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.
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.
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.
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.
Virtual Office Manager
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.
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.
Dan Mendoza Kariya
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.
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.
Jr. Business Development and Arctic Specialist
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.
Jr. Financial Advisor, Jr. 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 Projects Assistant
Bronwen Hughes joins Pisces RPM with previous work experience in the ocean sector. Her skill set includes research and analytical thinking, project management, and navigating the science-policy interface. She earned an Honours Bachelor of Science in Ocean Science (2018) and a Master of Marine Management (2020) from Dalhousie University. She has been a member of the Navy Reserves since 2014, and loves being out on the water. Bronwen and her husband divide their time between Dartmouth and Barrington, Nova Scotia, with their golden retriever and two cats. In her free time, Bronwen loves hiking, birding, and baking bread.