Senior Associate, Aquaculture Innovation
Catherine Emrick is the Senior Associate of Aquaculture Innovation at Tides Canada. Previously the Program Director with the SOS Marine Conservation Foundation, Catherine helped to develop business-oriented solutions to the negative impacts of open net-cage finfish aquaculture and a strategy to build a sustainable aquaculture industry in B.C. She will focus on advancing aquaculture solutions that protect wild salmon and the marine environment.
Catherine works in close collaboration with government, industry, environmental organizations and First Nations to explore and advance the adoption of closed containment production systems as a means to foster the environmental protection of wild salmon.
She holds a Bachelor of Laws and Master of Business Administration from the University of Calgary, and is a Certified General Accountant. In addition to her work with Tides, Catherine practices environmental, regulatory and administrative law in Alberta and the North.
In honour of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the CGA designation, Catherine was chosen by CGA Canada as one of the 100 CGAs who have made an outstanding contribution to their communities and the lives of others.
Director, Clean Energy Canada at Tides Canada
Merran Smith is the Director of Clean Energy Canada at Tides Canada. The project is bringing together a diverse array of organizations, businesses and others to build support for a bold, credible, and scientifically-relevant vision of a low-carbon future for Canada. Merran has a long track record of forging groundbreaking partnerships between unlikely bedfellows. Merran was the lead environmental architect of the Great Bear Rainforest conservation agreement which protects over two million hectares of coastal British Columbia, while providing for new economic models to support coastal First Nations communities.
Merran is on the board of the Coast Opportunity Foundation, and serves on B.C. Hydro’s Electricity Conservation and Efficiency advisory committee. She won the Wilburforce Foundation award for Outstanding Conservation Leadership in 2006 and the Seasons Fund Transformative Leadership Award in 2009.
Northern Senior Associate
Stephen Ellis is the Northern Senior Associate at Tides Canada. Based in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Stephen works with Northern communities and partners to create and implement a strategic granting program that builds capacity and advances solutions to integrated social, cultural, environmental, and economic challenges in the North.
After completing a Masters in Environmental Studies at the University of Waterloo, Stephen and his family lived in Lutsel K’e, a Dene community on the East Arm of Great Slave Lake, for over 12 years. During this time he focused on work helping indigenous peoples, governments, and industry tackle tough land and resource challenges.
He is a member of the Environmental Monitoring Advisory Board for the Diavik Diamond Mine and a Director for the Dechinta Institute for Research and Learning. He previously chaired the Akaitcho Screening Board and was a long-standing Director of the Denesoline Corporation and a member of the NWT Protected Areas Strategy Steering Committee.