Robyn grew up in the Miramichi region but has studied and worked across the Maritimes. Robyn completed her PhD in Biology from Dalhousie University and has a background in research, conservation, and education. Robyn has experience in leading a regional research and extension team, collaborating with industry and government partners, communicating research and extension information, and securing funding; skills which are an enormous asset to the MSA.
Robyn now lives in Miramichi with her husband and son. Both Robyn and her husband enjoy training and showing their Belgian draft horses at competitions across Canada.
William (Butch) Dalton was born in New York City but grew up in the Fredericton area. At an early age, Butch became interested in business and opened a freshly squeezed orange juice company at the Boyce Farmers’ Market in Fredericton. Butch and his wife Kathy, have continuously operated this business for 40 years.
Butch studied at UNB where he earned a Masters of Philosophy in Policy Studies degree. Upon graduating, Butch was awarded the Tibor T. Polgar fellowship by the Hudson River Foundation in NY.
Butch is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys canoeing, golfing, fishing, and upland bird hunting with his dog Bluebell.
Gaby attended the University of Montreal where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Math-Economy. She has worked at Ultramar, Warner Bros France, and Public Works and Government Services Canada. Her experience in purchasing, accounts payable and receivable, and payroll makes her a great fit for the MSA’s Finance Coordinator position.
Originally from Montreal, Gaby has spent a lot of time traveling and backpacking. Gaby lived in France for 8 years before deciding to return to Canada to live on the Miramichi River, close to nature, with her husband and three kids. In her spare time, Gaby enjoys reading, hiking, yoga, singing, and doing activities with her children.
“Passionate about preserving Earth and all her species, I’m very happy to be in a position where I can make a significant contribution on a daily basis”.
Vanessa is originally from Sunny Corner and she continues to reside there with her family today. She studied Cognitive Science at Mount Allison University, but her passion for communications and professional work led her to the MSA.
For Vanessa, the Miramichi community and history are a huge part of her identity. Her family has a legacy of salmon guiding and managing fishing lodges, and this heritage has given her a special connection to the Miramichi River.
In her spare time, Vanessa enjoys watching movies and drawing. She values the time she spends with her husband and dog, as well as weekend family gatherings.
Born in Toronto, ON, Holly moved to Fredericton, NB in elementary school and called it home for the next 20 years. She attended UNB where she received her B.Sc. in biology and her M.Sc. in biology studying lake sturgeon in the Winnipeg River in Manitoba. Holly has always enjoyed the outdoors and working in aquatic environments, especially with fish. She’s previously worked for an engineering firm doing field work, at the Mactaquac Biodiversity facility, for a land-based caviar producer, and in MSA's biologist position.
When she’s not working you can find her and her partner running their 2 dogs or chasing after their 7 cats, enjoying some home gardening, listening to podcasts, watching movies, or sitting down to read a good book with a cup of tea.
Born and raised in Renous, Mark’s passion for salmon conservation has helped to make the Miramichi recognized as one of the best-managed salmon rivers in the world. A graduate of UNB, Mark worked as a fish technician and biologist with DFO for over 25 years.
When the federal government announced the closure of the Salmonid Enhancement Center in 1997, Mark partnered with the MSA as a private investor to acquire the fish hatchery from DFO. Mark continues to guide its operations today.
Born and raised in Miramichi, Lyndsay grew up spending countless hours on the Miramichi River. She attended UPEI and received her B.Sc. in Biology with a minor in Business Administration.
Lyndsay has been fond of the MSA hatchery grounds since a very young age. She has visited the site through school field trips and many visits to the U-fish pond with family. She first joined the MSA team as a summer student in 2016 and, through a real passion for conservation, returned every year! You could say she was "hooked."
During her free time, you can always find Lyndsay kayaking, fishing, or canoeing. Lyndsay says she will always be happiest on the river, doing what she loves.
Dylan was born and raised in Sunny Corner, and recently graduated from UNB with a major in Biology. During his free time he enjoys hanging out with friends, fishing, playing baseball, and going to the gym.
Dylan has always had a strong interest in sciences and working outdoors, which is why working at the MSA is perfect for him!