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Tracking Raincoast into 2023

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Board of Directors

Maureen Gordon- Chair

Victoria, British Columbia

Maureen Gordon

Maureen is a BC born and raised coastal advocate with a B.A. from the University of Victoria.  In addition to being a part-owner and marketing manager for Maple Leaf Adventures (a BC expedition cruise company) she is also a writer whose award-winning publications span the spectrum from essays and feature articles to poetry.  Travelling other parts of the world have convinced Maureen that BC’s natural heritage is significant on a global scale. She believes it is a rare and precious wealth that we have yet to significantly understand and appreciate.

Jane Woodland – Director

Victoria, British Columbia

Jane Woodland in a hat

Jane is a long-time advocate for B.C. wilderness protection.  She has organized and facilitated many B.C. wilderness expeditions and fundraising programs.  She holds a B.F.A. in writing from the University of Victoria. Her summers are spent exploring Haida Gwaii.  Jane has been a board member since 2006.

Corey Peet – Director

Corey Peet

Vancouver, British Columbia

Corey is an aquaculture specialist with an MSc in Marine Conservation Ecology.  He assesses and influences sustainability standards for seafood production globally and domestically. His work for Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program helped shape US standards for aquaculture production. Corey’s master’s thesis examined the impacts of sea lice transfer from salmon farms on the health of juvenile wild salmon. He is a strong advocate for fisheries reform and salmon conservation.

Misty MacDuffee – Vice-chair

Misty MacDuffee

Pender Island, British Columbia

Misty is a biologist who has been working on salmon conservation and management issues for the past 15 years with both government and NGOs.  She has represented the conservation interests of feather, fur and fin on various management and recovery committees. She is also a director of the Gulf Islands Alliance.


Our mission

Raincoast is a team of conservationists and scientists empowered by our research to protect the lands, waters and wildlife of coastal British Columbia.  We use rigorous, peer-reviewed science and grassroots activism to further our conservation objectives. We call this approach informed advocacy and it is unique amongst conservation efforts.

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Our vision

Our vision for coastal British Columbia is to protect the habitats and resources of umbrella species. We believe this approach will help ensure the survival of all species and ecological processes that exist at different scales.

Our mandate

Investigate. Inform. Inspire.

We Investigate to understand coastal species and processes.
We Inform by bringing science to decision makers and communities.
We Inspire action to protect wildlife and their wilderness habitats.

Our history

Raincoast is a not-for-profit research and public education organization. Since 1990, we have been making progress toward our habitat and wildlife protection goals throughout coastal British Columbia.  Our on-the-ground presence has given us a deep-rooted understanding of this vast coastline. We work in partnership with scientists, First Nations, local communities and NGOs to build support for decisions that protect marine and rainforest habitat on BC’s coast.

Our research

Raincoast conducts applied, process-oriented, and hypothesis-driven research that has immediate utility for conservation  and the collective body of scientific knowledge. Our in-house scientists collaborate with graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and professors to produce high-quality peer-reviewed publications.  We have a Conservation Science lab at the University of Victoria,  a research station on Denny Island, own and operate a 70’ Coastguard-certified research vessel, and maintain speed-boats suitable for research in coastal conditions.