Dr. Irene Novaczek, 50, was born in Scotland and raised in Canada's Maritimes as well as Quebec.
Irene pursued marine ecology studies at the Ph.D. level in New Zealand, prior to which she studied botany for one year at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, B.C.. Irene also holds a Bachelor of Sciences degree with majors in biology and chemistry from Dalhousie University, in Halifax, NS.
Irene has worked as a researcher and environmentalist for the past 14 years, based in PEI. She is currently conducting independent research and consulting in artisanal fisheries and coastal community development. In 1990, she moved from purely academic research to work in environmental activism.
Additionally, Irene volunteers with: CUSO; the Save Our Seas and Shores Coalition; the PEI EcoNet; and, Earth Action on PEI.
Irene recently received a Professional Leadership Award for her work in the Pacific Islands where she supports indigenous women in small business development.