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Shorefast Foundation

Board of
Directors

Gordon Slade, Shorefast

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Gordon Slade

Chair, CM

Gordon Slade, originally from Placentia Bay, has spent much of his career in public service, serving as Deputy Minister of Fisheries for the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, and as Vice-President of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. In 1996, Gordon became an independent consultant in the fields of heritage, cultural tourism, and community development. From 2002 to 2010, he was CEO of One Ocean, an organization that encourages dialogue between the fishing and petroleum industries. Gordon is the former Chair and Managing Director of Battle Harbour Historic Trust. In 2005, he was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in recognition for his work in preserving and promoting the province’s heritage.

Gordon Slade

Chair, CM

Gordon Slade, originally from Placentia Bay, has spent much of his career in public service, serving as Deputy Minister of Fisheries for the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, and as Vice-President of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. In 1996, Gordon became an independent consultant in the fields of heritage, cultural tourism, and community development. From 2002 to 2010, he was CEO of One Ocean, an organization that encourages dialogue between the fishing and petroleum industries. Gordon is the former Chair and Managing Director of Battle Harbour Historic Trust. In 2005, he was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in recognition for his work in preserving and promoting the province’s heritage.

Glen Best, Shorefast

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Glen Best

Director

Glen Best is a fifth-generation Commercial Fish Harvester with 30 years of experience, who grew up on Fogo Island with a rich family history entwined in the development and progress of the local fishery and community that defines Fogo Island. He is owner of Glen and Jerry Fisheries Inc., which operates two multi-species vessels involved in fishing for Snow Crab, Northern Shrimp, Turbot, and Northern Cod. He trained at the Marine Institute of Memorial University and currently holds a Fishing Master Class II certificate from Transport Canada. Glen has been a member of the Fogo Island Fisheries Co-op for the past 30 years, and served on the Board of Directors for nine years: as President for three years and Vice President for two years. Glen is passionate about achieving fair and proactive management in the fishing industry, volunteering his time to serve on the 3K Snow Crab Committee and the Newfoundland Independent Fish Harvester’s Association. In his spare time, Glen enjoys playing in the local recreational hockey league as well as spending time in the outdoors at his cabin and on snowmobile. 

Glen Best

Director

Glen Best is a fifth-generation Commercial Fish Harvester with 30 years of experience, who grew up on Fogo Island with a rich family history entwined in the development and progress of the local fishery and community that defines Fogo Island. He is owner of Glen and Jerry Fisheries Inc., which operates two multi-species vessels involved in fishing for Snow Crab, Northern Shrimp, Turbot, and Northern Cod. He trained at the Marine Institute of Memorial University and currently holds a Fishing Master Class II certificate from Transport Canada. Glen has been a member of the Fogo Island Fisheries Co-op for the past 30 years, and served on the Board of Directors for nine years: as President for three years and Vice President for two years. Glen is passionate about achieving fair and proactive management in the fishing industry, volunteering his time to serve on the 3K Snow Crab Committee and the Newfoundland Independent Fish Harvester’s Association. In his spare time, Glen enjoys playing in the local recreational hockey league as well as spending time in the outdoors at his cabin and on snowmobile. 

Tim Brodhead, Shorefast

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Tim Brodhead

Director

Tim Brodhead was from 1995 to 2011 President and CEO of The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation. In 2013-2014 he served as Interim President of the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation. Prior to joining McConnell, Tim spent twenty-five years working in international development, mainly in West Africa, Sudan, and India. He was the Founding Executive Director of ACORD, based in London U.K., and co-founded the Canadian development agency Inter Pares.

Currently Tim co-chairs Canadians for a New Partnership and is a board member of The Natural Step, Engineers Without Borders (EWB-Canada), the Arctic Inspiration Prize, the Fondation Lucie et André Chagnon, and the Jarislowsky, Omega, Inspirit, and Ottawa Community Foundations. He is a member of the Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience (WISIR) and is on the Advisory Boards of the McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy, and the Children and Youth in Challenging Contexts Network. 

