Joel Baziuk grew up in Surrey, BC and has lived in the lower mainland all his life. He first started working for Steveston Harbour Authority in the summer of 1996 while still attending high school. Over the next few years, Joel would work in every department at Steveston Harbour, including maintenance, operations, administration and finance, giving him a solid and thorough understanding of how a harbour runs from the ground up.
Upon graduation, Joel worked for a year and a half in the maintenance department at Steveston Harbour to begin building enough funds to put himself through university. He then continued to work for Steveston Harbour in the operations department, working evenings and weekends while residing on campus and pursuing his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of British Columbia.
Upon graduation from UBC in 2004, Joel originally intended to pursue a Master’s Degree and eventually a Doctorate in History to teach at a University level, but the time and expense required to do so, coupled with the low probability of landing a suitable position in the lower mainland, which he will always consider home, delayed that pursuit. Instead, Joel stayed on with Steveston Harbour and shortly thereafter was offered the position of Operations Supervisor, which he accepted and in which capacity he has been working ever since. Joel is very active in his local community, volunteering his time at numerous festivals and events and sitting on several boards and committees. Joel is also an avid photographer and operates his own photography / videography company, Elysium Photography.
Joel has been the recipient of the 2015 DFO Pacific Region Individual Commitment Award, the 2015 DFO Prix d’Excellence National Individual Commitment Award, and is a 2017 Canada’s Clean50 Honouree. Joel has witnessed the transformation of Steveston Harbour and the fishing industry as a whole over his 20 years working on the waterfront and is eager to participate and contribute as a member of the HAABC Board.