Photo: Shanti Davis

2018 Presenter Bios


Dr. Mark Mallory spent 12 years as a habitat and seabird biologist in the Arctic while working with the Canadian Wildlife Service. In 2011, he left the Government to start work at Acadia University as the Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Coastal Wetland Ecosystems, where he studies ecology and environmental stressors on Arctic and Maritime coastlines. With collaborators, he conducts research in a variety of disciplines, including behavioural ecology, environmental pollution, climate change, telemetry, natural history, paleoenvironmental analyses, and local ecological knowledge.

Chef Ian Riddick is the Executive Chef at Long Beach Lodge's Great Room. "I am continually motivated by the beauty of the Canadian landscape and strive to translate that into the art of cuisine," says Chef Riddick. The people that supply some of the best raw ingredients in the world are all right here on Vancouver Island. Chef Riddick and his team take these ingredients and showcase them in the Great Room at Long Beach Lodge Resort.

Ariane Batic is the Raincoast Education Society's Field School Coordinator. She has worked with Raincoast Education Society since 2013, where she has coordinated and led outdoor programs in Ahousaht, Hot Springs and Tofino, and she has initiated public events like Plankton Discovery Days and Beach Seines. She has also worked as a Marine Sciences Educator at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre, and as an Arctic Seabird Biologist with Environment Canada.

Dan Law is a contemporary installation artist working primarily in old growth cedar salvaged from Vancouver Island. Dan studied visual arts in Victoria, BC, and received his Master of Arts degree from Regent College in 2013. His work can be found in Canada, the United States, and Europe.

Dan’s work has been seen throughout BC, and several of his pieces are on permanent public display in Tofino at the Wickaninnish Inn and the Tofino Coffee Roasting Company. Check out more from his website.

Daniel Donnecke has been attending the Tofino Shorebird Festival for years, and for has recently joined the team as an expert guide for some of our boat tours. Besides being a chemistry professor at Camosun College in Victoria, B.C., Daniel is an avid birder with eagle eyes and contagious enthusiam. As a board member for Rocky Point Bird Observatory, Daniel is currently running the stationary seawatch program collecting year round data on marine bird observations in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.



Tsimka Martin, co-owner of Tashii Paddle School is a Tla-o-qui-aht woman who grew up in her traditional territory which encompasses the area known as Tofino.  Tsimka was introduced to canoeing at a young age. Her father Joe Martin and older sister Gisele Martin were both key in her entry to the activity. Some distinct memories include paddling through thick fog as a kid and then a teen with her dad. Tsimka has a keen desire to let travellers to Tla-o-qui-aht territory know where they are and why it is special.

Mark Maftei's passion for seabirds has taken him around the globe, from Ellesmere Island in the Canadian High Arctic to South Georgia Island in the Southern Ocean. Although he specializes in Arctic species, Mark’s recent work has focused on learning more about some of BC’s most interesting and enigmatic seabirds including rhinoceros and Cassin’s auklets - two species which breed and winter in our waters. Mark spent many years living in Bamfield and now resides in Victoria where he works for the Wildlife Research Division of Environment Canada studying colonial seabirds. In addition to his work with the government, Mark is also a founding member of the High Arctic Gull Research Group, a collaborative team of scientists currently conducting research on some of the rarest and least-known seabirds in the world.

Toby Theriault has spent all of her life living on the west coast, and is the resident ornithologist at the Tofino Botanical Gardens. One of the keenest birders in the region, she recently recorded 217 species during a BC Big Year, earning a Young Birder Award from the BC Field Ornithologists.