Geoff Recknell, RPBio, joined the Forest Practices Board in August 2021

Geoff has a Bachelor of Science in forestry and resource conservation from the University of British Columbia and is a Registered Professional Biologist.

Before joining the Board, Geoff worked for the BC Government where most recently he was the Regional Executive Director for Operations in the Skeena Region of Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Management and Rural Development since January 2019. For eight years prior to that, Geoff was the Regional Executive Director for the North Area of the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation. Geoff brings an extensive background in forestry, land use planning, natural resource management, and Indigenous relations to the Board. Geoff lives in Smithers.

Matthias Splittgerber, RPF, has worked for the Forest Practices Board since June 2021.

Matthias is an alumnus of the Transatlantic Forestry Master’s program, with forestry graduate degrees from the University of Freiburg (Germany) and the University of British Columbia. He is a Registered Professional Forester (RPF).

His academic background includes research on forest management tools to enhance tree growth, forest carbon modelling and collaborating with Indigenous Peoples in devising alternative forest management approaches in BC’s coastal region.

Prior to joining the Board, Matthias worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to support their sustainability practice. He worked with a team providing funding delivery services to the Forest Enhancement Society of BC and the Land-Based Investment Program. He also co-managed a multi-year sustainability audit program focused on assuring deforestation-free supply chains in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe. Matthias also worked at Monticola Forest Ltd. managing private forestland in the Kootenays and the BC coast, with a focus on increasing the diversity and asset value of forest stands through partial harvesting.

Nathan Murray, LLB, has worked for the Forest Practices Board since May 2021

Nathan has a Bachelor of Law (LLB) degree from the University of Victoria. He provides legal advice to the Forest Practices Board and manages appeals to the Forest Appeals Commission that the Board participates in.

Before joining the Board, Nathan worked at the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development since 2017 as a legal support for ministry representatives. He has also worked in the Vancouver office of the federal Department of Justice where he focused on civil litigation and administrative law.

Nick Reynolds, RPF, joined the Forest Practices Board in November 2020

Nick has a Masters in Sustainable Forest Management from the University of British Columbia. He is a Registered Professional Forester (RPF) who has worked as a consultant with government, industry, academia, and First Nations over the last 20 years. His early career consisted of work in wildlife biology, growth and yield establishment and re-measurement, silviculture, and forest ecology research.

Before joining the Board, Nick helped lead technical work in land use planning and Land Use Order development, Timber Supply Reviews (Haida Gwaii), and was a member of the 2018 Forest Inventory Review Blue Ribbon Panel. Nick’s experience also included many years as an FSC auditor throughout Canada, as well conducting forest carbon assessments, wildlife habitat inventory and cultural feature identification standard development and training.

Astrid van Woudenberg, RPBio, has worked for the Forest Practices Board since November 2018

Astrid has a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Master of Science in Forest-Wildlife from the University of British Columbia. She is a Registered Professional Biologist (RPBio).

Astrid has 25 years of experience as a consulting wildlife biologist, working for industry, government and other clients to integrate wildlife needs into forest and range management. She has extensive experience working with species at risk. Astrid lives in Kamloops.

Tom Bruderer, RPF, PGeo, has worked for the Forest Practices Board since November 2018

Tom has a Tech Diploma from BCIT, Bachelor of Science in Forestry from the University of New Brunswick and a Master of Forestry from the University of British Columbia. He is a Registered Professional Forester (RPF) and a Professional Geoscientist (PGeo) with Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia (EGBC).

Tom has over 14 years of experience on the Coast as a forest engineer for major licensees. Prior to joining the Board, he worked as a terrain specialist consultant for two years and since 2016, worked on Board audits as a contractor. Tom lives in Comox on Vancouver Island.

Tracy Andrews, RPF, has worked for the Forest Practices Board since April 2018

Tracy earned her Diploma in the Renewable Resources Forestry Option from the British Columbia Institute of Technology in 1998 and went through the Association of BC Forest Professional’s Pupil Program to become a Registered Professional Forester (RPF) in 2007.

Tracy spent the first six years of her career working for Tembec Industries on TFL 14 in the East Kootenay. She moved back to the Coast and joined the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development at the South Island Natural Resource District where she worked on the review, approval, and implementation of the first forest stewardship plans for the district. Tracy also worked at Resource Tenures Branch leading the FRPA Implementation work for the Province and most recently was the Senior Licensed Authorizations Officer at the South Island Natural Resource District, responsible for oversight of the tenure administration, resource stewardship and First Nations relations business areas.

Kairry Nguyen has worked for the Forest Practices Board since 2003

Kairry looks after the Board’s website and social media channels. She also manages the publication of all Board reports, and a variety of other communications jobs.

 

 

 

Tim Slater has worked for the Forest Practices Board since 2000

Tim has worked for the FPB for over 16 years, first as a contractor with the Board prior to being a staff in 2000. He looks after IT systems and support for the Board, and also responsible for facilities management and information security matters.

 

 

Shannon Podgorenko has worked for the Forest Practices Board since 2015

Shannon looks after the budget and finances, as well as office management, records management and human resources support. She makes sure contracts are properly managed and bills are paid.