In 2001, Tim was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada. He holds honourary degrees from McGill, Carleton, Dalhousie, and the University of New Brunswick. He lives and farms south of Ottawa.

Tim Brodhead

Director

Tim Brodhead was from 1995 to 2011 President and CEO of The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation. In 2013-2014 he served as Interim President of the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation. Prior to joining McConnell, Tim spent twenty-five years working in international development, mainly in West Africa, Sudan, and India. He was the Founding Executive Director of ACORD, based in London U.K., and co-founded the Canadian development agency Inter Pares.

Currently Tim co-chairs Canadians for a New Partnership and is a board member of The Natural Step, Engineers Without Borders (EWB-Canada), the Arctic Inspiration Prize, the Fondation Lucie et André Chagnon, and the Jarislowsky, Omega, Inspirit, and Ottawa Community Foundations. He is a member of the Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience (WISIR) and is on the Advisory Boards of the McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy, and the Children and Youth in Challenging Contexts Network. 

In 2001, Tim was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada. He holds honourary degrees from McGill, Carleton, Dalhousie, and the University of New Brunswick. He lives and farms south of Ottawa.

Zita Cobb, Shorefast

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Zita Cobb

Founder & CEO

Growing up on Fogo Island, Zita developed a deep belief in the inherent value of place and a profound respect for the human ways of knowing that emerge from respectful relationships with nature, culture, and community. After completing high school on Fogo Island, Zita decided to study business in order to understand the global economic systems that had disadvantaged Fogo Island and numerous other small communities – bringing many to the brink of extinction. After completing university in Ottawa, she took on increasingly senior financial roles in the high-tech industry. She is most recognized for her work with JDS Fitel, subsequently JDS Uniphase, where she contributed to building the company into one of the most successful high-tech innovators in history. Zita returned home to Fogo Island in the early 2000’s and, along with her brothers Anthony and Alan, began to build Shorefast’s initiatives. In 2016, Zita was awarded the Order of Canada in acknowledgement of the work of Shorefast in collaboration with the community of Fogo Island to help secure a more resilient future for this singular rural place. She now dedicates her full time and energies to the active direction and management of Shorefast and our projects on Fogo Island.

Zita Cobb

Founder & CEO

Growing up on Fogo Island, Zita developed a deep belief in the inherent value of place and a profound respect for the human ways of knowing that emerge from respectful relationships with nature, culture, and community. After completing high school on Fogo Island, Zita decided to study business in order to understand the global economic systems that had disadvantaged Fogo Island and numerous other small communities – bringing many to the brink of extinction. After completing university in Ottawa, she took on increasingly senior financial roles in the high-tech industry. She is most recognized for her work with JDS Fitel, subsequently JDS Uniphase, where she contributed to building the company into one of the most successful high-tech innovators in history. Zita returned home to Fogo Island in the early 2000’s and, along with her brothers Anthony and Alan, began to build Shorefast’s initiatives. In 2016, Zita was awarded the Order of Canada in acknowledgement of the work of Shorefast in collaboration with the community of Fogo Island to help secure a more resilient future for this singular rural place. She now dedicates her full time and energies to the active direction and management of Shorefast and our projects on Fogo Island.

Alan Cobb, Shorefast

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Alan Cobb

Co-Founder

Alan Cobb enjoyed a long career in the senior ranks of the federal public service and in the private sector. He has worked in policy and operations for a number of federal ministries including Industry, Science and Technology, Treasury Board, and Employment and Immigration. He also headed the initial federal offshore oil and gas regulatory agency, based in St. John’s. After retiring from the federal government, Alan provided strategic management consulting services to the public and private sectors, and worked with a leading technology firm as advisor to the CEO. He now devotes his time to serving on Shorefast’s Board of Directors.

