Who we are

Board

  • Warren Beach
    Warren Beach
    Board Treasurer, Chair of Finance and Audit Committee

    After receiving his bachelor of arts in political science from the University of British Columbia and gaining certification as a Chartered Accountant, Warren held the position of CFO of Sierra Systems Group Inc. before working directly with their parent firm Golden Gate Capital as an operating executive. From there, Warren continued to stand at the helm of many successful organizations, working as CFO for TimberWest, Aritzia and Hold It All Inc., before serving in his role as CEO for Hold It All Inc. He is now President & CEO of Augusta Capital.

    Warren is currently Vice Chair of the Board for the BC’s Women Health Foundation, he serves on the Board of the Boys and Girls Clubs Foundation of South Coast BC, serves on the “Gold For Life” organization supporting rowing at the University of British Columbia, and serves as a mentor/coach with the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs.  Previously he served a Cabinet Co-Chair of the United Way.  

    Warren is an avid outdoor enthusiast and actively participates in all that the BC outdoors has to offer.

  • Ross Beaty
    Ross Beaty
    Board Chair, Chair of Executive and Strategy Committee

    Ross is a geologist and resource entrepreneur with over 45 years of experience in the international minerals and renewable energy industries. A graduate of the University of BC in geology and law and Imperial College in geology, Ross is an internationally recognized leader in both non-renewable and renewable resource development. He has founded and divested a number of companies and remains founder and chairman of Pan American Silver Corp., one of the world’s leading silver producers, and founder and chairman of Alterra Power Corp., a mid-sized renewable energy company with solar, wind, hydro and geothermal power operations in BC, Texas, Indiana and Iceland.

    Ross is also a well-known environmental philanthropist, primarily through The Sitka Foundation. He serves on the advisory board of the Nature Trust of BC, is a director of The Pacific Salmon Foundation, a director of Panthera, and is patron of the Beaty Biodiversity Center at the University of British Columbia.

  • Barbara Brink
    Barbara Brink
    Board Member

    Barbara is a Member of the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia. She was the founder, chair, CEO and driving force behind the creation of Science World in Vancouver, and currently sits on the boards of Junior Achievement of BC and Architectural Institute of BC. She previously founded and chaired the West Vancouver Community Centres Society. 

    Barbara also serves as co-chair of the Business Laureates of BC Hall of Fame Cabinet. Thanks to her leadership, the gala remains in the top three list of events in BC and has raised more than $10 million since its inception. Barbara has also chaired the VGH and UBC Hospital Foundation, was two-year chair of the United Way Campaign, founder of Leadership Vancouver, and vice chair of the Laurier Institution. She was on the board of Legal Services Society and the West Vancouver Police Board, and is a consultant in governance and in resource development. In 2014, Barbara received the Business in Vancouver Influential Women in Business Lifetime Achievement Award.

  • Cynthia Callison
    Cynthia Callison
    Board Vice Chair

    Cynthia is a founding partner of Callison & Hanna Law Firm.  She has been a leading negotiator in agreements between Indigenous peoples, governments, and resource developers. She is a graduate of the Sauder School of Business and the Allard School of Law at UBC and she received a Masters in Constitutional Law from Osgoode Hall Law School. 

    She is a well regarded public speaker and an invited presenter at global dialogues on Indigenous peoples. She currently serves on a number of boards which provide leadership for revitalizing Indigenous well-being. Cynthia is a member of the Tahltan Nation whose territory is the Stikine River Watershed in northwestern BC.

  • Jessica Hopkins
    Jessica Hopkins
    Chair of Protected Areas Committee

    Jessica is a member of the Sekw’el’was community, which is part of the St’at’imc Nation. She is the General Manager at Splitrock Environmental Consulting. Jessica attended Nicola Valley Institute of Technology and Vancouver Island University, specializing in fisheries and aquaculture science. She also has a certificate in Environmental Monitoring. Jessica loves being an integral part of her community and when she is not working she can be found spending time with friends and family or planning her next exciting adventure.

