About Clear Seas:
Promoting Sustainable Marine Shipping

Who We Are

Clear Seas Centre for Responsible Marine Shipping is an independent research centre that promotes safe and sustainable marine shipping in Canada.

Clear Seas was established in 2014 after extensive discussions among government, industry, environmental organizations, Indigenous peoples and coastal communities revealed a need for impartial information about the Canadian marine shipping industry.

What We Do

RESEARCH • ENGAGE • INFORM

Clear Seas provides impartial information on marine shipping in Canada to policy makers and the public. Our mandate is to initiate and interpret research, analyze policies, identify best practices, share information and facilitate dialogue.

Our research focuses on the human, environmental and economic impacts of marine shipping. That includes practices for safe handling of bulk commodities at marine terminals, impacts of oil and liquid natural gas shipping, spill prevention and response, impacts on coastal and Indigenous communities, and much more.

We collaborate with Indigenous groups, stakeholders and experts to identify knowledge gaps, share results of existing studies, and facilitate new research to ensure decision makers have access to accurate, up-to-date information.

Our Team

Peter Ellis

Executive Director

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Jody Wright
Dr. Jody Wright

Director of Communications & Engagement

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Stephanie Tan

Director of Policy & Strategic Development

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Miles Jolliffe

Research Manager

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Meghan Mathieson

Research Manager
(Maternity Leave)

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Kayla Glynn

Digital Communications & Research Specialist

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Andrea Mitchell-Rozario

Executive Assistant/Coordinator

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Board of Directors

Dr. Kate Moran
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Kim Baird
Kim Baird, O.C.
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Chris Causton
Christopher Causton
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Lindsay Gordon
Lindsay Gordon
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John Hepburn
Dr. John W. Hepburn, FRSC
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But Streeter
Bud Streeter
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Roger Thomas
Roger Thomas
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Duncan Wilson
Duncan Wilson
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John Woodward
John Woodward
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How We Operate

Clear Seas received seed funding in 2015 through equal contributions of $3.7 million from the Government of Canada (Transport Canada), the Government of Alberta (Alberta Energy) and the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP). Our funders saw the need for an independent organization that would be a source of objective information on issues related to marine shipping in Canada.

As an independent research centre, Clear Seas operates at arm’s length from our funders. Our research agenda is defined internally in response to current issues, reviewed by our research advisory committee, and approved by our board of directors.

Our board of directors is composed of scientists, community leaders, engineers and industry executives with decades of experience investigating human, environmental and economic issues related to our oceans, coastlines and waterways.

All our reports and findings are available to the public here at clearseas.org.

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