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Dr. Wendy Watson-Wright


Ocean Frontier Institute

Dr. Wendy Watson-Wright is the Chief Executive Officer of the Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI). Headquartered at Dalhousie University, the OFI is a transnational interdisciplinary research institute whose aim is the safe and sustainable development of the ocean frontier, with a focus on the northwest Atlantic and Canadian Arctic Gateway. From 2010 to 2015, Dr. Watson-Wright 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 Council of Canadian Academies’ Expert Panel on Ocean Science, the Strategic Advisory Board for the European Union’s Joint Programming Initiative on Oceans, and the Scientific Advisory Board of the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health X-Prize. A Killam scholar, she holds a Ph.D. in Physiology from Dalhousie University. 

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