Upon meeting her first “nudibranch” or sea slug, Melanie Knight gave a high-pitched squeal of excitement and still exhibits this response whenever she spots one SCUBA diving. She splits her time between Canada’s edges – the far west coast in Ucluelet, British Columbia and in Petty Harbour, Newfoundland – helping create hands-on, catch-and-release “Mini Aquariums”. Melanie is the Founder of the Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium in Petty Harbour, Newfoundland, being drawn back to the Rock after completing her BSc in Marine Biology from Memorial University of Newfoundland. For the past 10 years, Melanie has been working with the largest and the smallest aquariums in Canada to foster curiosity for the underwater world. As Co-Founder of Ocean to Eye Level Consulting, Melanie’s mission now is to bring the ocean to eye level worldwide. Melanie is a marine biologist, speaker, consultant and trainer. She lives in Vancouver with her husband and K9. www.melanieknight.net

Check out Melanie’s fascinating TedX Talk at TedX Renfrew Collingwood: