Staff

Dr. Jasper Lament, CEO
Jasper brings two decades of biology, conservation and non-profit experience to his leadership position as CEO of The Nature Trust. He was born and raised in Vancouver, and is excited to help The Nature Trust continue its great tradition of delivering conservation results for British Columbia.

He was most recently a Senior Environmental Coordinator at BC Hydro where he focused on fisheries and species at risk compliance. Prior to returning home to BC, he was a conservation program manager at Ducks Unlimited’s National Headquarters in Memphis, Tennessee. He has also managed numerous wetlands restoration projects in California, spanning from the Napa Valley to San Diego Bay.

Jasper is a strong believer in conservation partnerships, and was very engaged in multi-agency partnerships including the San Francisco Bay Joint Venture. He also served for over five years on the Staff of the North American Wetlands Conservation Council, which provides matching grants to habitat conservation partnerships across Canada, the United States and Mexico.

Jasper holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biology and Geography from Queen’s University, and a Ph.D in Biology from the University of Miami in Florida.

Jasper joined The Nature Trust in 2012.

Marian Adair, Habitat Ecologist
Marian Adair has over 30 years of experience in environmental management. From her technical roots as a terrestrial biologist, she has developed expertise in integrated resource management, water and land use planning, and environmental impact assessment processes. Aside from five years working with the Fraser River Estuary Management Program and Burrard Inlet Environmental Action Program as Program Director, Marian has worked as a consultant specializing in environmental planning and assessment throughout western and northern Canada. She was a consultant for The Nature Trust from 1999 to 2001, and became a staff member in January 2002. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Botany from the University of Calgary and is a Registered Professional Biologist and member of the College of Applied Biology.

Marian joined The Nature Trust in 2002.

Nicholas Burdock, Okanagan Conservation Land Coordinator
Nicholas Burdock first started with The Nature Trust of BC during the summer of 2003 as a member of the Okanagan Conservation Youth Crew. He has since worked as a Wildlife Habitat Assistant, Field Operations Coordinator and now as the Conservation Land Coordinator. Born and raised in Penticton, he enjoys all aspects of the outdoors from hiking to hunting. One of his favourite places in BC has to be Vaseux Lake with its world-class beauty. He has a Bachelor of Science from the University of British Columbia.

Laurie Desrosiers, Finance Manager
Laurie Desrosiers is a Certified Management Accountant (2001) who has 18 years of financial experience. After working for a national non-profit conservation organization for 10 years, she joined The Nature Trust so she could continue to expand her experience and stay in the non-profit field which she enjoyed. Since moving from Saskatchewan to BC in 2001 she has become a huge Vancouver Canucks fan and loves to golf whenever the sun is shining.

Laurie joined The Nature Trust in 2005.

Janice Dixon, Database Manager
Janice Dale Dixon has a long history of corporate and non-profit public relations and administration experience as the front line ambassador and donor database manager of The Nature Trust. Her non-profit history includes over 15 years of administrating and managing in healthcare and conservation. Janice attended Saint Mary’s University Halifax, NS, Capilano University in North Vancouver and other educational centres. She holds diplomas in business administration, computer technology and tourism management. A long time Lower Mainland resident, in her spare time she enjoys eco-friendly activities including sailing, camping and hiking. She has recently taken up curling.

Janice joined the Nature Trust in 2004.

Jayne Drew, Events and Communications Coordinator

Jayne Drew brings recent experience in public relations and communications, specifically in promoting healthy and sustainable communities, from her previous positions at BC Hydro and the University of British Columbia. She joined The Nature Trust to further her personal goal of helping to create positive change in her community. Jayne holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia.

 

Jayne joined The Nature Trust in 2014.

Steve Housser, Leadership Giving Manager
Steve Housser brings extensive skills and experience in fundraising and communication to The Nature Trust of BC. He managed successful annual and capital campaigns at Shawnigan Lake School where he was the Executive Director of the Shawnigan Lake School Foundation and Director of the Annual Fund and Head of Advancement. He had an accomplished career with CBC as a reporter and a journalist, concluding as the Provincial Legislative Bureau Chief in Victoria. He has a Bachelor of Journalism from Carleton University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia.

Steve joined The Nature Trust in 2014.

Deb Kennedy, Development and Communications Manager
Deb Kennedy brings 30 years of business experience to the Development and Communications Department of The Nature Trust. A diversified background in marketing, administration and fundraising, she has enjoyed contributing to the successful operation of a leading national household paper company and Vancouver newspaper, along with volunteering for a number of business organizations and non-profits. She has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia.

Deb joined The Nature Trust in 2003.

