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Board of Directors

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Sean Mackenrot 

Executive Director

Since earning his Bachelor of Science degree (Marine Biology) from the University of British Columbia, Sean has pursued a varied business career in a number of sectors including retail, service, manufacturing and resource industries.

He has extensive experience in senior management for both private and public companies with a diverse range of responsibilities including Investor Relations, Business Development and Operations Management. Associated projects involved supporting various advertising and marketing campaigns; inventory control and supply chain implementation; establishing supply agreements (both international and domestic), developing intellectual property agreements and filings (both international and domestic); as well as consumer education and human resource related matters. Additionally, Sean has worked as a corporate agent, and served as a director and officer for a variety of boards in support of both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.

He is currently Executive Director for IVO and is focused on auditing and certification processes, the international omega-3 industry, sustainable sources of omega-3s, quality control and improvement, consumer confidence-building, as well as exploring new areas for improvement, and consumer and retailer education. Sean is trained as an ISO14001:2015 Environmental Management System Lead Auditor.

Sean feels businesses should be aware of their impact on nature and the planet, and should strive to promote sustainability, safety and high standards of quality.

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Michael Denike

Michael Denike has a lifelong history with fishing and the seafood industry. Mike’s many years of experience as a commercial fisher and captain in the Pacific North West provided him with a solid foundation for his business venture. Mike is president and owner of Sundance Seafoods Ltd. He founded the salmon and seafood products company in 1989 in order to be closer to his then young family.

Through his business acumen, firsthand knowledge of West Coast seafood, and his ongoing relationships with fishers, Mike built his company into a premiere Canadian seafood company. Sundance Seafoods is now one of the major wholesale distributors of smoked salmon and seafood products in North America. In 2012, Sundance Seafoods’ West Coast Select salmon jerky and smoked king salmon were part of International Space Station menu – the second time Mike’s salmon products went into space!

Mike maintains a solid understanding of West Coast fish and fisheries, and what it means to be “fishers who take care of their catch.” He knows first-hand the importance of sustainable fisheries and what needs to be done in order to continue to harvest the world-class salmon and other seafood that are the heart of Sundance Seafoods.

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Dennis Charland

Dennis is a senior communications and marketing specialist, with extensive experience in crisis communications, media relations and training, marketing, event planning, public speaking, training, and writing. As Senior Consultant and Executive Director of Strategis Consulting Group Inc., he leads a group of executive level professionals who specialize in marketing, branding, media relations, online marketing, as well as event planning and attendance marketing.

Prior to his position with Strategis Consulting Group, Dennis served as the Director of Marketing and Public Relations for a multinational supplement manufacturer and wholesaler. His responsibilities included marketing, advertising, conference and tradeshow marketing, as well as promotional campaigns, new product launches, and supervision of the graphic design division.

Dennis has also served on various task forces and policy development committees for technology integration, procurement policies, and human resources. He has researched and written numerous procedural and training manuals, participated in the development of training programs for supervisors and managers, and instructed on corporate productivity, resource management and performance appraisal processes.

Dennis has extensive public speaking experience—both as a presenter and a trainer, as well as course conceptualization, writing and delivery. He is fully bilingual in Canada’s two official languages.