Oceans North Canada

Meet the team

Scott Highleyman


Scott Highleyman oversees marine campaigns in Canada, Greenland, and international waters that promote science and community-based conservation of the Arctic Ocean and the welfare of indigenous residents who rely on this ecosystem

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Henry Huntington, Ph.D.

Science Director

Henry Huntington is an Arctic scientist specializing in human-environment interactions including research on traditional knowledge. He is the author or co-author of more than three dozen scientific papers and many other publications ranging from the conduct of social science research in indigenous communities to the impacts of climate change on marine mammals. He has worked among and in collaboration with the Yupik, Inupiat, Inuvialuit and Inuit and other Arctic indigenous peoples. His research has involved many Arctic indigenous organizations and international institutions including the Arctic Council, Inuit Circumpolar Council, Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission, the North Slope Borough and the Hamlet of Clyde River. He has also worked with government agencies such as the U.S. Marine Mammal Commission and Environment Canada. He lives in Eagle River, Alaska.

Trevor Taylor

Fisheries Conservation Director/Consultant

Trevor Taylor was a cabinet minister in the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly from 2000 until late 2009 when he joined Oceans North Canada. When he left politics, Trevor was Minister of Transportation but also served as Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs, Innovation, Trade and Rural Development and the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation. Raised in Gunners Cove, Newfoundland, Trevor has been a northern cod and shrimp fisherman, skipper and board member of the Fish, Food and Allied Workers' Union, the Fisheries Resource Conservation Council and the Centre for Fisheries Innovation. A Ducks Unlimited employee, he is based in Iqaluit, Nunavut where he leads the Baffin Bay ecosystem management campaign.

Chris Debicki

Consultant and Nunavut Projects Director

Christopher Debicki is expedition leader and Nunavut projects director for Oceans North Canada. A Ducks Unlimited employee, he is working on the creation of a national marine conservation area in Lancaster Sound. Last year, he was the expedition leader for Oceans North Canada's Lancaster Sound Arctic Whale Survey. Before joining Oceans North Canada in 2009, he spent five years as executive director of Maliiganik Tukisiiniakvik, a Nunavut legal aid clinic. In 2007, he collaborated with the Nansen Institute in Norway to do oceanographic research in Greenland and sailed through the Northwest Passage as part of a campaign to raise awareness about the impact of climate change on Inuit communities. He received his law degree from McGill University and also studied at the University of Manitoba, the University of Cape Town and Jagiellonian University in Poland.

Gary Stewart

Senior Advisor/Consultant

Gary Stewart grew up in the forests of eastern Canada and earned a master’s degree in wetland ecology from McGill University. Gary has more than 30 years of experience in the conservation field and has worked on private and public land programs across Canada. He recently retired from Ducks Unlimited Canada where he developed and managed its western boreal conservation program. He works from his home near Edmonton, Alberta and provides strategic advice on Arctic seabird habitat research and conservation.

Kristin Westdal

Marine Biologist/Consultant

Kristin Westdal is a biologist specializing in Arctic marine mammals. Between 2001 and 2005 she ran a kayaking operation on the Hudson Bay coast that investigated beluga whale behaviors and natural history. She has worked extensively in the Eastern Arctic researching narwhal, beluga and killer whales. A Ducks Unlimited employee, she has a masters of environmental science from the University of Manitoba and currently lives in Winnipeg where she is working on marine mammal research related to conservation efforts in western Hudson Bay and Lancaster Sound.

Protecting Manitoba’s Beluga Estuaries


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