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Here is an alphabetical list of speakers for the 2018 ABCFP Conference, Managing Forests: Expectations vs. Realities:

Rob Ballinger, RPF

Session: What a View: Balancing Public and Legal Expectations for Visual Resource Management
Time:
February 21 at 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Room:
Lecture Theatre (Lower Pavilion)

Robert Ballinger, RPF, has worked in the forest industry for 25 years. He has a Forest Resource Tech Diploma from CNC and a NRM degree from UNBC.

Robert’s been with West Fraser for 17 years in various capacities and roles. Most of his experience has been with developing planning. Currently, he is the Planning Superintendent for West Fraser’s 100 Mile House Division, where they have licenses in both 100 Mile house and Thompson Rivers forest districts.

Throughout his career, Robert has worked in the central Interior and northern BC; from Terrace to Prince George to Kamloops. He has been involved in visual resource management in both coastal and Interior areas and have seen firsthand the real operational challenges, letdowns, and successes of managing this complex resource.

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Xálek’/Sekyú Siyám Chief Ian Campbell

Session: Getting to Yes: Strategies for Effective Community Engagement
Time: February 22 at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Room: Sidney (Level 2)

My Squamish ancestral name is Xalek, from the lineage of Xatslanexw

My Chieftain name is Sekyu Siyam from the village of K'ik'elxn (Port Mellon) on west side of Howe Sound

I was born on the fourth of June, 1973

I am one of 16 Hereditary Chiefs of the Squamish Nation.

I am currently serving my second term as an elected Councillor for the Squamish Nation Chiefs and Council, appointed as a Political Spokesperson.

I have been employed since 1999 as the Cultural Ambassador & Negotiator for the Intergovernmental Relations Department of the Squamish Nation.

A strong history of protecting and enhancing the Aboriginal Rights and Title of the Squamish Nation, Land Use Planning, Natural Resource Management, Renewable Energy, Forestry, Wildlife Management, Co Management of Provincial Parks and Conservancies.

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Dave Clarke, RPF

Session: Myths and Realities of Maintaining Accountability in Your Practice
Time: February 23 at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Room: Colwood (Level 2)

Dave Clarke is executive director of the BC Forest Practices Board.

Dave has more than 33 years of forestry experience in BC, spanning a variety of disciplines including timber cruising, forestry engineering, forestry business development, and timber management. Dave joined the Forest Practices Board in 2012.

He holds a Diploma in Forestry from the British Columbia Institute of Technology gained his RPF designation in 1990 through the ABCFP’s pupil program.

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Honourable Doug Donaldson

Session: Minister's Lunch
Time:
February 23 at 12:15 PM to 1:45 PM
Rooms:
Salons B & C (Level 2)

Prior to becoming an MLA, Doug worked for Storytellers’ Foundation, a non-profit organization focusing on community economic development in the region, including local food action initiatives. His previous work in Stikine included jobs in forestry, tourism, education, communications and journalism. He has worked as a biologist with a forestry consulting business, as a reporter and columnist with a weekly newspaper, communications director with the Gitxsan Treaty Office, co-ordinator of the cultural tourism program at Northwest Community College, and instructor with the Gitxsan Wet'suwet' en Education Society. He has also owned and operated businesses in the B.C. Rockies.

Doug’s many years in the northwest included living in Smithers and Telkwa before settling in Hazelton, where he was a four-term municipal councillor. He has travelled extensively throughout the Stikine constituency, which overlays the traditional territories of seven First Nations.

Doug is married and has two adult children. He enjoys skiing, hiking, running and tending to his chickens, turkeys, sheep and llamas. His formal education includes an undergraduate degree in biology and a master’s degree in journalism.

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Kevin Edquist, RPF

Session: Myths and Realities of Maintaining Accountability in Your Practice
Time: February 23 at 10:00  AM to 11:00 AM
Room: Colwood (Level 2)

Kevin Edquist, RPF, is the Director of Compliance and Enforcement Branch in the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resources Operations and Rural Development (FLNRORD). The branch is the home of over 150 Natural Resource Officers (NROs) who live and work throughout BC.

