The Hakai Beach Institute facilities are owned and operated as a social enterprise by Eric Peterson and Christina Munck, the two principals of the Tula Foundation, which is a private family foundation based in British Columbia. The current rules of engagement of the Tula Foundation prevent it from itself owning and operating such facilities. The philanthropic objectives of the Tula Foundation and the Hakai Beach Institute are in any case fully aligned.
The university-level education and research programs at the Hakai Beach Institute are in most cases operated by our partner institutions such as the University of Victoria, Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia and the University of Northern British Columbia. In many cases the participation of these institutions is funded by fellowships, research chairs, program grants and additional support from the Tula Foundation.
We are honored to host conferences and visits organized by Central Coast partners including First Nations leadership, the Coastal Guardian Watchmen Network, the Qqs Project Society, BC Parks and local schools.