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.
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Stock ID BiologistExt 625
Angela has a B.Sc. in Environmental Science (U.B.C) and an M.Sc. in Ecology (U. of Alberta). During two salmon seasons in 2017 and 2018, Angela worked with the Stock Assessment group and the Test Fishing group. She helped run salmon run size assessments, worked as a test fishing observer, and further developed her programming skills in R and VBA. Angela has been able to apply her knowledge of relational databases, Excel and GIS in her work. In 2019, she officially joined the PSC as a Salmon Data Technician and currently fulfills the role of Stock ID Biologist. During the active salmon season, she works with the Stock ID manager and scale lab to analyze DNA stock composition data and scale pattern data. During the rest of the year, she works on different projects involving data processing, statistical analyses, or reducing uncertainty in data sets related to stock composition. Outside of work, she loves travelling, trying new foods and spending time outdoors!
Manager: Test Fishing OperationsExt 629
Benia joined the PSC as the Test Fishing Operations Manager in the spring of 2020. She completed her MSc in Biology in 2019 at Dalhousie University as part of the Ocean Tracking Network. Her research investigated the use of grey seals as autonomous oceanographic samplers and the influence of environmental conditions on the foraging ecology of this species. Benia then worked with DFO Maritimes studying the development of foraging patterns in juvenile grey seals. Through these projects, she developed an interest in fisheries biology and the importance of management, leading her to the PSC. Benia also holds a BSc (Hons.) in Biology from Queen’s University. In her free time, she can be found exploring the outdoors, snorkelling, running, playing sports, or gardening.
Scale Lab TechnicianExt 635
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 preparing samples, aging otoliths and scales.
Chief, Fisheries Management ScienceExt 614
Catherine joined the Pacific Salmon Commission in 2007 and currently serves as Chief of Fisheries Management Science. She co-leads the Fisheries Management Division with the Chief of Fisheries Management Programs.
Catherine 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. She worked 7 years in Europe on the assessment of Atlantic salmon stocks in the Baltic Sea before joining the PSC. At the PSC, her initial role was 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 2019, her role focusses on providing scientific supervision and leadership to Fisheries Management Division staff.
Assistant Quantitative Biologist
Christopher joined the PSC in early 2021 to work as the Assistant Quantitative Biologist. He holds a BA in Biology and Environmental Studies from Whitman College and an MMA from the University of Washington. Originally from Seattle, WA, he worked in salmon management and conservation all along the Pacific coast, from Bristol Bay in Alaska to the upper Sacramento River in northern California before coming to the PSC. Outside of the office, his interests include backcountry skiing, fly-fishing, and exploring the mountains, rivers, and forests of the West Coast.
Administrative Assistant: Restoration and Enhancement FundsExt 643
Christina joined the Secretariat in the summer of 2015 as a seasonal hydroacoustics technician and continued her employment with the PSC in the scale lab. Today, in addition to working in the scale lab, Christina is the Administrative Assistant to the Restoration and Enhancement funds. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Ecological Restoration and Diploma in Fish, Wildlife and Recreation from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.
Salmon Data Technician
Dejan has been working with the PSC since 2012, starting out as a port sampler and taking over sampling coordination duties in 2018. He is currently working with the Stock ID team as the Salmon Data Technician and is responsible for running in-season sampling programs and developing Excel and R applications to improve the stock identification process. Dejan has a B.Sc. in Marine Biology from UBC and two diplomas from BCIT: Fish, Wildlife and Recreation, and Computer Systems Technology.
Quantitative BiologistExt 634
Eric has worked at the PSC since the summer of 2017. He started out as the Sampling Coordination and Test Fishing Assistant before becoming the Test Fishing Operations Manager in early 2018. He managed the test fishing program for two years before moving to his current position as a Quantitative Biologist in early 2020. Prior to working at the PSC, Eric lived in Kingston, ON. He became interested in fisheries research while living and working at the Queen’s University Biological Station on Lake Opinicon. He completed his Master’s degree at Queen’s University where his graduate work focused on modelling littoral fish species occupancy in Lake Ontario and the upper St. Lawrence River. Eric works collaboratively with others within the Fisheries Management Division preforming quantitative analyses and helping to improve the availability and accessibility of the data managed by the PSC.
Chief, Fisheries Management ProgramsExt 645
Fiona joined the Pacific Salmon Commission in 2001 and currently serves as Chief of Fisheries Management Programs. She co-leads the Fisheries Management Division with the Chief of Fisheries Management Science. Prior to this role, she managed the stock identification group and before that the 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 stock identification and riverine acoustics and now continues to challenge her knowledge and understanding by providing operational oversight and ensuring the successful implementation of strategic and workflow plans as well as oversee the regular communication of Fraser River Panel related information and reports. In her spare time, Fiona enjoys running, hiking in the coastal mountains and long walks with her dog.
Director of FinanceExt 621
As Director of Finance, 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.
