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Wendy Watson-Wright

Ocean Frontier Institute
Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Wendy Watson-Wright is the Chief Executive Officer of the Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI).  Headquartered at Dalhousie University and in partnership with Memorial University and the University of Prince Edward Island, the OFI is an interdisciplinary transnational research institute whose aim is the safe and sustainable development of the ocean frontier, with an initial focus on the North Atlantic and Canadian Arctic gateway.

From 2010 to 2015, Dr. Watson-Wright was the Executive Secretary and Assistant Director General of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO in Paris.  The IOC is considered the competent international organization for marine scientific research in the United Nations.  For most of her career, she held various senior positions within Fisheries and Oceans Canada, including eight years as Assistant Deputy Minister, Science.

Dr. Watson-Wright has been on several boards and panels including the Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Science, the Council of Canadian Academies’ Expert Panel on Ocean Science, the European Marine Board 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 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.