Mike Campbell   Mike graduated from the  University of Victoria  with an Environmental studies and Political Science degree. He campaigned for Greenpeace before he began guiding whale watching tours from Vancouver. Mike quickly realized he wanted to spend his time on the water, so he acquired his captain's ticket and has been happily bringing people and whales together ever since. Mike and Jilann are co-founders of Vancouver Island Whale Watch and their goal is to offer BC's most sustainable whale watching. That's why VIWW's tours focus on the growing populations of transient orca and humpback whales, rather than the endangered southern resident orca.

Mike Campbell

Mike graduated from the University of Victoria with an Environmental studies and Political Science degree. He campaigned for Greenpeace before he began guiding whale watching tours from Vancouver. Mike quickly realized he wanted to spend his time on the water, so he acquired his captain's ticket and has been happily bringing people and whales together ever since. Mike and Jilann are co-founders of Vancouver Island Whale Watch and their goal is to offer BC's most sustainable whale watching. That's why VIWW's tours focus on the growing populations of transient orca and humpback whales, rather than the endangered southern resident orca.

  Jilann Lechner Campbell   Jilann has an interdisciplinary background with a degree in biology and fine arts from Simon Fraser Univeristy. She has worked in the Salish Sea whale-watching industry for many years. Jilann has worked on Humpback Whale research projects with the Alaska Whale Foundation and Cetacealab. As well, she has worked on research projects on the effect of fish farming on wild salmon populations. She is also a researcher with  Keta Coastal Conservation , which is a non-profit organization dedicated to researching humpback whales in the Salish Sea.Jilann and her husband Mike are the owners of Vancouver Island Whale Watch and when they aren't working they enjoy spending time together at their home on Gabriola Island.

Jilann Lechner Campbell

Jilann has an interdisciplinary background with a degree in biology and fine arts from Simon Fraser Univeristy. She has worked in the Salish Sea whale-watching industry for many years. Jilann has worked on Humpback Whale research projects with the Alaska Whale Foundation and Cetacealab. As well, she has worked on research projects on the effect of fish farming on wild salmon populations. She is also a researcher with Keta Coastal Conservation, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to researching humpback whales in the Salish Sea.Jilann and her husband Mike are the owners of Vancouver Island Whale Watch and when they aren't working they enjoy spending time together at their home on Gabriola Island.

  Natalie Reichenbacher   Natalie studied marine biology and political science at the University of British Columbia which led to her passion for marine conservation. She has been working in the Salish Sea whale-watching industry for 7 years and has contributed to several international marine conservation organizations including shark surveys in South Africa and manatee abundance surveys in Belize. Natalie has worked in public education with fish and bird species in the UK, humpback whales in Hawaii, and intertidal biology at the Vancouver Aquarium. She also is a researcher with Keta Coastal Conservation and an avid wildlife photographer. Natalie loves sharing her passion for the west coast with all of VIWW's guests on our "floating classrooms"!

Natalie Reichenbacher

Natalie studied marine biology and political science at the University of British Columbia which led to her passion for marine conservation. She has been working in the Salish Sea whale-watching industry for 7 years and has contributed to several international marine conservation organizations including shark surveys in South Africa and manatee abundance surveys in Belize. Natalie has worked in public education with fish and bird species in the UK, humpback whales in Hawaii, and intertidal biology at the Vancouver Aquarium. She also is a researcher with Keta Coastal Conservation and an avid wildlife photographer. Natalie loves sharing her passion for the west coast with all of VIWW's guests on our "floating classrooms"!

 
  James Clyburn   James grew up across the big pond in a small British fishing village in Devon. After moving to Canada to play rugby, he quickly fell in love with the rugged shores, wild animals, and serenity of the west coast. He attained his SVOP and other tickets and has been having a blast driving VIWW's RHIB boats ever since!

James Clyburn

James grew up across the big pond in a small British fishing village in Devon. After moving to Canada to play rugby, he quickly fell in love with the rugged shores, wild animals, and serenity of the west coast. He attained his SVOP and other tickets and has been having a blast driving VIWW's RHIB boats ever since!

  Val Watson   Val grew up in Nanoose Bay where her close proximity to the ocean fostered an interest in Marine Biology. Val studied at the University of Victoria where she graduated with a biology degree with a marine concentration. Over the course of her degree Val conducted field research and got hands on boating experience while studying at the Bamfield Marine Science Center. Once Graduated Val attended the Canadian Coast Guard college where she obtained experience with driving boats and working onboard ships. While there she gained experience driving boats and solidified her love of the ocean. Conservation and public education is something that Val is very passionate about and she is thrilled to be part of sustainable whale watching and have the opportunity to teach guests about the amazing things the ocean has to offer.