The role of the branch is to enforce numerous pieces of provincial legislation, primarily the Forest Act, Forest and Range Practices Act, Wildfire Act, Water Sustainability Act, Land Act, Heritage Conservation Act, and the Great Bear Rainforest (Forest Management) Act.

NROs carry out their role primarily through education and awareness; inspections for legislative compliance; investigations and enforcement actions. Kevin has been the director for six years and has a background in forestry operations, program management, and management consulting.

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Byng Giraud

Session: Getting to Yes: Strategies for Effective Community Engagement
Time:
February 22 at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Room:
Sidney (Level 2)

Byng Giraud, Country Manager and Vice President Corporate Affairs, Woodfibre LNG Limited (a Pacific Oil & Gas Company), joined Woodfibre LNG Limited in April 2013 as the company’s first North American employee. As Country Manager, Byng is the senior representative of the company and responsible for the day to day operations of Woodfibre LNG Limited. He recently stepped down after five years as Chairman of Ridley Terminals Inc., a Canadian government owned bulk export terminal in Prince Rupert, BC. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the BC Business Council.

Most recently, he was asked to sit on the BC Assembly of First Nations-BC Business Council “Champion’s Table,” a body dedicated to breaking new ground in economic reconciliation. Byng has been involved in innovative efforts at First Nations economic reconciliation, including the first ever agreements between operating mines and First Nations in BC and the innovative Squamish Nation Environmental Assessment process. Byng also volunteers as a Scouts Canada leader.

Prior to joining Woodfibre LNG Limited, Byng was in an executive role in corporate affairs for a Canadian copper/gold mining company. In the past, Byng has served as a vice-president with both the Association for Mineral Exploration BC and the Mining Association of BC. Byng has also worked with some of Canada’s top public affairs agencies and he’s served on the board of directors of the Vimy Ridge Foundation, Geoscience BC, Canada Place Corporation, Initiatives Prince George, and a number of other organizations.

In 2012, Byng received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for volunteerism.

Byng holds a MSc. in Economics from the University of Wales at Aberystwyth and a MBA from the University of Cambridge (Jesus College).

On the weekends, he collects bruises playing rugby.

Woodfibre LNG Limited is proposing to build a natural gas liquefaction and export facility in District of Squamish. The Woodfibre LNG Project is licensed to export approximately 2.1 million tonnes of LNG per year for 40 years. The Project cost is $1.4 to $1.8 billion (CAD 2014).

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Steve Gordon, RPBio

Session: Balancing Timber Harvesting and Species of Management Concern – A Case Study With Coastal Northern Goshawk
Time:
February 21 at 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Room:
Sidney (Level 2)

Steve Gordon is a Registered Professional Biologist and Articling Agrologist with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Simon Fraser University and a Master of Science in Environment and Management from Royal Roads University.

Steve is the Manager of Biodiversity and Conservation for the provincial government, leading development of provincial plans for coastal Northern Goshawk and Marbled Murrelet. He is a member of the Northern Wild Sheep and Goat Council Executive Committee, an Auditor for the BC College of Applied Biology, and co-chair the Science and Conservation Committee for the Rocky Mountain Goat Alliance.

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Richard Hamelin, PhD

Session: Future of Biosurveillance in Combatting Invasive Insects and Plant Pathogens
Time: February 23 at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Room: Sidney (Level 2)

Dr. Richard Hamelin, Professor of the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia, obtained a BSc from McGill University in 1982, a Master’s of Pest Management from Simon Fraser University in 1986 and a PhD from the University of Kentucky in 1990.

He has 30 years of experience in forest health research and has published over 130 peer-reviewed scientific articles. His work aims at using genomics to better understand forest disease epidemics in the face of climate change and to design detection and monitoring methods to prevent invasions of pests and pathogens that threaten forests.

Dr. Hamelin was president of the Canadian Phytopathological Society and the Quebec Society for Plant Protection and was awarded the International Union of Forest Research Organization Scientific Achievement Award (2014), the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee award (2012), Merit Awards from Natural Resources Canada (2008), the Canadian Forest service (2008), the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (2007), and the Quebec Society for Plant Protection (2008) for his pioneering work on the application of genomics in forest protection.

