Team

Dr. Kes Morton, Founder & CEO

Dr. Kes Morton, PhD, PMP, is a manager, scientist, and communicator, with over 15 years of ocean management experience in industry, academia, and government. With a passion for the oceans and efficient use of resources, Dr. Morton has extensive experience bringing together teams from different backgrounds to achieve a common purpose. Dr. Morton has managed teams of over 450 scientists from over 20 different countries. Dr. Morton has a PhD in Marine Ecology, a Project Management Professional designation, and a Certificate in Financial Management.

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Katie Cook, COO & Sr. Atlantic Advisor

Katie Cook has over 10 years of experience working in project coordination, marketing, communications, administration, website and social media management. Her skill set includes graphic design, event planning, budget management, basic accounting, and HR.  Katie is passionate about the oceans, outdoors and the environment.

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Brad Covey, CTO & Sr. Data & Information Manager

Brad Covey spent his childhood in, on, and around the ocean giving him deep appreciation for the importance of Canada’s waters. Paired with his background in Computer Science he has helped the ocean science community realize it’s goals for the past 7 years. Brad helped to shape the Canadian Integrated Ocean Observing System (CIOOS) and built operational data systems for real-time monitoring programs. He brings expertise in the scientific data management space including a thorough understanding of the data management principles and standards needed for international data exchange and sharing. Brad also brings a passion for technology with experience as a full-stack web developer; including experience with databases, back-end scripting, data processing, visualization, web development, server installation and maintenance. In addition he brings experience managing technical teams, building projects, writing proposals, and coordinating collaborative initiatives to the PiscesRPM team.

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Melissa Weber, VP. Business Development & Sr. Arctic Advisor

Melissa Weber brings expertise in research from her experiences in academia. She is a social scientist and has worked with three Inuit communities in Nunavut on various projects related to the marine environment. She holds a Honours Bachelor of Arts in Geography from the University of Ottawa and a Master of Arts from the University of Waterloo. She is currently finishing her PhD at the University of Ottawa. Melissa is passionate about protecting our marine environments and enjoys spending time near the water.

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Jessica Hurtubise, Sr. Business Development Coordinator

Jessica Hurtubise brings expertise from the western Arctic in project coordination in industry, public service, and non-profit sectors. She is a marine biologist and environmental scientist currently living in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Her experience spans multiple provinces and territories, having focused on species at risk conservation, national fisheries reconciliation policy, acoustic telemetry coding, open-access ocean data, and Métis rights in environmental conservation in the Arctic. She holds an Honours B.Sc Honours Co-op in Marine Biology and Oceanography from Dalhousie University. She is fluent in both French and English and is a certified scuba diver.

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Anaik Chacon, Sr. Ocean Programmer & Jr. Data Management Advisor

Anaik Chacon obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science at Dalhousie University in 2022. She was part of the Women in Technology Society as their Marketing and PR representative; where she helped organize events, manage social media posts, and contribute to anything that involves empowering women in STEM fields. Anaik is interested in developing her skills as a front-end developer, focusing on building elaborate web applications. She also wants to help expand the ways that we are able to support ocean projects. She is originally from El Salvador, but she currently resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In her free time, Anaik likes to play many video games and watch movies. Within Pisces RPM, Anaik sits on the internal EDI (Equality, Diversity & Inclusion) committee.

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Ellis Keener-LaCroix, Sr. Ocean Programmer & Jr. Data Management Advisor

Ellis is in the process of obtaining his bachelor's degree in computer science at the University of Dalhousie. Ellis has spent a lot of time around ocean projects, the first being ROV robotics competitions, and more recently he has been working with ocean sector companies such as COVE and CEOTR. He brings technical expertise to Pisces RPM in the form of full stack web development and data management. In his free time he tinkers with electronics and programming with some video games on the side as he’s the president of the Dal Esports Society.

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Kyryn Swanson, Jr Atlantic Ocean Advisor & Jr Business Development

Kyryn Swanson brings a combination of skills and experience to work in communications, social media management, multilingualism, and in facilitating data entry, updates, and problem solving, with two summer work terms of experience in communications. She is currently in a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and German at Dalhousie University. Kyryn lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia,  with a passion for hiking and being in nature.

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Corinna Francis, Jr. Financial Advisor & Jr. Atlantic Advisor

Corinna Francis is bringing in a lot of experience with accounting, finances, office management and HR. She gained all of her experience through working in management roles in retail and working in the banking industry. She is currently living in Gander, Newfoundland with her husband and two daughters. She loves to spend her time with her family and being able to help others through volunteer work.

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Lindsay Carrol, HR & Ocean Research Product Owner

Lindsay Carroll joins Pisces RPM with a variety of experience in ocean science and biological research. She is a marine biologist and has assisted on many projects examining the ecology and biology of marine fishes in regions such as Fiji, Bahamas, Gulf of St Lawrence, North Atlantic Ocean and Bay of Fundy. She holds an Honours BSc in Marine Biology and is currently finishing her MSc in Biology. Her MSc research is a part of Apoqnmatulti’k, a collaborative study that pairs Mi’kmaw and local ways of knowing with western scientific methods to learn more about the movement and habitat use of valued species. She brings a passion for meaningful resource use and collaboration in research to achieve a common goal for the betterment of our oceans. She has completed the Fundamentals of The First Nations Principles of OCAP Course, and within Pisces RPM, Lindsay sits on the internal EDI (Equality, Diversity & Inclusion) committee.

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Kiersten Runte, Science Communication Specialist

Kiersten Runte joins Pisces RPM with a varied background in marine science research and science communications. She is a marine biologist that has spent 10+ years living and studying in Atlantic Canada, and also has a special interest in polar sciences and ocean technology. She received her BSc in Marine Biology from Dalhousie University, where she conducted thesis level research on cetacean bioacoustics. Kiersten is not afraid to get her hands wet out in the field, taking part in fieldwork such as satellite shark tagging, coastal ecology, passive acoustics and the necropsy and extraction of a Blue Whale skeleton. Kiersten holds an Indigenous Studies Certificate from Dalhousie University, and is dedicated to the guiding principles of two-eyed seeing and creating better collaboration between western science techniques and Indigenous ways of knowing. She has experience in science communication, ocean education and science leadership, and enjoys collaborating creatively with others. Kiersten brings dedication and enthusiasm to her work, and is passionate about marine conservation.

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Tamea Queensborough, Jr. Ocean Programmer & Jr. Data Management Advisor

Tamea Queensborough joins Pisces RPM with experience she has gained from her previous co-op work terms where she worked as a Quality Assurance Specialist, and a Jr. Web App Developer. She also has technical experience through working part-time as a Jr. Software Developer. Tamea is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Computer Science Degree at Acadia University. Tamea considers herself a team player and is always willing to assist wherever she can. Within Pisces RPM, Tamea sits on the internal EDI (Equality, Diversity & Inclusion) committee.

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Sage Northcott, Jr Atlantic Ocean Advisor & Jr Business Development

Sage Northcott is centered in St. John’s, NL, driven by a love for the surrounding Atlantic Ocean. She puts forward skills in communication, coordination and administration. With experience ranging from implementing energy efficiency solutions in Northern Labrador to coordinating beach cleanups in the Philippines, she brings a fresh scope to the team. Sage graduated from Memorial University with a bachelors in Ocean Sciences focusing in Environmental Systems and has a passion for coastal management and marine conservation.  Her previous work coordinating energy efficiency upgrades in Labrador has fueled her passion for reducing carbon emissions. Sage has experience working with R and ArcGIS to analyze geological and spatial data.

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