Alan Cobb

Co-Founder

Alan Cobb enjoyed a long career in the senior ranks of the federal public service and in the private sector. He has worked in policy and operations for a number of federal ministries including Industry, Science and Technology, Treasury Board, and Employment and Immigration. He also headed the initial federal offshore oil and gas regulatory agency, based in St. John’s. After retiring from the federal government, Alan provided strategic management consulting services to the public and private sectors, and worked with a leading technology firm as advisor to the CEO. He now devotes his time to serving on Shorefast’s Board of Directors.

Anthony Cobb, Shorefast

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Anthony Cobb

Co-Founder

Anthony grew up on Fogo Island and moved to Toronto for high school. He studied business at Ryerson University before going on to careers in manufacturing, insurance, retail, and wholesale. He led the construction team that undertook the immense task of bringing the Fogo Island Inn to life. Anthony and his wife Janice Thomson now operate Fogo Island Fish, a social enterprise dedicated to community revitalization by linking fishers and chefs, without intermediaries. Fogo Island Fish offers wild, hand-lined North Atlantic cod, snow crab, and shrimp and pays its fishers well in excess of the market rate. The fish is processed by the Fogo Island Co-op, on Fogo Island, maintaining local jobs, and is sold directly to chefs by Fogo Island Fish. 

Anthony Cobb

Co-Founder

Anthony grew up on Fogo Island and moved to Toronto for high school. He studied business at Ryerson University before going on to careers in manufacturing, insurance, retail, and wholesale. He led the construction team that undertook the immense task of bringing the Fogo Island Inn to life. Anthony and his wife Janice Thomson now operate Fogo Island Fish, a social enterprise dedicated to community revitalization by linking fishers and chefs, without intermediaries. Fogo Island Fish offers wild, hand-lined North Atlantic cod, snow crab, and shrimp and pays its fishers well in excess of the market rate. The fish is processed by the Fogo Island Co-op, on Fogo Island, maintaining local jobs, and is sold directly to chefs by Fogo Island Fish. 

Gary Dawe, Shorefast

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Gary Dawe

Director

Gary Dawe was born on Fogo Island and has lived in Seldom Come By all his life. He owns and operates Dawe’s Store Ltd, a family grocery store that his parents started in 1968. He served on the Seldom-Little Seldom town council for twenty-eight years, of which he was the Mayor for fourteen. He also served twenty years on the local volunteer fire department. He is presently on the finance committee for the Anglican Diocesan Synod of Central Newfoundland and is serving his 20th year as treasurer of the Parish of Fogo Island East. Gary holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree from Memorial University.

Gary Dawe

Director

Gary Dawe was born on Fogo Island and has lived in Seldom Come By all his life. He owns and operates Dawe’s Store Ltd, a family grocery store that his parents started in 1968. He served on the Seldom-Little Seldom town council for twenty-eight years, of which he was the Mayor for fourteen. He also served twenty years on the local volunteer fire department. He is presently on the finance committee for the Anglican Diocesan Synod of Central Newfoundland and is serving his 20th year as treasurer of the Parish of Fogo Island East. Gary holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree from Memorial University.

Barbara McInnes, Shorefast

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Barbara McInnes

Director, C.M.

Barbara McInnes retired as President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Ottawa in 2014. She was with the Foundation since its inception in 1987, overseeing its growth to what is now one the largest and most highly regarded of Canada’s 190+ community foundations. Barbara was awarded the Order of Canada in 2008 for her contributions as a leader and catalyst for the development of community-based philanthrophy in her city, across Canada, and around the world. Active in her community, she has been a Governor of Carleton University, President of the Ottawa Estate Planning Council and of the Ottawa School of Art, and board member of United Way, Impact Hub Ottawa, and numerous other professional associations and voluntary sector boards. Having received many honours and awards for her work, she is now enjoying the next very active phase of her life. In addition to serving on the board of the Shorefast, the Telus Ottawa Community Board, and the Match International Women’s Fund, she is on the Advisory Board of PAL Ottawa and recently helped develop Refugee 613 and Compassionate Ottawa.

