Board Staff

Christine Armour

Manager, Audits and Investigations

christineChristine Armour has worked for the Forest Practices Board since 2015

Christine has a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from the University of British Columbia, and is a Registered Professional Forester (RPF).

Christine has worked in forestry in BC since 1994. Most of her career, prior to joining the Board, is split between working as a consultant and as a BC government employee. With the BC government, Christine has worked as a Compliance and Enforcement Officer in Squamish with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, a Senior Resource Coordination Officer on the south coast with the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, and as a Planning Forester in the Cariboo region with BC Timber Sales. As a consulting Forester, Christine was involved with all aspects of timber development and silviculture.

Dave Clarke

Executive Director

dave-clarkeDave Clarke has worked for the Forest Practices Board since 2012

Dave earned his Diploma in Forestry from the British Columbia Institute of Technology in 1977 and went through the RPF Associations’ Pupil Program to become a Registered Professional Forester in 1990.

Beginning his career in 1977 at T.M.Thomson & Assoc. Dave worked throughout the coast as a timber cruiser and forestry engineer. From 1982 to 1990 Dave worked at Coast Forest Management with his focus on forestry business development and timber management. Dave then moved on to join Pat Carson Bulldozing – the largest contract logging company on the BC coast – as Manager of Forestry and Engineering from 1990 to 1995. During this time Dave participated in contract negotiations, assessment of timber development and management of key stakeholder relations. In 1996 Dave moved to Vancouver BC, where he joined Canadian Overseas Log and Lumber. From 1996 to 2012 Dave was responsible for diverse business operations, leading stakeholder consultations, developing new business opportunities and establishing relationships with BC First Nations, industry, academia and the BC Government. In this role Dave oversaw the management of various logging operations and subsidiary companies.

In 2012 Dave joined the Forest Practices Board as the Executive Director. With a combined 33 years of forestry experience in BC, spanning a variety of disciplines, Dave brings a broad scope of experience to the Forest Practices Board.

Sam Coggins

Director, Investigations

Sam Coggins has worked for the Forest Practices Board since March 2017.

Sam has a Bachelor of Science in Forest Resources Management and a PhD in Forestry from UBC. He is also a Registered Professional Forester.

Sam has a wide range of experience in natural resources management including forestry, fisheries, environmental science, oil and gas development, environmental assessments, land management, and geomatics. He began his career in 1993 in the UK, working for private estates and moved to British Columbia in 2002 to pursue his forestry education.

He is originally from the UK where he attained 8 years’ experience in operational forestry. In 2012 he moved to Terrace, BC, to work in forestry and as a GIS technician for Nisga’a Lisims Government where he was responsible to complete a forest inventory of Nisga’a Lands, finalized FLNRO obligations on silviculture and roads, finished community wildfire protection plans, and completed day-to-day mapping for government. He was then employed as a Natural Resource Specialist with Cambria Gordon Ltd., and Stantec and worked directly on several major development projects in the Northwest to ensure compliance with environmental standards. Most recently he was the Director of Lands and Resources for Kitselas First Nation where he reviewed over 20 major resource development projects in Northwestern BC.

Skye Dumond

Executive Operations Coordinator

Skye Dumond has worked for the Forest Practices Board since 1996

Skye has worked for the FPB for over 20 years, of which the first 9 years was as a contractor. She provides executive support to the Board members and the Executive Director.

Mark Haddock

General Counsel

mark-haddockMark Haddock has worked for the Forest Practices Board since 2016

Mark provides legal advice, manages the appeals program and is part of the management team. Mark graduated from the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law with an LL.B. in 1987.

Most recently Mark was teaching law courses at the University of Victoria Faculty of Law. He has also taught law at UBC, BCIT and Royal Roads University. He has experience working for the federal and provincial governments, for West Coast Environmental Law and the Sierra Legal Defence Fund and in private practice. Mark has worked on a broad range of forestry, natural resource and environmental matters over the years, including representing a First Nation as co-counsel in the Tsilhqot’in Nation v. British Columbia case. He also served as a part-time member of the Forest Practices Board from 1999-2001 and again from 2004-2008.

