Michael Meneer and Jason Hwang

From left: Michael Meneer; Jason Hwang

March 12, 2019


Michael Meneer named President and CEO; Jason Hwang named Vice President, Salmon

VANCOUVER – The Board of Directors of the Pacific Salmon Foundation (PSF) today announced the appointment of Michael Meneer as President and CEO, effective April 1, 2019. Meneer is currently Executive Vice President of PSF. He succeeds Dr. Brian Riddell, who is retiring after ten years as President and CEO, and who will continue to work for PSF in the position of Science Advisor.

“The Pacific Salmon Foundation has grown in size, scope and reputation during the last decade thanks to Dr. Brian Riddell and his outstanding team. Michael Meneer has been a valuable PSF leader during this period and we are delighted to appoint him as our new President and CEO,” said Jim Hudson, Chair of the PSF Board of Directors. “The Board and Michael are committed to continuing our long-standing tradition of being the independent, evidence-based voice for Pacific salmon in British Columbia and the Yukon.”

Meneer first joined the PSF staff in 2009 as Vice President for Development, Marketing and Communications. 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.

Prior to moving to British Columbia in 2007, Meneer worked in journalism and public affairs in Washington, D.C. He 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.

“I feel very privileged to have the opportunity to lead PSF at a tremendously consequential time for Pacific salmon in British Columbia,” said Meneer. “There are many reasons to be optimistic about our prospects to restore Pacific salmon and I look forward to continuing to work with PSF’s many partners to do all that we can to bring Pacific salmon back, stream by stream.”

It was also announced that Jason Hwang will join the PSF staff in the newly created position of Vice President, Salmon, effective April 1, 2019. Hwang brings twenty-five years of experience in Pacific salmon conservation and habitat protection with Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

Hwang will be the salmon technical expert within PSF’s leadership team and with key constituencies including governments, donors, grantees and program partners. He will manage PSF’s grant making and science programs. Hwang will also be PSF’s representative to various external policy forums regarding Pacific salmon science, management, conservation and restoration.

Raised in Vancouver, Hwang built his career around salmon. He is well versed in government policy and regulation and has acted as a subject matter expert in this context. Jason has managed large programs for DFO and multi-stakeholder discussions. Hwang 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.


Contact: Elayne Sun (604) 664-7664 | esun@paf.ca

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