Tides Canada today announced the appointment of Dr. Dave Secord as Director of Strategic Programs, a new department established to develop large-scale philanthropic initiatives aimed at creating a healthier planet and more just Canadian society.

The Strategic Programs unit will partner with major institutional funders and a wide range of stakeholders to pool ideas and leverage resources to address pressing issues such as habitat protection, marine conservation, water resources, climate and energy, arctic policy, food systems and urban sustainability.

Dave comes to Tides Canada from Seattle’s Wilburforce Foundation, where he managed conservation grant-making in Alaska and parts of Western Canada. He has also been an active member of the Arctic Funders Group since its inception.

A marine ecologist, Dave was formerly a professor at the University of Washington, where he retains affiliate faculty appointments in Biology and Marine Affairs. During his 11 years at the university, he directed the growth of two interdisciplinary environmental programs, both of which received awards for instructional excellence. He also taught a range of courses – many of them field-based – on topics including urban sustainability, marine ecology, evolution, invertebrate biology, invasive species, and conservation biology.

“Dave’s scientific expertise and real-world experience in mobilizing philanthropy to create large-scale environmental and social change will be invaluable to Tides Canada and our strategic partners,” said Ross McMillan, President and CEO. “Bold, pragmatic and holistic in his approach, Dave has a solid track-record of working with a wide range of stakeholders to address complex issues.”

In his new role, Dave will report to Sarah Goodman, Vice President of Business Development and Services for the Tides Canada family of institutions.

Dave has a B.A. in Ecology and Evolution from Pomona College and a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Washington. He has been a Fellow of the International Canadian Studies Institute and the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program at Stanford University. He has served on numerous environmental organizations’ boards and committees.