Barbara McInnes

Director, C.M.

Barbara McInnes retired as President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Ottawa in 2014. She was with the Foundation since its inception in 1987, overseeing its growth to what is now one the largest and most highly regarded of Canada’s 190+ community foundations. Barbara was awarded the Order of Canada in 2008 for her contributions as a leader and catalyst for the development of community-based philanthrophy in her city, across Canada, and around the world. Active in her community, she has been a Governor of Carleton University, President of the Ottawa Estate Planning Council and of the Ottawa School of Art, and board member of United Way, Impact Hub Ottawa, and numerous other professional associations and voluntary sector boards. Having received many honours and awards for her work, she is now enjoying the next very active phase of her life. In addition to serving on the board of the Shorefast, the Telus Ottawa Community Board, and the Match International Women’s Fund, she is on the Advisory Board of PAL Ottawa and recently helped develop Refugee 613 and Compassionate Ottawa.

Rob Nelson, Shorefast

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Robert Nelson

Director, L.L.B.

Rob Nelson is the President of Nelson ADR, a consulting and dispute resolution firm in Ottawa. Prior to this, Rob was a partner of the Ottawa law firm of Gowling, Lafleur, Henderson LLP where he specialized in Civil Litigation. Rob has made significant contribution to the legal community through his service as President of the County of Carleton Law Association and Executive Director of the Arbitration and Mediation Institute of Canada. From 1999-2004, he headed a team which won the World Bank competition to introduce dispute resolution techniques into Russia and Albania. Based on these experiences, Rob wrote the text book Nelson on ADR.

Rob has a long history of community involvement in Ottawa, serving three terms as President of the Ottawa Mission, as founding Board Member for Help Lesotho (a Canadian NGO working in Lesotho, Africa), and contributing to creating Lawyers for Social Responsibility. In addition to working with Shorefast, Rob sits on the Board of 199 Holland and remains actively involved with the Anglican Church of Canada. Rob’s son-in-law, Keith Donahue, was born and raised on Fogo Island where his family still lives.

Robert Nelson

Director, L.L.B.

Rob Nelson is the President of Nelson ADR, a consulting and dispute resolution firm in Ottawa. Prior to this, Rob was a partner of the Ottawa law firm of Gowling, Lafleur, Henderson LLP where he specialized in Civil Litigation. Rob has made significant contribution to the legal community through his service as President of the County of Carleton Law Association and Executive Director of the Arbitration and Mediation Institute of Canada. From 1999-2004, he headed a team which won the World Bank competition to introduce dispute resolution techniques into Russia and Albania. Based on these experiences, Rob wrote the text book Nelson on ADR.

Rob has a long history of community involvement in Ottawa, serving three terms as President of the Ottawa Mission, as founding Board Member for Help Lesotho (a Canadian NGO working in Lesotho, Africa), and contributing to creating Lawyers for Social Responsibility. In addition to working with Shorefast, Rob sits on the Board of 199 Holland and remains actively involved with the Anglican Church of Canada. Rob’s son-in-law, Keith Donahue, was born and raised on Fogo Island where his family still lives.

Josh Quinton, Shorefast

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Josh Quinton

Director

Josh Quinton has been a leader in the financial industry for the last 10 years, managing the US east coast business at Bloomberg L.P. from New York City. He holds a Master’s degree in International Economics from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Commerce from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Josh is an award-winning global business manager, building analytics to bring transparency to the financial markets and advising some of the largest money managers in the world, including multinational corporations, pension funds, hedge funds, central banks, and heads of government in the United States and Canada.

