Teale Phelps Bondaroff

"I want people in Saanich to have the housing, services, and opportunities they need to flourish."

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Teale is the Director of Research for OceansAsia, a marine conservation organization, where he works on issues including wildlife crime and plastic pollution. He is passionate about community building through placemaking and helps build little free libraries throughout the region with the Greater Victoria Placemaking Network. He is also the co-founder and Chair of the AccessBC Campaign for free prescription contraception and serves as the research coordinator for the BC Humanist Association.

Teale lives in Saanich near Rutledge Park with his partner Stephanie. He works as Director of Research for OceansAsia, a marine conservation organization dedicated to protecting our oceans and combatting wildlife crime. 

As a long-time Saanich resident, Teale is committed to supporting a vibrant and connected community. He leads the Greater Victoria Placemaking Network’s Pocket Places project, which maps, promotes, builds, and stocks little free libraries in Saanich and communities throughout the Capital Regional District. 

To date, he has helped build over 90 of these little book boxes, and has delivered and distributed more than 70,000 books to the region's growing network of over 630 little free libraries with his bike trailer.

Teale’s primary mode of transportation is his bike, and he regularly tours around Saanich, topping up little free libraries and running daily errands. His experience cycling the streets of the CRD has made him a passionate advocate for road safety and active transportation.

With 20 years of experience advocating for environmental conservation, Teale understands that a resilient and sustainable Saanich needs to face the challenges of climate change head-on. 

In his role as Director of Research for OceansAsia’s, Teale leads an international team of researchers whose work has been making a positive impact around the globe. 

His work on illegal fishing has helped draw attention to wildlife crime targeting lesser-known but important marine species (like krill and sea cucumbers), and his research on marine plastic pollution made global headlines in 2020.

More About Teale

Teale is an experienced placemaker, and is dedicated to using this practice to nurture healthy and sustainable communities in Saanich. In addition to serving as a volunteer member of the board of the Greater Victoria Placemaking Network (GVPN), Teale applies his experience with placemaking as a consultant with ReThink Urban, a group that supports community safety and well-being through collaboration, urbanism, and creativity. 

Committed to supporting equality, Teale co-founded the AccessBC Campaign for free prescription contraception, in 2017. He currently serves as the Chair of this grassroots campaign, and is an advocate for reproductive justice. 

Teale has a PhD in politics and international studies from the University of Cambridge, and two BAs from the University of Calgary (political science and international relations).

An expert in marine wildlife crime, illegal fishing, and the strategies of non-state actors in international relations, Teale has published extensively on these subjects and presented his work around the world, including at UN and academic conferences.

Teale has considerable experience writing policy at all levels of government. He has worked on issues relating to municipal taxes and procedures, provincial health issues, as well as national and international fisheries and conservation issues. 

To learn more about Teale's various projects, please visit his Campaigns and Projects and Media pages.

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