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.
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.
Ocean Research Project Officer
Nicole Kaechele brings a combination of skills, education, and experience to support her work with communities, governments, and organizations in areas of strategic planning, facilitation, project analysis, and management. Nicole uses a variety of qualitative and quantitative tools to aid people in identifying and articulating what matters to them as a means of building better, more resilient processes and projects. Nicole holds an undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies and Philosophy from the University of Victoria and a master’s degree in Resource and Environmental Management from Dalhousie University. She has additional training in Conflict Resolution and in Structured Decision Making. She lives in Nuxalk Nation territory on the west coast of British Columbia with her husband and two children.
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.
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.
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.