Hannah Horn

Manager, Special Investigations

hannah-hornHannah Horn has worked for the Forest Practices Board since 2015

Hannah Horn has a Master of Resource Management from Simon Fraser University, a Master of Science from the University of Alberta, and is a Registered Professional Biologist.

Hannah has been involved with strategic land and resource planning in BC for over 20 years, as an independent consultant and as a BC government employee. She has provided process and technical support to terrestrial and marine planning processes throughout the province, including land use planning for the southern mainland, central interior, northwest, and ecosystem-based management on the Coast. She has worked with government, industry and First Nations, including landscape unit planning, old growth assessment, cumulative effects assessment, and management of focal wildlife species.

Cameron Leitch

Manager, Audits & Investigations

cameronCameron Leitch has worked for the Forest Practices Board since 2008

Cameron’s education consists of a Diploma in Forest Technology from Selkirk College, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry from the University of British Columbia and a Teaching Certification from the University of Alberta.

Cameron is experienced in field operations, operational and strategic planning, valuation and legislation.

Before joining the Board, Cameron worked for the Ministry of Forests and Range as a Small Business Forester in Port McNeil and Resource Officer Timber in Invermere. He joined Crestbrook Forest Industries before moving to Pope & Talbot, Arrow Lakes Timber Division as a Forestry Superintendent.

Garth Lord

Manager, Audits & Investigations

garth-lordGarth Lord has worked for the Forest Practices Board since 2013

Garth has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New Brunswick and has been registered as a Professional Engineer in British Columbia since 1995.

Prior becoming a staff member of the Forest Practices Board , Garth worked as a consulting engineer, focusing on the forest sector across the province.

Garth specializes in roads and structures but has an equal amount of knowledge and experience with most aspects of forestry development.

He has worked as a contractor for the Board since 1997, as a lead auditor for roads.

Chris Mosher

Director, Audits & Chief Financial Officer

christopher-mosherChris Mosher has worked for the Forest Practices Board since 1996

Chris’s education consists of a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, with a major in Finance and minors in Economics and Communications, from Eastern Washington University. Chris is also a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds an Environmental Professional designation, with a focus on sustainable forest management. Chris specializes in auditing. Before joining the Board, Chris articled with Deloitte and Touche Chartered Accountants, then worked with the Auditor General’s office, as well as the Office of the Comptroller General.

While at the Board, Chris has worked on numerous significant projects. As Director, Audits, Chris assumes overall responsibility for all compliance audits, including the final reports. In September 2017, Chris was the recipient of ECO Canada’s inaugural 2017 ECO Impact Award for contributions to environmental auditing, in recognition of the Board’s auditing program. Chris also has taken on the role of Chief Financial Officer for the operations of the Forest Practices Board.

Chris is a fifth-generation coastal logger and worked in various camps along the coast of BC during summers while attending university.

Kairry Nguyen

Social Media & Web Manager

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.

Chris Oman

Manager, Audits & Investigations

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.

Darlene Oman

Director, Corporate Performance & Communications

darlene-omanDarlene Oman has worked for the Forest Practices Board since 1997

Darlene has a BA in Geography from York University.

Darlene began her career in 1988 with the Ontario Ministry of Environment as a planner in the Environmental Assessment Branch, where she was involved in a variety of projects, including the Class Environmental Assessment of Timber Management that involved public hearings held across Ontario. In 1995, she moved to Victoria to join the newly established Environmental Assessment Office, working on numerous natural resource development projects across BC.

In 1997, Darlene joined the Forest Practices Board as the Director of Special Projects, responsible for both the special investigations program and the communications program. She is currently responsible for Corporate Performance and Communications.

Glen Pilling

Manager, Audits and Investigations

glen-pillingGlen Pilling has worked for the Forest Practices Board since 1997

Glen’s education consists of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry from the University of British Columbia.

Glen is a generalist, equally at home with audits and investigations.

Before joining the Board, Glen worked at the Ministry of Forests. During his career, he has also been a consultant, and has worked in the following areas and roles: block layout, silviculture surveys, GIS Forester district planner, silviculture audit forester and timber tenures forester.

While at the Board, Glen has worked on these significant projects: Consistency of Logging with the Robson Valley LRMP; BCTS Logging at Roberts Creek; Nadina Beetle Treatments; BCTS and Road Maintenance.

Shannon Podgorenko

Finance & Corporate Services Coordinator

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.

Tim Slater

Manager, Corporate Services & Info Systems

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.

Daryl Spencer

Manager, Audits and Investigations

daryl-spencerDaryl Spencer has worked for the Forest Practices Board since 2008

Daryl’s education consists of a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from the University of British Columbia, and he has been a Registered Professional Forester (RPF) since 1990.

Prior to working for the Board, Daryl was involved with various board audits as a contractor, with responsibilities including harvest, planning, silviculture and roads auditor. As a generalist, Daryl continues to focus on resource planning, protection, harvesting, silviculture and road construction.

Before joining the Board, Daryl spent 10 years in various forest industry roles including area forester, management forester, harvest manager and district planner in forest companies such as Westar Timber, Evans Forest Products and Tasman Forestry. Subsequently, he worked as a consultant for 10 years, concentrating on resource planning, forest inventory and timber development.

Daryl has worked on these significant projects: Pilot Audit of Forest Soil Conservation; Pilot Range Audit: Compliance and Enforcement Audit on Range Activity in the Horsefly Forest District; Audit of Small Scale Salvage in the Kamloops Forest District; Soil Conservation Planning and Practices in the Quesnel and Vanderhoof Districts; Audit of Visual Resource Management – Headwaters Forest District.

Rob Thomson

Manager, Audits and Investigations

rob-tRob Thomson has worked for the Forest Practices Board since 1997

Rob’s education consists of a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Victoria, and a Master of Science degree from the University of British Columbia.

Rob specializes in wildlife habitat and biodiversity management.

Before joining the Board, Rob worked as an endangered species specialist at the Ministry of Forests, and also worked on the development of Forest Practices Code guidebooks. Prior to that he was a habitat protection biologist in the Peace and Cariboo regions for the Ministry of Environment; and a wildlife ecologist for the Ministry of Forests researching deer/forestry interactions. Rob was a Councilor with the College of Applied Biology for several years and currently is a member of the College’s audit committee.

While at the Board, Rob has worked on these significant projects: Special Report – Implementation of Biodiversity Measures under the Forest Practices Code; Complaint Investigation – Logging and Conservation of Endangered Plant Communities on Vancouver Island.

Doug Wahl

Manager, Audits & Investigations

dougDoug Wahl has worked for the Forest Practices Board since 2008

Doug ’s education consists of a Diploma in Renewable Resource Management from Lethbridge College, a Bachelor of Applied Science in Coastal Management from the University of New England, Australia and a Master of Applied Science from the University of Canberra, Australia. He is a Registered Professional Biologist and a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC).

Before joining the Board, Doug was a consulting habitat biologist based in Summerland, BC. The majority of his consulting assignments were focused on the forest and mining sectors, where his work included the assessment and mitigation of fish, wildlife and biodiversity values as well as the provision of advice on policy and regulatory matters. While at the Board, Doug has contributed to audits and investigations involving the assessment of fish habitat, fish passage, range use, old growth retention and community watersheds.

Doug’s primary interest in natural resource management is achieving the optimum balance between the sustained use of natural resources and the appropriate protection of environmental values.

Del Williams

Manager, Audits & Investigations

del-webDel Williams has worked for the Forest Practices Board since 2012

Del has a Diploma of Technology in Forestry from BCIT, a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry from UBC, and a certificate in advanced silviculture education from the Silviculture Institute of BC. He has been a registered Professional Forester in BC since 1987.

Prior to joining the Board, Del worked in various forestry positions throughout BC for 24 years. Del worked as: a Silviculture Forester on Haida Gwaii; as Operations Forester, then General Manager, with the Revelstoke Community Forest Corporation; as Tenures Forester and Project Manager with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations; and as a manager of a productive woodlot in the BC interior.

Since joining the Board, Del has worked predominantly on special projects and investigations.