Dave Conley (Treasurer/Secretary)
Dave Conley is Director, Corporate Communications at AquaBounty Technologies, Inc. Previously he was Senior Consultant and Founding Partner of the Aquaculture Communications Group (ACG). His career in aquaculture grew out of his interests and training in agriculture, renewable resources development, and parasitology. He has over 40 years of diverse practical experience in food and fibre production, research, journalism, public policy development, public education, and communications. From 1999 to 2004 Dave served as Communications and Policy Advisor to Canada’s first and only Commissioner for Aquaculture Development at Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and was part of the team that produced two strategic policy documents for the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans – Achieving the Vision, 2003, and Recommendations for Change, 2003. He holds an M.Sc. in Parasitology from the Institute of Parasitology, McGill University, and a B.Sc. (Agr.), Renewable Resources Development, from the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, McGill University. He also holds a Diploma in Agriculture, Farm Business Management, from Kemptville College, University of Guelph.
Sally is a proven strong team player ready, willing and able to achieve excellence in the aquaculture space; with a passion for food security and responsible interdependence within the seafood industry. Keen to participate and engage, bringing her undoubted administration skills, Sally is keen to assist the AwF team and will engage initially in the Women’s Network.
Sally has honed her organizational planning and communication skills over the years with some notable businesses in the Mid-Western State of Missouri, a strong agri-business area, where she lives and works. Loving the rural life Sally has a hand in running the family hobby farm and especially looking after the bees and goats.
Her involvement with aquaculture started in 2007 when Sally took up her current role as Relationship Manager at Global Aquaculture Alliance. This has seen Sally playing a major role in the running of the well-known GOAL conferences as well as in the growth of the organisation.
Admiring the mission of AwF Sally wants to make a difference to alleviate poverty and malnutrition and for food security among disadvantaged people.
Polly is a founding partner of Polished Brands, a San Francisco Bay Area strategy and marketing firm focused on food and beverage with a particular interest in seafood. As the first American to graduate from the Ecole Superieure de Cuisine Francaise, she spent close to a decade cooking in some of the most famous restaurants in Paris, thereby securing her spot in the inner sanctum of the culinary world. Now, back in her native California, Polly continues to work developing marketing strategies that help bring recognition and value to seafood businesses.
Passionate about seafood Polly looks forward to bringing value to AwF to develop marketing, branding assets, training and education tools to help alleviate poverty and malnutrition.
Polly also serves as a mentor for Local Food Lab, a Palo Alto-based business incubator for early stage sustainable food and farm startups.
Michael Lee has been a professor at the California State University East Bay since 1996, specializing in the sustainability of natural resources management. He received his Bachelors degree in Geography with minors in Economics and Soil Mechanics from the University of Nottingham (1982) and his Ph.D. in Geography/Hydrology from the London School of Economics and Political Science (1990). He previously taught natural resources planning and management at the Pan-American School of Agriculture (Zamorano), Honduras (1993-96) and has worked as a consultant for various resource-related agencies both in California and internationally over the last three decades. He was appointed the Director of Education and Policy for the newly established Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML) Aquaculture Center in 2015, and is the MLML Visiting Scientist for 2016-17 where he will work on developing aquaculture curriculum and on aquaculture life cycle cost assessment.
Since joining Rabobank International in 2005, Gorjan Nikolik (36) has been an industry analyst focusing on the global seafood sector including aquaculture, wild-catch, seafood trade and processing. In his primary role, he works as a sector expert to Rabobank departments such as Mergers and Acquisitions, Leveraged Finance, Venture Capital, Credit Risk Management and the Relationship Bankers. He is a regular speaker on global seafood and aquaculture conferences and has published research reports covering the seafood industry. He also has experience as a commodity analyst having covered the sugar industry. Gorjan holds a masters degree in Finance and Business Administration from the University of Maastricht and an MBA from Maastricht School of Management.
Cormac O’Sullivan is the Technical Manager for Seafood in the Americas with SAI Global. Cormac has been involved in Aquaculture, Environmental Consultation and Seafood Certification for over 20 years in both the government and private industry, gaining his Aquaculture experience in Salmon Farming in Ireland from 1993 to 2004. He has a degree in Applied Ecology from University College Cork and a Masters Degree in Environmental Protection from Sligo Institute of Technology. He has extensive knowledge of environmental and seafood legislation in many countries, and as an experienced Aquaculture and Seafood Auditor to many of the Aquaculture Standards, he has a working experience in over 15 countries. Cormac lives in Toronto Canada.
Roy Palmer (President and Executive Director)
Roy has been engaged in the seafood industry since 1972. He became involved in ‘industry issues’ in the early 1980’s when he was elected inaugural President of the Victorian Importers Association.
Since then he has engaged in many industry activities at various levels during which time he served as Deputy Chairman of Seafood Services Australia Ltd, and on the Boards of Seafood Training Australia and Victoria’s Fisheries Co-Management Council.
Roy is currently involved in many seafood activities, mainly with global organisations, which he sees as being important in respect of food security/safety, alleviating hunger/poverty, increasing seafood consumption, certification, marketing and training/education. See LinkedIn
Dr Albert G.J. Tacon is Technical Director of Aquatic Farms Ltd in Hawaii, and works as an international aquaculture consultant, specializing in aquatic feeds and nutrition. After obtaining his PhD in fish nutrition at University College (University of Wales, UK – 1978) he spent eight years within the UK as a university lecturer and researcher in applied fish nutrition at the University of Aston in Birmingham and at the Institute of Aquaculture in Stirling. In 1984 he joined the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and worked for fourteen years as an aquaculture feed and nutrition expert. In 1999 he moved to Hawaii and served as Director and Program Manager of the Aquatic Feeds and Nutrition Program at the Oceanic Institute.
Since then Albert was has been working with Aquatic Farms Ltd (Hawaii) as an independent consultant in aquaculture and aquaculture nutrition and feed related activities. His expertise has taken him to working in over 44 countries, and has over 228 scientific publications and one patent. He currently serves as Scientific Advisor on Aquatic Resources to the International Foundation for Science, Stockholm, Sweden (since 1998), is Editor in Chief of Reviews in Aquaculture, and also serves on the editorial board of Aquaculture Nutrition and Aquaculture Research.
John Forster worked on shrimp aquaculture for the UK government from 1965 to 1973 and then joined The British Oxygen Co. for whom he established and ran a commercial trout farm and an international technical services business. In 1984, he moved to the U.S. and set up Stolt Sea Farm’s West Coast salmon and sturgeon farming operations before starting his own consulting practice in 1994. In that year also John founded Columbia River Fish Farms LLC, the largest U.S. producer of steelhead trout. As a consultant he responds to the needs of public and private sector clients, serves on the boards of some aquaculture companies and is a recently retired member of NOAA’s Marine Fishery Advisory Committee.