About the Wild 4 Whales Foundation
To be an environmental organization raising funds through donations for research, advocacy, education and protection of whales, dolphins, porpoise and other marine wildlife as well as their food supply and habitat. In addition, we believe that it is essential to involve local First Nations and the public in our mission and we encourage individuals, businesses and not-for-profit organizations to connect and interact with us, to share their thoughts and ideas, and to become a part of our community of people, companies and organizations who care about the future of our planet’s oceans and all that live within them.
Establish Wild 4 Whales as a major Canadian not-for-profit organization supporting cetaceans and other marine wildlife in the Salish Sea and waters that surround Vancouver Island.
Purpose & Goals
- Fund activities and research related to maintaining a suitable food supply for cetaceans found in the Salish Sea.
- Fund research to enhance the survival of cetaceans and other marine wildlife found in the Salish Sea.
- Develop education programming for children and people of all ages that may include participation as a group in a whale watching trip with qualified individuals.
- To promote responsible whale watching as an opportunity to learn, inspire and educate on trips that are as low impact as possible.
- To openly and actively support wild cetaceans in their natural habitat.
- To encourage a global community of individuals, companies and organizations to financially support our goals.
- To respect, support and encourage all supporters, whether they are individuals, wildlife professionals, educators, other businesses or not for profit organizations.
- Support open dialogue between individuals and organizations that contribute to achieving our objectives and goals.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of the Wild 4 Whales Foundation is comprised of five very passionate people and includes a Captain, Entrepreneur, Marine Mammal Zoologist, Marine Biologist and a Tourism Hospitality Manager.
Brett Soberg (President)
Brett Soberg received the 2013 EcoStar Environmental Leadership Award: CRD (Capital Regional District Victoria) for being a leading environmental steward of our regional coastal ecosystem. With many local marine species at risk from climate change, pollution and overfishing, Brett has embarked on a mission to protect our marine environment and enhance community action through ecotourism, education and mentoring. His passion for the environment led him to co-establish Eagle Wing Tours as Canada’s first Carbon Neutral whale watching company, the founder of the Victoria Sustainable Tourism Alliance and to initiate Victoria’s World Oceans Day celebration at Fisherman’s Wharf. Under his guidance and leadership, the company has won the 2013 Tourism Vancouver Island Sustainable Tourism Business award, the 2014 and 2016 Tourism Industry Association of Canada’s Sustainability award and the 2016 EcoStar Experiential Tourism Award. Born and raised in Victoria, Brett has been a professional captain for over 20 years within the whale watching industry in Victoria, and continues to drive positive change within industry and the local community. Sustainability and delivering his best is his way of life both on and off the water.
Anna Hall (Vice President)
Dr. Anna Hall is a marine mammal zoologist with academic, industrial and military experience. She has worked with marine life around the world, including British Columbia, Nunavut, Chile, Mexico, Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, Scotland, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Kingdom of Bahrain and St. Vincent and Grenadines. She is a member of the Species at Risk Advisory Committee in Canada, a fellow of the Zoological Society in London, an Adjunct Professor at Royal Roads University, and co-owns Sea View marine Sciences. Dr. Hall works with a variety of marine mammal species but has a special interest in the conservation of small cetaceans. She has research programs on Harbour porpoise, Dall’s porpoise, Burmeister’s porpoise and participates in the conservation efforts of for Vaquita and Yangtze finless porpoise
Judi Fitzgerald (Treasurer)
Judi Fitzgerald brings more the 20 years of administrative and office management experience to the Wild 4 Whales Foundation and serves as our treasurer. Born and raised on Vancouver Island, she has a love and appreciation of the ocean and marine life. Her passions include her dog, and animal conservation and rescue. Judi’s interest in global wildlife issues led her to a recent completion of the United for Wildlife Conservation course. Judi volunteered at the BC SPCA’s Wild Animal Recovery Centre (WIld ARC) in small animal care, and has participated in the rescue of live stranded harbour porpoise. She has also provided technical research assistance for numerous marine mammal scientific surveys over the past 10 years. Her technical interest and knowledge includes coastal marine mammal behaviours, particularly harbour porpoise and Dall’s porpoise, killer whales, Steller Sea Lions and harbour seals.
Don Stewart (Director)
Don Stewart was born and raised in Victoria B.C. He is an amazing son, husband, father and friend that is kind, unbelievably caring and can complete any task given to him. Don, aka “Macgyver” is self taught in everything he does and can fix/build most everything put in front of him . He also was an owner/operator of two seperate businesses and is also on the board of a not for profit organization. How he does everything with such skill, plus his positive outlook on life makes him a great guy to have around.
Mika Ogilvie (Secretary)
Ms. Mika Ogilvie is a marine biologist with over 11 years of commercial experience in the Salish Sea with a particular focus on marine mammals. She conducted her M.Sc. research on southern resident killer whales at Royal Roads University, but she has worked with marine mammals throughout the northern and southern hemispheres. Her field experience includes the waters of British Columbia, Washington, the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and throughout Antarctica. Mika has worked as a First Mate and naturalist aboard commercial whale watch vessels around the world, including from Victoria, BC. She maintains an excellent working relationship with members of the Pacific Whale Watch Association. Mika has direct experience with the marine mammals of Juan de Fuca Strait and adjacent waters, and is knowledgeable on the identification of all species. She is skilled in photo-identification of individual humpback, and southern resident and transient killer whales. Mika is a professional Marine Mammal Observer and researcher with Sea View Marine Sciences. She has a B.Sc. in Biology and an M.Sc. in Environment and Management.