  • Daniel Johnston
    Daniel Johnston
    Board Secretary, Chair of Governance and Human Resources Committee

    A lawyer by profession, Dan is a conflict prevention and resolution specialist who deals with a wide range of complex, multi-party, aboriginal, commercial, environmental, land use and public policy issues. Examples of Dan’s mediation work include many of British Columbia’s CORE and LRMP land use processes, the Whitehorse Mining Initiative, the Canadian Roundtable on Corporate Social Responsibility and the Canadian Extractive Industries Operating in Developing Countries, the Great Bear Rainforest (over a seventeen year period), BC Hydro’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Committee, the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement, numerous issues associated with fin-fish aquaculture in BC, the British Columbia Climate Leadership Team, and the discussions between a number of oil sands companies and environmental organizations that led to their mutual support of the 2016 Alberta Climate Leadership Plan.

    He is also a founding member and director of the COCO Cafe, an award winning social enterprise established to create skills training, employment and socialization opportunities for persons with developmental disabilities, and a director of the Nanaimo Association for Community Living.

  • Greg Moore
    Greg Moore
    Special Advisor

    Greg currently serves as a consultant and advisor to parks, public lands, and conservation efforts in the United States and globally. Recent consulting assignments include the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Chesapeake Bay Conservancy, Amigos de los Parques in Patagonia, Chile, and the International Landscape Conservation Network (ILCN). Through the ILCN, he is advising landscape conservation projects in Europe, China, and Canada.

    Greg was the founder and longtime President & CEO of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. During his more than three decades of leadership, the Conservancy grew to become one of the most successful, innovative, and accomplished nonprofit support organizations to any national park in the United States.

    The Conservancy is recognized for its accomplishments in park design, cross sector partnerships, large scale conservation efforts, environmental philanthropy, community engagement, and public support. Under Greg’s leadership, the Conservancy provided more than $750 million in support to park projects and programs at the Golden Gate National Parks –and supported over 25,000 volunteers annually. During his tenure, the Conservancy received numerous awards for excellence in interpretation, conservation, youth programs, philanthropic and park improvement efforts.

    Greg has served as an advisor to national parks and public land efforts throughout the United States – including well-known locations such as Yosemite, Grand Canyon, and more. He has worked on international assignments as an advisor to conservation and park projects in in Australia, Chile, China, Italy, New Zealand, Canada, and South Africa.

    Greg holds a B.S. in Conservation of Natural Resources from U.C. Berkeley with a minor in Landscape Architecture and completed a Mid-career Fellowship in Environmental Planning at the University of Washington. He currently serves on the board of the Conservation Lands Foundation, on the Advisory Board of Amigos de los Parques in Patagonia, Chile and as an advisor to the BC Parks Foundation.

  • Jim Standen
    Jim Standen
    Board Member

    Jim was appointed the assistant deputy minister of BC Parks & Conservation Officer Service on October 14th, 2014. Previous to this, Jim was the assistant deputy minister of Environmental Protection Division for four years.

    Jim started his career in government as an auxiliary fisheries technician in Kamloops in 1992. Since then, he has held positions in environmental stewardship, planning and assessment, environmental protection, strategic policy and water management. Prior to becoming ADM, Jim was director of the Regional Operations Branch for the Environmental Protection Division and chair of the Coast Region Interagency Directors Committee. During his 25-year career with the Ministry of Environment, he has had the opportunity to develop a broad knowledge of the business of the ministry and expertise in strategic planning, financial management and legislation and policy development. Jim has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of British Columbia, and studied accounting/business at UBC and Thompson Rivers University.

    Jim was a trustee on the Saanich Board of Education from 2005-2014. He was vice chair of the board from 2011 through 2014, and chaired the Finance and Facilities Committee, Policy Committee and Human Resources Committee at various times. Jim was also a member of the Capital Regional District Roundtable on the Environment and Economy from 2001- 2003.

    Jim shares a home in North Saanich with his wife, Penny, and kids Conor, Stephanie and Maddy.

  • Terry Teegee
    Terry Teegee
    Board Member

    Terry Teegee's ancestry is Dakelh, Gitxsan, and Sekani and he is a member of the Takla First Nation. He is the elected regional chief of the British Columbia Assembly of First Nations (AFN) serving his third term. He is passionate about nature and indigenous protected and conserved areas, serving as the AFN Representative on the United Nations Convention on Biodiversity. With a Bachelor of Science Degree in Natural Resources Management and a diploma in Natural Resources Technology, Terry has been deeply involved in natural resources and related policies throughout his career. Regional Chief Teegee also chairs the AFN's United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Implementation Committee and was instrumental in the development and historic passing of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act in BC.

