Board of Directors & Committees


Glen Dennison – President for Lower Mainland 

Sheila Byers – Vice President and Resident Scientist

A member of MLSS since 2007, Sheila served on the Board of Directors as Secretary, BIP Coordinator and President. Sheila is a marine biologist and works as a Museum Interpreter at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, UBC.

Huddie Bennett  – Treasurer

Adam Taylor  – Director of Citizen Science, Howe Sound Liaison

Adam joined the board in 2011 and helped evolve the annual Nature Dive on Bowen Island to become a part of the successful MLSS Beach Interpretation Program. An avid scuba diver and underwater photographer his focus is on marine conservation, glass sponge reefs and engaging stakeholders. 

Lora Tyron –  Secretary

Judith Sung  –  Website Administrator

Chris Straub  –  Director at Large

Deirdre Forbes McCracken – Director at Large

Meagan Abele – Rockfish Conservation

Bernie Hanby  –  Advisor

A founding member of MLSS, Bernie has been a dedicated advocate for the protection and conservation of marine life and our oceans. An avid diver, photographer and author, Bernie has been active for many years with the Sports Fishing Advisory Board, Vancouver Aquarium Conservation Committee, a Patron of the Ocean Wise initiative, as well as supporting many other ocean-related Societies. 

Andy Lamb  –  Advisor

Andy was one of the founding members of MLSS, an avid diver and an author of many books on marine biology. Andy has worked with the Vancouver Aquarium and the West Vancouver Laboratory and continues to be an integral part of the conservation community.



We would also like to recognize all of our previous board members who have contributed to the establishment, development and accomplishments of Marine Life Sanctuaries Society, including our most recent Presidents and Vice Presidents. This society would not be what it is today without the hard work and dedication of these individuals.

Past Presidents

  • Danika Strecko
  • Sheila Byers
  • Roy Mulder
  • Andy Lamb
  • Bernie Hanby

Past Vice Presidents

  • Lena Clayton
  • Glen Dennison
  • Phil Molloy
  • Chris Harvey-Clark
  • Andy Lamb
  • Bernie Hanby