OUR TEAM

INNOVATORS. PROBLEM SOLVERS. EXPLORERS.

We are ocean enthusiasts who never stop learning and developing new ways for researchers to push boundaries and break barriers to study microplastic pollution. We are motivated to help you uncover answers to the most challenging ocean questions with the hope of influencing global change.

 

DEAN WENHAM

CO-FOUNDER & CEO

Dean is a collaborative and compassionate leader who drives company goals and strategic partnerships and is passionate about science. He brings 25 years of experience in R&D, management and fundraising from the international pharma and biotech world. In 2005, he founded InSymbiosis, a successful Project Management and Contract Research Company (CRO) in Montreal that he sold in 2019 to Camargo. Dean still remains active in the pharma world through InSynchrony Ventures that he founded in 2016 and he participates on boards or active management positions in several of the investee companies. Dean has a BSc (Hons) in Biology and a PhD in Pharmacology from University College London. You can often find him scuba diving or sailing. Both sports gave him insight into the marine plastic pollution problem that encouraged him to pivot from human health to ocean health.

ETHAN EDSON

CO-FOUNDER & CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

Ethan is an inquisitive and innovative marine scientist, maker and conservation technologist. While attending Northeastern University, Ethan worked for Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and the Field Robotics Laboratory where he gained experience in underwater sensor development for marshes, coral reefs and harmful algal blooms, AUV and ROV development, and improved methods for quantifying marine microplastic pollution.  Ethan brings a multi-faceted set of engineering skills to lead our research and development team, including mechanical design and prototyping, electronic systems development and software development. Ethan loves to be on, in, or underwater and has spent six months of his life at sea participating in coastal and offshore research expeditions and logged 200 dives from New England to Panama to the Pacific Northwest.

ASHLEIGH ERWIN

Director of Marketing

Ashleigh is a curious and analytical thinker who leads the development and implementation of Ocean Diagnostics' brand and marketing strategies. She is a certified GCCC communications management professional who holds a BA (Hons) from York University and a certificate in strategic communications. Ashleigh was a 2018 recipient of the IABC Gold Quill Award of Merit for strategic community relations, and she is currently a member of both The International Association of Business Communicators and The America Marketing Association. Prior to entering the technology sector, she led communications and teams in higher education, agency and non-profit. Her favourite ocean past times include surfing and fishing.

MICHAEL GILES

Mechatronics Engineer

Michael is an innovative and driven problem solver who is passionate about environmental sustainability and ocean health. With a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Victoria and a background in aerospace research and remote sensing, Michael executes on the design, fabrication and testing of Ocean Diagnostics' products and services. He brings engineering analysis and optimization along with multidisciplinary design and manufacturing experience. Michael can often be found on the water racing in local sailing regattas.

KAITLYN PINKETT

Analytical Scientist

Kaitlyn is a compassionate and curious scientist. She holds a MSc in Chemistry from Queen’s University, a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Trent University, and an Environmental Technician Diploma from Sir Sandford Fleming College, where she gained hands-on experience in various areas of environmental monitoring. She brings training from the Walkerton Clean Water Centre and MOECC courses for Drinking Water Operators. Kaitlyn has multidisciplinary research experience in both academia and industry. Active in the community, she was a recipient of the Canadian House of Commons Citation and Government of Canada 150 Anniversary Awards for volunteerism and community service and has worked with the MNRF as a Stewardship Youth Ranger Team Lead for natural resource management projects. In her free time, she enjoys painting in nature and kayaking.

AMANDA NSIAH

Content Creator

Amanda is a creative go-getter who is passionate about creating compelling content through written and visual communications. She currently holds a BA in public relations from Humber College and is completing a certificate in content marketing from York University. Amanda brings PR, marketing, digital and media experience to the team and drives storytelling and content creation. She always enjoys constructing new and creative ideas to showcase the brand and technology. Outside of work, Amanda can be found swimming, relaxing on a boat or paddle boarding.

JEREMY RANGER

Business Development Associate

Jeremy is an ambitious and resourceful student who is concerned with environmental issues and the health of our oceans. Currently, he is enrolled in the Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria, where he is completing his fourth year. With an entrepreneurial mind and a background in sales and entrepreneurship, Jeremy brings a unique perspective to the team that helps fuel business development and marketing initiatives. In his down time, Jeremy enjoys relaxing on the beach with his fiancée and their dog.

 


 

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