We couldn't do it without

Our Team

Meet The Difference Makers

Our dedicated and passionate staff are the heart and soul of your Outer Shores Lodge experience, ensuring your time here s not only memorable but truly unforgettable.

Scott Wallace

Co-owner / Operator

Scott is a lifelong biologist most happy when wearing gumboots and being with people in the outdoors. As owner-operator of Outer Shores Lodge in partnership with Russell Markel, he brings forward this enthusiasm and passion with guests. Before pivoting to Outer Shores Lodge, Scott worked as a marine ecologist at the David Suzuki Foundation for 15 years in the capacity of Senior Research Scientist. He is an educator, author, activist, naturalist, and fisheries researcher whose career has focused on marine conservation. Scott holds a PhD from the University of British Columbia and has taught several university and college level courses on the marine and coastal ecology of British Columbia. Scott currently teaches courses with North Island College’s Adventure Guiding program and UBC’s Haida Gwaii Institute

Russell Markel

Co-owner / Operator

Russell has spent his life and career as a marine ecologist and mariner studying, exploring, and sailing the BC coast. Founding Outer Shores has been the realization of his ambition to bring together his experience, education, and passions to create an organization that fosters education, awareness, and stewardship. During his PhD in the Department of Zoology at the University of British Columbia (UBC), and as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability (also at UBC), Russell focused his research in three general areas: (1) the effects of over-fishing and over-hunting top predators on coastal ecosystems and human communities; (2) relationships between changing ocean climate and marine fish population dynamics; and (3) the design and effectiveness of marine protected areas.

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