Board Members

Tim Ryan

Board Chair

tim-ryanTim Ryan has worked in the forest sector for more than 35 years, the past 21 in leadership positions in B.C., Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Minnesota.

Formerly Chief Forester and Director of Woodlands Operations with Vancouver’s Ledcor Resources and Transportation, Tim spent much of his career with Ainsworth Lumber Co. Ltd., where he was Vice President responsible for timberland operations, corporate forest and environmental policy and bioenergy. He also served as Manager of Forestry with the Cariboo Lumber Manufacturers Association and is past president of the Alberta Chamber of Resources and former board member of the Alberta Forest Products Association.

Tim Ryan is a Registered Professional Forester in BC and he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry from the University of Alberta.

Dr. William McGill


mcgillPart-time Board Member

Dr. William McGill, Vice-Chair, P. Ag., a Professor of Ecosystem Science and Management at the University of Northern B.C., has over 40 years of academic experience, including 23 years of leadership as Department Chair, Associate Dean and Dean. McGill specializes in the study of biogeochemical cycles and their application to global change, sustainable land use, resource recovery and soil remediation.

A founding board member of the Haida Gwaii Higher Education Society, McGill is also Vice Chair of the Resources North Association, and Vice President of the Prince George Chamber of Commerce.

Career highlights include being named a Fellow of the Agricultural Institute of Canada, of the Canadian Society of Soil Science and of the Soil Science Society of America. Dr. McGill received his BSA (Hon) and MSc from the University of Manitoba and his PhD from the University of Saskatchewan. He currently resides in Prince George.

Ralph Archibald

Part-time Board Member

archibaldRalph Archibald has 40 years experience in the natural resource sector, starting as a research assistant in his native Ontario before moving to B.C. in 1981 to work with the province’s environment and forest ministries.

Archibald held progressively more senior positions in both the environment and forests ministries before retiring as Assistant Deputy Minister of Environmental Stewardship, Ministry of Environment, in 2010. In 2003 he received the Bill Young award for excellence in integrated forest management from the Association of Professional Biologists and the Association of BC Forest Professionals. He lives in Victoria.

Ken Higginbotham

Part-time Board Member

ken-higginbothamKen Higginbotham has over 40 years’ experience in forestry, working in post-secondary education, government and industry in Alberta and BC.

Ken began his career at the University of North Carolina in 1974 and quickly moved to the University of Alberta where he was an Assistant Professor and Associate Professor of Forestry for over a decade. From there he joined the Alberta Government where he was Director of Research with the Alberta Forest Service and then served as Assistant Deputy Minister of Forests from 1984 to 1995. In 1995, he joined Canfor Corporation in BC as their Vice-President of Forestry, where he worked until his retirement a few years ago. He has been the Chair of the BC Forest Safety Council since 2015.

Ken has a Masters of Science degree in Forestry from Utah State University and a Ph.D. in Botany (Ecology) from Duke University. He lives in Surrey, BC.

Marlene Machmer

Part-time Board Member

marleneMarlene Machmer has an M.Sc in Ecology from Simon Fraser University and brings 25 years of broad-based experience in ecosystem, wildlife habitat, and biodiversity research, inventory, management, and monitoring in BC.

She has had her own consulting firm since 1990, and works as a field ecologist in forest, range and riparian settings. She has expertise with environmental impact assessment and has developed and implemented mitigation/restoration plans for forestry, hydroelectric, mining and other developments. She has authored a variety of technical reports and publications focusing on the management and stewardship of ecosystems, habitats, and species at risk. She works for First Nations as a technical advisor, and for industry, government and NGO clients across the southern interior of BC.

Machmer is a member of the BC College of Applied Biology and the Association of Professional Biologists of BC. She lives in Nelson.

Norma Wilson

Part-time Board Member

norma-wilsonA professional geologist currently working on a PhD in recreation planning at the University of British Columbia, Wilson brings both knowledge and experience in resource development and a public interest perspective to the board.

Wilson has previously worked as the executive director of the Outdoor Recreation Council of BC; as a lay councillor with the Association of British Columbia Forest Professionals; as a member of the McGregor Model Forest (Prince George); and as the B.C. chair of the Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society. She lives in Langley.

Renumeration Report

Report Year Ending March 31, 2017