In addition to working with several other charities in Newfoundland and New York, Mr. Quinton serves on the finance committee of the Grenfell Association of America in New York, which is committed to providing health care, education, and social services to the coastal communities of northern Newfoundland and Labrador. He has been a strong mentor and advocate for Memorial’s Faculty of Business, regularly advising and connecting students with industry leaders. In 2011, he negotiated the donation and set-up of a state-of-the-art White Trading Lab at Memorial University. Josh was the recipient of Memorial’s Alumni Horizon Award in 2012, and was appointed to the Innovation Council of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2017. Josh grew up in a small family business in Newfoundland and is passionate about supporting local entrepreneurship as well as promoting self-sustainability and innovation in the province.

Josh Quinton

Director

Josh Quinton has been a leader in the financial industry for the last 10 years, managing the US east coast business at Bloomberg L.P. from New York City. He holds a Master’s degree in International Economics from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Commerce from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Josh is an award-winning global business manager, building analytics to bring transparency to the financial markets and advising some of the largest money managers in the world, including multinational corporations, pension funds, hedge funds, central banks, and heads of government in the United States and Canada.

In addition to working with several other charities in Newfoundland and New York, Mr. Quinton serves on the finance committee of the Grenfell Association of America in New York, which is committed to providing health care, education, and social services to the coastal communities of northern Newfoundland and Labrador. He has been a strong mentor and advocate for Memorial’s Faculty of Business, regularly advising and connecting students with industry leaders. In 2011, he negotiated the donation and set-up of a state-of-the-art White Trading Lab at Memorial University. Josh was the recipient of Memorial’s Alumni Horizon Award in 2012, and was appointed to the Innovation Council of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2017. Josh grew up in a small family business in Newfoundland and is passionate about supporting local entrepreneurship as well as promoting self-sustainability and innovation in the province.

Robert Sirman, Shorefast

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Robert Sirman

Director

Robert Sirman is a retired cultural executive who enjoyed a distinguished career in the Canadian cultural sector before hanging up his hat as Director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts in 2014. Previously he served for 15 years as co-director of Canada’s National Ballet School where he tripled the School’s facilities and reinforced its standing as a world leader in professional dance training. Other highlights include 10 years at the Ontario Arts Council, five years in Ontario’s first Ministry of Culture, and a seven-month stint as acting-CEO of the George Cedric Metcalf Charitable Foundation in Toronto.

Bob has an MA in Sociology from the University of Toronto where he taught in 2016. He has been widely published throughout his career and volunteers on several not-for-profit charitable boards. In 2002 Bob served as librettist for James Kudelka’s full-length ballet, The Contract

Robert Sirman

Director

Robert Sirman is a retired cultural executive who enjoyed a distinguished career in the Canadian cultural sector before hanging up his hat as Director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts in 2014. Previously he served for 15 years as co-director of Canada’s National Ballet School where he tripled the School’s facilities and reinforced its standing as a world leader in professional dance training. Other highlights include 10 years at the Ontario Arts Council, five years in Ontario’s first Ministry of Culture, and a seven-month stint as acting-CEO of the George Cedric Metcalf Charitable Foundation in Toronto.

Bob has an MA in Sociology from the University of Toronto where he taught in 2016. He has been widely published throughout his career and volunteers on several not-for-profit charitable boards. In 2002 Bob served as librettist for James Kudelka’s full-length ballet, The Contract

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Kingman Brewster, Shorefast

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Kingman Brewster

Design & Development

Kingman was born and raised in northern Vermont. He has an undergraduate degree from Yale University and a Master’s degree in Architecture from Dalhousie University. Kingman has overseen a wide range of architectural projects in far flung locations and has worked in many sectors of building trades, from boat building to set construction. On Fogo Island, Kingman joined the team to work on the Fogo Island Inn, and since the Inn’s completion has gone on to oversee heritage restorations, including numerous houses and churches, the Society of United Fishermen’s (SUF) Hall in Barr’d Islands, and the Fogo Island Geology Centre. Recently, Kingman has lead the restoration of a heritage home and fishing stages in Joe Batt’s Arm to become the Fogo Island Punt Centre. Kingman lives on Fogo Island with his wife, Erin, and their three children.