Carleton MacNaughton, Interior & Coastal Mainland Conservation Land Manager
Carleton MacNaughton brings 16 years of conservation land management experience to his position. He oversees management of The Nature Trust of British Columbia’s conservation holdings in the Lower Mainland, Okanagan, Cariboo, Omineca, Skeena, and Peace River regions of the province. Originally from the southern Okanagan valley, Carleton is an enthusiast of the great outdoors whose interests include camping and hiking. He has a Master of Science in Environment & Management from Royal Roads University in Victoria, where he also completed his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science, and an Environmental Technology Diploma from Camosun College in Victoria.

Carleton joined The Nature Trust in 1998.

Danielle Morrison, GIS Specialist
Danielle Morrison brings her passion for the natural world and skill in mapping using Geographic Information Systems to The Nature Trust. She has worked on Vancouver Island for several organizations, including the Guardians of Mid-Island Estuaries Society as a research technician, the Western Purple Martin Foundation as a field assistant, and The Nature Trust as a Conservation Youth Crew member in 2007 as part of the former BC Conservation Corps program. She has a Bachelor of Science majoring in Biology from Vancouver Island University and Advanced Diploma in GIS from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

Danielle joined The Nature Trust in 2014.

Rob Neil, Kootenay Conservation Land Manager
Rob Neil, R.P. Bio, is a habitat conservation biologist with 28 years of operational experience in fish, wildlife, wildlife habitat, forestry and range management. He brings extensive experience in the areas of Forest Ecosystem, Regional Habitat, Fisheries, Planning and Habitat Conservation. Rob’s duties encompass being The Nature Trust local representative in the Kootenays, coordinating all aspects of site management including preparation and execution of ecologically based Management Plans, and supporting local community and outreach activities.

Rob joined The Nature Trust in 2003.

Sunipa Rassameeuthai, Finance and Office Assistant
Nipa volunteered at The Nature Trust before becoming a full-time Finance and Office Assistant. Educated at Bangkok University with a Bachelor of Business Administration, she worked for Singapore Airlines and Thai Sakura Securities Company before immigrating to Canada in 2001.

Nipa joined The Nature Trust in 2002.

Robin Rivers, Communications Manager
Robin Rivers has 25 years of experience in communications, mainly in non-fiction book publishing in Toronto and Vancouver. She joined The Nature Trust because she wanted to work for an organization where her communication skills could make a difference. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Victoria.

Robin joined The Nature Trust in 2004.

Leanna Warman, Ecosystem Specialist
Leanna Warman has over 15 years of education and experience in ecology and conservation, and has developed expertise in wildlife habitat modeling and conservation planning. She has worked on various projects in the South Okanagan related to the ecology of species as a wildlife technician with the Ministry of Environment and ecological consultant. Her graduate research focused on the process of using systematic conservation planning techniques to identify areas in the South Okanagan that have a high potential for biodiversity conservation. She continued with this research as an Ecosystem Analyst with the BC Conservation Foundation and the University of British Columbia–Okanagan by conducting a field based assessment of the habitat quality of the potential conservation areas. As a Science Researcher in the Biodiversity Research Centre at the University of British Columbia, her work expanded to a provincial scale focusing on projects related to mapping and analyzing patterns of biodiversity in BC. She received her Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Master of Science in Zoology from the University of British Columbia.

Leanna joined The Nature Trust in 2006.

Partnership Program Staff

Crown Land Securement Partner Program

Tim Clermont, Crown Land Securement Coordinator
Tim Clermont has 31 years of experience in conservation and fisheries and wildlife management. He has spent 23 years of his career promoting the values of The Nature Trust and has lead two partnership programs. For 15 years Tim coordinated the Vancouver Island Wetlands Management Program and was responsible for the management of over 50 conservation areas – mostly coastal wetlands and estuaries owned by The Nature Trust and managed by the BC Ministry of Environment. In the past 8 years, Tim has focused on the securement of Crown and private land containing high biodiversity throughout BC. Some of his accomplishments include assisting The Nature Trust and conservation partners to secure 24 private land properties and leading the consultation process required for the Province to designate 15 Wildlife Management Areas throughout BC. In total over 30,000 hectares (75,000 acres) of biologically diverse estuary, intertidal foreshore, beach, salt marsh, wetlands, stream, mature forest and riparian habitats have benefited by his efforts.

Tim joined The Nature Trust in 1991.

Vancouver Island Conservation Land Management Program

Tom Reid, Vancouver Island Conservation Land Manager

Tom Reid is an avid outdoorsman and Gulf Islander. He started as a contractor on Vancouver Island, BC Conservation Crew Coordinator and now as the Vancouver Island Conservation Land Manager. Prior to The Nature Trust he worked with the Ministry of Environment conducting fish habitat and water quality assessments. He holds a degree in Geography and History from Simon Fraser University as well as an applied science diploma in Fish and Wildlife Management from BC Institute of Technology.

Tom joined The Nature Trust in 2000.

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