The Team

Allison Kermode

Allison Kermode is a Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences at Simon Fraser University (SFU), and is also an affiliate/member of the Pacific Water Research Institute in the Faculty of Environment at SFU, and of the Centre for Cell Biology, Development and Disease in the SFU Faculty of Science. Her research programs range from the biology and conservation of tree seeds to the development of therapeutics for rare childhood genetic diseases. With a special connection to the Spirit bear, she has a passion for protecting the treasures of the natural environment of BC. Propelled by the urgency to protect our oceans, coastlines and forests, and revere all the beautiful wildlife that they support, Allison and her partners developed the Take a Stand program to move beyond the traditional to galvanize youth to instill public education through art and film and to inspire youth-driven ‘tipping point’ conservation actions.

Norm Hann

Norm Hann is a professional stand up paddleboarder who spends his time training, racing and, exploring remote locations on his SUP, while sharing the sport in Canada. Based in Squamish, BC, Norm runs his own expedition company which provides SUP training and multiday SUP expeditions. A former successful school teacher in Ontario, Norm has worked in BC in the Great Bear Rainforest for more than 20 years as an outdoor guide, teacher and expedition leader. Norm has a special relationship with the community of Hartley Bay where he has been adopted into the Gitga’at First Nation and given the name T’aam Laan, which means “Steersman of the Canoe”. Through the International award-winning documentary film STAND (now available on Vimeo on demand), the Take a Stand program, and his Standup4Greatbear Society, Norm has brought awareness and fought for the protection of the wildlife and food harvesting areas of the First Nations people along the BC coastline.

Nicolas Teichrob

Nicolas Teichrob is an award-winning photographer/filmmaker who holds a Master of Science degree in Geography/Geology. He is co-founder of the outdoor adventure film production company Dendrite Studios and his unique eye has garnered many accolades while his photos have been published internationally in skiing, biking, and surfing media outlets. As co-producer of the international-award-winning documentary film STAND (2013) (winner of 8 International awards), co-producer and co-director of the award-winning film NUMINOUS (2017), and cinematographer of the immense public art installation UNINTERRUPTED (Canada Wild Productions), Nic has expanded the collective awareness of environmental issues and has encouraged outdoor recreation and exploration of our wild places.

Anthony Bonello

Anthony Bonello is an adventure filmmaker based in Whistler, B.C. Anthony brings a honed style of storytelling to film, which transports viewers beyond geography to convey the feel of a place and its people. The founder of b4apres Media, he independently produced Azadi:Freedom (2010) and co-produced the international-award-winning documentary film STAND (2013). He is producer with Switchback Entertainment where his work is focused on ski travel and exploration and on science-based educational resources surrounding climate change. Anthony created the award-winning film ECLIPSE, and has directed and curated a VR/360 field trip that is now part of the Google Expeditions education platform.

Fernando Lessa

Fernando Lessa is an Outdoor Educator & Photographer who founded the Urban Salmon Project ( His previous projects include those based in the untouched Amazon forest, the unique Brazilian savannah, the tropical rainforest of Brazil, and the Atlantic Ocean. A testament to his success in North America, Fernando has published several books and documentary films on urban salmon and has visited 28 creeks and rivers in Metro Vancouver alone. Fernando is an outdoor storyteller who draws from his experience as a certified diver, background in biology, and Master’s degree in Photography, in order to document freshwater environments. The newest member of the team, Fernando leads experiential learning opportunities for school youth and teachers by conducting urban salmon walks to show that these amazing environments and critical habitats are right in our backyards.

Simon Fraser University

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The Take A Stand program is supported by the Faculty of Science and Faculty of Environment (former Centre for Coastal Studies, now the Pacific Water Research Institute) at Simon Fraser University (SFU). It has benefitted from the involvement and in-kind contributions from staff and Faculty of Science, Environment and Education. As well as the Take a Stand team bringing their program to schools, schools can also visit SFU’s Burnaby campus for presentations through the K-12 Science in Action Outreach program based in the Faculty of Science.

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