Our Team

The Downtown Vancouver office of the Pacific Salmon Commission is headquarters to the 26 permanent Secretariat staff who perform a variety of duties to support the Commission and its subsidiary bodies in implementing the Treaty. Members include administrative and scientific professionals who facilitate meetings, provide scientific assessments, run field programs, and maintain extensive archives dating back to the early 20th Century.  These employees are international civil servants, working for both countries simultaneously.

 

  • Angus Mackay

    Manager: Restoration & Enhancement Funds
    Angus has managed the PSC Endowment Funds since 2000. He holds a Master’s degree in Aquaculture from Simon Fraser University and a Bachelor’s in Fisheries Science from Plymouth University in SW England. His career has included salmon aquaculture in the West Highlands of Scotland and in Nova Scotia, habitat restoration and salmon enhancement in British Columbia, and the management and funding of fisheries conservation programs with the Science Council of BC, Fisheries Renewal BC, and the Pacific Salmon Foundation. Today he manages the day-to-day operations of the Northern, Southern, and Yukon River Panel Funds with responsibility for $5-$10 million a year in grant awards. He says the best part of the job is establishing and maintaining close working relationships with a huge variety of interesting people in the private sector, in resource user groups, various government agencies, First Nations, and educational organizations. Angus enjoys spending time with his family barbequing, surfing, and taking photographs.

    mackay@psc.org Ext 619
  • Catherine Ball

    Scale Lab Technician
    Catherine joined the Pacific Salmon Commission Secretariat in 2010. She brings with her 25 years of experience working in the private sector for an environmental consulting firm. That experience included work on a multitude of projects, including the Mark Recovery Program as a field and data technician. She is currently working in the Scale Lab as an Assistant learning to age otoliths and scales.

    cball@psc.org Ext 635
  • Catherine Michielsens

    Director of Modelling and Data Management
    Catherine Michielsens has a PhD in Fisheries Science from Imperial College, University of London (UK). Her main area of expertise is in the application of Bayesian methods for fisheries stock assessment. After working for 7 years in Europe on Atlantic salmon stocks in the Baltic Sea, she joined the Pacific Salmon Commission in 2007. At the PSC, her main role is to integrate the various pieces of information and data on Fraser River Sockeye and Pink salmon within the in-season assessment framework while accounting for risk and uncertainty when providing management advice. Since 2015, Catherine has been the Director of Modelling and Data Management at the PSC.

    michielsens@psc.org Ext 614
  • Cory Lagasse

    Manager: Hydroacoustic Operations
    As manager of the PSC hydroacoustics program, Cory oversees the daily operation of the Mission hydroacoustics site to monitor the migration of salmon up the lower Fraser River. This work includes supervising field staff and site logistics, deploying specialized sonar equipment, processing and quality control of hydroacoustic data, and then applying this data to estimate the daily salmon passage at Mission. Before joining the PSC in 2014, Cory completed his Master’s in Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University, where he researched the design of bottom trawl closures to protect sensitive seafloor habitat, an issue that he became passionate about while working as an at-sea observer on commercial trawling vessels. Despite growing up in Ottawa, Cory feels most at home on the ocean and in the mountains, and in his spare time you can usually find him camping and exploring BC’s backcountry.

    lagasse@psc.org Ext 625
  • Erica Jenkins

    Director of Stock Monitoring
    Erica has a Master’s degree in Biology from the University of Victoria where she studied feeding patterns of juvenile salmon. She joined the Secretariat in 2012 as the sampling coordinator for the Fraser River Panel, organizing catch sampling programs and associated data. In 2015, she moved into her current position as a Stock Identification Biologist. In this role, she determines the stock of origin of sockeye and pink salmon as they return to Panel waters and are intercepted by test or commercial fisheries. Erica also spends much of her time helping the biological team with a variety of data analyses, and she continues to contribute to projects that improve data management at the PSC. Outside of work, she can be found climbing, hiking, skiing, or exploring Vancouver and British Columbia.

    jenkins@psc.org Ext 615
  • Fiona Martens

    Director of Coordination and Stock Identification
    Fiona joined the Pacific Salmon Commission in 2001 and currently serves as Director of Coordination & Stock Identification. Prior to this role, she managed the Commission’s hydroacoustics field program in Abbotsford, B.C. While earning her degree from the University of British Columbia, Fiona worked as a seasonal employee for the Province of B.C in fisheries research. This experience sparked her interest in fisheries which eventually led her to the Pacific Salmon Commission. During her time at the Commission, she has gained valuable experience in riverine acoustics and now continues to challenge her knowledge and understanding in stock identification. In her spare time, Fiona enjoys running, tennis, hiking in the coastal mountains and long walks with her dog.