  • Ivan Thompson
    Ivan Thompson
    Chair of Fundraising and Communications Committee

    Ivan evolved a passion for the people and places of British Columbia’s wild salmon ecosystem into his life’s primary work. By fortunate accident, in 1981 he came to live in the mighty Skeena watershed. Had he been able to find his first teaching job further south, he probably would have taken it. Instead, he moved to a village on the wilderness shores of Lake Babine. Over the next two decades, he fell more and more deeply in love with the area as he explored much of the Skeena, the Stikine and the North Coast while working as a teacher, outdoor instructor, counsellor, and college director.

    Ivan engaged with northern BC communities in the land use planning initiatives of the nineties that led to a doubling of the BC’s protected areas network, and later with North Coast indigenous communities in accessing conservation financing to enable their environmental and economic visions for the Great Bear Rainforest. For most of the past two decades, he has helped guide philanthropic foundations in investing in protection of healthy lands and waters as the heart of life and livelihoods in BC.

    Ivan worked as program officer with the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation from 2007 to 2017 and then as senior advisor with MakeWay’s Pacific Salmon Watershed’s Fund until 2022. He continues to advise and facilitate relationships amongst philanthropic, government, indigenous and NGO leaders through his roles of practitioner fellow at the University of Victoria’s Centre for Global Studies and of trustee with the boards of the BC Parks Foundation and the Portland-based Wild Salmon Centre.

  • Gill Winckler
    Gill Winckler
    Board Member

    Gill grew up in South Africa where she graduated with a bachelor of science degree and then went on to become a Chartered Accountant. She is an avid outdoor enthusiast, often walking and biking in the local forests, kayaking and having outdoor picnics and barbeques. She has been a director of the Trans Canada Trail board since 2018, and is aiming to cycle the whole trail across the country. 

    Gill worked initially in the auditing profession and in corporate finance in South Africa and London, UK. She spent 16 years with the mining company BHP Billiton in London, moving with them to Vancouver in 2009. Her 20 years in mining saw her involved with corporate and divisional strategy, mergers and acquisitions, divestments, exploration as well as project evaluation and development. Gill is a director of Pan American Silver Corp., West Fraser Timber Ltd and FLSmidth & Co. A/S. 

Track Record

The BC Parks Foundation was founded in 2017 and started operations in 2018. Since that time, it has:

  • Protected 28 beautiful places covering over 35,000 hectares of land. In addition to protecting wildlife and their habitat, these areas store carbon, help prevent drought and flooding, and provide human health, recreation and cultural benefits
  • Launched Canada's first National Park Prescription program with nearly 12,000 healthcare professionals registered across Canada. The program is the recipient of the Canadian Medical Association's prestigious Joule Innovation Award and was featured by the United Nations World Health Organization in its COP26 Report
  • Launched a Park Ambassador program providing youth-led programming and engagement activities to over 250,000 park visitors in BC's parks
  • Inspired British Columbians to make over 25 million observations of nature
  • Created a WildCAM network with over 270 researchers utilizing remote wildlife cameras to monitor wildlife and biodiversity in BC and Alberta

In addition to these results, the combined track record of board members and staff includes creating and running companies valued at over $5 billion; experience at senior levels in government agencies; mediating significant conservation initiatives including the Great Bear Rainforest Agreement, the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement, Wild Salmon Policy, and the BC Climate Leadership Team; and leading campaigns to create over four million hectares of parks in BC.

The Foundation's Annual Report can be downloaded here. For copies of previous reports, please email info@bcparksfoundation.ca. The Foundation retains an auditor for its financial statements.

Robert Bateman
Robert Bateman
Founding Member & Champion

In many ways parks have made me who I am. As an Ontario boy, I thought of Algonquin Park as a kind of Nirvana. It denoted wilderness and nature in a pure form. Wolves roamed there. When I landed a job, ages 17-19, doing “chores” at the research station, I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. It also became apparent that the people who worked in parks, the rangers and naturalists, were an important part of the scene. They appreciate and protect nature for others to enjoy. These people became my role models.

BC parks are among the most spectacular in the world because this province is blessed with a great variety of natural habitats from mountains to marine. We need to use them or lose them but at the same time we must not love them to death with too many amenities. It will take vigilance and budgets to guarantee that our parks will be as beneficial to future generations as they are to us.

