directors 2018

The directors of SIMRES are mostly Saturna residents but also dedicated volunteers or professionals who are passionate about helping with the challenges facing our marine environment. Each in their own way brings a different personality and perspective to the organization.

Bill Schermbrucker – President

Bill is a writer of books and memoirs, a retired professor of English Composition and Literature at Capilano College/University and a writing workshop leader to many on Saturna Island. Bill's experiences creating university level educational programs and his humanitarian outlook are important to achieving SIMRES' goals. From fire fighting to building a community foundation fund, Bill is very acitve in volunteerism and making this a better place to live.

Robert (Bob) Bruce – Vice President

An avid kayaker, Bob spends a lot of time on the sea around Saturna Island. He is the former owner of a kayak touring company based on Saturna and is a long-time woodworker. Bob has been instrumental in many community initiatives, including creating the Saturna Recycling Centre in its current location and regional and community park development. SIMRES was a concept first envisioned by Bob and he looks forward to the time when marine research here will contribute to stopping the decline of our marine ecosystem.

Charles Reif – Secretary

As an architect, Charles chose to work primarily with non-profit groups and has advocated community housing for Saturna Island. He is a founding member of the 'Group of 30' land co-operative on Saturna and has 40 years experience in environmentally conscious co-operative living. A long time supporter of environmental protection, Charles' trip to Antarctica with his partner Ellen McGinn in 2007 brought home the global effects of climate change and the vulnerability of our oceans.

Tony Green – Treasurer

A chance phone call over 40 years ago brought Tony to Saturna and started his involvement with the David Elford Group and a long love affair with this island. Growing up wading in Boundary Bay and fishing at Crescent Beach spawned a sense of wonder at the marvels of the sea. He’s worked with community groups and designed community buildings. SIMRES is an ideal place to put together work and wonder, to contribute, perhaps, to our understanding of and our place in this rich and fragile environment.

Captain Larry Peck – Executive Liaison

Larry is a sailor who has spent much of his life connected to the sea. He has a Masters degree in counselling and community development and has owned and operated several businesses including a sailing charter company. Larry has sailed extensively through Canada's Maritimes, the Caribbean and the Pacific Northwest. He arrived on Saturna Island on his classic wooden ketch, Meriah, with a deep love for the oceans and a desire to improve the economic conditions on this island he has chosen for his family home.

Lauren McWhinnie – Science Director

Lauren received a first class degree with honors in Marine and Freshwater Biology from Edinburgh Napier University and then her PhD from Heriot-Watt University where her work focused on developing GIS-based tools to aid Marine Spatial Planning and Decision Making. Lauren has worked on several projects ranging from data analysis work to organizing stakeholder workshops and outreach events before joining the CORAL research team at the University of Victoria. Her current research focuses on quantifying and modelling current and future ship-source marine noise exposure to marine mammals. In addition to her postdoc work here in Canada she is also fostering links and working in collaboration with universities in Scotland. Lauren sits on the MASTS (Marine Alliance for Science and Technology Scotland) Marine Planning and Governance forum steering group and also helped to establish Saltwater Sketches an initiative for communicating marine science through the use of cartoons and animations.