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.
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.
CO-FOUNDER & CHIEF ENGINEERING 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.
Director of Marketing
Ashleigh is a curious, creative and analytical thinker who leads the development and implementation of Ocean Diagnostics' brand and marketing strategies. She holds a BA (Hons) from York University and a certificate in strategic communications. Ashleigh was a 2018 recipient of the international Gold Quill Award for strategic communications and 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 for institutional priority projects in academia, including sustainability, Indigenous reconciliation, women in leadership, women in science and student recruitment. Her favourite ocean past times include surfing and fishing.
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.