Brian Riddell

President & CEO
Pacific Salmon Foundation
1682 W 7th Ave
Vancouver, BC
Canada, V67 4S6

Phone: 604-664-7664 ext.115


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Prior to joining the Pacific Salmon Foundation, Brian worked for 30 years in research and management positions in Science Branch, Department of Fisheries and Oceans; where he co-authored Canada’s Policy for Conservation of Wild Pacific Salmon (2005), and provided science advice to the Pacific Salmon Treaty. Since joining the Pacific Salmon Foundation (2009), he established the Salish Sea Marine Survival Project and the research network necessary to undertake this international project (

He has served as a member of the Royal Society of Canada’s Expert Panel on Ocean Climate Change and Marine Biodiversity; he is currently a Canadian Commissioner to the Pacific Salmon Commission; was a member of the Province of BC’s Minister of Agriculture’s Advisory Council on Finfish Aquaculture (2018), and mostly joined the Board of Directors for the new Salish Sea Institute, Western Washington University.

In February, 2015; he was recognized nationally as one of “50 Notable Canadians” in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Canadian flag.  Most recently, Brian has received the 2017 Murray Newman Award in Marine Conservation from the Vancouver Aquarium; and in May, 2018, he was inducted into the Fraser River Hall of Fame at the Fraser River Discovery Centre in New Westminster.

Select Presentation(s) / Publication(s):

Riddell, Brian & Brodeur, Richard & V. Bugaev, Alexander & Moran, Paul & Murphy, James & A. Orsi, Joseph & Trudel, Marc & Weitkamp, Laurie & Wells, Brian & C. Wertheimer, Alex. (2018). Ocean ecology of Chinook salmon.

Riddell, Brian, “The Salish Sea Marine Survival Project: Phytoplankton and Zooplankton” (2018). Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference. 617.

Connors, Katrina; Jones, Eileen; Honka, Leah; Kellock, Katy; Hertz, Eric; and Riddell, Brian, “The Pacific salmon explorer: a data driven look at salmon populations and their habitats” (2018). Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference. 516.

Miller, Kristi & Hinch, Scott & Patterson, David & Riddell, Brian & Trudel, Marc & Tucker, Strahan & Teffer, Amy & Jeffries, Kenneth. (2014). High Throughput Genomics Applied to Identify Cumulative Impacts of Environmental and Biological Stressors on Salmon.

Schmidt, Michael and Riddell, Brian, “An overview of the Salish Sea Marine Survival Project: U.S.-Canada integration” (2014). Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference. 201.

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