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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

To reach a PSF Staff member, please contact support@psf.ca with your inquiry to be redirected.


Emiliano DiCicco
Fish Health Researcher, Strategic Salmon Health Initiative

Emiliano DiCicco

Dr. Di Cicco obtained both his Veterinary Medicine Doctorate and his PhD in Veterinary Sciences at the University of Camerino (Italy), dealing with Fish Health and Fish Histopathology on rainbow trout and aquarium/ornamental fish. He also spent the first year of PhD studies at the Centre of Coastal Health, at the Vancouver Island University (VIU), focusing on the assessment of sustainability indicators for salmon farming in British Columbia. He then worked as Fish Histopathology Consultant for the Department of Veterinary Sciences of the University of Camerino.

Dr. Di Cicco is currently the Project Manager of the Strategic Salmon Health Initiative (SSHI).  He also works as a researcher for the SSHI  using novel molecular approaches to provide insight on fish diseases.

Jason Hwang
Pacific Salmon Foundation
Vice President, Salmon

Jason Hwang

Jason started his career as a Habitat Biologist at Fisheries and Oceans Canada for the BC Interior North region. He reviewed development projects to assess their impact on fish habitat as well as engaged in community outreach. Jason was also the lead on the Nechako Fisheries Conservation Program Technical Committee where they assessed Alcan’s flow releases in the Nechako River to lessen the impact on salmon.

In 1999, Jason was promoted to Area Manager, Ecosystem Management Branch for the BC Interior. He managed the habitat program as well as the Salmonid Enhancement Program, which consisted of thirty-five staff and a $4M budget. He built relationships across stakeholders in industry, NGO’s, government, First Nations and the public to increase awareness and buy-in for habitat conservation and restoration.

In 2012, Jason changed roles to represent DFO’s Pacific region in the national context during changes to the Fisheries Act. Jason gathered input and feedback to help create a
new Fisheries Protection Policy and regulatory framework. He also served as the link between DFO and the provincial/local governments of BC and the Yukon. He acted as a subject matter expert and advised the policy writers of key issues and considerations.

In 2015, Jason moved into the Regional Manager, Salmon Enhancement Program for the Pacific Region position. He managed a budget of $9M, forty-five staff and more than 10,000 volunteers. He worked with PSF as well as other NGO’s and stakeholders to build
strong partnerships and enable salmon habitat restoration and increase community involvement.

Jason earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Simon Fraser University in 1994. He also earned a Technical Diploma in Fisheries, Wildlife & Recreation from the British Columbia Institute of Technology in 1991.

Michael Meneer
President & CEO

Michael Meneer

Michael Meneer has two decades of experience in journalism, fundraising and public affairs in the United States and Canada. Michael has been President and CEO of the Pacific Salmon Foundation since April 2019 and prior to that was Vice President for Development, Communications and Marketing for ten years. He helped to generate significant growth in PSF’s fundraising, communications and government relations during that period. This included leadership roles in the fundraising campaign for the $13 million Salish Sea Marine Survival Project and the successful effort to return 100% of Salmon Conservation Stamp revenue to PSF’s Community Salmon Program. 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. This included stints at the ABC News affiliate in the nation’s capital, Catholic Charities and the U.S. Council on Competitiveness. 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. While a college student, Michael joined AmeriCorps, the domestic Peace Corps, and was a literacy instructor for low-income children in Columbus, Ohio. That experience led to his appointment as executive director of the national AmeriCorps alumni association in Washington D.C. He travelled the country speaking to charitable and philanthropic organizations and lobbied the U.S. Congress to support the Peace Corps and AmeriCorps. In his spare time, Michael is also a film and television actor and media commentator on U.S. politics.

