Dr. Kes Morton PhD, PMP
Dr. Morton is the founder of Pisces Research Project Management Inc. She is a manager, scientist, and communicator; having over 15 years of management and research experience in industry, academia, and government. Dr. Morton’s credentials include a PhD in Marine Ecology, Project Management Professional certification, and Certificate in Financial Management. She is deeply passionate about the oceans and Canada’s role in ocean research and management. Dr. Morton uses these skill sets at the intersection of industry, academia and government for the betterment of ocean research. During her career Dr. Morton has coordinated project teams in 20 different countries, totaling over 450 scientists and over 170 million CAD across academia, government and industry.
VP Marketing & Communications
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.
Jr Business Development, Jr. Atlantic Ocean Advisor
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.
Sr. Data and Information Management Advisor, VP Business Development
Brad spent his childhood in, on, and around the ocean which has given him a deep appreciation for the importance of Canada’s waters. This appreciation paired with his background in Computer Science has allowed him to help the ocean science community to realize it’s goals for 7 years now. 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 the technology with experience as a full-stack web developer; including experience with databases, back-end scripting, data processing, visualization, web development, and server installation and maintenance. In addition he brings experience managing technical teams, building projects, writing proposals, and coordinating collaborative initiatives to the Pisces RPM team.
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.
Jr Ocean Programmer
Ellis Keener-LaCroix brings technical expertise in the form of general programming, web development, and data management to the Pisces team. He is presuming his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Dalhousie University. He has also helped his MATE ROV underwater robotics team reach internals multiple times. He enjoys creating fun and interesting things in the form of basic electronics and 3D printing projects, to full scale programming projects, Apart from coding, he has a passion for photography and video production.
Jr Ocean Programmer
Tamea brings technical experience from working as a Quality Assurance Specialist and as a Junior Web Developer on her past co-op work terms. She has worked with multiple programming languages and have collaborated on various projects that involved both frontend and backend development. Tamea is currently in her fourth year of perusing a Bachelor of Computer Science Degree at Acadia University. She is originally from Jamaica but is now slowly adjusting to the frequently changing Canadian weather. She is always willing to lend a helping hand to others, and loves learning new things.
Jr Ocean Programmer
Iain Mcilveen brings web development and programming experience as well as a passion for computer science to the Pisces team. He is in his fourth year pursuing an Honours Degree in Computer Science from Carleton University where he is learning a variety of skills which can be applied to his work at Pisces. Having grown up in Bedford, Nova Scotia and spending his summers in Kingsburg, Nova Scotia, Iain gained an appreciation for the Ocean as well as the natural environment around him. In his free time he enjoys a variety of activities from more programming, cycling, photography, and setting new high scores in Tetris.
Jr Ocean Programmer
Anaik is a fourth-year student undergoing her Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science at Dalhousie University. She is also part of the Women in Technology Society as their Marketing and PR representative; where she helps organize events, manage social media posts, and contribute to anything that involves empowering women in STEM fields. She is originally from El Salvador, a small tropical country in Latin America, but she currently resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In her free time, Anaik likes to play many video games and watch entire seasons of a series in one sitting.
Sr. Marketing & Communications, 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 with the Environment, Society and Policy Group. Melissa is passionate about protecting our marine environments and enjoys spending time near the water.
Sr. Financial Advisor, Sr. Indigenous Advisor
Brooke brings a background of experience and skills in oceans technology, database development and management, project management, and research. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology at Dalhousie University and subsequently obtained her Oceans Technology graduate certificate at NSCC. Brooke grew up in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and currently resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Growing up around the ocean motivated Brooke to focus her efforts on making a positive impact on the health of the ocean.
Ocean Research Product Owner
Lindsay brings knowledge from her involvement in a variety of ocean research projects investigating fish ecology and the aquatic environment. She is a marine biologist, holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Marine Biology from Dalhousie University, and is currently finishing her Master of Science in Biology with Acadia University. She upholds a passion for meaningful resource use and collaboration in research to achieve a common goal for the betterment of our oceans. Lindsay grew up in Nova Scotia and currently resides in Moncton, New Brunswick with her partner and dog.
Research Project Assistant
Kiersten Runte brings a background of research and field experience from her various academic pursuits. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Biology from Dalhousie University, where she did bioacoustics research on the discovery of an unknown beaked whale click off West Africa. She also received the Indigenous Studies certificate from Dalhousie University and is passionate about combining western science with Indigenous ways of knowing and committing to the guiding principles of two-eyed seeing. She is a proud volunteer with the Marine Animal Response Society, where she had an extraordinary (and stinky) experience extracting the skeleton of an 82-foot female Blue Whale. She has a passion for science communications and ocean education, and brings an enthusiastic spirit to her work. She has a special interest in working and supporting Arctic Communities and efforts in polar sciences, as well as the exciting new developments in ocean technology. Kiersten has always enjoyed being in and near the water, with a special love for cold-water swims in lakes that tend to still have ice in them.
Jr Indigenous Partnerships Advisor
Randy is an Anishnaabe-kwe from Wiikwemikoong and is currently residing in Peterborough / Nogojiwanong. Randy brings in Indigenous lived experience and has advanced her knowledge regarding Indigenous communities, issues, and initiatives through her degree. She is set to graduate in June, receiving a BA (Hons) in Sociology with a Specialization in Criminology and Sociolegal Studies and a Minor in Indigenous Studies. She hopes to utilize two-eyed seeing in places of work and bring Indigenous voices forward in different sectors. She enjoys crocheting and continuing to learn Anishnaabemowin.