Dr. Wendy Watson-Wright was the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI), an Atlantic Canadian-led transnational interdisciplinary research institute whose aim is the safe and sustainable development of the ocean frontier. From 2010 to 2015, she led the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO in Paris as its Executive Secretary and Assistant Director General. She spent most of her career in Fisheries and Oceans Canada including in such positions as Research Scientist in Halifax, Director of the DFO St. Andrews Biological Station in New Brunswick, Assistant Deputy Minister of Science in Ottawa, and Regional Director General of DFO’s Gulf Region in Moncton.
Wendy has been on such boards as the International Ocean Institute Board of Governors, the Prince Albert II of Monaco (Canada) Foundation, the Governing Council of Canada’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, and the Scientific Advisory Board of the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health X-Prize. She has also chaired such review panels as those for the European Marine Board External Review and the Belmont Forum Collaborative Research Action on Ocean Sustainability. A Killam scholar, she holds a Ph.D. in Physiology from Dalhousie University.