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Honourable George Heyman

Session: Professional Reliance Under the Microscope
Time: February 23 at 8:15 AM to 9:30 AM
Room: Salons B & C (Level 2)

George was the executive director of Sierra Club BC, one of the province’s oldest environmental advocacy and education organizations. He also served three terms as president of the BC Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU). In both organizations, George was a respected negotiator and a strong fiscal manager, running consistent budget surpluses.

George has been a faculty member of Simon Fraser University’s Dialogue and Negotiation program, teaching courses in multi- party negotiations and collaborative decision-making. He has guest lectured at a number of universities in B.C. and abroad, and served on advisory committees for post-graduate and undergraduate degree programs at three B.C. universities.

George is a passionate advocate for issues facing his constituents, including education, health care, the arts, child care, workers’ rights, transit, affordable housing, environmental responsibility and climate action. He also advocates for a more sustainable, modern and diverse economy.

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Glynnis Horel, PEng, Honorary RPF

Session:Water and Dirt; Managing the Mix
Time: February 22 at 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
Room: Sidney (Level 2)

Glynnis has over 40 years of experience as a geological engineer in terrain evaluation; slope stability and landslide assessments; watershed assessments; earthworks construction; and road maintenance, reconstruction, and deactivation.

She has worked in the coastal forest sector in BC for 25 years. She has completed watershed assessments on over two million hectares of forest land on Vancouver Island and the coastal mainland.

She is both a Technical and General Reviewer for APEGBC practice reviews and has participated in the development of five sets of professional practice guidelines.

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Molly Hudson, RPF, RPBio

Session: Balancing Timber Harvesting and Species of Management Concern – A Case Study With Coastal Northern Goshawk
Time: February 21 at 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Room: Sidney (Level 2)

Molly Hudson, RFP, RPBio, is the Manager of Stewardship & Engagement at TimberWest Forest Corporation, on Vancouver Island.

Molly is a Registered Professional Forester and Registered Professional Biologist, who has spent the last 12 years working throughout coastal BC as a tree planter, timber cruiser, research technician, and biologist. In her role at TimberWest, Molly is responsible for the company's wildlife management, including their species at risk program.

She also spends much of her time in communities, sharing information on the good practices of the forest industry and supporting local stewardship initiatives.

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Domenico Iannidinardo, RPF, RPBio, PEng

Session: Charting the Path for Truly Sustainable Forest Management (Plenary)
Time: February 21 at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Room: Lecture Theatre (Lower Pavilion)

Domenico Iannidinardo, RPF, RPBio, P.Eng, is a second-generation forest worker, with degrees in forestry and business.

He is also registered as a professional forester, biologist and engineer. As VP Sustainability & Chief Forester for TimberWest Forest Corporation based on Vancouver Island, he regularly finds himself between competitions for various resources on the landscape and the perceptions about what is the best balance associated with those magnificent resources.

Domenico will provide some examples during his session and hopefully provide a motivating perspective to anyone else who may find themselves amidst such balancing acts, wherever they are.

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Shannon Janzen, RPF

Session: Charting the Path for Truly Sustainable Forest Management (Plenary)
Time:
February 21 at 3:30 PM to 4:40 PM
Room:
Lecture Theatre (Lower Pavilion)

Shannon Janzen, RPF, studied forestry at UNBC in Prince George, during which time she held a forestry summer job in Revelstoke and spent two summers in Port Alberni. Shannon’s first fulltime forestry position was based in Hazelton with a small consulting firm managing silviculture contracts for Skeena Cellulose.

Her career with Western Forest Products started in 1999 when she moved to Holberg as an assistant forester in the planning department. Five years later she moved to Campbell River, where she ventured into the Central Coast land use planning process as the ecosystem-based management implementation manager, working as a consultant, on behalf of the five forest companies operating in the region. 

In 2009, Shannon came back to Western as a land use forester, and then manager of strategic planning where she established joint ventures and First Nations business partnerships for the company. In 2013, Shannon became the chief forester of Western Forest Products and is now also a vice president for the company. In her current role, Shannon is responsible for the leading a team of forest professionals in the sustainable forest management of the companies primarily area based tenures.  Her responsibilities include planning, timber supply, silviculture, reforesatation, and advancing reconciliation through positive and proactive First Nations relationships. Shannon currently lives in Ladysmith, BC.

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Kevin Kriese

Session: Managing the Land Base for Multiple Uses
Time: February 22 at 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
Room: Lecture Theatre (Lower Pavilion)

Kevin Kriese is Assistant Deputy Minister, Regional Operations, North Area with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. He was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister in December of 2010. His area of responsibility includes the Skeena, Omineca, and Northeast Regions. As Assistant Deputy Minister, Kevin leads a diverse team to deliver programs in the management of fish, wildlife, water, and forest resources.

Kevin entered the public service in 1992 with the Ministry of Forests and then worked in the Ministry of Sustainable Resource Management and the Integrated Land Management Bureau. For the past 20 years, he has lived in Smithers and worked primarily on projects in the areas of strategic resource management, First Nations engagement, and land use.

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Werner Kurz

Session: Carbon Conundrum: Balancing Timber Supply While Managing for Targeted GHG Emissions Reduction
Time: February 22 at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Room: Lecture Theatre (Lower Pavilion)

Werner Kurz, PhD, is a Senior Research Scientist at the Canadian Forest Service (Natural Resources Canada) in Victoria, BC.

He leads the development of Canada's National Forest Carbon Monitoring, Accounting and Reporting System and the Forest Carbon Management Project of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions. His research focuses on carbon dynamics in forests and harvested wood products and the opportunities of the forest sector to contribute to climate change mitigation.

Kurz co-authored six reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), published more than 125 peer-reviewed scientific papers, and many other reports. He serves as adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia and at Simon Fraser University.

He obtained his PhD in Forest Ecology from UBC and an honorary doctorate from the Swedish Land University. He is an International Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry.

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Cam Leitch, RPF

Session: Water and Dirt: Managing the Mix
Time: February 22 at 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
Room: Sidney (Level 2)

Cameron Leitch, RPF, obtained his Diploma in Forest Technology from Selkirk College in 1979 and Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry from the University of British Columbia in 1984.

He has over 30 years of forestry experience on the coast and in the Interior of BC, in both the private sector and government. He joined the Forest Practices Board in 2008 as a Manager of Audits and Investigations.

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Casey Macaulay, RPF

Session: Myths and Realities of Maintaining Accountability in Your Practice
Time: February 23 at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Room: Colwood (Level 2)

Casey Macaulay, RPF, is the Registrar and Director of Act Compliance for the Association of BC Forest Professionals. In this capacity, he oversees the registration of new ABCFP members and the complaints and discipline processes, including enforcement of the Foresters Act. He joined the ABCFP staff in 2011 and spent three years in a role designed to further the ABCFP’s stewardship advocacy mandate; including the initiation of the Climate Change Task Force.

Prior to joining the ABCFP, Casey worked as a planning forester and a consultant in the Southern Interior. His experiences include co-management of First Nation forest tenures, geographic information systems, cutting permit development, and working with stakeholder groups that have other interests on the land base.

Casey has a diploma in forest technology from BCIT, a B.S.F. from the University of British Columbia and a Master’s in Conflict Analysis and Management from Royal Roads. He is based in Kamloops.

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Jacques Marc, RFT

Session: What a View: Balancing Public and Legal Expectations for Visual Resource Management
Time: February 21 at 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Room: Lecture Theatre (Lower Pavilion)

Jacques Marc, RFT, is a Visual Resource Management consultant. He is a Registered Forest Technologist with 38 years’ experience in the forest engineering, recreation, and visual resource management fields.

He is a graduate of BCIT with diplomas in Forestry and Fish, Wildlife and Recreation. He started his career as an engineering crewman with MacMillan Bloedel in 1976. In 1979, he began working for BC Forest Service in the Vancouver Forest Region. During the 1980s, he spent time in the Campbell River, Chilliwack, and Port Alberni Forest Districts. Most recently from 1993 to 2016, he served as the provincial Visual Resource Management Officer based in Resource Practices Branch, in Victoria.

Jacques retired from the provincial government in 2016 and now offers his services as a consultant. His current focus is on providing training, mentoring, and peer review services in all aspects of visual resource management..