Wade Davis
Wade Davis

My life took a turn at 15 when I spent a summer in Manning Park, working as a member of the Youth Crew, building trails, fighting fires, maintaining the campgrounds. Splitting firewood in the sun, with room and board and three dollars a day the only financial reward, taught me that work is not about money; it's about pride, strength, perseverance and grit, values that would forge the foundation of my professional life. Altogether, I worked eight seasons for BC Parks, culminating in a much coveted position as the first park ranger in the Spatsizi Plateau, British Columbia's largest wilderness park. My job description was deliciously vague; public relations and wilderness assessment. In two four month seasons my partner and I encountered not a dozen visitors, leaving us free to wander, as we mapped the trails, surveyed the wildlife, ran the rivers, and established routes up all the major peaks. This prolonged apprenticeship with the Parks, all that I learned in E.C. Manning and Naikoon, Mount Assiniboine, Atlin Mountain, Mount Edziza, and Spatsizi Plateau, left me with both a deep appreciation of nature, and a profound sense of belonging, a spirit of place that is the essence of Canadian patriotism. In good measure, I owe my life and career to BC Parks. Surely the opportunities that I had in my youth, the chance to unburden an adolescent mind and reward the body with hard physical work, to experience for the first time the true miracle of nature, to seek the promise of transformation, even transcendence, as found only in the wild heart of the world, ought to be part of the birthright of every new generation of British Columbians.

Ben Haggar
Ben Haggar
Freelance photographer, writer, and content creator

Spending time recreating in nature was a keystone of my upbringing and set me on a path to appreciate and help to protect wild places. Connecting with nature allows me to feel centred and balanced within myself. When I moved to BC from Ontario at age 19, I was overwhelmed at the scale of the fog cloaked mountains, old growth cedars, and cold green waves rolling in towards pristine beaches. With so much incredible diversity, I couldn’t believe that the entire province wasn’t one huge provincial park!

I feel incredibly lucky for the recreational opportunities here in BC. From surfing Naikoon in Haida Gwaii, bikepacking the South Chilcotins, ski touring at Kokanee, and climbing the Squamish Chief and Garibaldi from my front door. It gives me real peace of mind knowing that these special areas are protected and that there is an endless supply of new discoveries and experiences to be had right here at home in BC.
 

Greg Hill
Greg Hill
Skier, film maker, climber, and sustainable adventurer

Many of my most memorable moments were in the parks in British Columbia. I have savored my freedom moving through the mountains, contemplated life surrounded by giant cedars and finished days watching the sun set into the Pacific Ocean. These parks are the identity of BC and need to be protected and preserved for our kids and theirs, while also enjoyed by us. 

John Montalbano
John Montalbano

My family did not have very many luxuries. Growing up as a child in East Vancouver, our weekend family time was exploring the numerous parks to the north and east of Vancouver. Free access to parks was essential for my parents to entertain and educate my sister and me. I love our parks to this day.

Dr. Sally Otto
Dr. Sally Otto

From Ruckle Provincial Park in the Garry oak ecosystem to the glacier-fed lakes of Mount Assiniboine, the parks of British Columbia are truly majestic. Camping in these parks allows families, like mine, to experience nature directly and to pass along to our children a love of wildlife. The parks are also a critical refuge for the most endangered animals and plants. BC is home to the most species diversity of any province in Canada but also home to the most species at risk. Without well managed parks, we are likely to lose dozens, if not hundreds, of the animal and plant species that make BC so special.

Eric Peterson
Eric Peterson
Founding Member and Champion

I was born in Port Alberni and grew up on Vancouver Island. That was the era when family vacations meant packing the camping gear into the trunk of the Buick and heading off down one BC's brand new highways. It was pure exploration and discovery - the Cariboo, the Slocan Valley, the Big Bend highway, the Chilcotin - exploring the wonders of the province by day, and pulling in for the night at a BC Parks campground. Those experiences kindled my love of exploration and new vistas, which took me around the world as a scientist (biology PhD) then later as a technology entrepreneur. I founded the BC-based Tula Foundation in 2002 and set up Tula’s Hakai Institute in 2010. Hakai develops the tools, systems, people and insights we need to understand our coastal ecosystems in the context of climate change, and to deal with the consequences that are coming. We operate field stations at remote locations on the BC coast. We have our own scientific staff plus a large network that includes university researchers, government scientists and First Nations. For the past eight years we have enjoyed a very close and productive partnership with BC Parks via our Calvert Island field station, which is located in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest.