Val Watson

Val grew up in Nanoose Bay where her close proximity to the ocean fostered an interest in Marine Biology. Val studied at the University of Victoria where she graduated with a biology degree with a marine concentration. Over the course of her degree Val conducted field research and got hands on boating experience while studying at the Bamfield Marine Science Center. Once Graduated Val attended the Canadian Coast Guard college where she obtained experience with driving boats and working onboard ships. While there she gained experience driving boats and solidified her love of the ocean. Conservation and public education is something that Val is very passionate about and she is thrilled to be part of sustainable whale watching and have the opportunity to teach guests about the amazing things the ocean has to offer.

 Alanna Vivani  Alanna grew up in Burlington, Ontario before moving to Nanaimo to pursue studies in biology after studying marine invertebrates on the East coast of Canada. She graduated from VIU with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Psychology. She focused her undergraduate research on sea otters in the central coast of B.C. and their foraging techniques over occupation time. It was during this time her passion for coastal B.C., marine mammals, and conservation grew. As a naturalist on board the whale watching boats at Vancouver Island Whale Watch, she gets to share that passion with the guests and continue to learn more about the thriving ecosystem found in the Salish Sea!

Alanna Vivani

Alanna grew up in Burlington, Ontario before moving to Nanaimo to pursue studies in biology after studying marine invertebrates on the East coast of Canada. She graduated from VIU with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Psychology. She focused her undergraduate research on sea otters in the central coast of B.C. and their foraging techniques over occupation time. It was during this time her passion for coastal B.C., marine mammals, and conservation grew. As a naturalist on board the whale watching boats at Vancouver Island Whale Watch, she gets to share that passion with the guests and continue to learn more about the thriving ecosystem found in the Salish Sea!

 
  Rodrigo Menezes   Rodrigo Menezes is an Oceanographer with a Master’s Degree in Biology and a deep love for the marine environment, especially marine mammals and seabirds. He worked on marine conservation projects for more than 16 years in Brazil, monitoring the population of Southern Sea Lions and Fur Seals in two Wildlife Refuges and along the shoreline. He also has more than 6,000 hours onboard experience in the industrial fishery fleet monitoring the accidental capture of seabirds, sea turtles and marine mammals. Now he is studying the amazing marine life of the Salish Sea. When he is not on the water looking for whales, he likes to go hiking, paddling, and birdwatching.

Rodrigo Menezes

Rodrigo Menezes is an Oceanographer with a Master’s Degree in Biology and a deep love for the marine environment, especially marine mammals and seabirds. He worked on marine conservation projects for more than 16 years in Brazil, monitoring the population of Southern Sea Lions and Fur Seals in two Wildlife Refuges and along the shoreline. He also has more than 6,000 hours onboard experience in the industrial fishery fleet monitoring the accidental capture of seabirds, sea turtles and marine mammals. Now he is studying the amazing marine life of the Salish Sea. When he is not on the water looking for whales, he likes to go hiking, paddling, and birdwatching.

 Jenna Keen  Jenna grew up in Nanaimo before travelling to Kansas to play softball for MidAmerica Nazarene University. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, and now attends Simon Fraser University where she is doing her master’s in environmental toxicology. Jenna is currently researching the environmental effects of anti-sea lice pesticides on non-target organisms in the Salish sea. She hopes that the results of her study will impact the regulations surrounding the pesticides used in fish farming and help to minimize harm to the surrounding organisms. By working at Vancouver Island Whale Watch, she hopes to help inspire others to be environmentally conscious, and to recognize the beauty surrounding us here in British Columbia.

Jenna Keen

Jenna grew up in Nanaimo before travelling to Kansas to play softball for MidAmerica Nazarene University. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, and now attends Simon Fraser University where she is doing her master’s in environmental toxicology. Jenna is currently researching the environmental effects of anti-sea lice pesticides on non-target organisms in the Salish sea. She hopes that the results of her study will impact the regulations surrounding the pesticides used in fish farming and help to minimize harm to the surrounding organisms. By working at Vancouver Island Whale Watch, she hopes to help inspire others to be environmentally conscious, and to recognize the beauty surrounding us here in British Columbia.

 Jade  Jade is the friendly office princess and loves long naps under the desk. She likes meeting new people but does not like wearing hats!

Jade

Jade is the friendly office princess and loves long naps under the desk. She likes meeting new people but does not like wearing hats!