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Charles Gillespie

Charles is a Canadian artist pursuing various levels of the craft, be it on screen, on stage, in music or in poetry. Charles spends his time between Los Angeles (U.S) and Vancouver (CA) and is known for a variety of roles in both the English and French entertainment (TV and movies) industries. As a very enthusiastic individual, Charles is well known in the various communities that he has worked in throughout North-America.

Charles is working to use his wide reach in order to promote and develop Mare Nostrum initiatives in both Los Angeles and Vancouver. More specifically to his chapter, Charles and his team are working to create physically greener cities by popularizing urban forestry and gardening on a wider scale. This initiative will be great for lowering air pollution, reducing GHGs in the atmosphere, and decreasing the potential for ocean acidification.


Purpose of International Chapters:
Mare Nostrum’s network of International Chapters allow the foundation to have a global reach, and to develop campaigns/projects in various regions around the world. Each chapter will receive the full support of the Mare Nostrum community, a network to exchange technical information, and a chance to participate in a variety of events and conferences.

Who can start an International Chapter:
Anyone interested in developing campaigns, projects and events to help us protect the ocean within our 3 main objectives: climate change, overfishing and marine pollution. Each new chapter must be approved by the executive members of the Mare Nostrum committee.

International Chapter duties:

  • To be part of this network each chapter must:
    Launch one project or campaign per year: you can choose an area of interest and if necessary, contact us for support. This project or campaign can be related to your educational institution, business or place of work, and you have the one-year to develop it.
  • Host 1 event per year or contribute as a speaker in an event related to ocean conservation. For example, speak at your educational institution to promote one of your campaigns or create a social or vocational event to raise awareness about specific challenges facing our oceans.
  • Share with others what Mare Nostrum does so more people join us!

For further information and to submit an application please contact: Maria Jose Rendon- International Chapters Director – and don’t forget to check what our international chapters are doing already!




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Patrick Gillespie

Patrick Gillespie is a first-year law student at the University of Manchester with plans to focus on contract law and environmental law. Previously, Patrick received a bachelor’s degree in Entrepreneurship from Saint Francis Xavier University, for which he was placed on the Dean’s list for excellent academic achievement. His extra-curricular activities were focused on community oriented volunteering, such as organizing local events, as well as coaching youth sports. The young entrepreneur has also used the skills developed during his BBA to establish himself as a successful musician within the Atlantic Canadian market.

Patrick decided to establish a Mare Nostrum Chapter within the University of Manchester community, in order to bring forth sustainable changes that will have positive effects on the environmental footprint of his university. On top of this goal, Patrick hopes to make marine conservation a bigger concern for his region, as well as the various international communities that are represented at the university, for which approximately 10,000 students are from outside of the United Kingdom.