Board Members

Kevin Kriese


Kevin Kriese has worked in natural resource management in British Columbia for over 30 years. He briefly worked for the forest industry and as a consultant, but the majority of his career has been with the provincial government, where he spent eight years as an Assistant Deputy Minister with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. Prior to that Kevin worked for the Integrated Land Management Bureau and the Ministry of Sustainable Resource Management. He has a long history of working on resource management issues in the north, with experience in land and resource planning, aboriginal relations and engagement and forest management.

Kevin has a B.Sc in Forestry from the University of British Columbia and a Masters in Natural Resource Management from Simon Fraser University. He lives in Smithers, BC.

Gerry Grant

Part-time Board Member

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.


Bruce Larson


Bruce Larson has been a professor at the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Forestry, since 2002. 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 Vancouver.

Marlene Machmer

Part-time Board Member

Marlene 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.

Marlene 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.

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

Tara Marsden

Part-time Board Member

Tara Marsden has a Masters degree in Political Science from UNBC and has worked with First Nation governments across Northern BC on land and resource governance and management issues. Tara is currently the Sustainability Director with the Gitanyow Hereditary Chiefs Office in Gitanyow, BC.

Tara also served for the BC Leadership Chair for Aboriginal Environmental Health at UNBC and has been an instructor at the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology. She is a member of the Gitanyow First Nation and lives in New Hazelton, BC.

Rick Monchak

Part-time Board Member

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.

Remuneration Report

Report Year Ending March 31, 2019