Kingman Brewster

Design & Development

Kingman was born and raised in northern Vermont. He has an undergraduate degree from Yale University and a Master’s degree in Architecture from Dalhousie University. Kingman has overseen a wide range of architectural projects in far flung locations and has worked in many sectors of building trades, from boat building to set construction. On Fogo Island, Kingman joined the team to work on the Fogo Island Inn, and since the Inn’s completion has gone on to oversee heritage restorations, including numerous houses and churches, the Society of United Fishermen’s (SUF) Hall in Barr’d Islands, and the Fogo Island Geology Centre. Recently, Kingman has lead the restoration of a heritage home and fishing stages in Joe Batt’s Arm to become the Fogo Island Punt Centre. Kingman lives on Fogo Island with his wife, Erin, and their three children.

Susan Cull, Shorefast

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Susan Cull

Operations Manager

Susan is originally from Shoal Bay, Fogo Island. She holds a BA (honours) in History and Political Science from Memorial University, where she focused on Canadian and Newfoundland history and politics, after which she obtained a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from York University. Susan worked with the Newfoundland and Labrador Statistics Agency in St. John’s for 8 years on a variety of projects primarily focused on health research and population demographics, and her team received a Public Service Award of Excellence for their work in health research. Susan’s husband, David McKenna, is from Joe Batt’s Arm, and while both enjoyed pursuing great careers away from home, their hearts stayed on Fogo Island. 

In 2014 they decided to return with their 3 children to raise them here. Since that time, Susan worked as the Chief Administrative Officer at the Town of Fogo Island before joining the Shorefast team as Operations Manager in February 2017. 

Susan Cull

Operations Manager

Susan is originally from Shoal Bay, Fogo Island. She holds a BA (honours) in History and Political Science from Memorial University, where she focused on Canadian and Newfoundland history and politics, after which she obtained a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from York University. Susan worked with the Newfoundland and Labrador Statistics Agency in St. John’s for 8 years on a variety of projects primarily focused on health research and population demographics, and her team received a Public Service Award of Excellence for their work in health research. Susan’s husband, David McKenna, is from Joe Batt’s Arm, and while both enjoyed pursuing great careers away from home, their hearts stayed on Fogo Island. 

In 2014 they decided to return with their 3 children to raise them here. Since that time, Susan worked as the Chief Administrative Officer at the Town of Fogo Island before joining the Shorefast team as Operations Manager in February 2017. 

Peter Decker, Shorefast

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Peter Decker

Ambassador & Master of Punts

Pete is regularly called a man and a half. In the tradition of other great Newfoundlanders, Pete is a fisherman and a sealer. To make a living he has worked in the woods, driven and fixed trucks, painted buildings, loaded train cars, cooked on a cargo ship, hunted, worked on construction sites, shoed horses, worked in the engine rooms and decks of oil tankers, packed fish onto ships for overseas markets, and too many more things to mention. Pete loves Fogo Island and has managed to keep body, soul, and family together by working ‘away’ when necessary, but never moving away. Pete is Shorefast's Ambassador, welcoming all to Fogo Island and providing exceptional hosting services. If you have a question, Pete can help you find the answer. Pete also manages the Shorefast fleet of wooden punts and is on the organizing committee of The Great Fogo Island Punt Race. Pete's greatest stress in life comes at the moment he points his muzzle loader, Long Tom, into the air to start the Punt Race, and his greatest pleasure is the moment it fires successfully. 

