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 Port Alberni.
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.
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.