Steering Committee and Coordinator
SeaBlue Canada is a joint project of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), the David Suzuki Foundation (DSF), the Ecology Action Centre (EAC),Nature Canada, Oceans North, West Coast Environmental Law, and the World Wildlife Fund Canada (WWF-Canada).
The work of SeaBlue is managed by the National Coordinator, who is advised by a Steering Committee made up of representative from all seven partner organizations.
Jennifer Josenhans (she/her) is the National Coordinator for SeaBlue Canada. Before returning to her home province of Nova Scotia in 2021, Jen lived in Europe for 15 years, working with Ecologic Institute in Berlin for the last 6 and a half. At Ecologic Institute, Jennifer worked as Assistant to the Director as well as on various international projects including Ocean Literacy and the plastic pollution crisis. She remains an Associate of the institute. Jennifer has also worked as a translator and mediator, working in German, French and English. She has degrees from the University of Kings College and Mount Saint Vincent University.
Alex rejoined the CPAWS team as National Conservation Manager for the Ocean Program in 2019 following a brief sojourn as a Technical Planner for the Province of BC and Nanwakolas Council working on the Marine Plan Partnership in BC. Prior to MaPP, Alex spent five years with CPAWS-BC as the Ocean Conservation Coordinator and later Ocean Conservation Manager, working to secure protection for British Columbia’s rich marine ecosystems. During her time with CPAWS-BC she was lucky enough to celebrate the establishment of the Hecate Strait Glass Sponge Reef Marine Protected Area and go down in a submarine to visit the glass sponge reefs of Howe Sound. Alex holds an MSc in science, for which she studied the role of “blue carbon” ecosystems like kelp, eelgrass and salt marsh as carbon sinks. She has been fortunate to have worked in some remarkable places, including studying sharks in South Africa, saving turtles in Greece and protecting coral reefs in the Maldives, where she saw first-hand the benefits of Marine Protected Areas.
Susanna’s commitment to marine conservation was born during her final year of high school when she spent six months on a tall ship during the same period when Northern cod stocks collapsed in Atlantic Canada. Her work now focuses on achieving tangible conservation outcomes in sustainable fisheries and spatial protections in Atlantic Canada and the Arctic, as well as initiatives to protect high seas biodiversity. She completed her Ph.D. at Dalhousie University, including research on North Atlantic marine sponge populations, and has worked for the past decade and a half on the science-policy interface for national and international fisheries and ocean conservation. Before joining Oceans North, she led the marine team at Ecology Action Centre in Halifax where she lives.
Stephanie (she/her/hers) is part of West Coast’s Marine Program, working to strengthen ocean protection provincially and nationally. Shaped by summers spent on the lakes and rivers of Northern Ontario, Stephanie is particularly passionate about protecting our aquatic environments to sustain and nourish future generations.
Stephanie graduated from McGill’s Faculty of Law in 2016 and articled with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change. While in law school, she completed an exchange semester at UBC’s Indigenous Community Legal Clinic in Vancouver, where she saw the potential of Indigenous legal traditions to transform Canadian law, and fell in love with the West Coast. She also spent a summer in Anchorage, Alaska, working with a council of First Nations and Tribes in Yukon and Alaska to develop a governance strategy for managing the Yukon River Watershed. She is grateful for the opportunity to return to live and work on beautiful Coast Salish territory.
As part of the WWF-Canada Arctic team based in Iqaluit , Erin works primarily on Arctic marine conservation projects, including marine planning and marine protected areas. She also helps generate and build support for WWF-Canada’s conservation objectives in Nunavut and acts as an effective conduit for local concerns and issues to be addressed in WWF project planning communications. Erin holds a Master’s in Marine Management from Dalhousie University.
Jay Ritchlin is Director-General for Western Canada and the lead for Nature programs at the David Suzuki Foundation. He leads the Western Canada regional team and national Nature projects in efforts to achieve the David Suzuki Foundation’s vision that we all act every day on the understanding that we are one with nature. He has 30 years’ experience working on solutions to environmental challenges including open net- pen aquaculture, offshore oil and gas, marine fisheries, toxins, natural capital and seafood. Jay previously worked on pulp, paper and toxics issues and spent four years working in commercial fisheries. He has also worked in the U.S. Congress on foreign policy and military issues and spent several years working with Greenpeace in the U.S. and Canada. He holds a Biology degree from Kenyon College, Ohio.
Gauri joined Nature Canada as Director of Policy and Campaigns in February 2019.
Originally from Calgary and raised in the foothills, Gauri has been working for equity, sustainability and justice for more than 25 years. She led campaign and coalition work with colleagues in Canada and around the world for equity, climate justice, and human rights while working with the Canadian Council for International Cooperation.
She also worked on Parliament Hill from 2011-2014 as Director of Parliamentary Affairs for the Official Opposition. She has significant experience working to connect the Canadian scientific and research community to public advocacy and policy change through senior positions at the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
Gauri is passionate about building Canadian leadership at a local, national and global level to secure a healthy and sound future for all life on the planet. She loves hiking, swimming, snowshoeing and the magic of how the wild renews and holds us all. She holds a Master’s in International Affairs from Carleton University and speaks English, French, and Spanish.