Executive Biographies

69th President

Chris Stagg, RPF, has been working in forestry for over 20 years, having started his career in consulting with Nisus Resource Management and eventually transitioning to industry roles as forest planner and zone forester for Crestbrook Forest Industries, area forester, fibre procurement superintendent, western Canadian chief forester at Tembec, and chief forester at Canadian Forest Products Ltd. Chris has also worked in several locations around the province, from Cranbrook to Sparwood and Chetwynd. He is currently assistant deputy minister, timber operations, pricing and First Nations division with Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources.

Chief Executive Officer

Christine Gelowitz, RPF, has been a Registered Professional Forester since 2003. In February 2016, she assumed the CEO role with the ABCFP after previously serving on the association’s council for five years, including a term as president in 2013. Prior to joining the ABCFP, Christine spent nearly 20 years with the British Columbia Provincial Government, in a number of ministries and Crown Corporations. Having led a number of large teams and the design and implementation of several business transformations throughout her career, Christine is well recognized for her leadership, keen intellect, strong strategic mindset, and ability to deliver solutions.

Originally from Saskatoon, Christine moved to British Columbia in the early 1990’s where she majored in forestry at the University of Northern British Columbia and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Management.

Christine is married, has a young daughter, and resides in Victoria, BC.

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Registrar & Director of Act Compliance

Casey Macaulay, RPF, joined the association in 2011 and is based in Kamloops. As the registrar and director of act compliance, he oversees the ABCFP's admissions, accreditation, registration, discipline and enforcement activities. In his previous role at the association, Casey worked on forest stewardship and advocacy issues. Prior to joining the association, Casey worked as a planning forester for 15 years in the Southern Interior. He has a diploma in forest technology from the BC Institute of Technology and a bachelor's degree in forest management from the University of BC.

Director of Professional Practice & Forest Stewardship

Mike Larock, RPF
As director of professional practice and forest stewardship, Mike develops and communicates professional standards, provides ABCFP responses on professional practice matters and works toward the association's forest stewardship commitments. Mike has led the ABCFP efforts in advancing professional reliance in the forest resource sector.

Before joining the staff of the ABCFP, Mike served on the ABCFP council as both an elected member and then president in 2001.

Mike has practised professional forestry in coast forest ecosystems as a silvicuturalist. He lives in Coastal Western Hemlock extra dry maritime, where he is a woodlot licensee and private forest landowner. Mike has been a practising forester in BC for over 30 years.

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Director of Communications

Dean Pelkey joined the association in 2016. His role as director of communications focuses on strategic communications planning, media relations, recruitment and advocacy work. Dean has more than 20 years of experience in corporate communications, focusing on communication project management, media relations, issues management, social media strategy, and writing and editing stemming from a career at crown corporations, publicly-traded companies, non-profits, and newspapers.

Director of Finance & Administration

Lance Nose joined the association in 1996. In his role as director of finance and administration, Lance ensures that the association's finances are reported, managed and budgeted in a responsible manner. He also oversees administrative and human resources issues in the office. Prior to joining the association, Lance worked as a controller for a software company in Vancouver. He has a business accounting diploma from Red River Community College and has supplemented his education with Certified General Accountant (CGA) classes.

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Director, Professional Development & Member Relations

Brian Robinson, RPF, joined the association in late 2006 and is based in Kamloops. Brian leads the planning and organization of the association's professional development activities, including the continuing competency program, policy review seminars and fall workshops. Brian is also responsible for the association's member relations. Brian has been practising forestry for over 26 years. Before joining the ABCFP, he was the Kamloops branch manager of Industrial Forestry Service Ltd. In addition to his forestry knowledge, Brian has an extensive background in professional development and is well known for his ability to work with members on the practical application of their professional obligations.