Contact Michael Meneer at (604) 664-7664 or president@psf.ca

Isobel Pearsall
Strait of Georgia Coordinator, Salish Sea Marine Survival Project

Isobel Pearsall

Dr. Isobel Pearsall has worked for the Pacific Salmon Foundation since 2009, and is the Project Co-ordinator for the Pacific Salmon Foundation's Salish Sea Marine Survival Project and the Manager of the PSF/UBC Strait of Georgia Data Centre. She holds a First Class degree in Pure and Applied Biology from Oxford University, a M.Sc. in Ecology from the Department of Biology at Dalhousie University, and a Ph.D. in Ecology from the Department of Plant Science, UBC. After her Ph.D. studies, she taught at San Diego State University, and was then a post-doctoral fellow in Ecosystem Management at the Pacific Biological Station, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Nanaimo. Since 1995, she has worked as a scientist on numerous programs for government, non-profit organizations and private industry. She is an Adjunct Professor at UBC. 


Cell: 1 250-716-6692
Brian Riddell
Science Advisor

Brian Riddell

Prior to joining the Pacific Salmon Foundation, Brian worked for 30 years in research and management positions in Science Branch, Department of Fisheries and Oceans; where he co-authored Canada’s Policy for Conservation of Wild Pacific Salmon (2005), and provided science advice to the Pacific Salmon Treaty. Since joining the Pacific Salmon Foundation (2009), he established the Salish Sea Marine Survival Project and the research network necessary to undertake this international project (www.marinesurvivalproject.com).

He has served as a member of the Royal Society of Canada’s Expert Panel on Ocean Climate Change and Marine Biodiversity; he is currently a Canadian Commissioner to the Pacific Salmon Commission; was a member of the Province of BC’s Minister of Agriculture’s Advisory Council on Finfish Aquaculture (2018), and mostly joined the Board of Directors for the new Salish Sea Institute, Western Washington University.  

In February, 2015; he was recognized nationally as one of “50 Notable Canadians” in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Canadian flag.  Most recently, Brian has received the 2017 Murray Newman Award in Marine Conservation from the Vancouver Aquarium; and in May, will be inducted into the Fraser River Hall of Fame at the Fraser River Discovery Centre in New Westminster.  

Tim Sucic
Vice President & CFO

Development, Communications, Marketing and Events

Margaret Buttner
Manager, Annual and Planned Giving
Christie Clarke
Events Assistant
Daniel Lanigan
Communications Coordinator
Catherine Lee
Office Administrator
Cory Matheson
Senior Manager, Business Development
Christina McIntyre
Senior Manager, Events and Communications
Elayne Sun
Manager, Communications and Marketing

Salmon Recovery Programs

Jim Shinkewski
Manager, Salmon Recovery Programs

Salmon Watersheds Program

Katrina Connors
Director, Salmon Watersheds Program
Eric Hertz
Analyst, Salmon Watersheds Program

Eric Hertz

Eric Hertz is an Analyst with the Pacific Salmon Foundation - Salmon Watersheds Program, where he leads the data compilation and synthesis efforts to understand the status of salmon populations across British Columbia. Prior to joining the Pacific Salmon Foundation, Eric received his Ph.D. from the University of Victoria in 2016, where he studied the early marine ecology of juvenile Chinook salmon. Following this, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Simon Fraser University, where he worked on a collaborative project with the Heiltsuk, Kitasoo/Xai'xais, Nuxalk, and Wuikinuxv First Nations to better understand spatial and temporal changes in the abundance of salmon in their territories.

Leah Honka
Program Coordinator, Salmon Watersheds Program

Leah Honka

Leah Honka has been working with the Pacific Salmon Foundation for the past 3.5 years as the Coordinator of the Salmon Watersheds Program. She has extensive experience working on British Columbia’s west coast in marine sciences, as well as in marine conservation and education. Her past experiences range from working as a field technician on research projects based out of the Northwest Territories, the Broughton Archipelago in BC, and Costa Rica, as an At-Sea Fisheries Observer off the BC coast, and as a naturalist aboard whale watching vessels and sailboats. She completed her Masters in Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University in 2014, with her studies focused on researching sea otters in the wild, in collaboration with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the Hakai Institute, and the Heiltsuk First Nation.

Eileen Jones
Program Manager, Salmon Watersheds Program
Katy Kellock
GIS Specialist, Salmon Watersheds Program

Finance and Administration

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