Our Team

Board Members

Kevin Kriese

Chair

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.

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Bruce Larson

Vice-Chair

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.

Gerry Grant

Appointed 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.

 

Rick Monchak

Appointed 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.

Cindy Stern

Appointed Board Member

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

Appointed Board Member

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.

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Board Staff

Tracy Andrews

Manager, Audits and Investigations

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. Tracy lives in Ucluelet.

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Christine Armour

Manager, Audits and Investigations

Christine Armour, RPF, 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.

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Tom Bruderer

Audit Specialist

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.

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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.

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Maire-Lou Lefrancois

Manager, Audits and Investigations

Marie-Lou Lefrancois, RFP, joined the Forest Practices Board in May 2022.

Marie-Lou has a Bachelor of Science in Physical Geography from University of Montreal, and a Master of Science in Forest Ecology from the Centre of Forest Research from the University of Quebec in Montreal. She is a Registered Professional Forester (RPF).

Before joining the board, Marie-Lou worked in forest research, planning, operations and policy for over 16 years. As a consultant she worked on growth and yield, climate change, policy and statistics projects for academia, government and consulting firms. She joined the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources in 2011 working in authorizations, BCTS in 2014 as a planning forester, and the Competitiveness and Innovation branch in 2017 as a forest carbon advisor. She finally joined BCTS headquarters in 2019 as a Wildlife Resource Specialist and a stewardship policy forester, where she lead and collaborated on various partial harvesting initiatives all over the province. Marie-Lou lives in Smithers in the Skeena region.

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Nathan Murray

General Counsel

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.

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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.

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Chris Oman

Director of Investigations

Chris Oman, RPF, has worked for the Forest Practices Board since 1998

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Forestry and is a Registered Professional Forester (RPF).

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.

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Darlene Oman

Director, Corporate Performance & Communications

Darlene Oman, RPF(HM), 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.

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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.

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Geoff Recknell

Executive Director

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.

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Nick Reynolds

Manager, Special Projects

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.

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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.

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Daryl Spencer

Manager, Audits and Investigations

Daryl Spencer, RPF, 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.

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Matthias Splittgerber

Manager, Audits and Investigations

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 British Columbia and the University of Freiburg. He is a Registered Professional Forester (RPF).

Before joining the Board, Matthias worked for Monticola Forest, then worked at PwC’s sustainability and climate change practice.

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Astrid van Woudenberg

Manager, Audits & Investigations

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, First Nations, government and other clients to integrate wildlife needs into forest and range management. She has been working with species at risk most of her career, as well as mule deer winter range in southern interior BC.  Much of her work has taken an ecosystem based approach, integrating what would have been the effects of natural disturbances, such as frequent fires, into her management guidance. Astrid lives in Kamloops, in the traditional territory of the Secwepemc people.

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Doug Wahl

Manager, Audits & Investigations

Doug Wahl, RPBio, CPESC, has worked for the Forest Practices Board since 2008

Doug has a Master of Applied Science from the University of Canberra, Australia. He is a Registered Professional Biologist (RPBio) 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 work focused on the forest and mining sectors undertaking assessments, and providing advice on mitigation, policy and regulatory matters. At the Board, Doug’s work in audits and investigations has involved examining fish habitat, wildlife, range, old growth, FREP and watersheds used for drinking water.

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.

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