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Gerry MacDougall, RPF

Session: Non-statutory Expectations vs. Legal Requirements
Time: February 23 at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Room: Lecture Theatre (Lower Pavilion)

Gerry MacDougall, RPF is the Regional Executive Director of the Thompson Okanagan Region, FLNRORD, responsible for forest, range, crown land, water, and fish and wildlife management for the region which covers 7.3 million hectares of the province, with an annual timber harvest of roughly 7.5 million cubic metres.

Gerry’s experience includes 13 years as an industrial forester and 12 years as a consulting forester.

Favourite activities include hiking, traveling and music festivals. Gerry holds a BScF and Advanced Diploma in Silviculture (UBC) and an Executive MBA (SFU).

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Satnam Manhas, RPF

Session: Carbon Conundrum: Balancing Timber Supply While Managing for Targeted GHG Emissions Reduction
Time: February 22 at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Room: Lecture Theatre (Lower Pavilion)

Satnam Manhas, RPF, Forest and Ecosystem Services Manager, joined Ecotrust Canada in 2008. Ecotrust Canada is an enterprising charitable non-profit whose mission is designing economic alternatives that benefit people in rural communities that builds a triple bottom-line economy.

From 2009-2013 he was the General Manager of the Clayoquot Forest Communities Program, a unique partnership between five Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations and Ecotrust Canada, which was funded by Natural Resources Canada and was one of over 50 International Model Forest Network sites around the world. Satnam currently manages Ecotrust’s Forest Stewardship Council Forest Management and Chain of Custody Group Certificates.

He also works with forest communities and industry to look at alternative ways to manage their forest resources that provides more decision making and benefits to those forest communities by using tools like carbon to support them.

Satnam has over 20 years of experience working in Natural Resources Management with First Nations and non-First Nations communities, industries, and government; his most recent position prior to joining Ecotrust Canada was as a Forestry Consultant throughout northwest BC.

Satnam studied Natural Resource Management (BSc) and a minor in Environmental Planning from University of Northern British Columbia and has a Forest Technologist Diploma from British Columbia Institute of Technology. He is also a board director for the Heiltsuk Economic Development Corporation.

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Kevin Mason

Session: Developing New Markets for BC Wood
Time: February 22 at 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
Room: Colwood (Level 2)

Kevin Mason is the Managing Director of ERA Forest Products Research, which provides economic and investment research on the forest-product industry to over 150 clients in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Asia. The firm's clients include leading forest-products companies and governments, as well as institutional investors managing nearly $10 trillion in assets.

Starting his career in finance, Kevin progressed through various banking and consulting positions, providing services to Canadian and American companies involved in a variety of industries ranging from biotech to retail. In 1997, he joined Equity Research Associates (renamed ERA Forest Products Research) and proceeded to attain the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

His focus at ERA Forest Products Research has been to enhance and expand the company's analysis of global industry dynamics and to provide investment coverage on various Canadian, US, and European companies.

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Jeremy McCall

Session: Managing the Land Base for Multiple Uses
Time: February 22 at 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
Room: Lecture Theatre (Lower Pavilion)

Jeremy McCall joined the Outdoor Recreation Council of BC’s (ORC) Board of Directors in 2005 when he was President of BC Nature. He became the Executive Director in 2006. His outdoor interests are hiking, cycling, birdwatching, alpine camping, and conservation.

After an initial career in Britain’s Royal Navy, Jeremy worked in corporate finance in BC, Nova Scotia, and Alberta, after which he practiced as a residential tenancy arbitrator in Vancouver and Surrey.

One of Jeremy’s proudest achievements during his time with the ORC was the organization of a workshop dealing with trail conflicts, which led to the formation of the Chilliwack Recreation Advisory Group (CRAG). CRAG meets monthly to address trail issues in the Chilliwack Forest District.

Another important ORC initiative Jeremy launched was the establishment of a committee dealing with public access to private forest lands for recreation.

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Sue McDonald, RPBio

Session: Balancing Timber Harvesting and Species of Management Concern – A Case Study With Coastal Northern Goshawk
Time:
February 21 at 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Room:
Sidney (Level 2)

Sue-Ellen McDonald is a Registered Professional Biologist who has worked in the coastal forest industry for 23 years, the past 15 years with Western Forest Products Inc.

