Announcing our new managing director

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The Marine Environmental Observation, Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR) is pleased to welcome Rodrigo Menafra in his new role as Managing Director of MEOPAR’s Administrative Centre.

Menafra brings more than 20 years of experience in the coastal and ocean management sector, in which he has been involved in multi-year, national and international, multi-disciplinary and multi-partner research and capacity-building projects. Most recently, he was MEOPAR’s Manager of Programs and Partnerships, leveraging his experience and international expertise to grow MEOPAR and lead projects such as the research vessel time task team.

Other experience includes research project management, knowledge mobilization and partnership development in academic, government and industry sectors. Menafra holds a Master’s in Marine Management from Dalhousie University, and a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology and Ecology from the Florida Institute of Technology. Originally from Uruguay, Menafra has made Nova Scotia his home since 2008, where he lives with his wife and two young sons.

Menafra takes over from former Executive Director Stefan Leslie, who has joined Research Nova Scotia as the inaugural CEO.

“We look forward to Rodrigo’s leadership as we continue to operate and develop MEOPAR’s programming into the future,” said Dr. Doug Wallace, Scientific Director of MEOPAR. “His experience in the marine and research sectors, knowledge of the Network and interest in international partnerships will be invaluable as we grow into the next phase of MEOPAR.”

He continued, “We also send our heartfelt thanks to departing Executive Director Stefan Leslie, whose guidance has strengthened MEOPAR’s role as a nationwide marine network, including the development of a number of innovative, collaborative approaches and initiatives.”