Peter Decker

Ambassador & Master of Punts

Pete is regularly called a man and a half. In the tradition of other great Newfoundlanders, Pete is a fisherman and a sealer. To make a living he has worked in the woods, driven and fixed trucks, painted buildings, loaded train cars, cooked on a cargo ship, hunted, worked on construction sites, shoed horses, worked in the engine rooms and decks of oil tankers, packed fish onto ships for overseas markets, and too many more things to mention. Pete loves Fogo Island and has managed to keep body, soul, and family together by working ‘away’ when necessary, but never moving away. Pete is Shorefast's Ambassador, welcoming all to Fogo Island and providing exceptional hosting services. If you have a question, Pete can help you find the answer. Pete also manages the Shorefast fleet of wooden punts and is on the organizing committee of The Great Fogo Island Punt Race. Pete's greatest stress in life comes at the moment he points his muzzle loader, Long Tom, into the air to start the Punt Race, and his greatest pleasure is the moment it fires successfully. 

Diane Hodgins, Shorefast

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Diane Hodgins

Chief Financial Officer

Diane works with investors and other partners in the philanthropic, government, and educational communities to achieve Shorefast's mission. Her experience working with entrepreneurs in both the profit and non-profit fields as a Chartered Accountant adds a unique perspective to the strong leadership team. Diane is passionate about sharing the merits of the Fogo Island project, an alternative business model where social and economic value are achieved in tandem.

Diane Hodgins

Chief Financial Officer

Diane works with investors and other partners in the philanthropic, government, and educational communities to achieve Shorefast's mission. Her experience working with entrepreneurs in both the profit and non-profit fields as a Chartered Accountant adds a unique perspective to the strong leadership team. Diane is passionate about sharing the merits of the Fogo Island project, an alternative business model where social and economic value are achieved in tandem.

Amy Rowsell, Shorefast

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Amy Rowsell

Creative & Communications Coordinator

In collaboration with the executive team, Amy leads Shorefast’s internal and external communication efforts, advises on creative projects, helps to build and maintain relationships and partnerships, and works closely with CEO Zita Cobb to share the Shorefast and Fogo Island story around the world. Amy has a background in the arts and is a graduate of Canterbury High School’s vocal music program. She has a BA (honours double major in history and gender studies) from the University of Ottawa, and an MA in the history of medicine from McGill University. Though born and raised in Ottawa, Amy’s paternal ancestry is based in Newfoundland and she is thrilled to work with an organization that has allowed her to “come home.” She now lives on Fogo Island.

Amy Rowsell

Creative & Communications Coordinator

In collaboration with the executive team, Amy leads Shorefast’s internal and external communication efforts, advises on creative projects, helps to build and maintain relationships and partnerships, and works closely with CEO Zita Cobb to share the Shorefast and Fogo Island story around the world. Amy has a background in the arts and is a graduate of Canterbury High School’s vocal music program. She has a BA (honours double major in history and gender studies) from the University of Ottawa, and an MA in the history of medicine from McGill University. Though born and raised in Ottawa, Amy’s paternal ancestry is based in Newfoundland and she is thrilled to work with an organization that has allowed her to “come home.” She now lives on Fogo Island.

Nicolaus Schafhausen, Shorefast Foundation

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Nicolaus Schafhausen

Strategic Advisor

Nicolaus Schafhausen has extensive experience in contemporary art, serving as Director of Frankfurter Kunstverein and founding Director of the European Kunsthalle, curator at the Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art in Helsinki (NIFCA) and German Pavilion for the 52nd and the 53rd Venice Biennale, as well as head of the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam from 2006 to 2012. Nicolaus is now serving as Director at Kunsthalle Wien and lectures at the Higher Institute for Fine Arts in Ghent. In addition to Schafhausen’s extensive experience in leading institutions and curating exhibitions, he is author and editor of numerous publications on contemporary art. In his work with Shorefast and Fogo Island Arts, Nicolaus leads the vision of the artist residency program, engaging artists in dialogue on the role of contemporary art in creating alternative solutions for the revitalization of rural communities prone to emigration.