She first started working with goshawks on a government crew in 1999 and spent a couple several field seasons surveying and monitoring breeding goshawks full time. Since then, goshawks have been one of the key species she works to manage in her role as the WFP wildlife biologist.

Sue is involved in a wide range of activities at WFP including species at risk management, operational support and training, species and habitat inventories and research, land use planning, and maintaining the wildlife spatial and non-spatial data. Sue lives in Campbell River and enjoys many outdoor activities.

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Garnet Mierau, RPF

Session: What a View: Balancing Public and Legal Expectations for Visual Resource Management
Time: February 21 at 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Room: Lecture Theatre (Lower Pavilion)

Garnet Mierau, RPF, has 30 years of experience in natural resource management and planning. He is a recognized authority in the Visual Resource Management (VRM) niche, with experience throughout the Interior of British Columbia since 1993.

After college and university, Garnet started his career in land use planning with the BC Forest Service in Lillooet. He spent seven years as a Licensee Forester in the very scenic Lillooet and Upper North Thompson areas. He was involved with logging and road building supervision, cutting permit development, and stewardship planning — in many cases within visually sensitive areas requiring advanced operational thinking to achieve visual quality objectives.

Since 2003, Garnet has provided professional services in the consulting sector. He is currently a Senior Planning Forester within Forsite’s Resource Management and Technology Group, based out of Kamloops.

Garnet’s interests include volunteering as a coach with his teenage kids’ sports teams and getting out for a good paddle on a remote lake.

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Rick Monchak, RPF

Session: Water and Dirt: Managing the Mix
Time: February 22 at 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
Room: Sidney (Level 2)

Rick Monchak, RPF, has a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from UBC and has been involved with operational forestry in coastal BC since Star Trek went into reruns.

He still remembers the carefree days of no paperwork and government paid programs. Rick has recently retired from his position at TimberWest as their public lands Operations Forester where he spent much of his time working with government, First Nations, ENGOs, and stakeholders. The job description included higher-level plans, management plans, forest stewardship plans, and (still his favourite) silviculture.

Rick has been a member of the Coast Region Implementation Team for FRPA (CRIT) and a member of the CRIT silviculture working group since their inception.

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Rhonda Morris, RPF

Session: Non-statutory Expectations vs. Legal Requirements
Time:
February 23 at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Room:
Lecture Theatre (Lower Pavilion)

Rhonda Morris, RPF, is the District Manager of the South Island Natural Resource District with the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development.

She holds a Forestry Diploma from BCIT and a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from UBC.

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Jeff Mosher, RPF

Session: Practicing Forestry With First Nations as Land Managers
Time: February 22 at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Room: Colwood (Level 2)

Jeff Mosher, RPF, is the Planning Manager at Taan Forest. Jeff is responsible for the implementation of the Haida Gwaii Land Use Objectives Order and FSC® Forest Management Certification Standards on Haida owned tenures. This involves carrying out the Haida Nation’s management objectives across 193,000 hectares of Haida Gwaii while managing a harvest level of 460,000 cubic metres that supports Haida and Island employment.

Jeff has over 22 years of coastal forestry experience, having worked with WFP and consulting with First Nations, several forestry companies, and BCTS.

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Jeff Mycock, RPF

Session: Plenary: Charting the Path for Truly Sustainable Forest Management
Time: February 21 at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Room: Lecture Theatre (Lower Pavilion)

Jeff Mycock, RPF, is the Chief Forester of West Fraser’s BC Operations. Jeff graduated in 1994 with a forestry technical diploma from Selkirk College in Castlegar, and later completed the ABCFP forest pupil program and became an RPF in 2006.

Jeff started his forestry career in the central Cariboo in the early 1990’s and then moved to Cranbrook for six career-forming years with a progressive forest consulting firm in natural resource management. Jeff returned to the Cariboo in 2000, and started his career with West Fraser in 2001, and in 2015 moved to a corporate forestry role at West Fraser’s Quesnel office. Jeff became the Chief Forester in 2016.

