Keith Atkinson is a Registered Professional Forester (RPF) with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry from the University of British Columbia. He served for 10 years as the chief executive officer of the First Nations Forestry Council, where he worked to create opportunities for First Nations in forestry. Keith has also held positions as the forest resources manager at the Nisga’a Lisims Government and served as a community trustee for the Snuneymuxw First Nation, of which he is a member. Keith lives in North Vancouver on the traditional and unceded territories of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.
Cindy Stern is a registered professional forester. From 1996 to 2006, she worked for the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development as District Manager for the Haida Gwaii and South Island Natural Resource Districts and Regional Executive Director for the Coast Region.
For the past 14 years, Cindy has been a consultant working primarily with First Nation communities on the Coast advising on strategic forestry matters, resource management, economic development and administration. Cindy lives in Parksville.
Gail Wallin has worked in the natural resource management field as an outdoor educator, professional facilitator and as an executive with non-government organizations. Gail has served in senior leadership roles with the BC Forestry Association, Fraser Basin Council and is the Executive Director for the Invasive Species Council of BC. For over 25 years, Gail has also had her own consulting business specializing in natural resource facilitation. She has also facilitated many Indigenous initiatives from federal Metis consultation to First Nations strategic planning.
Gail has served as a volunteer to many Boards including BC Rural Network, Canadian Council on Invasive Species and Sustainable Forest Initiative. Gail lives in Williams Lake.
Gerry Grant is a Registered Professional Forester with a degree in forestry from Lakehead University.
Gerry was employed by the BC Ministry of Forests from 1980 to 2011, in various tenure administration and management roles. He served as district manager in the Chilcotin and Quesnel districts from 1993 to 2011. He is currently a self-employed consultant and has recently worked in forest harvesting and engineering, for bioenergy clients and on increasing First Nations involvement in the forest sector. Gerry lives in Quesnel.
Rick Monchak is a professional forester with a long history working on the coast of BC. Rick retired from TimberWest in 2017, where he was employed since 1977. Rick has a degree in biology and a degree in forestry from UBC.
A member of the Coast Region Implementation Team and Silviculture Sub-Committee, as well as the CR Forest Education Association, Rick has experience in every aspect of forestry operations and administration. He was awarded the ABCFP Distinguished Forest Professional in 2013 and was the Coastal Silviculture Committee Silviculturalist of the Year in 2016. Rick lives in Campbell River.
Bruce Larson was a professor at the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Forestry from 2002-2019. Bruce was a professor in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University for 17 years and was Associate Dean at the College of Forest Resources at the University of Washington before coming to UBC. Bruce has his PhD in Forestry from the University of Washington and a Masters in Forestry from Yale.
A member of the Canadian Institute of Forestry and an honorary member of the Association of BC Forest Professionals, Bruce was awarded the Canadian Institute of Foresters, Forestry Achievement Award in 2015. Bruce lives in Squamish.