Nicolaus Schafhausen

Strategic Advisor

Nicolaus Schafhausen has extensive experience in contemporary art, serving as Director of Frankfurter Kunstverein and founding Director of the European Kunsthalle, curator at the Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art in Helsinki (NIFCA) and German Pavilion for the 52nd and the 53rd Venice Biennale, as well as head of the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam from 2006 to 2012. Nicolaus is now serving as Director at Kunsthalle Wien and lectures at the Higher Institute for Fine Arts in Ghent. In addition to Schafhausen’s extensive experience in leading institutions and curating exhibitions, he is author and editor of numerous publications on contemporary art. In his work with Shorefast and Fogo Island Arts, Nicolaus leads the vision of the artist residency program, engaging artists in dialogue on the role of contemporary art in creating alternative solutions for the revitalization of rural communities prone to emigration.

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Careers

Shorefast and its associated organizations, including the Fogo Island Inn and Fogo Island Shop, are often looking for dynamic individuals interested in social business to join our growing teams. We are not currently hiring for any particular positions, but please check back regularly as opportunities will be posted here when available. 

Careers

Shorefast and its associated organizations, including the Fogo Island Inn and Fogo Island Shop, are often looking for dynamic individuals interested in social business to join our growing teams. We are not currently hiring for any particular positions, but please check back regularly as opportunities will be posted here when available. 

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the name "Shorefast" mean?

A shorefast is the line and mooring used to attach a traditional cod trap to the shore. It is a strong symbol of Fogo Island’s cod fishing heritage, and we chose this name because it symbolizes a belief in the importance of holding on to community and culture and in the power of authentic connections between individuals, their communities, culture, and place.

How do I get to Fogo Island?

The closest international airport to Fogo Island is Gander (YQX). From Gander, you can make your way to the Fogo Island ferry terminal located in Farewell. The scenic drive from Gander to the ferry is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes, and the ferry ride itself is between 45 minutes to one hour. The ferry is run by the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the schedule can found online here.

Travel from other Newfoundland airports, is, of course, also possible. Simply expect a longer drive to the ferry terminal, in correspondence with the location of your arriving airport. After Gander, St. John's (YYT) is the second closest airport to Fogo Island. 

What accommodations, besides the Fogo Island Inn, are available on Fogo Island?

Fogo Island has numerous other hospitality establishments, including B&Bs, short and long-term vacation rentals, and efficiency units. Camping and RV parking are also available. We recommend you visit the website for the Town of Fogo Island for more information on accommodations and rentals. 

How do I get a residency with Fogo Island Arts?

Fogo Island Arts hosts a open call for residency applications every two years, and artists are selected for residencies by a jury. For more information, please see the Residencies page on the Fogo Island Arts website.

Who owns the Fogo Island Inn?

No one person owns the Fogo Island Inn: it is a community-owned economic asset. Its legal owner is Shorefast, which acts as the custodian of the Inn on behalf of the community of Fogo Island. Because Shorefast’s mandate is to help secure a resilient economic and cultural future for Fogo Island, the Inn is effectively owned by the community of Fogo Island as a whole. Therefore, the beneficial owners of the Inn are the people of Fogo Island.

Who paid for the Fogo Island Inn?

The Fogo Island Inn was a significant investment in the future of Fogo Island’s economy, and cost $41 million Canadian to build. 75.4% of the money used to build the Inn was provided by private individuals, including a majority share from Zita Cobb. None of these individuals are seeking a return on their contribution. The rest of the money used to build the Inn came in the form of government grants. We sought these grants as a way to partner with our governments on Shorefast’s groundbreaking rural economic development initiatives. This government contribution has been repaid many times over in direct forms such as income tax and property tax revenues, as well as indirectly through significantly increased economic activity in the region and in the province.

Is the Fogo Island Inn financially successful?

Yes. Most similar properties take many years to “break even” financially, meaning their earnings become equal to their expenses, and they begin to make a profit. The Inn “broke even” in 2016, during its fourth year of operation, and now generates positive financial returns, 100% of which are reinvested in the community through Shorefast Foundation.