Eric Peterson, President, Hakai Institute

Eric Peterson is the president of the Hakai Institute and its parent the Tula Foundation. Born in B.C., Eric began as a researcher in genetics and neurobiology, but spent most of his working career as a tech entrepreneur, most notably in the field of medical imaging and informatics. Since starting the Tula Foundation in 2002, Eric has brought a hands-on, entrepreneurial attitude to Tula’s non-profit ventures.

The Hakai Institute operates ecological field stations at remote locations on the B.C.’s coastal margin—the channels, inlets, estuaries, and adjacent watersheds. Hakai combines ecological capability with expertise in autonomous sensor networks, geospatial mapping, informatics, and modeling. Hakai is a member of several regional and international networks, including the Smithsonian Institution’s newly-launched Marine Global Ecological Observatory.