Senior Hydroacoustics Technician
Jacqueline received a Bachelor of Natural Resource Science from Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, B.C. In 2001, she joined the Pacific Salmon Commission as a technician to support aging and stock identification with the Secretariat’s scale lab. Currently, she serves as a Hydroacoustics Technician with the stock monitoring team. In this role, Ms. Nelitz is responsible for helping to manage the hydroacoustics field program in Abbotsford, BC. This unique position involves a combination of working in the field and the office. During the summer months, Jacqueline can be found at the hydroacoustics site where she supervises up to 10 seasonal staff, assists in the collection and processing of various sonar systems (ARIS, DIDSON, Biosonics DT-X, HTI), and uses multiple acoustic software (Echoview, Biosonics Visual Habitat and Visual Acquisition and in-house software) to produce in-season migration estimates of Fraser River sockeye and pink salmon passage. Jacqueline spends the remaining nine months working from the Secretariat office on Robson Street where she supports the research scientist and fisheries biologist with hydroacoustics projects, and also puts her key organizational skills to use with program planning and maintenance.
When not working, her two young children keep her busy and active.Ext 639
Chinook Technical Committee CoordinatorExt 631
Jessica joined the Secretariat in 2019, first as a stock assessment assistant then transitioned into her current role as Chinook Technical Committee Coordinator in May 2020. She graduated from Simon Fraser University in 2019 with her Master’s degree in Resource and Environmental Management. Her research focused on estimating productivity trends of Pacific herring stocks throughout the Northeast Pacific Ocean and she worked as a teaching assistant for as many classes as she could while at SFU. Prior to graduate school, she spent a few years counting (and catching and eating) sockeye salmon in a remote wilderness area in Southeast Alaska while coordinating science education programs for the Sitka Tribe of Alaska. Before moving to Alaska, she worked as a fisheries observer in the Bering Sea and West Coast groundfish fisheries, enjoying the great diversity of fishes she saw while at sea. When not working, Jessica can be found hiking, skiing, cooking, or near any body of water with her lab Marco.
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.Ext 622
Information Technology ManagerExt 626
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.
Administrative AssistantExt 610
Julie joined the Pacific Salmon Commission Secretariat in September 2016 to cover administrative tasks, and assist staff wherever needed. She has several years of varied office experience 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.
Scale AnalystExt 628
Julie started in the scale lab at the PSC in the spring of 2000. She has many years’ experience analyzing scales and otoliths in support of the Fraser River management program. She holds a diploma of technology from British Columbia Institute of Technology in Fish, Wildlife and Recreation.
Meeting PlannerExt 620
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.
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.
Database ManagerExt 612
Mark joined the secretariat in May of 2018 with 30 years experience working with Databases, Data Systems, and Software Development. His broad experience includes (but is not limited to): starting and co-owning a software development house, leading development teams, acting as CTO with a data warehouse firm, and building data management systems for environmental engineering and waste remediation industries. In his role at the secretariat he oversees the maintenance and development of in house systems for Fraser River salmon management and helps the CTC with their systems and database management.
Manager: Scale LabExt 623
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.
Stock Assessment BiologistExt 618
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.
Mike Bartel Sawatzky
Senior Hydroacoustic TechnicianExt 633
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.
Fisheries BiologistExt 645
Rachael joined the PSC in 2020 as a Fisheries Biologist, splitting her time between the Hydroacoustic and Stock Assessment programs. She graduated from Queen’s University in 2016 with a Master of Science focusing on freshwater fisheries ecology. Rachael’s main area of research is the population and movement ecology of sport fish in large lake systems. She brought this experience to various biologist positions with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the BC Conservation Foundation and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. She is always searching for opportunities to expand her knowledge and understanding of fisheries management. Outside of work, Rachael can be found out on the water or enjoying hiking and camping in the mountains.
Stock Assessment Assistant
Serena joined the PSC as the Stock Assessment Assistant at the beginning of 2021. She completed her BSc in Biology at Queen’s University where she grew fascinated by the intersection between science and policy that fisheries management provides. At Queen’s, she studied the timing of bass nest development in Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River and its implications for the management of the recreational bass fishery. Serena went on to complete a MSc in Biology at Simon Fraser University in 2020 where her graduate research focused on the relationships between physiology and life histories in fishes, particularly elasmobranchs. Throughout her research, Serena developed her statistical skills as well as her knowledge of fish biology. In her free time, Serena enjoys spending time outdoors through hiking, camping, skiing, and snorkelling.
Manager: Stock IdentificationExt 617
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.
Librarian, Archivist, and Records ManagerExt 638
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.
Manager: Restoration and Enhancement FundsExt 619
Tom joined the PSC in 2020 and he has overall responsibility for management of the Northern, Southern and Yukon River Panel Restoration and Enhancement Funds. Prior to this, Tom worked for the UK Civil Service where he was responsible for setting up and managing international climate finance grant programmes and policy initiatives that aimed to reduce tropical deforestation. He has a BSc in Biology from Imperial College London and an MSc in Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture from the University of Exeter, where his work focussed on predicting how climate change is likely to affect the distribution and abundance of the European sardine in British waters. He enjoys cooking, fishing, travelling, hiking, camping and anything else that gets him outside and exploring this beautiful part of the world.
Program Assistant: Restoration & Enhancement FundsExt 613
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.
Senior AccountantExt 624
Witty joined the Pacific Salmon Commission Secretariat in June 2013. She started as the Accounting Assistant and transitioned into the role of Senior Accountant in 2017. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from British Columbia Institute of Technology. Her accounting background includes working in public practice and the international freight forwarding industry. At the Secretariat, she manages all accounting functions and also provides human resources and administrative support. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking with her dog, watching movies, travelling and gardening.
Hydroacoustics ScientistExt 632
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.