BC CAHS Board of Directors

BC CAHS has an amazing Board of Directors who generously gives time and utilizes their diverse experience to provide direction for the Centre's ongoing activities. Drawing upon their experience and affiliations, BC CAHS Board Members are able to address the needs of a wide variety of stakeholder interests and needs. This experience includes: academic institutions, environmental and conservation organizations, salmon aquaculture, shellfish aquaculture, government, fish health products and consulting services.



  Al Castledine

Over a 30 year period, Al Castledine held various policy, development and extension positions in aquaculture and fisheries with the governments of Ontario, British Columbia and the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans. He holds postgraduate degrees in nutrition (MSc. University of Guelph) and biochemistry (PhD. University of Victoria). These research degrees concerned vitamin and lipid requirements of fish respectively. He retired in 2010 from his position as Director of Aquaculture in the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands and since then has consulted in Canada, Sri Lanka and Abu Dhabi. He has been a strong supporter of CAHS through conception to implementation. He sees CAHS as key to advancing knowledge of health in wild and captive fish populations within the broader context of ecosystem health.

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  Alan Dermot Martin

Mr. Martin has extensive knowledge and experience in British Columbia’s resource management issues following the 30 years experience in the BC Public Service in a variety of Ministries. He retired, as Executive Director, Fish Wildlife and Ecosystems with the British Columbia Ministry of Environment in January, 2010. Prior to retirement, he provided leadership to improve and develop science-based environmental stewardship programs; implemented policy planning and legislative processes to meet provincial resource management objectives, particularly related to fisheries and wildlife management.

He was formerly a government representative on the Board of Directors for the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation and the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC. He is the BC Wildlife Federation Representative on the Hunting and Angling Advisory Committee to the federal Ministers of Environment and Fisheries and Oceans and the Provincial Round Table on the Environment and the Economy and Board of Directors for the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation.

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  David Ewart

David Ewart has extensive knowledge and experience in the operations and management of salmon enhancement projects on Vancouver Island. Prior to retiring from the Department of Fisheries & Oceans Canada in September of 2014, his 35 year career included work as a Fisheries patrolman, Salmon hatchery fish culture technician, Operations Manager, and Watershed Enhancement Manager. Gaining hands on experience in fisheries management, fish culture, assessment, and research was invaluable in providing a solid background to advance in his career.

As Manager of Quinsam River Hatchery for 18 years, he was involved in many projects and committees including the Campbell River Water Use Plan with BC Hydro, Quinsam Hatchery Modernisation project, Regional Health & Safety Committee, and various Salmon Enhancement Program planning groups.

He currently volunteers with the Discovery Passage SeaLife Society to provide technical support for their small aquarium in Campbell River. He also continues to be actively involved with local volunteer salmon enhancement and stream stewardship projects. His formal education includes a two year applied science diploma in Renewable Resource Management from Lethbridge Community College.

He is very interested in BCCAHS continuing to be involved in proactive research that looks at local aquatic conditions that may provide answers to questions surrounding survival rates of wild fish stocks.

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  Yvonne Sheehan, BSc
  Brood Program Manager, Marine Harvest Canada

Yvonne was born and raised in Conception Bay South, Newfoundland. She attended Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland and graduated with her B.Sc. in Biology in 1995. She went on to the Marine Institute’s Masters in Aquaculture and completed her first year of the program receiving her Graduate Diploma in Aquaculture before being recruited by a BC aquaculture company.

Yvonne’s experience in aquaculture and fisheries research spans the course of over 22 years and includes: Aquaculture Site Manager, Smolt Quality Manager, Production Manager, General Manager and at present, Brood Program Manager. She has proven herself as a tenacious and innovative leader in a cutting edge breeding program, delivering substantial commercial results with proven cost control and budgeting experience.

After spending four years abroad, as General Manager with Salmon Enterprises of Tasmania (SALTAS), Yvonne and her family returned to Vancouver Island where she joined Marine Harvest May of 2014.

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  Sandra Milligan, BSc, MSc, MSc
  Faculty, Department of Math/Science, North Island College

Sandra Milligan is a university biology instructor at North Island College. Sandra obtained her B.Sc. in Toxicology from the University of Guelph, and holds two M.Sc. in Neuroscience from the University of Victoria and from the University of Ottawa. Sandra recently rejoined the BC CAHS Board after completing a NIC funded work term at BC CAHS for four months in early 2017. Sandra has been teaching at NIC for the past 14 years, and was happy to have a chance to use and up-date her skills in molecular biology and cell culture after a technical hiatus of 20 years.

For Sandra, the lines between paid work, volunteer work and fun are rather blurry. Sandra is President of the Board of Greenways Land Trust, the local stewardship organization involved in numerous ecological restoration projects in Campbell River, with invasive plant management as Sandra’s main project. Public outreach activities include history tours, intertidal tours, and biology classes of many topics for Elder College. She has been an active triathlete and marathon runner, but now concentrates on long distance cycling and swimming. Athletics, gardening and learning languages help to keep her connected to her 3 adult children.

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  Bruce Bell

Bruce is a retired lawyer (BC, Alberta and England) currently living in Courtenay, BC with his wife, Jean. During his working career, he practiced law in Vancouver with Russell & DuMoulin (now Faskens) and also worked successively in Switzerland, England, Alberta and the Bahamas for major firm clients. His legal focus was Corporate, Commercial, Banking and International Business Transactions. Bruce has extensive Board experience in working with numerous private and public organizations.

Since retiring in 2006, he has devoted his time and energy to supporting Jean’s equestrian ambitions, enjoying his six grandchildren, golfing, gardening, fishing and working with service and volunteer organizations.

Bruce is currently Chair of BC CAHS, a Director of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC, a Director of the Pacific Salmon Foundation, a Governor and past Chair of the North Island College Board of Governors and a volunteer at the Oyster River Enhancement Society.

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  Josh Samson

Bio is on the way. Stay tuned!

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