The Ocean Frontier Institute is pleased to announce that Ken Paul, former Fisheries Director with the Assembly of First Nations, has been named as OFI's first Indigenous Engagement Advisor.
Ken will help the Ocean Frontier Institute as we work together on our path to advancing important initiatives, including Indigenous research and engagement.
We are very excited to welcome Ken to the OFI team!
More about Ken Paul
Ken is a member of the Wolastoqey First Nation in the community of Neqotkuk whose traditional territory is located on the northern Atlantic coast spanning the Canada/US border between Maine, New Brunswick and Quebec.
For the past 9 years, Ken has advocated for First Nations Chiefs regionally, nationally and internationally on all aspects relating to fisheries, aquaculture, oceans governance and aquatic resources as they relate to inherent and treaty rights, legislation, and policy. This includes Indigenous Knowledge Systems, economic prosperity, community engagement and resource management.
Previous to this, he had worked for 10 years in field-based ocean mapping with the Canadian Hydrographic Service and another 10 years with Parks Canada as a Senior Policy Advisor in Atlantic Canada and the Field Unit Superintendent in the Northwest Territories.
Ken has an MBA with St Mary’s University and a BSc from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and has extensive training in leadership, policy development, mediation, labour relations, First Nations governance and traditional teachings.
Ken is currently the Lead Fisheries Negotiator and Research Coordinator for the Wolastoqey Nation and is a dedicated father of two.