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.
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.
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.
A keen angler from a young age, Jeremy was born in Southampton, England and, with his family, immigrated to Montreal in 1967. After finishing high school in Montreal, work and travel elsewhere for a few years lead to a desire to check out Canada’s west coast. At a friend’s suggestion, he came to Campbell River for a few days in 1973 and never left, other than a year at school in Victoria.
In June 1974, Jeremy started as a rookie fishing guide at Painter’s Lodge, becoming a self-employed guide in 1979, at which occupation he has continued seasonally May to October ever since. Based in his home town, Jeremy has been fortunate to fish elsewhere around much of the BC coast, particularly in Kyuquot. Starting in the mid-1990’s, he began working seasonally at an aquaculture hatchery and then at DFO’s Quinsam River hatchery, where he continues to work each spring and fall during the busy seasons there.
With an interest in the management of both salmon and the recreational fishery, in the early 1980’s, Jeremy began participating locally in the Sport Fishing Advisory Board (SFAB), the advisory and consultation process between the fishery and DFO and other government agencies. He became chairman of the main regional board 1997 – 2007 and remains active in the SFAB, representing the recreational fishery in a number of initiatives. This experience led to a number of other opportunities, including being appointed to the Canadian delegation to the Pacific Salmon Treaty process (1999 to present) and the BC Pacific Salmon Forum (2004 – 9), a provincial research initiative. Jeremy was also a participant in the Williams Inquiry regarding Fraser River sockeye (2004/5) and a director of the Middle Bay Sustainable Aquaculture Institute, researching marine closed-containment technology. A member and director of several recreational fishing organizations, including the Tyee Club of BC, Jeremy has a keen interest in stream stewardship and for more than twenty years wrote the weekly “Ardent Angler” column for a local newspaper.
Josh Samson, CPA, CA
Josh and his family moved back to Campbell River in October 2015 where Josh is now the Corporate Treasurer for Broadstreet Properties Ltd. In addition to being a board member of BC CAHS, Josh is a board member and the Treasurer of the Campbell River Community Foundation.
Maureen Ritter was born and raised in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island. Ever since she could hold a fishing rod she has. Maureen began her career with fish working for Apex Bio Resources on the Chemainus River SEP over 35 years ago. Maureen’s career has led her up and down the coast of BC managing freshwater hatcheries along with overseeing various freshwater operations. Maureen has been a volunteer with the Nootka Sound Resource Board and the Nootka Sound Watershed Committee. Since moving to Black Creek Maureen, along with her daughters, has volunteered for the Oyster River Enhancement Society. Maureen currently is the Chair of the BC CAHS Board and Managing Director for Canada Cryogenetics Services. This allows her to follow her passion with working with fish on all levels. Maureen’s motto is working through collaboration with all interested parties, brings successful resolutions for the future.
When Maureen is not working she can be found camping or boating with her family.
Norm Johnson, BSc
Norm has worked up and down the Coast for 40 years on fisheries projects. After 4 years with the Chemainus Salmon Enhancement Program working with Dr. David Groves, he went to the University of Victoria to earn a BSc and to work with Dr. Ed Ishiguro on salmonid diseases.
After university, Norm worked with abalone, salmon, tilapia and a variety of other fish. He spent 10 years at the University of Victoria running a fisheries research wetlab.
He was the Fisheries Program Manager for the Council of the Haida Nation and is currently the Hatchery Manager for the Okanagan Nation Alliance (ONA). With the ONA, he is collaborating on many First Nation fisheries projects across BC.
Norm and his wife are based out of a small hobby farm on the outskirts of Victoria, BC.
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 Mowi Canada West (formally Marine Harvest Canada) in May of 2014.