Jeff has spent most of his career as a field forester working across a variety of disciplines including silviculture, operations, and forest planning. Jeff is passionate and optimistic about the forest industry and is a strong advocate of sustainable economic development balanced with sustainable forest resource management. Spending many years in operational programs with boots on the ground, working with First Nations, and a cross section of resource stakeholders and other qualified professionals has given Jeff a broad perspective with unique and articulate linkages between policy and practice.

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Diane Nicholls, RPF

NichollsSession: Plenary: Charting the Path for Truly Sustainable Forest Management
Time: February 21 at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Room: Lecture Theatre (Lower Pavilion)

Diane Nicholls, RPF, was appointed ADM/Chief Forester in February, 2016.

Diane has a passion for forestry, which is rooted in a breadth and depth of more than 25 years in combined industry and government experience.

A Registered Professional Forester, she began her career as a forest technician from BCIT. From there she continued her studies at the University of Alberta with the completion of a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from UBC. Diane is a leader who confronts challenges head on and consistently holds herself to the highest professional standards.

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Albert Nussbaum, RPF

Session: Carbon Conundrum: Balancing Timber Supply While Managing for Targeted GHG Emissions Reduction
Time: February 22 at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Room: Lecture Theatre (Lower Pavilion)

Albert Nussbaum, RPF, Director, Forest Analysis and Inventory Branch, BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development received his BSF from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 1984. After graduation, he worked at UBC while continuing his post graduate studies. In 1990, Albert joined the Research Branch, BC Ministry of Forests working on numerous forest growth and yield projects. In 1998, he started a new job doing analysis to support BC’s Chief Forester’s carry out allowable annual cut determinations and policy development.

Albert continues to work for the Office of the Chief Forester and has taken on a number of positions since then, most recently as Director of Forest Analysis and Inventory Branch. The Branch collects and maintains BC’s forest inventories and does a variety of analysis to support sustainable management of BC’s forest resources.

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Chris Oman, RPF

Session: What a View: Balancing Public and Legal Expectations for Visual Resource Management
Time: February 21 at 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Room: Lecture Theatre (Lower Pavilion)

Chris Oman has worked for the Forest Practices Board since 1998.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Forestry and is a Registered Professional Forester.

Chris divides his time between audits, investigations and special projects. He has an interest in wildfire management issues and most recently examined fuel management activities throughout BC in a special report entitled Managing Forest Fuels in the Wildland Urban Interface.

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Ray Schultz, RPF(Ret)

Session: Non-statutory Expectations vs. Legal Requirements
Time:
February 23 at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Room:
Lecture Theatre (Lower Pavilion)

Ray Schultz, RPF(Ret), spent 37 years with the BC public service, primarily in the Ministry of Forests in its various forms from 1974 until he retired in 2011.

Over the course of his career Ray worked in numerous locations in the BC Interior and on northern Vancouver Island. From 1993 onward, he held roles as District Manager (Fort St. James and Prince George), Regional Executive Director (Prince George), Director (BC Timber Sales), and Assistant Deputy Minister.

Ray and his wife, Jan, live in Kamloops.

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Sherry Sian

Session: Managing the Land Base for Multiple Uses
Time: February 22 at 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
Room: Lecture Theatre (Lower Pavilion)

Sherry Sian is manager of environment for the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP). Since joining CAPP in 2005, she has worked on environmental policy and regulatory issues federally and throughout Western Canada.

She has represented the oil and natural gas industry on several multi-stakeholder advisory committees, including the Northeast Stakeholder Advisory Group, and the Species at Risk Advisory Committee. She is past-Chair of the Science, Community and Environmental Knowledge Fund (now Oil and Gas Research Innovation Society).

Sherry holds an MEDes in environmental science from the University of Calgary as well as a BSc in biology from McMaster University.

Sherry and her husband Jason have two children and live in Airdrie, Alberta.

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Bruce St. John

Session: Developing New Markets for BC Wood
Time: February 22 at 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
Room: Colwood (Level 2)

Bruce St. John, Vice President, International Marketing for Forestry Innovation Investment (FII), is responsible for informing the strategy to position the BC forest sector in the global marketplace. This includes assessing trends and developing business opportunities that have the potential to expand export markets for BC forest products and building solutions.

