About Clear Seas:
Supporting Sustainable Marine Shipping

Who We Are

Clear Seas Centre for Responsible Marine Shipping is an independent not-for-profit research centre that supports 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


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.

Indigenous Relations & Participation

Clear Seas recognizes the unique place of Indigenous peoples in Canada, which affords them special rights, as protected under Section 35 of the Canadian Constitution and as recognized in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. This may include titles or rights and associated stewardship over their territories, including marine areas.

Accordingly, Clear Seas strives to actively involve Indigenous communities in carrying out its mission concerning research and engagement on safe and sustainable marine shipping in Canada. In particular, Clear Seas seeks to:

  • Create awareness among Indigenous communities of Clear Seas’ mission and activities;
  • Learn about Indigenous communities’ perspectives on marine shipping issues;
  • Identify areas where Clear Seas can contribute to addressing marine shipping issues using research capacity, communication, and convening power;
  • Incorporate traditional ecological knowledge into research, where possible;
  • Provide opportunities for Indigenous communities to lead or participate in research activities, including associated employment and business opportunities; and
  • Foster trusting relationships between Clear Seas and Indigenous communities.


Our Team

Peter Ellis - Executive Director
Peter Ellis

Executive Director

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Jody Wright - Director of Communications & Engagement
Dr. Jody Wright
(on leave)

Director of Communications & Engagement

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Edward Downing, Acting Director of Communications & Engagement
Edward Downing

Acting Director of Communications & Engagement

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Meghan Mathieson

Research Manager

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Andrea Mitchell-Rozario - Executive Assistant/Coordinator
Andrea Mitchell-Rozario

Executive Assistant/Coordinator

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Sarah Landry - Manager of Communications
Sarah Landry

Manager of Communications

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Simon Zhang - Research Assistant
Simon Zhang

Research Associate

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Jim Hodgson - Research Associate
Jim Hodgson

Research Associate

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Board of Directors

Bud Streeter
Bud Streeter
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Kim Baird
Kim Baird, C.M., O.B.C.
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Chris Causton
Christopher Causton
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Murray Coolican - Board of Directors
Murray Coolican
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Serge Alain Le Guellec - Board of Directors
Serge Alain Le Guellec
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John Hepburn
Dr. John W. Hepburn, FRSC
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Dr. Kate Moran – Board of Directors
Dr. Kate Moran, PhD
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Roger Thomas
Roger Thomas
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Duncan Wilson
Duncan Wilson
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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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Read our 2018/2019 Directors’ report available here.

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