Collaborative Consultant in Creativity & Transformation
Teale is an experienced researcher and community organizer. He believes in the power of placemaking to transform public space, foster connections between people, and ultimately build community. As a volunteer member of the board of the Greater Victoria Placemaking Network, Teale heads up the Pocket Places Project. This project helps build, stock, and support little free libraries (LFLs) around Victoria. This project has helped the number of LFLs in Victoria grow from 111 at its inception, to nearly 400, the highest density in the country.
Dedicated to improving well-being through good policy and by transforming space, he has been involved in community projects Saanich, BC, on a number of issues including road safety, noise pollution, affordable housing, and accessibility.
Passionate about health and equality, Teale is the co-founder and chair of the AccessBC Campaign for free prescription contraception, a grassroots campaign that is dedicated to making all prescription contraception in BC universally available at no cost.
An expert on illegal fishing, Teale serves as the Director of Research for OceansAsia, a marine conservation organization based out of Hong Kong that he helped found. This work includes investigating crime in the fishing industry, and studying a wide range of other marine conservation issues. He also serves as the Research Coordinator for the British Columbia Humanist Association, where he conducts and coordinates research on a variety of issues relating to separation of religion and government.
Teale has a PhD in politics and international studies from the University of Cambridge, and continues to pursue his academic research, the focus of which is the strategic use of international law by non-state actors, Arctic politics, and the strategy and tactics of non-state actors. He enjoys playing hockey, building giant puppets, board games, and coaching high school debate. He lives in Saanich, BC, Canada.
You can learn more about Teale and his various projects at his website: www.teale.ca