Racheal is a community economic development professional with more than a decade of experience launching, managing and implementing programs locally, nationally and globally in the Indigenous, public, private, and non-profit sectors. She is excited to return to Ecotrust Canada as Director of Community Fisheries, where she will lead the organization’s fisheries policy, planning, and monitoring work.
Between 2011 and 2018, Racheal was a Project Manager at Ecotrust Canada, where she oversaw a wide variety of projects, including electronic and at-sea fisheries monitoring programs for the North and South Coasts of BC and the East and West Coasts of the USA. Before returning to Ecotrust Canada, Racheal spent two years as Senior Advisor for the PICFI Business Development Team, where she supported the participation of 25 Indigenous Commercial Fishing Enterprises in the commercial fishing industry across BC. Racheal has also served as a Project Manager for the BC First Nations Fisheries Council, where she facilitated the development of a governance methodology for First Nations involvement in Federal Aquaculture Management. She also worked as a fisheries biologist and harbour manager in Port Hardy, BC and was an at-sea observer for BC’s trawl fishery.
Racheal holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology with a focus on fisheries, as well as a certificate in Community Economic Development from Simon Fraser University. When she’s not at work, Racheal enjoys road trips with her family, working in her garden and hitting up the occasional karaoke night.