Board of Directors

CSSF is guided by a Board of Directors consisting of 9 eminent Canadian marine scientists and business leaders. The board is comprised of a President, Secretary Treasurer (CFO), Past-President, and 6 Directors who oversee all of CSSF's operations and management. By mandate, the Board of Directors is responsible for determining the Vision, Mission, Values, and Key Objectives of CSSF, and ensuring CSSF meets these values and objectives on a continual basis. CSSF's organizational planning, resource planning, program selection and services, and public image are also monitored and approved by the Board of Directors. Additionally, the Board of Directors is responsible for selecting and continually evaluating CSSF's management, as well as ensuring that the organization submits to annual financial audits and periodic governance reviews by an independent firm of public accountants.

Ross Chapman

Board Chair
Ross Chapman(M’97-SM’03-F’10) is a Fellow of the IEEE. He received a Ph.D. in physics at the University of British Columbia in 1975, and subsequently joined the Defence Research Establishment Pacific (DREP) in Esquimalt BC as a defence scientist in the Ocean Acoustics group. He spent the next 20 years there in underwater acoustics research, and was Chief Scientist on over 20 sea trials. He left DREP in 1995 when he was appointed Professor and Senior Research Chair in Ocean Acoustics at the University of Victoria (UVic). The academic and research program in Ocean Acoustics that he established at UVic has graduated more than 25 Masters and Ph.D. students. Dr. Chapman is internationally recognized for his research on the interaction of sound with the ocean bottom. He has published over 90 refereed papers on ocean acoustic propagation and geoacoustic inversion, mostly in the IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering and the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, and has presented over 125 papers at conferences (~30 invited). He is an active member of the Victoria Chapter of the IEEE Ocean Engineering Society, and is an associate editor of the IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering. He is also a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), and from 2004–2007 was the Chair of the ASA Technical Committee on Acoustical Oceanography.

Peter Lockie

Secretary Treasurer
Peter Lockie joined the Board as Secretary/Treasurer in June 2015. He holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Edinburgh, a Certificate in Accountancy Studies from the University of Aberdeen and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. He is currently President of Inverleith Consulting Inc. which provides a range of management consulting services. Previously, he worked at Camosun College in Victoria B.C. for fifteen years, most recently as Interim President and prior to that as Vice President, Administration and Chief Financial Officer. He is personally committed to community involvement and is currently Past Chair, having served four years as Board Chair, of the United Way of Greater Victoria following on from six years with a variety of Board roles at the Victoria Cool Aid Society.

David Gawley

Past President
Dave Gawley is a Chartered Accountant and has been involved with CSSF since 2000, first as the Treasurer from 2000-2010, then Secretary from 2003-2010, and finally President of the Board from 2011-12. Dave departed the board in 2012, only to rejoin again in 2015 as Past President. Dave worked for 8 years with a chartered accounting firm, and 26 years with the City of Victoria, primarily as the Director of Finance with short transfers as the General Manager of the Victoria Conference Centre and as the City Manager. During that time, he also spent many years volunteering as a Board member or Treasurer of non-profit organizations including many involved in furthering the training and education of officials in local government. After retirement from the City of Victoria in 1999, Dave established his own small business consulting firm. He is now enjoying his work as a semi-retired consultant in the finance and general management areas, with CSSF being one of his clients.

Anna Metaxas

Anna Metaxas (Professor, Oceanography, Dalhousie University) holds a PhD in marine ecology from Dalhousie University. She is interested in the factors that regulate population dynamics of marine benthic invertebrates, and ultimately population connectivity, particularly larval dispersal, settlement and recruitment. For the last 20 years, her research has been evaluating the roles of larval behaviour and environmental characteristics in these processes, by using a combination of laboratory and field experimentation and mathematical modeling in habitats ranging from the shallow subtidal to the deep sea, and from the coastal waters of Nova Scotia to the Caribbean Sea and tropical Pacific and Indian Oceans. In addition to Dalhousie, she has done research at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Friday Harbor Labs of the University of Washington, and the Oceans Institute at the University of Western Australia. She has served on several national and international steering and scientific advisory committees (e.g. COML-ChEss, Ridge 2000, Endeavour MPA, InterRidge, Excellence Cluster Future Ocean) and is currently the chair of the Population Connectivity working group of INDEEP (International network for scientific investigation of deep-sea ecosystems) and the co-director of the Transatlantic Ocean System and Technology graduate program.