    martens@psc.org Ext 645
  • Ilinca Manisali

    Controller
    As Controller, Ilinca manages finance, administration, and human resources issues at the Secretariat. Prior to joining the staff in 2013, Ilinca held leadership finance roles in a variety of industries including investment management, healthcare, real estate, education, and mobile entertainment. Ilinca has over ten years’ experience building and leading finance teams. Ilinca is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a graduate of the Simon Fraser University (B.B.A. – Accounting, Finance). Ilinca enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, swimming, and playing ultimate frisbee.

    manisali@psc.org Ext 621
  • Jacqueline Nelitz

    Hydroacoustics Technician
    Jacqueline is a Hydroacoustics Technician with the stock monitoring team where she has been expanding her experience and knowledge of sonar technology for the last 11 years. Her in-season work involves supervising seasonal staff with the set-up and maintenance of the hydroacoustics field site in Mission, in addition to the proper deployment of DIDSON and Split-beam sonar equipment. She also processes and analyzes real-time data to produce the official daily estimate of migrating salmon on the Fraser River. Her post-season work involves the analysis of data for post-season reviews and research purposes, assisting in preparation and presentation of material for various meetings and scientific papers. She also participates in experiments and pre-season planning for the program. Jacqueline started at the Secretariat in 2001 working as Scale Lab Technician for three years before moving into her current position. She has a Bachelor of Natural Resource Science from Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC. When not working, her two young children keep her busy and active.

    nelitz@psc.org Ext 639
  • John Field

    Executive Secretary
    John has served as the Commission’s Executive Secretary since 2012. He obtained his Master’s degree from the School of Marine Science at the College of William and Mary in 1991, then pursued most of his fisheries career in Washington, D.C. at different federal and interstate agencies. This culminated at the U.S. Department of State where he worked in a variety of forums, including the International Whaling Commission, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, the International Pacific Halibut Commission, and the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission. He was introduced to the PSC and its important work when he served as an Alternate U.S. Commissioner from 2009-2012.

    Serving as the Executive Secretary involves a number of roles to ensure the Secretariat runs smoothly and efficiently. These include ultimate responsibility for managing the staff, developing the PSC’s infrastructure, administering its budget, communicating with the public and more than 200 national delegates, and executing certain Commission decisions. He is immensely proud of the Secretariat’s work and its support for the Parties as they implement the Pacific Salmon Treaty within and across their borders.

    Outside of work, John can be found fishing nearby lakes and streams, exploring local trails, or otherwise enjoying what this stunning part of the world has to offer.

    field@psc.org Ext 622
  • Julie Ehrmantraut

    Administrative Assistant
    Julie joined the Pacific Salmon Commission Secretariat in September 2016.  She has several years of administrative experience working within different industries, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia.  She has lived on the West Coast for most of her life and enjoys outdoor activities including camping, biking, hiking, and spending time at the beach.  Julie is also an artist in her spare time.

    ehrmantraut@psc.org Ext 610
  • Julie Sellars

    Scale Analyst
    Julie started with the Pacific Salmon Commission Secretariat in 2000. She has 15 years’ experience analyzing scales and otoliths in support of the Fraser River management program. Her appreciation for nature eventually grew into a career in Fisheries Management. She holds a diploma from British Columbia Institute of Technology in Fish and Wildlife.

    sellars@psc.org Ext 628
  • Keith Forrest

    Manager, Test Fishing Operations
    Keith Forrest joined the International Pacific Salmon Fisheries Commission (IPSFC) Secretariat in the summer of 1984 while attending the University of British Columbia. He continued working summers at the IPSFC and Pacific Salmon Commission until he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in 1986. Since 1984, his work at the PSC Secretariat has ranged from seasonal observer and fisheries catch technician, to field project biologist and Fraser sockeye data biologist. In 2004, Keith obtained his Masters of Science degree from Royal Roads University in Environment and Management and since then has managed the Pacific Salmon Commission Test Fishing Programs.

