Meet our Team, Board of Directors and Advisory Panel

Jordan Keenan

Jordan Keenan

Operations, Quebec

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.

Yvonne (Yvee) Hopkins

Yvonne (Yvee) Hopkins

Outreach Coordinator

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.

Board of Directors

John McCulloch

John McCulloch was until 2011 Managing Partner of the ‘OneWorld’ global airline alliance. Prior to that he was Head of Group Marketing for HSBC worldwide, and before that spent 15 years with Cathay Pacific Airways and the Swire Group based out mainly out of Hong Kong and Japan. He has a law degree from Cambridge University, and now runs his own consulting and advisory business in Vancouver, also working as a volunteer with various not-for-profit organisations and local charities.

Ian Merkel

Ian Merkel was born in South Africa and emigrated to Canada in 1975. He is a retired CPA, CA  who specialized in technology and has served on a number of N.P.O’s and Charities as a Director and Treasurer. Most recently he was Treasurer /VP of Reel Causes Society an N.P.O. screening and hosting social justice films for local Non Profits and Charities. He served on the board for over 5 years. He is President and the founder of the Vancouver Foreign Film Society an N.P.O. screening monthly international foreign films. He has participated as a documentary juror for  the Leo Awards and has run a number of film festivals in Vancouver. He continues to promote and advise film festivals locally. Since retiring Ian has volunteered with the Vancouver International Jazz Festival.  For the past 4 years he has managed the volunteers for the environmental section of the Jazz festival working closely with recycling organizations and food vendors to reduce waste. Since the inception of the environmental program in 2015 the festival has seen a reduction of more than 60% in general garbage, plastic and non-organic waste .

Jodi Mossop

Founder and CEO of Barnacle Babe Productions Inc. (aka Barnacle Babes), an international magazine, web-series, Warrior Women of the Sea Conferences, she is also a catalyst of change for human development and ocean conservation, as well as a life-long lover of all things water. Jodi’s love for community, conservation and a never-ending quest for vibing higher, she continues her lifelong pursuit and passion of elevating the human race into a community of givers, lovers, and protectors. 

Odessa Ingarfield

Over 20 years in the textiles (materials) and clothing industry has provided Odessa with insight into manufacturing, materials analysis, finished goods construction, chemical usage and global industry trends. Holding a degree in Textiles science and clothing design with double minors in Management and Linguistics she has worked with companies all over the world. Throughout her career she has always pushed for efficient and responsible manufacturing knowing the impact her industry has on the environment. She has and still works with companies including: Lululemon, Under Armour, SportChek (FGL Sports), Sweaty Betty, McKinsey, Volkswagon, LeChateau, Endasa Corp, to name a few.
Truly understanding natural and synthetic materials and their joint need in the world helps her work towards a balance in the industry and help impart the importance of knowledge, reuse, recycling and conservative resource usages.  Her goal is to reduce the use of primary materials, increase recycling and provide ecologically friendly alternatives. We cannot eliminate the use of plastics but we can better understand how to reprocess them while looking at alternatives that don’t reduce important wildlife habitat

Advisory Panel

Brock Macdonald

Brock Macdonald has been CEO of the Recycling Council of B.C. (RCBC) since 2006.  His involvement in waste reduction began in 2000 as the communications manager for stewardship agency Product Care. He joined RCBC as communications director in 2003.  Brock is a former educator and journalist who leads RCBC’s vision of a transition towards a circular economy as a key waste reduction and sustainable economic development strategy.

Dr. Peter Ross

Dr. Ross is an international expert in ocean pollution, having published over 140 scientific articles and book chapters. He is the Director of the Ocean Pollution Research Institute out of the Vancouver Aquarium, which is an Environmental Microplastics Facility dedicated to developing new techniques and insight into the source, transport, fate and effects of microplastics in the ocean. His team have published ground-breaking studies documenting the widespread distribution of microplastics in the NE Pacific Ocean and ingestion by zooplankton. He served as a Research Scientist with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada between 1996 and 2013. He leads research on a variety of different pollutants in marine ecosystems here in the Pacific as well as in the Arctic and has provided advice in support of the regulation, management, and disposal of chemicals of emerging concern in Canada.

Adrian Midwood

Business and Sustainability Development advisor
Capt Adrian Midwood is the founder and director of Ocean Ambassadors. He left Canada at the tender age of 20 to chase waves and wind all over the world. Throughout his 20’s he worked towards instructor level for everything regarding the ocean, Surfing, Kitesurfing, Diving, SUP’ing, Sailing and on. Through this he developed a extremely powerful bond with the ocean and decided to focus his energy towards preserving the environment that had given him everything.
In 2010 he started making the shift towards conservation, and in 2012 he bought the Ocean Ambassadors flagship S.V. Moana, to have their very own low cost research vessel for carrying out community projects and facilitating research in the Pacific Island Nations. 
He has worked for and alongside international NGO’s, local and foreign government departments, hospitality and private sector with a huge focus on solutions to marine debris.
His work has involved developing social enterprise businesses, frameworks on plastic minimisation and redirection, legislation reducing plastic waste and enforcing reclaim rates, and building stakeholder networks for commercial applications to locally process waste plastics and up-cycle to a second life cycle product.
He is now working alongside Plastic Oceans Canada in an advisory role to develop the organisation in Canada with partnerships and is our chosen partner for Island Nation outreach and research.

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