Menaka Iyer - CEO
Menaka is CEO-mermaid finding her land legs in the fight of keeping our oceans clean. She started ‘Straws with a Cause’ to bring light to the issue that is overtaking our seas, one tube of plastic at a time. For the sake of her loving home and friends, she saw the need to change our behaviours of consumption to reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in the ocean. When she is not swimming alongside her water based friends, she enjoys yoga, dancing and creating music. Menaka comes from a diverse background from a Registered Early Childhood Educator, to experiential marketing maven and on to studying at Royal Roads University in the Bachelor of commerce, majoring in Entrepreneurial management.
Morgan Clausen - CIO
Morgan comes from an eclectic background of business management. From working in large organizations within the hospitality industry, to managing his own E-Commerce business. He is an avid outdoor enthusiast, and believes the more we can protect the environment, the more we can enjoy it! Morgan spends as much time as he can out on the water, Surfing, Snorkeling and Scuba Diving. As the years press on, he has noticed an abundance of plastic litter proliferating the oceans he so enjoys.
Morgan joined this cause because he believes you must be the change you want to see in the world. If this environmental issue speaks to your heart as well, help us spread the message!
Peter Williamson - COO
Peter comes from a management background mostly in government but also with Inuit organizations. His focus has been on addressing issues and priorities which are important to Inuit and other Aboriginal peoples. Peter has three grown sons and four grandchildren who all live in Nunavut. Included in his work has been addressing environmental and wildlife management issues at the international level, including the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, the Convention on Biological Diversity, and the International Union for Conservation and Nature.
Peter joined The Straws for a Cause because the Arctic Ocean is particularly vulnerable to pollutants, and most recently scientists have reported that as many as 12,000 particles per litre of microplastics have been found in the Makarov Basin. These microplastics have the potential to make their way up the Arctic food chain which could be particularly hazardous to Inuit because indigenous coastal people who still depend on marine hunting and fishing as an important food source.
Graham Wrigley - CFO
Graham comes from a hospitality background where he has a diploma in Hospitality Management from Camosun College. He has also primarily worked for hospitality organizations over the years. He loves the outdoors and prefers to spend his time boating and fishing when he can. Graham hails from Salt Spring Island where environmental conscientiousness plays a vital role in the community and he wants to help bring awareness to this cause due to his passion for the marine environment.