Sabina Bendall
Sabina Bendall
Community Science Coordinator

Born and raised in beautiful British Columbia, Sabina's appreciation and passion for nature is what drives her desire to protect this special place. In 2019, she graduated from Simon Fraser University with a degree in Resource and Environmental Management and a Certificate in Sustainable Community Development.

In her spare time, Sabina enjoys hiking, camping, reading, yoga, baking and going for ocean dips. Some of her favorite memories are of hiking the Nootka Trail, the North Coast Trail, and taking her dog on their first overnight hike and canoe trip.

Aylish Anglin
Aylish Anglin
Office Administrator

Art has been a lifelong hobby for Aylish, as she has feels it brings her closer to nature. She has often found that she is at her most serene while sitting in silence and sketching the world around her and our parks, full of beautiful water and plant life, make for unique works of art.

When she's not not sketching or painting, her favorite outdoor pastime is kayaking on a glassy, still lake. Aylish believes that our parks provide us with opportunities to slow down and appreciate how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful province. She is driven to help preserve them for the future.

Maurine Charpentier
Maurine Charpentier
Engagement and Marketing Coordinator

Maurine grew up in Martinique - spending her time swimming, scuba diving, and hiking in dreamy places - where she developed a real passion for the environment. She moved to BC at the beginning of 2021 and has been exploring its gorgeous landscapes and parks since then.

Professionally, Maurine has a Master’s degree in Marketing and Management and four years of experience as an Event Project Manager. After two years of Covid, she is truly happy to start creating happy moments again. As a driven individual who strongly believes that business can be used for good, she feels lucky to share the mission of the Foundation.

Dr. Andrew Day
Dr. Andrew Day
Chief Executive Officer

Andy is an executive leader in resource and environmental management. Through his career, Andy has been responsible for leading Canada’s first oceans co-management board under the Ocean’s Act with four levels of government and ten marine sectors; leading the only Integrated Ocean and Coastal Management Strategy in Canada endorsed by all governments and marine sectors; and leading the development of ecological and human well-being indicators for Canada’s Pacific Northwest. Trained in law and with a doctorate degree, Andy has fished commercially, smokejumped and run a sustainable seafood company.

Tim Ennis
Tim Ennis
Director, Private Land Acquisition and Management

Tim is a conservation biologist with over 20 years of experience working to protect and restore biodiversity in BC. Tim volunteers for the Steering Committee of the Coastal Douglas-fir Conservation Partnership, which works to protect and restore environmental values in the Salish Sea region. His work has involved extensive education and outreach components including national, provincial and local television, radio, print and online media. Tim is a fourth generation Vancouver Islander, and spends his free time mountaineering, back-country skiing, hiking, kayaking, hunting or mountain biking all over the Island and beyond.

Laura Hergott
Laura Hergott
PaRx Coordinator

Laura Hergott manages the day to day operations and administration of the PaRx program. With a background in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, Laura was drawn to PaRx by the evidence-based research backing nature prescriptions. In science, Laura was passionate about making cutting-edge research more accessible to the public. Now, she brings that passion to the BC Parks Foundation, hoping to make nature more accessible for others. In her spare time, Laura enjoys rock climbing in Squamish and hiking with her dog on the North Shore.

Gabrielle Jolly
Gabrielle Jolly
Discover Parks Coordinator: Self Guided Activities

Growing up next to the mountains and the ocean on B.C’s north shore, Gabrielle has consistently had a passion for the outdoors. From hiking the local mountains, to paddling the coastal waters, she always finds an excuse to spend time engaging with the environment. She holds a deep love and respect for the outdoors and firmly believes in the healing power of nature.

Professionally, Gabrielle comes from a guiding and experiential education background having taken groups on adventures as close to home as Mt Seymour, to as far reaching as New Zealand. She recently completed a graduate diploma in Adventure Education, further enhancing her knowledge on getting people outside. She is always searching for ways to connect people with nature and is thrilled to have this written into her job description at the BC Parks Foundation. Outside of work, you can find Gabrielle hiking, paddling, skiing, reading, or working on her tiny home school bus conversion.

