The Pacific Salmon Foundation is comprised of an expert team that draws on advanced education in marine biology; environmental sciences; fisheries science, policy and management; program management; finance; event management; fundraising; and communications and marketing.

Main Phone: 604-664-7664


Brian Riddell
President & CEO

Brian Riddell

Dr. Brian Riddell is the President and CEO of the Pacific Salmon Foundation, an independent, non-governmental organization dedicated to creating a sustainable future for wild Pacific salmon and their habitat. Founded in 1987, the foundation operates with an annual budget of $9 million and makes grants to community-based salmon conservation projects in British Columbia and the Yukon.

Riddell is an internationally recognized fisheries scientist who has extensive experience in fisheries management and environmental policy development.

Among numerous professional distinctions, Riddell serves as a member of the Royal Society of Canada’s Expert Panel on Ocean Climate Change and Marine Biodiversity. He is also an appointed Canadian Commissioner to the Pacific Salmon Commission, the body formed by the governments of Canada and the United States to implement the Pacific Salmon Treaty.

Prior to joining the Pacific Salmon Foundation in February 2009, Riddell worked for 30 years in various scientific research and management positions with the Government of Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Riddell was the scientific lead in the creation of Canada’s Policy for Conservation of Wild Pacific Salmon, for which he received the Government of Canada’s Public Service Distinction Award in 2005. He also contributed to the development of the Pacific Salmon Treaty, the 1985 bi-lateral agreement between Canada and the United States governing management, research and enhancement of Pacific salmon.

As a scientist, Riddell is widely published with more than 100 publications in primary scientific literature and secondary literature utilized by the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans. His fields of research focus on salmon population biology and genetics, international fisheries management, and formulation of science-based policy for conservation and utilization of salmon. He is a sought-after speaker for national and international conferences and is frequently contacted by news media for comment on salmon and water management issues.

Riddell earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from the University of Guelph in 1974. He completed his doctoral studies in salmon biology and genetics at McGill University in 1979. 

Residents of Nanaimo, B.C., Brian and his wife Lorna have three grown children. Lorna is a secondary school teacher while putting up with Brian’s work and travel for 35 years.


Development and Communications

Michael Meneer
Vice President, Development, Communications and Marketing

Michael Meneer

Vice President – Development, Communications and Marketing

Michael Meneer is Vice President for Development, Marketing and Communications with the Pacific Salmon Foundation in Vancouver, British Columbia. Since joining the foundation in May 2009, he has helped expand public exposure through new corporate marketing partnerships and significantly increased philanthropic donations.

Michael has more than ten years of public affairs, strategic communications and political experience in the United States and Canada. He was an independent communications consultant in Vancouver from 2007-2009, working with the Vancouver Economic Development Commission, Simon Fraser University and former Vancouver councillor Peter Ladner. Before moving to Vancouver in 2007, he worked for seven years in Washington, D.C. as an association executive director, journalist and communications officer for two NGOs.

Michael earned a Bachelor's degree in History from The Ohio State University in 1997 and a Master's degree in Journalism and Public Affairs from American University in 2004. Prior to moving to Vancouver, Michael was communications vice president for the Council on Competitiveness - a group of CEOs, university presidents and labour leaders who collaborated on economic policy. Michael was previously director of communications for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, serving as the organization's media spokesman during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He was also the executive director of a national association devoted to increasing public service when the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks occurred. He travelled the country speaking to business, charitable and philanthropic organizations and lobbied the U.S. Congress to support the AmeriCorps and Peace Corps national service programs.

Michael is active in the Vancouver community as a trustee of City in Focus. His wife, Dr. Elizabeth Marshall, is an associate professor of education at Simon Fraser University. Michael and his wife have a five year-old daughter and live in Yaletown.

Contact Michael Meneer at (604) 664-7664, extension 127 or

Margaret Buttner
Manager, Annual and Planned Giving
Cory Matheson
Manager, Business Development
Elayne Sun
Manager, Communications and Marketing
Catherine Lee
Development Administrator


Brenda McIntyre
Director, Events
Christina McIntyre
Manager, Events
Christie Clarke
Events Assistant

Salmon Recovery Programs

Dianne Ramage
Director, Salmon Recovery Programs
Jim Shinkewski
Manager, Salmon Recovery Programs

Salmon Watersheds Program

Katrina Connors
Director, Salmon Watersheds Program
Eric Hertz
Analyst, Salmon Watersheds Program
Leah Honka
Coordinator, Salmon Watersheds Program
Eileen Jones
Manager, Salmon Watersheds Program
Katy Kellock
GIS Specialist, Salmon Watersheds Program

Finance and Administration

Tim Sucic
Vice President, Operations
Fei Zhong