Marine Planning/Implementation Program Manager, Coastal First Nations–Great Bear Initiative
Steve Diggon has worked for over ten years on marine spatial planning and ocean issues in British Columbia. He has focused on technical aspects of marine spatial planning, marine protected areas, policy development, governance processes and agreements, and building local capacity. He has played a leadership and management role in the Pacific North Coast Integrated Management Area Initiative (PNCIMA), the Marine Planning Partnership of the Pacific North Coast (MaPP) and currently a Co-Chair of the Marine Protected Areas (MPA) Technical Team for the development of a network of MPAs for the Northern Shelf Bio-region. He works closely with First Nations leadership, community members to engage and collaborate with all levels of government, NGO organizations, scientists, industry leaders and other interest groups in marine conservation and management.
Steve holds a Master’s of Science degree in International Rural Planning and Development and a Bachelor of Environmental Studies and Resource Management with particular focus on ecosystem-based management and marine spatial planning in coastal and marine environments. He lives with his family in the Gulf Islands of British Columbia and enjoys kiteboarding, sailing and other outdoor pursuits.