Leah Braithwaite

Leah holds an MSc in Environmental Physiology and worked for several federal government Departments including Agriculture Canada, Canadian Space Agency, NSERC, DFO and most recently Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Canadian Ice Service. She currently serves as the Executive Director of ArcticNet, and has been a member of the ArcticNet Research Management Committee, co-Chair of the Polar Data Catalogue Steering Committee and a collaborator in several ArcticNet Projects over the years.

Mark Abrahams

Mark Abrahams is the Associate Vice President Research (pro tempore) at Memorial University and a jointly appointed Professor in the Departments of Ocean Science and Biology. His research focuses on the impacts of non-lethal predator-prey interactions within aquatic ecosystems using a variety of techniques including manipulative laboratory experiments, computer models, field experiments and hydroacoustic surveys. He received his Ph.D. from Simon Fraser University before joining the University of Manitoba as a Professor in the Department of Biology. In 2008 he was recruited to Memorial University as the Dean of Science and has been involved in major institutional initiatives including the construction of the Cold Ocean Deep Sea Research Facility; design, development and build of the Core Science Facility; and institutional lead on the Ocean Frontier Institute – a joint initiative with Dalhousie University and the University of Prince Edward Island funded through the Canada First Research Excellence Fund.

Martin Taillefer

Martin (Marty) Tailefer (CD, B.SC, M.SC.) is the President & Managing Director of Maritime Way Scientific which he founded in 2010. He has over 25 years of experience in the operational application of oceanography and ocean-acoustics. He served for 20 years in the Canadian Navy; the second half was centered around Underwater Warfare and as the Fleet Oceanographer of the Canadian Pacific Fleet. He joined General Dynamics Canada (GDC) in 2001 and worked as a systems engineer for 6 years. In 2006, he joined Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) as a senior oceanographer. Martin has extensive operational experience in applying his subject-matter-expertise and knowledge in the oceanographic tactical domain. He spearheaded operational oceanography, modeling and decisional technologies with DND, General Dynamics Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada. He led the fleet in the enhancement of oceanography tactics by creating a pan-Navy Tactical Oceanographic Workshop and advanced the fleets understanding of tactical acoustic modeling.

Mike Brissette

Mike Brissette is the Technical Sales Engineer for R2Sonic, LLC of Austin, TX a manufacturer of advanced Wideband Multibeam Echosounder solutions to Hydrographic, Offshore, Dredging, Defence, and Marine Research customers worldwide. Prior to joining R2Sonic in 2013, Mike was the President and Principal Multibeam Trainer at MosaicHydro Ltd, a company he co-founded in 2004. In that role he delivered consulting and training to organizations involved in hydrographic surveys specializing in multibeam and sidescan sonar training. Previous to his entrepreneurial experience Mike served 20 years in the Royal Canadian Navy with service in both submarines and the surface combatant fleet with his last 7 years in charge of hydrography for the west coast Navy. Mike holds an MEng in Survey Engineering from the University of New Brunswick and a BSc in Computing Sciences from the College Militaire Royal de St Jean.

Wendy Watson-Wright

Dr. Wendy Watson-Wright is the Chief Executive Officer of the Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI). Headquartered at Dalhousie University, the OFI is an interdisciplinary transnational research institute whose aim is the safe and sustainable development of the ocean frontier, with a focus on the Northwest Atlantic and Canadian Arctic gateway. From 2010 to 2015, Dr. Watson-Wright led the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO) in Paris as its Executive Secretary and Assistant Director General. The IOC is considered the competent international organization for marine scientific research in the UN. She began her career in the Canadian federal public service in Halifax as a research scientist with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) after which she spent five years as Director of the DFO St. Andrews Biological Station. From 2001 to 2009, she was DFO’s Assistant Deputy Minister of Science and from 2015 until joining the OFI was the Regional Director General of DFO’s Gulf Region. Dr. Watson-Wright has been on several boards and panels including Ocean Networks Canada, MEOPAR, the Council of Canadian Academies’ Expert Panel on Ocean Science, and the Strategic Advisory Board for the European Union’s Joint Programming Initiative on Ocean. She was also an invited member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health X-Prize. A Killam scholar, she holds a Ph.D. in Physiology from Dalhousie University.