Tracey Saxby | Squamish
Marine Scientist. Activist. Visionary change-maker.
Co-Founder, Executive Director, past Board member (2014 to 2017)
In 2007 Tracey kickstarted the grassroots movement to reduce plastic bag use across Canada, when she proposed that Rossland should be the first plastic-bag free community in Canada. The initiative garnered national media attention, as well as a few awards.
Fast-forward seven years, and Tracey has picked up a megaphone to inspire thousands of people to defend, protect, and restore Howe Sound.
She is excited to be working on a new campaign called the #ZeroCarbonChallenge, which aims to bring together all levels of government (including First Nations) and the profit and non-profit sectors to help catalyze the culture shift that is needed to respond to our climate emergency.
Tracey holds a masters equivalent in marine science and is a partner at Visual Science with over eighteen years of experience working at the nexus of science, design, and communication.
Her passions include skiing, kiteboarding, rockclimbing, singing, gardening, and playing D&D.
Cheryl Cameron | North Vancouver
Organizer. Wordsmith. Water skier.
Board member (2017 to present)
In her teens, Cheryl learned to water ski in the glassy waters behind Gambier Island. Those were the days when the road to Whistler was a treacherous track and there was a garbage dump where Whistler Village now stands.
The majesty of the B.C. Coast is not lost on long-time locals, and as such Cheryl is now a full time Provincial Organizer with Dogwood, helping to put decision-making power back in the hands of the people who live here. Cheryl has been a passionate supporter of My Sea to Sky since its inception, and is alarmed by the current government's campaign to brainwash the public into thinking that LNG is in any way a "clean" source of energy, and that the Woodfibre LNG project is in the best interest of locals.
Cheryl has attended SFU, BCIT, and UBC, with a Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality from BCIT, and a BSc in Food and Resource Economics (formerly Agricultural Economics) from UBC.
Cheryl is concerned about the danger of LNG tankers Howe Sound, about the massive climate effects of increased fracking in northeast B.C., and about the dishonesty of a government so closely tied to the oil and gas industry, both financially and structurally. She is super pleased to be serving on the board of My Sea to Sky, with the side benefit of being able to spend more time in the beautiful Squamish Valley where she spent so much of her youth.
Chad Carney-Leahy | Vancouver
Carpenter. Punk Rock Musician. Conservationist.
Board member (2019 to present)
Chad came by his love of nature honestly as his mother was an environmental activist arrested in Clayoquot Sound in the 90s. He grew up in Squamish BC, listening to punk bands talk about environmental protection, and set out to find a way to bring permanent protection to the wild places he loves.
After a brief stint as a carpenter, he currently works as Vancouver Canvass Director at Wilderness Committee, organizing teams of canvassers all over British Columbia.
Eoin Finn | Bowyer Island
Extreme Energy Researcher. Cave explorer.
Co-Founder, Board Chair (2018 to present)
Eoin (pronounced Owen) is a management consultant with 25 years of business experience, and is now a retired partner of major accounting/consulting firm KPMG. He holds a B.Sc. in chemistry, a Ph.D. in physical chemistry and an MBA in International Business.
Eoin has spent the past several years researching aspects of BC’s proposed LNG industry, as co-founder and Research Director of My Sea to Sky. In 2018 he stepped into the Board Chair role.
Eoin is a former climber and cave explorer and helped explore and film Castleguard Cave in the Rockies. He enjoys spending time on Bowyer Island in Howe Sound with his wife and three children, two of whom have become marine biologists.
Chantal Schauch | Squamish
Strategist. Project Leader. Avid Hiker.
Board member (2017 to 2018 and 2020 to present)
Chantal is a strategist, communications professional, and project leader with 15 years and over 5,000 project management hours working in the social impact space. Starting her career in the corporate world at PwC Canada, CIBC Wood Gundy, and Travel Underwriters, Chantal has since supported mission-driven leaders and organizations in Canada, the USA, and Nepal, helping them build capacity through effective strategies and communications, and robust project management.
In the community, Chantal is passionate about supporting the conservation and sustainable development of the Atl'ka7tsem / Howe Sound region northwest of Vancouver, Canada, and the education of Himalayan children in Nepal. She has been a director of several charity boards, co-led two international charity climbing expeditions, co-produced an award-winning outdoor adventure documentary, and owned and operated her own social enterprise.
She had the honour to live, travel, and collaborate with members of the Tāłtān / Tahltan First Nation of northern British Columbia, and the Manangi (Bhotiya) peoples of north-central Nepal, for which she is deeply grateful. Based in Sḵwx̱wú7mesh / Squamish, BC, Chantal loves reading, practicing yoga and meditation, trail running, and hiking.
Tim Turner | Gibsons
Educator. Story-teller. Rebel canoeist.
Board member (2019 to present)
Tim has lived in Gibsons Landing overlooking Salmon Rock and Home Island since 1989. He co-founded Sea to sky Outdoor School for Sustainability Education in 1992 and with a talented team of educators created and delivered multi-day programs for over 200 different schools in southwestern British Columbia and Washington State. He is quick to admit there is no better teacher than wild Nature.
Tim is a long standing supporter of My Sea to Sky and the essential work they do to conserve, preserve and restore Howe Sound / Atl’ka7tsem as one of British Columbia’s ecological treasures. He is thrilled to serve as a Board Director beginning in 2020. Tim is also a director with the Gambier Island Conservancy as well as being a board member for BC Spaces for Nature. In the 1990’s Tim served for many years on the Howe Sound Round Table.
Exploring the hidden corners of this amazing Squamish Arm of the Salish Sea fuels Tim’s passion for the non-human world. The canoe, off trail walking and wet suit snorkeling have always been his favourite ways of getting intimate with the spectacular land and seascapes of Vancouver’s wild neighbour.
‘Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul’ is a saying that Tim embraces as his modus operandi. He is committed to being a difference and understands that needed change will only come when individuals stand their ground in defense of the places they love.