Team

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Dr. Kes Morton PhD, PMP

Founder 

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.

Dr. Kes Morton on LinkedIn

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Katie Cook
Coordinator of Operations & 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.

Katie Cook on LinkedIn

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Daniel Kyte
Oceans Project Assistant 

Daniel Kyte brings years of experience in organization, coordination and time management to the Pisces team.  He gained this experience in both work and his personal life as a busy father and Captain of his Ultimate Frisbee team. Daniel received a BA in English from Acadia University and has spent over 15 years working with people with special needs and mental health issues.  Daniel lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia with his wife, two daughters and chocolate lab.

Daniel Kyte on LinkedIn

Olivia Handspiker

Olivia Handspiker
Ocean Programmer  

Olivia Handspiker brings experience in the technical area, with specialized skills in web design and development, high-level coding, and database management. She is currently working on a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science at Dalhousie University. She also serves as Vice President of Philanthropy for the Alpha Eta chapter of Alpha Gamma Delta, is a general member of Dalhousie’s Women in Technology Society, and volunteers as a mentor at the Halifax chapter of Canada Learning Code.

Olivia Handspiker on LinkedIn

Kyryn Swanson

Kyryn Swanson
Ocean Communications and Public Relations Coordinator  

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.

Kyryn Swanson on LinkedIn

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Brad Covey
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.

Brad Covey on LinkedIn