- Katie Schleit, Marine Campaign Coordinator
- Susanna Fuller, Marine Conservation Coordinator
- Heather Grant, Marine Communications Coordinator
- Chelsey Karbowski, Marine Conservation Officer
- Colleen Turlo, Sustainable Seafood Coordinator
- Shannon Arnold, Marine Policy Coordinator
- Travis Aten, Marine Conservation Officer
Marine Campaign Coordinator
Katie grew up in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia eating fresh seafood and spending summers at the beach or at the lakes. An ocean lover, she has traveled to six continents as a marine educator, advocate, researcher and tourist (and she’s determined to get to Antarctica someday)!
Katie spent two and half years with the Peace Corps in a coastal town in the Philippines working with women fishworker cooperatives and developing coastal education programs. She received a master’s degree in marine affairs from the University of Washington where she focused on community-based coastal management. Before joining the Ecology Action Centre, she worked at the Pew Environment Group in Washington, DC doing international marine policy on improving fisheries management and combating illegal fishing.
At the Ecology Action Centre, Katie is one of two Senior Coordinators on the marine team. She leads on the bluefin tuna, shark and forage fish conservation work and supports the Centre’s national and international fisheries efforts. She is also the Ecology Action Centre's representative to the Green Budget Coalition.
Marine Conservation Coordinator
Growing up by the ocean on Cape Breton Island, Susanna has always been at home in or near the water, spending her formative years sailing, swimming, and fishing perch by the wharf. Susanna heard news of the pending Atlantic cod collapse during a six month sailing expedition in 1991, steering her towards a career in marine conservation. She has done significant research on bycatch and habitat issues in fisheries, leading to her PhD work on the effects of bottom trawling on sponges in the North Atlantic.
Susanna has been an active member of the Ecology Action Centre for over a decade, working on marine, transportation, and green building issues, editing the Centre’s quarterly publication, and serving as Chair of the Board for three years. She became the Marine Conservation Coordinator in 2006. This past year she was recognized for her tireless effort on behalf of the environment and communities with an “Activist of the Year” award from Halifax’s weekly paper. Susanna finds time to recharge her batteries by enjoying gardening, cycling, and a fine pair of boots, among other things. An Islander through and through, she finds solace both in the frenetic bustle of downtown Manhattan and the serenity of small coastal communities like Ramea, Newfoundland.
Marine Communications Coordinator
After spending much of her childhood living aboard a boat in much warmer climates, Heather has been drawn to the ocean for as long as she can remember and spent much of her formative years exploring coral reefs by snorkel or scuba. Once these adventures ended, she returned to her home in Toronto to complete high school but always yearned to be back by the ocean. She then moved to Halifax to pursue the education in marine biology that she had been dreaming about since childhood. She graduated from Dalhousie University with a degree in Marine Biology while minoring in Environmental Science.
While she enjoyed her education, she was eager to get out into the world and start making a difference in ocean conservation. She started at the Ecology Action Centre in January 2012, and enjoys using her communications skills to amplify and celebrate the Ecology Action Centre's ocean advocacy and fisheries policy work. In addition to her overall communications and outreach work, Heather also contributes directly to the Ecology Action Centre's bluefin tuna, forage fish and shark conservation work.
Marine Conservation Officer
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Chelsey Karbowski is from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. She received a B.A in Aquatic Resources and Public Policy from StFX in 2013 and a Master’s degree in Coastal and Marine Resource Management from the University of Akureyri in Iceland in 2015.
Chelsey has done research on sea lice in Iceland and leatherback sea turtles in Costa Rica, the latter of which is her passion. She is continually expanding her knowledge of aquatic species and conservation which is why she joined our Marine team at the EAC in July of 2015. Currently her role as part of our Marine team is to help increase awareness and engagement, between fishermen, associations, first nations, communities, government and science, about important Atlantic Canadian groundfish and sensitive species.
Sustainable Seafood Coordinator
The awe and mystery of the oceans has led Colleen on many inspiring journeys, and continues to fuel her passion for ocean conservation and education. With an undergraduate degree in Aquatic Resource Management and Political Science (St. FX), and a Master’s degree in Marine Management (Dalhousie), Colleen has focused on many aspects of marine conservation, such as community-based fisheries management and the socio-economic impacts of marine spatial planning. After 5 years of teaching at the Korea Maritime and Ocean University in Busan, South Korea, as well as hosting a weekly marine affairs radio show, she returned to her hometown of Toronto in 2014 to work for Ocean Wise as the Eastern Canada Account Representative.
In joining the Ecology Action Centre as the Sustainable Seafood Coordinator, Colleen is thrilled to continue on her quest to effect change on the water through promoting sustainable fisheries and educating Canadians on the importance of choosing sustainable seafood to help preserve our delicate ocean ecosystems. Colleen works through our SeaChoice program to help accomplish our sustainable seafood goals.
Marine Policy Coordinator
Shannon's focus is on ensuring responsible fisheries management for long term ecological and economic sustainability at the local, national, and international level. She is the lead at the EAC on engagement in fisheries eco-certification and aquaculture policy and regulation. She has been working for 9 years in small scale fisheries, conservation research, and fisheries and marine policy development.
Marine Conservation Officer
Travis is from a small dairy farm located on Prince Edward Island. He received his B.A from St. Thomas University in 2015 with a double major in Political Science and Anthropology and a minor in History. Wanting to further his education, and bridge the gap between effective policy and science, Travis completed a Masters in Marine Management from Dalhousie University in December 2016. Particularly, Travis focused on biodiversity conservation for areas beyond national jurisdiction and oceans governance.
Now at the EAC as a Marine Conservation Officer, Travis is excited to start working in collaboration with other ENGOs, Indigenous Peoples, fishers, government, and the public to ensure that Canada reaches and exceeds the marine conservation target of 5% protection by 2017 and 10% protection by 2020. Travis is thrilled to start making a difference in ocean management and working with the wonderful individuals at the EAC.