Meet our Team
Emma’s involvement in Plastic Oceans, began in 2014, having a natural interest in the marine environment and having lived by the coast in the UK, HK, and now Vancouver BC, Canada where she lives with her family. She joined the international Plastic Oceans Foundation team after learning of the problems of Plastic Waste and felt inspire to help and began the development of the Canadian network. She brings over 20 years’ experience in Marketing, PR and Not for Profit Management to the team. Emma incorporated the Canadian branch of Plastic Oceans in November 2016 to allow Canada to join the global mission to solve the problem of plastic pollution within a generation.
Living in Vancouver, Yvonne has a love for the outdoors and desire to protect the vast beauty that surrounds the city that she calls home. She has a passion for wildlife conservation and a determination to spread the word of the damage our oceans face from the overuse of single-use plastics. Having studied Communications, Sustainability and Development at Simon Fraser University, Yvee hopes she can use her knowledge and skills to bring a larger understanding of the importance of waste reduction to her national community.
Neil Bennett was born in Birmingham, England and raised in Duncan, British Columbia. He is a screen, stage and voice actor, and lives in Toronto with his wife Leslie. Neil is a pop-culture enthusiast, competitive athlete and avid reader.
Growing up on Vancouver Island gave Neil a love and appreciation for the ocean. However, it wasn’t until he watched ‘A Plastic Ocean’ that he realized he had to do something to help solve the issues of plastic pollution. The films impact, shifted Neil’s perspective on plastic waste and he felt compelled to help solve the problem. He has joined Plastic Oceans Canada to help inspire others to “rethink plastic” and is leading the foundations movement for change in Ontario.
Jordan first encountered the complexity of plastic pollution as a journalist covering a conference on the issue. He then joined the 5 Gyres Institute on an expedition through the North Atlantic Gyre from Bermuda to New York City collecting ocean samples the whole way and finding microplastics in every one. The documentary A Plastic Ocean presents everything he has learned and more, and he is very excited to help spread this important resource and to work with Plastic Oceans Canada to create a wave of change in Quebec and across the country.