David Karuhije
David Karuhije
Content Creator

David was born in Rwanda, Africa, raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba and then moved to Vancouver in 2014. With a background in communications and production, he brings with him years of experience working on projects of various scales.

He is passionate about inspiring others through story-telling! His favourite way to interact with nature is cycling through the North Shore and hiking the beautiful trails that abound the Greater Vancouver area. 

Claudio Lam
Claudio Lam
Financial Analyst

Claudio is an experienced financial analyst who believes that economic development should go hand in hand with environmental balance. He earned his Master's degreee in Business Administration with a dissertation on green-buildings and eco-sustainable enterprises.

Passionate about eco-travelling, Claudio moved his family from Brazil to Vancouver in 2018, where they continue to venture into nature. At the BC Parks Foundation, he feels fortunate to apply his expertise to the benefit of inspiring others to embrace his passion.

Dr. Melissa Lem
Dr. Melissa Lem
Director, Parks Prescriptions

Melissa is a family physician and board member of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment who is frequently tapped by national media and environmental organizations to write and speak on the nature-health connection. Appearing on CBC TV’s Steven and Chris for four seasons, she continues to educate diverse audiences on air. She holds a faculty appointment at the University of British Columbia and was the inaugural winner of University College’s Young Alumni of Influence Award at the University of Toronto.

Kate Le Souef
Kate Le Souef
VP, Programs

Kate is a committed conservation professional who loves connecting people to nature. In her previous role, she engaged tens of thousands of Canadians through the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, helping people take simple actions for ocean health, and ensuring that decision-makers around the country understood the issues of plastic pollution and shoreline litter. Kate has a Master of Science in Oceanography and has also worked as a consulting coastal engineer. Originally from Australia, she fell in love with B.C. on what was supposed to be a short trip and decided to stay. She loves getting outside with her family and exploring the mountains, forests, lakes, and ocean around our beautiful province.

Dr. Tse-Lynn Loh
Dr. Tse-Lynn Loh
Manager, Land Stewardship

Tse-Lynn loves wild places and talking to people about how great protected areas are. Her research interests centre on human impacts on ecosystems, ecological interactions and ecosystem monitoring. For her Ph.D. dissertation, Tse-Lynn examined the impacts of overfishing on sponge-coral interactions across the Caribbean basin, followed by postdoctoral research on seahorse conservation and citizen science in Southeast Asia. She has extensive experience with public outreach and volunteer engagement, including co-founding a marine conservation organisation in Singapore and developing a seahorse monitoring toolkit for non-scientists, and has taught a variety of undergraduate biology courses.

Tse-Lynn is stoked to be living in a province with ancient glass sponge reefs, and when not advocating for the benefits of using iNaturalist, she can be found enjoying nature in beautiful BC, gardening and taking in the meditative aspects of her aikido practice.

Mariana Luna-Cardona
Mariana Luna-Cardona
Discover Parks Coordinator: Business Development

With a degree in Tourism Management, Mariana feels lucky to contribute to the Foundation's mission of fostering connections between individuals and BC's beautiful outdoors. Growing up in North Vancouver, she developed a deep appreciation for the abundant nature seemingly at her doorstep. Nonetheless, for a long time many outdoor activities felt out of reach, particularly as a new Canadian. These days, Mariana has learned to embrace her local environment, and is constantly pursuing new adventures, whether it involves climbing, skiing, hiking, or camping! Through her work at the Foundation she hopes to empower others to do the same

Jennie McCaffrey
Jennie McCaffrey
VP, Strategic Relationships

Jennie is an experienced educator, facilitator and leader with a Master of Arts degree in Environmental Education and a Bachelor of Science in Conservation Biology form the University of British Columbia. She brings over 18 years of experience in the non-profit sector, specializing in leading strategic initiatives and collaborating with provincial and federal governments, Indigenous organizations, school districts and industry.

Jennie works to change behaviours and empower people to protect and connect to nature, at work, at school or at play. The privilege and magic of growing up on the beaches of Kitsilano and spending summers camping and swimming in the Salish Sea has inspired a passion for the environment that Jennie strives to share with others everyday.

