Who We Are

Board of Directors

We are updating our Board of Directors from our founding 6, with some existing announcements coming soon!


Gavin Feiel - First Mate (Summer 2019 and 2020)

I just finished my third year studying Marine Biology at Dalhousie University. I am glad to be working with SOAR again this summer and was lucky enough to land a job at home and will be assisting in various projects over the next couple months. I am interested in low-impact aquaculture, specifically shellfish and seaweed farming. Over the next few years, I would like to work to grow the Nova Scotia Scallop farming industry. Mussels and Oysters are farmed quite readily around the province but the Scallop accounts for a very small percentage of total shellfish production. I think there is potential for scallop farming to grow communities around Nova Scotia. This summer I look forward to getting to spend more time on the water and help advance the field of Marine Science.

Madison Lent - Marine Biology Student (Summer 2020)


Hello everyone my name is Madison Lent, I grew up, and still live in, Tiverton, NS. I’m beyond excited to start the first journey of my future career in marine preservation with SOAR this summer on my very own island.

I’m 17 years old and will be entering my final year of high school at Islands Consolidated in the Fall. At this moment, my future career plans are to go to Dalhousie University and become a Marine Biologist, therefore I am very grateful for this opportunity and I can’t wait to make a difference and to learn more about the ocean and everything it has to offer!

Aryn Sanojca - Marine Scientist (Summer 2020)


I am an MSc student in Applied Geomatics at Acadia University. My focus is ocean mapping, as inspired during my BSc in Marine Biology and GIS at Dalhousie University. What draws me to ocean mapping is the combination of exploring of the unknown, refining technical skills, and the opportunity to combine both of those attributes in hands-on field work.

I grew up on the New Brunswick side of the Bay of Fundy, and later had the chance to see it from the perspectives of a sea kayak guide in Saint Andrews and a shorebird field observer in the Avonport area. I’m very happy to return to it in Freeport in order to contribute to tidal flow research - there’s no better place to be while studying tides!