Bruce supports FII’s mandate by assessing risks, influencing decisions, and providing effective counsel in global marketplace activities. In support of stakeholder relations, Bruce interacts with senior-level provincial, federal and international government representatives, and key forest industry stakeholders to achieve corporate and sector objectives. When in international markets, Bruce represents the company and the Province of British Columbia as it relates to FII programming and forest sector activities.

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Scott Stephens, PhD

Session: Public Lecture: Wildfire - What You Don't See on the Evening News
Time:
February 21 at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Room:
Lecture Theatre (Lower Pavilion)

Scott Stephens is a professor of fire science and the director of the University of California, Berkeley Center for Fire Research and Outreach and co-director of the UC Center for Forestry. He is the leader of California Fire Science Consortium which works to more effectively deliver fire science information to natural resource managers.

Stephens’ areas of expertise focus on interactions of wildland fire and ecosystems. This includes how prehistoric fires once interacted with ecosystems, how current wildland fires are affecting ecosystems, and how management and climate change may change this interaction. He is also interested in wildland fire policy and how it can be improved to meet the challenges of the next decades.

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Klay Tindall, RPF

Session: Practising Forestry With First Nations as Land Managers
Time: February 22 at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Room: Colwood (Level 2)

Prior to becoming the Forest Operations Manager in Mount Currie, BC, Klay lived in Nelson and Golden. There he worked in forest engineering and silviculture roles as well as instructing forestry courses for Stillwater Consulting. Now living in the Sea to Sky corridor, Klay proudly works for Lil'wat Forestry Ventures (LFV), a partnership that currently supports the Lilwat Nation by creating profits and employment.

Currently, Klay is accountable for contract safety and environmental leadership of the operation. He provides guidance in building and coordinating the team responsible for planning and implementing forestry activities. He develops, implements, and monitors annual budgets and participates in strategic business development. He oversees harvesting, engineering, and silviculture contractors on Lil’wat Nations five forest tenures. Currently LFV harvests 75,000 cubic metres annually; equivalent to 1,500 logging trucks going through Whistler every year.

Klay also oversees the LFV contracting department. LFV averages 25 employees and does contract forest firefighting, fuels management, silviculture, slashing, and road maintenance work for other licensees and clients. An important part of Klay’s role is creating jobs in the community and developing employee skills. Klay instructs forestry courses for both BCIT and Stillwater consulting and is passionate about creating meaningful employment in the forestry industry.

When he isn’t busy working, Klay likes spending time trying to keep up with his threeboys and wife on the slopes of Whistler. His formal education includes an undergraduate degree in Forestry from UBC.

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David Usher (Keynote)

Session: Core Creativity: How to Bring Creativity, Innovation, and Inspiration to the Work You Do
Time:
February 22 at 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Room:
Salons B & C (Level 2)

Juno Award Winning Musician | Creativity Expert

When innovative companies like 3M, Cisco, Pepsi, Deloitte, Ubisoft and SAP want to re-inspire creativity in their employees and executives they bring in David Usher. A creative tour de force, David is the front man of the internationally acclaimed rock band Moist, and a solo artist who has sold more than 1.4 million albums, won countless awards—including five Junos—and performed at sold-out venues around the world. Believing that creativity and creative success is a learnable skill that anyone can master, his unique and dynamic presentations employ music and video to help people to reboot their creativity in a world of disruptive change.

Using examples ranging from the disruption of the music business by the digital economy to his personal experience at the forefront of the artificial intelligence revolution working with companies like Google Brain and Element AI, David explains why, now more than ever, creativity and innovation is the only way forward and your last, best competitive advantage.

David is the founder of Art + Icons, a creative studio working at the intersection of art, artificial intelligence and the human experience. He is also the founder and creative director of the non-profit, the Human Impact Lab at Concordia University. The Lab uses interactive storytelling to re-imagine the story of climate change and the second machine age. He's the co-creator (with Dr. Damon Matthews) of the "Climate Clock: Adding the metric of time to the story of climate change."

David has a degree in political science from Simon Fraser University, and is the bestselling author of a book on creativity and the creative process, Let the Elephants Run, Unlock Your Creativity and Change Everything.

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