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.
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.
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.
Ken 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.
Del 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.
Doug 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.
Rob 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.