Board of Directors

Dr. Peter Arcese, Chair
Dr. Peter Arcese is Professor and FRBC Chair of Applied Conservation Biology, and co-Director of the Centre for Applied Conservation Research, in the Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia. He earned a BA in Zoology at the University of Washington, and MSc and PhD degrees in Zoology at UBC. Peter has been a Director since 2009 and Chair since June 2015.
Ron Anderson, Vice Chair/Treasurer
Ron Anderson is the President and founder of Tallinn Capital Corp. His prior work experience includes President of Macdonald Capital and running the Corporate and Commercial Banking groups of National Bank in BC. He has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia and is a Certified General Accountant. He is currently on the Crofton House School Board of Governors and has served on the Canadian Cancer Society Diamond Ball Advisory Council, the Shawnigan Lake School Board of Governors and the Vancouver chapter of Ducks Unlimited. He has served on several public company boards and is currently a Director of Mainstreet Equity Corp. Ron has been a Director since 2012 and Vice Chair since June 2015.
Greg Bay
Greg Bay is the President and CEO of Cypress Capital Management and has over 25 years of experience in the investment industry. He is a director with the Mullen Group Income Fund, Lions Gate Hospital Foundation and the University of British Columbia Industry Liaison Board. He has a Chartered Financial Analyst designation and holds a B Comm in Finance from Brigham Young University. Greg has been a Director since 2009.
Dr. Rob Butler
Dr. Rob Butler is President of the Pacific WildLife Foundation and an Adjunct Professor of Biological Sciences at Simon Fraser University. He is a former senior scientist with the Canadian Wildlife Service. Rob is a Fellow International of the Explorers Club, a Fellow of the American Ornithologists’ Union, and an Outstanding Alumnus of Simon Fraser University and Distinguished Alumnus of Capilano University. He has served on the executive of many national and international science, education and conservation committees. He currently is a Committee Member at the SFU Dialogue Centre where he was a delegate and keynote for the Imagine BC Series. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Important Bird Areas in Canada, the Young Naturalists Club of BC, and the Pacific WildLife Foundation. Rob is also an author of scientific and popular books, and a blog for the Vancouver Sun. His bird paintings have been presented to Prime Ministers and Presidents, and held in collections in North America, Europe and Asia. Rob has been a Director since 2010.
Brian Clark
Brian Clark has over 35 years experience managing the fish and wildlife and provincial parks of British Columbia. As Executive Director of Regional Operations for the Environmental Stewardship Division of the Ministry of Environment he was actively involved in the acquisition and management of conservation lands across the Province and understands the importance of conservation partners working together. Brian received his Bachelor of Science degree from UBC. He is a Registered Professional Biologist and is serving his fourth term as Councillor with the College of Applied Biology of British Columbia. Brian is currently advising on Resource Management issues in British Columbia. Brian has been a Director since 2014.
Norman Embree
Norman Embree has spent a lifetime working as an entrepreneur. His career began in securities and he eventually joined his family’s machining business, Embree Industries Ltd. of Hamilton, Ontario, which was founded by his grandfather in 1913. At the age of 34, he bought the company and became President and CEO, expanding it to an international company. During his career he also worked for the Business Development Bank of Canada as well as becoming a founding partner in a management consulting company, Presidents Network Inc. He moved to Salmon Arm in 1996 and served as a Board member of the Salmon Arm Economic Development Advisory Committee, Shuswap Hospice Society, and the College of Pharmacists of BC. He was the Chair of the Interior Health Authority Board of Directors from 2007 to 2014 and Chair of the Board of Governors as Okanagan College transitioned from Okanagan University College. He is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario with a degree in economics. Norman has been a Director since 2015.
Emily Griffiths-Hamilton
Emily Griffiths-Hamilton, CPA, CA, is an Investment Advisor at Hamilton & Associates of BMO Nesbitt Burns, President and founder of Griffiths Hamilton Family Office Advisors and author of Build Your Family Bank: A Winning Vision for Multi-generational Wealth. Born and raised in Beautiful British Columbia, her commitment to the community has been as varied as her interests from owning and serving as a Director of Orca Bay Sports and Entertainment (former parent company of the Vancouver Canucks and Vancouver Grizzlies) to serving as a Director of The Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs of South Coast BC (formerly of Greater Vancouver), from being a member of the West Vancouver’s Finance Commission to her current position as Chair of SFU’s Foundation Board. Emily has been a Director since 2016.
