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.
Astrid van Woudenberg 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.
Astrid has 25 years of experience as a consulting wildlife biologist, working for industry, government and other clients to integrate wildlife needs into forest and range management. She has extensive experience working with species at risk. Astrid lives in Kamloops.
Tom Bruderer 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 Geoscientist in Training with 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.
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.
Tracy Andrews 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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 and in 2019 was appointed as an adjunct professor in Forest Resources Management in the Faculty of Forestry at UBC in 2019.
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, and worked on private estates in operational forestry for 8 years before moving to British Columbia in 2002 to pursue his forestry education.
In 2011 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. Between 2014 and 2017 he was Director of Lands and Resources for Kitselas First Nation where he developed the department that managed the lands and resources for the Nation on the Traditional Territory.
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.