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
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 Member Experience for the Alpha Eta chapter of Alpha Gamma Delta, is the president 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
Events Coordinator and 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.

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



Katrina Tomas
Jr Data and Information Manager

Katrina Tomas brings a multidisciplinary approach to Pisces with her background in design.
She was the Design Representative for her final academic school year at NSCAD University and graduated with a Bachelor of Design in April 2020. Katrina’s skill-set ranges from print, digital, web-based design, UI/UX, packaging design, and product design. Having grown up around the ocean, Katrina wants to create an impact through design not only in her field of study but also in the Ocean Tech industry.


Ellis Keener-LaCroix
Jr Developer

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.

Ellis Keener-LaCroix on LinkedIn


Samuel Ertel
Jr. Finance Officer

Samuel Ertel lives in Toronto, and is currently in his final year as a specialist in finance and economics at the University of Toronto. He brings a background in budgeting, bookkeeping, forecasting, valuations and taxes. Aside from school and work, he enjoys hockey, basketball, and playing music with his roommates, as well as camping and spending time at the cottage. 

Samuel Ertel on LinkedIn


Dan Mendoza Kariya
Ocean Programmer

Dan comes from a multicultural background (Spain/Japan) and is now pursuing a degree in Computer Science in Acadia University. He brings technical experience in software development, database management, and high-level programming. He volunteers in Acadia Robotics Championships, inspiring kids to learn computer science. Apart from programming, he enjoys writing stories, video production, and laughing.   

Dan Mendoza Kariya on LinkedIn


Anaik Chacon
Ocean Programmer

Anaik Chacon has experience as a programmer. She has done work involving web design, data management, and software development. Anaik is undergoing her Bachelor’s Degree inComputer Science at Dalhousie University and is part of the Women in Technology Society as their Marketing and PR representative, where she helps organise 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 code, play many video games and watch entire seasons of a series in one sitting.   

Anaik Chacon on LinkedIn


Melissa Weber
Ocean Allies Intern

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.

Melissa Weber on LinkedIn


Maleeha Saadat
Virtual Office Manager

Maleeha is pursuing her CPA and currently in her final year of Accounting and finance. She brings a background in auditing, financial and managerial accounting, financial advisory, budgeting and forecasting, taxes, event Management and intercultural communication. Aside from school and work, she believes in giving back to community since high school she is mentoring students domestically as well as internationally. She also possesses a great knowledge of history and geography. She is currently living in Ottawa. Fun fact about her: she is a pro horse rider.

Maleeha Saadat on LinkedIn