    forrest@psc.org Ext 634
  • Kimberly Bartlett

    Meeting Planner
    Kimberly joined the PSC Secretariat as the Receptionist/Secretary in June 2004. Previously, she had completed a General Arts diploma at Sheridan College and after working in the corporate sector, went back to school to train as a Medical Office Assistant. Coming to the PSC was a major change in direction, but one that has been interesting and challenging. Now, after 10 years, Kimberly has been given the opportunity to face a new challenge as the PSC’s Meeting Planner. She is responsible for securing meeting space and guest rooms for the various Panel and Committee meetings as well as for the three large Commission meetings during the year. Kimberly is also responsible for supervising the Secretariat’s Administrative Assistant.

    bartlett@psc.org Ext 620
  • Koey Lu

    Accounting Assistant
    Koey joined the Pacific Salmon Commission Secretariat as the Accounting Assistant in March, 2017.  She graduated from Simon Fraser University with a bachelor’s degree in Finance.  After graduation, she worked as a customer service representative at the Bank of Montreal.  Her accounting background includes working as an internal auditor/Accountant in a textile manufacturing company located in Guangzhou, China, and as an Accounts Receivable Analyst in a collection agency.  She obtained her accounting diploma from the University of British Columbia in 2016.  She is currently working towards her Chartered Professional Accountant designation.  In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, trying out new recipes, watching TV shows, and singing with her friends.

    lu@psc.org Ext 647
  • Maxine Forrest

    Manager, Scale Lab
    Maxine joined the Pacific Salmon Commission Secretariat in the summer of 1996. Moving from test fishing boats and fish plants to the Pacific Salmon Commission scale lab, she started her career as a scale analyst. Maxine currently manages the scale lab and works on Fraser sockeye management adjustments. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marine Biology from the University of British Columbia and a Master’s Degree in Environment and Management from Royal Roads University.

    reichardt@psc.org Ext 623
  • Merran Hague

    Quantitative Fisheries Biologist
    Ms. Hague joined the Secretariat in 2011 as their Quantitative Fisheries Biologist following five years with Fisheries and Oceans Canada as a Habitat Biologist. She completed her Master’s degree in Resource and Environmental Management, specialising in fisheries stock assessment, at Simon Fraser University. Her previous research specialised in the use of simulation models to better understand the relationship between Fraser River environmental conditions and the survival and spawning success of Pacific salmon. At the Secretariat, Ms. Hague is responsible for developing simulation models for fisheries planning for Fraser River sockeye and pink salmon as well as run size and marine timing estimation for these populations during the fishing season.

    hague@psc.org Ext 618
  • Mike Bartel Sawatzky

    Hydroacoustic Technician
    Mike started at the Secretariat in 2009 on a seasonal basis and became a permanent member of the PSC family in the spring of 2012. After spending nearly a decade in Winnipeg Manitoba, Mike moved to British Columbia to attend the British Columbia Institute of Technology’s (BCIT’s) Fish, Wildlife, and Recreation program. He began working with the PSC after completing his diploma. Mike works with the hydroacoustics group where he assists in collecting and processing data from various sonar systems to produce in-season gross escapement estimates of sockeye and pink salmon. This position gives Mike a healthy balance of office and fieldwork throughout the year. In his spare time Mike enjoys camping, fishing, and exploring the outdoors with his wife and daughter.

    sawatzky@psc.org Ext 633
  • Mike Lapointe

    Chief Biologist
    Mike grew up in a small town in Massachusetts, where he was often found exploring the woods behind his house. His love of the outdoors led him to the University of Maine where he completed a B.Sc. in Fisheries and Wildlife. Following a six month stint at the University of Alaska, the allure of studying population dynamics drew him to UBC where he completed his M.Sc. at the Institute of Animal Resource Ecology. After working with Randall Peterman for four years at Simon Fraser University (SFU), Mike started his PSC career in 1992 as sockeye stock identification biologist and then becoming the Chief Biologist in 2002. Mike’s professional passion is fueled by empowering stakeholders with accurate and objective information needed to make decisions in a format that is accessible to all. When not at work, Mike enjoys all things related to fly fishing, cycling, cooking, guitar, and following his kids’ triathlon careers.

    lapointe@psc.org Ext 631
  • Miki Shimomura

    Administrative Assistant, Restoration and Enhancement Funds
    Miki studied stress physiology and behaviour in juvenile salmon at the University of British Columbia, but has since been involved in a variety of projects ranging from nearshore habitat ecology and oil spill response planning to salmonid stock assessment and freshwater fish distribution mapping. She has been involved with the PSC’s Test Fishing Program every summer since 2010, and began assisting the Funds Program on a permanent part-time basis in September 2016. Outside of work, Miki likes to bake and to play outside with her family.

