the Gemini nominated “Polka Dot Shorts” and as Rosa Brusco in the Feature Film “Almost America” to name only a couple. Brunella is  active in the media and never shy to do TV or radio news interviews, and her letters to the editor and feature stories are regularly published in the local newspapers. She is also a published writer and poet.

    Brunella Battista's work keeps her very busy but she strives to help out many groups in town and abroad, leading a mindful life and stepping lightly on this ocean planet by being a long-time "mostly vegan" vegetarian.
    Brunella recently became the president of the Chilliwack Visual Artists Association. 

     

    Terry SLACK

    Director 

    Mr. Terry Slack was born in Nottinghamshire England  in 1941 and immigrated to Canada in 1948 to live on Iona  Island in the estuary of the North Arm of the Fraser River. He completed high School in Kerrisdale" Magee High School " then attended Trade School in Burnaby B. C.    Terry worked  for over 50 years in the commercial  fishing industry coast wide and as a master boat builder for B. C, Packers Ltd. and  the B.C. Forest Service for over 30 years. 
     
    Mr.  Slack has always cared about the environment: he worked as a volunteer on the Save the Skagit  Valley campaign for S. P. E. C. in the '60s  and was the Point Grey Chapter president ,  for S. P. E. C. for over 5 years. Mr. Slack was instrumental in the S. P. E. C. Point Grey , Save the Endownment Lands for a G. V. R, D. Park campaign , during the '70s 
    He has been a member and director of the Fraser River Coalition for over 40 years and participated with many other dedicated people in creating numerous new parks and public river walkways, all along the lower Fraser River.  He worked on a Fraser River public  educational program for lower mainland schools and produced a series of pamphlets that highlighted how a river is formed and how the natural inner and outer brackish  marshes and mud flats of the Fraser  work for juvenile salmon. Juvenile Salmon Habitat Restoration in the lower Fraser River has been a passion of Terry for many years and still is.

    He is a founding member and director of the Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society in Vancouver. He also sits on the Vancouver Parks Board" Biodiversity panel" .
    Terry is presently a volunteer for Vancouver's Fraser River Parks and the Riverside Public Trail System .
    He is also a  volunteer in his community of Dunbar - Southlands, presently as a leader for the Spring festival called  "Salmonberry Days"      
    His hobbies are wood carving, west coast archaeology, geology , history, recycling just about everything, Global Climate change and making children's educational games. Terry is very interested in wild native plants and birds, and loves just buggering around near the North Arm of the Fraser River and North Sturgeon Bank.  Most of all, he loves spend lots of time with his 93 year old mom.

     

     

    Treasurer 

    Douglas Dunn is an enthusiastic and communicative Business Analyst and Non-Profit Development Specialist with a record of consistent success for Corporate, Government and Non-Profit Sector Organizations in areas ranging from the Fine & Performing Arts to E-Commerce. His MBA thesis was on the topic of Internet Marketing of Knowledge Management software solutions.

     

    With nearly three decades of consulting experience Douglas has a strong marketing and communications history both in the traditional forums and on the Internet with extensive practical experience in E-Learning and Knowledge Management marketing. Douglas’s digital experience commenced in the pre-Internet era as a participant in the formation of the networks preceding the Internet, and has maintained involvement with leading edge thinking over the years by bringing the firms he works with new or refined operational technological solutions.

     

    An entrepreneur from age 11, he has spent most of his life assisting new ventures and non-profits establish market acceptance and success. His track record in the non-profit sector building ongoing Major Gift programs, Bequest programs and successful Capital campaigns for heritage, cultural and environmental organizations has been proven. As Director and Founder of several private and public companies as well as not-for-profit organizations, he is aware of the problems and challenges facing new or restructuring ventures in today’s lean financial times.

     

    Douglas has had a life long commitment to environmental activism, a few of the organizations he is or has been involved with are:

    Past Director, Sierra Club of Vancouver

    Candidate at all three levels of government for the Green Party of Canada

    Sky Diver, Scuba Diver, Fundraiser – Greenpeace of Canada

    Director, Underwater Council of B.C.

    Member, Artifical Reef Society of B.C.

    Past President, Director and Public Relations Officer, Underwater Archaeological Society of B.C.

