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For Immediate Release

March 12, 2018

“Dr. Brian Riddell has been a Wild Pacific Salmon Scientist and Advocate for over 40 years”

New Westminster, BC – The Fraser River Discovery Centre Society today announced that Pacific Salmon Foundation President/CEO Dr. Brian Riddell is the 2018 inductee into its Fraser River Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame Gala Dinner and Induction will take place Thursday, May 17th at the Fraser River Discovery Centre in New Westminster.

“Dr. Riddell has been the leading scientist, fundraiser and voice for the iconic wild Pacific salmon that return to the Fraser River for 40 years now,” said Kathleen Higgins, Chair of the Fraser River Discovery Centre Society. “As such, he is a worthy inductee into our Fraser River Hall of Fame.”

Riddell has led the Pacific Salmon Foundation since 2009. The Foundation is an independent, non-governmental organization dedicated to creating a sustainable future for wild Pacific salmon and their habitat. In this role, he has successfully raised millions of dollars in funding to support community-based salmon conservation projects and directed the Foundation as it evolved into a leading science-based organization also.  In the past decade, Dr. Riddell led the development of the largest ecosystem-based study of Pacific salmon in the Salish Sea (www.marinesurvivalproject.com), marine waters that are largely driven by the Fraser River.

Prior to joining the Pacific Salmon Foundation, Dr. 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 a scientific lead in the creation of Canada’s Policy for Conservation of Wild Pacific Salmon.

Among numerous professional distinctions, Dr. 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. Most recently, Dr. Riddell was chosen as the 2018 recipient for the Larry Rutter Memorial Award by the Pacific Salmon Commission.

“I am honoured to be inducted into the Fraser River Hall of Fame,” said Dr. Riddell. “The Fraser River has the greatest diversity of salmonids in the world, which makes it a Canadian treasure. As such, it is a great honour to be recognized by the Centre and to join the past inductees.”

 

In 1991, the Fraser River Discovery Centre Society established the Fraser River Hall of Fame to recognize and honour individuals or organizations that have made significant and noteworthy contributions to the health and sustainability of the Fraser River, its culture, people, industry and environment.  Past inductees have included First Nations leader Wendy Grant (1996), founding FRDC patron Lucille Johnstone (2000), founder and chair of both BC Rivers Day and World Rivers Day, Mark Angelo (2014), and last year’s inductee, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society.

The annual Fraser River Hall of Fame Gala Dinner and Induction has become an anticipated event by the River community and a social highlight of the year. For further details and ticket information, please go to http://fraserriverdiscovery.org/HOF-Inductee

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For further information contact:

Fraser River Discovery Centre
Stephen Bruyneel, Executive Director

sbruyneel@fraserriverdiscovery.org
T: 604 521 8401 ex 102
C: 604 842 1971

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In 1991, the Fraser River Discovery Centre Society established the Fraser River Hall of Fame to recognize and honour individuals or organizations that have made significant and noteworthy contributions to the health and sustainability of the Fraser River, its culture, people, industry and environment.  Past inductees have included First Nations leader Wendy Grant (1996), founding FRDC patron Lucille Johnstone (2000), founder and chair of both BC Rivers Day and World Rivers Day, Mark Angelo (2014), and last year’s inductee, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society.

 

           The annual Fraser River Hall of Fame Gala Dinner and Induction has become an anticipated event by the River community and a social highlight of the year. For further details and ticket information, please go to http://fraserriverdiscovery.org/HOF-Inductee

 

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For further information contact:

Fraser River Discovery Centre
Stephen Bruyneel, Executive Director

sbruyneel@fraserriverdiscovery.org

T: 604 521 8401 ex 102

C: 604 842 1971

Media Contacts

For media inquiries contact:
Elayne Sun
Manager, Communications & Marketing
Esun@psf.ca
604-340 - 6940

Stephen Bruyneel
Communications Officer
sbruyneel@psf.ca
604-842-1971