    shimomura@psc.org Ext 625
  • John Son

    Information Technology Manager
    John joined the Pacific Salmon Commission Secretariat in July of 2016. His primary responsibilities are the management and support of the PSC’s network, websites, hardware and software.  He also recommends and implements new technology to improve communication within the organization.  John completed his B.Sc. in Computer Science at the University of British Columbia in 2001.  He enjoys spending time with his dog, watching movies, and trying out new restaurants.

    son@psc.org Ext 626
  • Stephen Latham

    Stock Identification Manager
    Steve joined the Secretariat in 2002 after completing his M.Sc. in Zoology at the University of British Columbia. His Master’s research used DNA markers to investigate bull trout biogeography, population structure, and management strategies in southeast BC. That experience has been valuable in continuing development and integration of sockeye and pink salmon genetic stock identification programs and data sets at the PSC. He continues to work on improving stock composition information, particularly with respect to integration of scale-based information and other data, and on developing methods to apply that information to management questions. His duties include determination and communication of stock identification objectives, requirements, and results, and he shares responsibility for oversight of biological sampling programs. His interests away from work include physical education and climate change policy.

    latham@psc.org Ext 617
  • Teri Tarita

    Librarian, Archivist, and Records Manager
    Teri is the Pacific Salmon Commission’s Librarian, Archivist, and Records Manager, a position she has held since 1991. She is also responsible for taking minutes at the Commission’s meetings and for providing general administrative support as required. Teri received a Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in Political Science and History from the University of Regina in 1985. She went on to complete a Master’s Degree in Library Science from the University of British Columbia in 1987. Before beginning her employment with the Pacific Salmon Commission, Teri held positions in several law libraries and at the Metropolitan Separate School Board (Toronto) Professional Library. Throughout her years with the Commission, Teri has learned more about the biology, management, and politics of Pacific Salmon than she ever thought possible. Teri lives in Vancouver with her husband John and with Katie, their Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking with her dog, painting, reading, and entertaining friends and family.

    tarita@psc.org Ext 638
  • Victor Keong

    Program Assistant: Restoration & Enhancement Funds
    Since 2006, Victor has been a Program Assistant with the PSC Endowment Funds. He holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University and a Diploma in Fish, Wildlife and Recreation Management and Administration from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Prior to his Endowment Fund work, Victor was an accountant and administrator with the BC Provincial Government and in private industry. A career change led to work as a fisheries technician with Fisheries & Oceans Canada and the PSC. Today Victor combines his past work experience by assisting in the day-to-day operations of the Northern, Southern, and Yukon River Panel Funds. Victor enjoys spending his free time with family and friends, hiking, and fishing.

    keong@psc.org Ext 613
  • Witty Lam

    Senior Accountant
    Witty joined the PSC Secretariat in June 2013 as an accounting assistant and she transitioned into the role of Accountant in 2015. She earned her Bachelor of Technology degree in Accounting and Diploma in Financial Management from British Columbia Institute of Technology and is well on her way to obtaining her Certified General Accountant designation. Her accounting background includes working in public practice and the international freight forwarding industry. At the Secretariat, she performs all accounting functions and also provides HR and administrative support. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking with her dog, watching movies, travelling, trying new cuisine, cooking, and gardening.

    lam@psc.org Ext 624
  • Yunbo Xie

    Hydroacoustics Scientist
    Yunbo joined Pacific Salmon Commission Secretariat in June 1995 as a hydroacoustics scientist after completing his post-doctoral research at University of Victoria and Institute of Ocean Sciences. He holds a Ph.D. in Acoustical Oceanography from the University of British Columbia (1991), a M.Sc. in Underwater Acoustics from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (1985), and a B.Sc. in Physics from the Ocean University of China (1982). Since joining the Secretariat, he has been involved in various research and developmental projects using non-invasive sonar technologies to estimate Pacific salmon stocks. Aside from a general interest in acoustic remote sensing of underwater objects, his research activities include acoustic monitoring and estimation of migratory salmon abundance and behaviour, design of user-interactive data-processing software for both the conventional and imaging sonar data, classifications of fish and non-fish targets, sampling designs for enumerating fish passage, as well as the precision and accuracy of estimates.

    xie@psc.org Ext 632