    Member, Association of Fund Raising Professionals (CFRE certified)

    Director, Rotary Club of Abbotsford-Sumas

    Charter Member & International Activities Director, Vancouver Rotary Club    

     

    Dr. Richard Stace-Smith, Past Director

    Richard Stace-Smith was born on May 2, 1924, in Creston, B.C.

    He was an internationally recognized scientist, know for his work on viruses affecting plants. He was the Head of the Plant. Pathology Section, Agriculture Canada Research. Station in Vancouver. He was the 1999 recipient of the Order of Canada, and an invaluable founding director at the Canadian Marine Environment Protection Society.

    Dr. Cortlandt MACKENZIE, R.I.P.

    Dr. Cortlandt MACKENZIE
 M.D., C.M., D.P.H., F.R.C.P.C., F.R.S.H.
CMEPS 

    Dr. Cortlandt Mackenzie was born in 1920 in Toronto, Ontario, and he developed a life-long affinity for the world’s oceans when he served as a naval officer in World War II.  Many years later, Cort was a retired medical doctor and a professor emeritus in the faculty of medicine at the University of British Columbia (UBC). 

    Cort used to remember fondly the 10 years he spent in public service as a health officer. He was director of provincial health units.  Later he worked overseas and got to travel the world, a life of experience that he carries well.  He worked in places like Pakistan, India, Malaysia, Australia and the Cook Islands. Cort was also a Professor at the University of Papua New Guinea for two academic years.

    Back home, he was chairman for10 years of the pollution control board of British Columbia, and in 1972 he became the chairman of a royal commission on pesticides and herbicides.  Cort was also part of the ministerial advisory committee on the control of Eurasian water milfoil in Okanagan Lake. 

    When he became the director of the Central Vancouver Island Health Unit, part of his responsibilities included the removal of stranded “sometimes rotting and very stinky” marine mammal carcasses lying on public beaches. A scientific researcher himself, Cort figured out how to take advantage of these opportunities.  Whenever he got a call that a whale, a sea lion or a seal was found dead on a beach, he would alert the marine mammal research lab at the federal fisheries agency in Nanaimo (the Pacific Biological Station) and the fisheries biologists were only too happy to carry out studies on the dead animal.

    Cort has played a role in the animal welfare and marine conservation movement since the 1960s, and till his passing  he maintained a very active life as a member of many organizations.  Cort was a member of the oldest dive club in British Columbia – the Pescaderos – and he has studied BC’s oceans from the surface and below.  Having witnessed the devastating decline in fish populations not just in BC, but worldwide as well, it’s easy to understand why Cort  became such an ardent advocate for marine protected areas (MPAs).

    Cort was a founding director of the Canadian Marine Environmental Protection Society (CMEPS) and has served several terms as president of the society, the latest term starting in 2000.  However, his interest in the protection of the environment included both water and land animals, as well as their habitat.  In the 1960s, Cort and his wife Jean became vegetarians for ethical reasons. The Mackenzies were among the first people in Canada to buy and drive a Prius (Hybrid Toyota).  They were also first to become members of the Western Canada Wilderness Committee and the Sierra Legal Defence (now called EcoJustice).  He worked with the Nature Conservancy and the Land Conservancy of BC to acquire and conserve vast tracts of precious wilderness.  They helped rescue facilities such as the Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, the Critter Care Rescue Centre, and the Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre on Saltspring Island, the largest and most successful seal pup rescue facility in Canada.

    The Mackenzies are long-time members of the David Suzuki Foundation, and Cort was a past director of EarthSave Canada. He enjoyed going to their vegan pot luck dinners and other delicious vegan events like the Taste Of Health.  The Mackenzies also support many other local groups such as the Vancouver Humane Society for the wonderful work they have done bringing attention to the plight of battery chickens, as well as their other successful campaigns such as stopping calf-roping events in rodeos, legislating a ban prohibiting the use of wild animals in circuses, and closing down the Stanley Park Zoo through a civic referendum vote.

     

    The Mackenzies are also long-time members of the local group trying to save the whales.  In 2001 and thanks to a decade of support from the Mackenzies, the Coalition For No Whales In Captivity was successful in pressuring the Vancouver Aquarium into closing the orca whale pool, and stopping the cruel practice of capturing and displaying orca whales in captivity.

