Taylor first joined Ecotrust Canada in 2019 as the Restorative Ocean Farming Project Coordinator, as part of the North Coast Innovation Lab in Prince Rupert. In 2020, Ecotrust Canada partnered with Taylor through Mitacs Canada to support her thesis research, and in 2021 she formally took on her role as the Fisheries Policy Coordinator — working to help inform policy solutions for more sustainable, equitable, and resilient Pacific fisheries and communities.
Falling in love with the Pacific Northwest on her first visit to Victoria, BC, Taylor swiftly moved from the foothills of Alberta to Coast Salish territory in 2009 — completing her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Victoria. Her interest in marine ecology led Taylor to fill various marine-based roles, bridging research, education, and project management. Engaging in intersectional spaces taught Taylor the power of bringing together science and other ways of knowing to find creative and generative solutions. In 2018, she started her Master of Environment and Management degree at Royal Roads University. Her thesis research is focused on why and how people in coastal communities are innovating to access and utilize the abundance of their marine food systems.
A passion for coastal ecosystems flows between Taylor’s professional and personal life. She can often be found in or around the ocean: freediving, surfing, or sailing. She also spends time on land; biking, teaching yoga, or getting creative through paint or photography. Taylor hopes to help Ecotrust Canada make positive change in this complex world by contributing her skills, knowledge, and energy to the Community Fisheries team.