MEET THE TEAM
Founded by award-winning ocean adventurers, we've grown to a team of 30+ talented engineers, scientists, and professionals supported by industry-leading advisors.
Director of Sales
Andy Ziegwied, CMarTech
Chartered Marine Technologist (CMarTech) and New Blue Economy Specialist with a strong track record of delivering ocean observation solutions. He holds a BS in Oceanography from the University of Washington and currently chairs the Marine Technology Society Uncrewed Maritime Systems Committee and serves on the AUVSI Cascade Chapter Board.
Charmaine Suveges, B.Sc., PMP
Charmaine is a Project Manager with extensive project and program management experience in both the private and public sector. graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Science degree in Software Engineering. She holds her Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI).
Human Resources Manager
Having over 25 years of experience in Human Resources, Barbara is an employee champion, working with leadership teams to develop HR strategies to support employees while ensuring the goals of the business are met. Barbara’s experience with global organizations in various industries supported by her degree in Business from Ryerson University as well as Adult Education from University of Toronto rounds out her credentials.
Karey Billyard, BA
Communications Specialist with over 20 years of experience in production for television, large-scale events, and communication design in the science and natural history space. PGCert in Environmental Communications from Duke University's Nicolas School of the Environment.
Shannon Bard, Ph.D.
Shannon is the co-Lead of the Climate Venture Studio at the University of British Columbia, working to accelerate the translation of climate solutions research to impact. Previously, Shannon was the global Director of Innovation for the environmental consultancy Hemmera and parent engineering firm Ausenco. Formerly, Shannon was a professor of Environmental Science at Dalhousie University, Director of the Marine Ecotoxicology Laboratory and co-winner of the Senate Environmental Award. She is a graduate of Stanford University (BS, Biological Sciences), Université de Nantes (DU, Marine Biochem & Biotechn), MIT and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (PhD, Biological Oceanography).
Eric Siegel, MBA
Eric has worked at the intersection of ocean science, technical innovation, and international business for twenty years. He has held director and founder positions in global ocean technology companies leading teams in sales, marketing, business development, product development, and advanced manufacturing. Eric serves as Strategic Advisor for international ocean technology companies and Chief Innovation Officer and Executive in Residence within several ocean innovation and commercialization organizations. He was appointed to the UN Ocean Decade Technology & Innovation Informal Working Group and sits on the board of directors at Sustainable Oceans Applied Research and Sail Nova Scotia.
Eddy Carmack, Ph.D.
Eddy Carmack received the Order of Canada for his exceptional work as an oceanographer and northern climate expert, along with numerous other awards including Massey medallist of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society and Tulley medalist for the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society. He is a Senior Research Scientist Emeritus at the Institute of Ocean Sciences in Sidney, BC who has published over 200 peer-reviewed scientific articles and participated in over 90 field investigations in rivers, lakes and seas spanning from the Antarctic to the Arctic.
The only way to fully understand boats is to spend time in boats. Colin has explored the world voyaging over 30,000 km in human powered craft including rowboats, whitewater kayaks and canoes. He has voyaged a further 25,000 km in a variety of small sailboats.
He was awarded National Geographic’s Adventurer of the Year award for being the first to circle the world exclusively by human power, was listed by Outside Magazine as one of the world’s top 25 bold visionaries and is a Canadian Geographic Fellow. In 2019, Men’s Journal listed Colin as one of the top 25 explorers in the past 25 years.