Dr. Susan Hannon
Dr. Susan Hannon is Emeritus Professor, University of Alberta. She retired to Salt Spring Island where she is involved in land stewardship and the “Bring Back the Western Bluebird” program. Her career at University of Alberta spanned 24 years and she worked on a number of questions ranging from population dynamics in willow ptarmigan to the effects of agriculture and forestry on breeding birds. She is committed to hands-on conservation and working with the public and stakeholders to protect and steward land. She earned a BSc in Marine Biology from University of Guelph, MSc in Population Biology from University of Alberta and PhD in Population and Behavioural Ecology from University of British Columbia. Susan has been a Director since 2010.
Doug Janz
Doug Janz served more than 32 years at the Ministry of Environment. From 1982 until his retirement in 2004 he was the Regional Wildlife Biologist/Section Head. He focused on wildlife biology and management in the coastal ecosystem and the integration of wildlife requirements in land use and resource development plans. He has conducted studies and developed reports and management plans for a number of species, including Roosevelt elk, Black-tailed deer, Vancouver Island marmot and the large carnivores on Vancouver Island (including predator-prey interactions). He also participated on multidisciplinary land use planning processes, including all facets of the Vancouver Island Land Use Plan (protected areas, special management zones, high intensity use). Building working relationships with a diverse stakeholder community has been a key component of these processes. Wetland acquisition and restoration was also a key component of the wildlife program and in partnership with staff of The Nature Trust of British Columbia, Ducks Unlimited and the Canadian Wildlife Service, he participated on securing a number of critical properties on Vancouver Island, including the Green Mountain and Parksville-Qualicum Beach Wildlife Management Areas. In 2003 Doug was presented with the prestigious Ian McTaggart-Cowan Award for Excellence in Biology. Doug has been a Director since 2013.
Dr. Sarah Otto
Dr. Sarah (Sally) Otto is a professor in the Department of Zoology at the University of British Columbia and Director of the Canada-wide Liber Ero Postdoctoral Fellowship program in conservation biology. Sarah helped establish the Canadian Society of Ecology and Evolution and the Liber Ero program, and served as Director of the Biodiversity Research Centre at UBC. She has also served as President and Vice-President of the Society for the Study of Evolution, Vice-President of the American Society of Naturalists, Vice-President of the European Society of Evolutionary Biology as well as a member of several editorial boards. A highly acclaimed scientist, Sarah received the coveted MacArthur Fellowship in 2011 — popularly known as the Genius Award — among many other honours. She received her Bachelor of Science and PhD from Stanford University. Sarah has been a Director since 2015.
Brooke Wade
Brooke Wade is the President of Wade Capital Corporation, a private investment company. From 1994 to 2005, he was the co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Acetex Corporation, a formerly publicly traded chemical company. Prior to that, Brooke was founding President and CEO of Methanex Corporation. He is a member of the World Presidents’ Organization, Chief Executives Organization, Dean’s Advisory Council of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and Chair of the Board of Crofton House School. Brooke has been a Director since 2013.
richard_wood Richard Wood 
Richard Wood chose British Columbia for its nature. He is a pilot, hiker, skier and kite surfer. Until 2001, he founded and ran Wood & Company, the leading Central and Eastern European investment bank from a base in Prague. He now manages an investment fund specializing in those transitioning countries. Prior to that, he was a Vice-President of Salomon Brothers, the US investment bank. Richard chairs the Board of Governors at Crofton House School. Richard has been a Director since 2016.
Jim Wyse Jim Wyse
Jim Wyse is the founder and Board chair of Burrowing Owl Estate Winery, a 40,000-case a year premium wine producer based in Oliver. Prior to the wine business, he was the proprietor of a mid-sized real estate development company active in the Lower Mainland, Whistler, Denver and Oklahoma City. Jim sits on the Board of the Burrowing Owl Conservation Society of BC and the Cambie Surgery Centre. He is a past Board member of the South Okanagan Rehabilitation Centre for Owls. He earned a Civil Engineering BASc (CL) at University of Toronto and an MBA at University of Western Ontario. Jim has been a Director since 2014.

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