     

    They are original members of the Furbearers, or officially known as the Association for the Protection of Furbearing Animals. You will see around town their billboards that bring attention to the cruelty of wearing fur. The long list of groups the Mackenzies like to help out continues: the Sierra Club of Canada Foundation, the West Coast Environmental Law Association, Valhallla Wilderness Society, World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), Animal Welfare Foundation of Canada,  Green Party BC, Green Party of Canada, and Niagara Action For Animals, the group that pickets outside Marineland in Niagara Falls, Ontario - where there are dozens of orcas, belugas and dolphins on display, as well as bears and many other unfortunate captive wild animals.

    The Mackenzies are also members of the US group People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PeTA, the largest animal rights organization in the world).  They named their little puppy Pomeranian dog “PeTA” and she remains the last surviving Pom of a long line of about 60 years of almost 20 UD obedience-trained dogs that have accompanied the Mackenzies throughout their lives.

    If that wasn’t impressive enough, Cort also belonged to a group that fights to abolish Leprosy around the world, as well as the group Physicians For Responsible Medicine that under the leadership of Dr. Neil Bernard continues to promote health by eating a vegan diet and among other things, opposes animal experimentation.  Last but not least, the Mackenzies support the local ballet company, the Vancouver Symphony, the Vancouver Opera House, the Vancouver Museum and the Maritime Museum as well.

    Treading lightly on this planet, Dr Cortlandt Mackenzie was a man who, long before it was accepted, was already living the values and ethics that define being part of the solution. CMEPS will sorely miss him.

     

    Tom HUGHES, Past Director.  R.I.P

    Tom Hughes was born close to Blackpool, in the beautiful seaside resort of Lytham St. Annes in Lancashire, England.  At 15 years old he went to study to the Royal Naval College and then he served in the Royal Navy until he was 25 years old.  When he was 18, he was serving on the first Royal Navy ship that was torpedoed in WWII, an aircraft carrier called “H.M.S. Courageous” that was blown up and sank with all hands on board.  Over 1000 sailors aboard the ship died, and Tom was one of the lucky four men who survived the ordeal.

    After leaving the Royal Navy, Tom became active in the animal welfare field becoming a voluntary agent of the RSPCA.  He immigrated to Canada when he was 32 years old and he eventually made his way to British Columbia where he accepted the position of Secretary/Manager of the Vancouver Branch of the BC SPCA.  In 1956 he was appointed executive director of the BC SPCA.  That same year he became a founding director of the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies.  From 1960 to 1980, Tom was president of the Canadian Wild Horse Society. From1962 to 1989, he worked as general manager, then executive vice president, and finally president of the Ontario SPCA (Ontario Humane Society).  In 1965 Tom became a founding director of the Animal Welfare Foundation of Canada and to this day he continues to serve as a Trustee and Honourary Treasurer.

    From 1968 to 1981, Tom served as director of the International Society for the Protection of Animals and he accepted the position of advisory director to the Bahamas Humane Society in 1980.  In 1982, he became a founding director of the World Society for the Protection of Animals, and from 1989 to this day, Tom has served as president of the Canadian Farm Animal Care Trust (CanFACT).  From 1973 to 1988, Tom was secretary of the Committee on Seals and Sealing and Advisory Committee to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans.

     Always interested in the welfare of horses, especially the unfortunate mares who are kept in stalls attached to machines that collect their urine in order to produce a drug for menopausal women, Tom has worked with many groups to stop this cruelty.  He became a founding director and Honorary Secretary of the Canadian Horse Council in 1974.  In 2000, Tom became vice president of the Horse & Pony Protection Association of Newfoundland/Labrador (HAPPA-NL), and in 2005, president and founder of the Canadian Horse & Pony Protection Society (CHAPPA). 

    Throughout his life, Tom never forgot his love for the oceans, and it was this interest in the protection of the marine environment that inspired Tom to put together a committee in Vancouver, British Columbia that would eventually hold the first international marine life conference in 1992.  After the conference, this committee became the registered charitable society named the Canadian Marine Environment Protection Society (CMEPS).