Irfhan Mirza
Irfhan Mirza
Manager of Brand Products and Marketing

Irfhan believes that products can enrich and extend people's experience and memory of parks and the wilderness surrounding them. He aims to enable long-lasting connections with parks and users through great products. He is passionate about the intersection between design, art, functionality and sustainability and is excited to collaborate with various artists and creators.

Irfhan graduated with a degree in Broadcasting and spent ten years working in the broadcast industry in the UK before moving to Canada in search of adventure. Over the last eight years of living here, he has spearheaded outdoor retail operations and built merchandise programs for locations throughout the Lower Mainland.

When Irfhan isn't dreaming up products, he can be found sea kayaking in British Columbia's bountiful waters, searching for whales, or atop a snowbound mountain on his snowboard.

Rory Moorhead
Rory Moorhead
Discover Parks Manager

Rory believes that time outside in parks is good for the mind and body and is set on helping as many people experience it for themselves as possible. Rory has been managing interpretive programs in parks since 2016, with a focus on experiential education, environmental stewardship, responsible recreation and creating meaningful connections to nature.

When not planning how to get others engaged and connected with the great outdoors, Rory can be found hiking, scrambling, camping, or kayaking in one of our province’s beautiful parks, usually with camera in hand.

Emmajean Neal
Emmajean Neal
Special Projects Assistant

Emmajean is a student in the faculty of Science at the University of British Columbia. She is an avid outdoor adventurist, having hiked, paddled, and snowshoed over 400km of BC’s trails. Her passion for nature translates to her desire to help the environment and conserve BC’s beautiful parks. Aside from studying and hiking, Emmajean can be found training for triathlons.

Ashley Sjoberg
Ashley Sjoberg
Executive Assistant and Project Manager

Ashley is a highly experienced Executive Assistant with a remarkable track record of over 20 years in the field. Throughout their career, they have supported senior executives and teams in achieving their goals through meticulous attention to detail, organizational prowess and ability to handle multiple responsibilities in areas such as project management, event planning, human resources, environmental, social and governance management and food and beverage management.

Originally from the beauiful town of Powell River, BC, Ashley has deep roots in the community. Since relocating to Vancouver in 2003, they have embraced the vibrant city and enjoy exploring the picturesque regions of the province. Ashley finds solace and happiness in their backyard, gathering with family around a cozy fire pit, creating cherished memories while indulging in s'mores.

Siddarth Venkatesh
Siddarth Venkatesh
Community Projects Manager

Born and raised in Montreal, Sid grew up with a keen interest in nature and conservation, chasing the fall colours of Quebec’s forests and spending hours watching water flow. He fell in love with BC’s landscapes and parks during his time at the University of British Columbia, where he completed his Bachelor’s in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in 2019. Having never camped before, he audaciously embarked on a 14-day wilderness expedition after graduating, which cemented his love for the outdoors.

Working with Parks Canada and the Canadian Wildlife Federation reinforced Sid’s commitment to making nature programs available to the community. Drawing from his own experiences, he is passionate and driven to break down barriers restricting access to meaningful connections to nature. Outside of work, you can find Sid hiking, paddling, birding, playing tennis, or skiing!

Casey Walker
Casey Walker
Manager, People & Administration

In deference to parental authority, Casey moved to BC in July 1993 from the very hot island of Trinidad and Tobago.  During the ensuing period of mourning the loss of sunshine, she discovered BC’s great outdoors, taking up hiking, camping, and backpacking. With the onset of aches and pains came a newfound interest and love for RV-ing and a passion to discover park gems across Canada.

Professionally, Casey is a Certified Payroll Practitioner and holder of a Business Diploma with a particular interest in the human component of organizations. She has worked in the non-profit sector since 2012, gravitating towards work that gives back and makes a difference. In BC Parks Foundation, she found an opportunity to meld both of her personal and professional interests.

Zainab Ziyard
Zainab Ziyard
Staff Accountant

Zainab has a passion for numbers and a desire to help people, which culminated in her pursuing a career in Accounting. She has Diplomas in Accounting and Economics and is currently pursuing an accounting degree at British Columbia Institute of Technology.

Coming from a concrete city in Sri Lanka with minimal greenery, she revels in BC with all its lush greenery and outdoor playground. Besides school and work, she can be found running, cycling, or exploring the outdoors.

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    Miro Ceretnig
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    Yee Chan
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    Bob Kronbauer
  • Garry Mancell
    Garry Mancell
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    Roy Millen