Martin Taylor is Professor Emeritus of Geography at the University of Victoria. He is also adjunct professor in the School of Geography and Earth Sciences at McMaster University, and in the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo. From 2007-2012, he served as Founding President and CEO of Ocean Networks Canada, the not for profit agency responsible for the management and development of the VENUS and NEPTUNE Canada ocean observatory programs, and the Ocean Networks Centre for Enterprise and Engagement, a federal centre of excellence for commercialization and research. Before assuming this position, he was for nine years (1998-2007) the University of Victoria’s first Vice-President Research. He has extensive governance experience including as: a member of the federal Council of Science and Technology Advisors; a member of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Board; a board member and chair of the finance committee of TRIUMF; a board member and chair of the Michael Smith Health Research Foundation; a board member and chair of the NSERC Canadian Healthy Ocean Strategic Network; and as board chair of the Propel Centre for Population Health Impact at the University of Waterloo. He served on the Council of Canadian Academies Expert Panel on the assessment of Canadian ocean science (2012-13) and is Special Advisor to Community Based Research Canada. Prior to his appointment at UVic, Martin Taylor served from 1974-98 on the faculty at McMaster University, where his responsibilities included: chair of Geography (1991-97); founding director of the Institute of Environment and Health (1990-96); and Acting VP Research (1994-95). He holds a BA (Hons Geography) from Bristol University and an MA and PhD in Geography from UBC. He is the author of two books and over 100 peer-reviewed publications in the field of environmental and community health.