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.



Jim Brackett, DVM
Aquaculture Veterinarian and President, Aquatic Life Sciences

Dr. Jim Brackett received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Ontario Veterinary College, Guelph, Canada in 1980. He has worked with health management in farmed and wild fish and shellfish since 1987.

Jim's experience includes health management practices, pathogen identification and control, and the regulatory environment affecting fish health, welfare and the use of pharmaceuticals in the aquaculture industry. He has directed registration efforts for products in Canada, Chile, India, China, Australia and the United States.

Jim obtained funding and started up the non-profit BC Centre for Aquatic Health Sciences in Campbell River, BC and served as the Chairman of the Board for many years. He established the fish pharmaceutical contract research company, Atlantic Fish Health Inc. at the Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island; and served as Chair of the External Advisory Committee of the Canadian Aquaculture Institute.

As Special Advisor to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, he prepared a draft document on revised fish health regulations for Canada. Dr. Brackett has been the principal investigator in a series of surveys to establish a baseline for disease incidence among salmon farms in the Pacific Northwest.

He is a past Board Member of the Mid-Island Science and Technology Innovation Council, a founding member of the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association and President and founding member of the Canadian Association of Aquatic Veterinarians. He is a representative of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association on the Consultative Committee for Canada's National Aquatic Animal Health Program and the American Veterinary Medical Association Aquatic Veterinary Medicine Committee.

top of page


Bruce Swift, MSc
Manager, TRI-GEN Fish Improvement Ltd.

Bruce’s educational background (Master of Science degree in Animal Science (University of British Columbia) and an undergraduate Biology degree (University of Guelph)) and ‘think outside the box’ abilities provided the framework for leadership in the aquaculture field.  His entrepreneurial skills have contributed to:

  • early salmon farming development in BC;
  • various genetics programs for salmonids and Atlantic cod (as manager of TRI-GEN Fish Improvement Ltd Bruce continues to work on salmonid selective  breeding programs); and
  • integrated land-based polyculture of coho with waste nutrient utilization by wasabi, watercress and hybrid poplar (as owner-operator of Swift Aquaculture).

His small scale aquaculture facility has received considerable attention from organizations promoting alternative farm, slow food and 100 mile diet production.  Bruce brings great ideas and vision to his BC CAHS board position. top of page


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.

top of page


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.

top of page


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.

top of page


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.

top of page


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.

top of page