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Biographies of BC Parks Foundation board members

For further information on all of the board members, please visit: www.bcparksfoundation.ca

Karla Rockwell

Karla Rockwell is a human resources, recruitment and organizational development leader with over 30 years’ experience in the private, public and non-profit sector in both specialist and generalist roles.  Earlier in her career, Rockwell managed a search firm and led physician recruitment and engagement with the Fraser Health Authority. 

Robert Bateman

Artist and naturalist Robert Bateman’s honours, awards and honorary doctorates are numerous.  He was made Officer of the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest civilian award, in 1984. He has received the Queen Elizabeth Silver Jubilee Medal, 1977; Artist of the Year, American Artist magazine, 1980; Member of Honour Award, World Wildlife Fund, 1985; the Governor General Award for Conservation, 1987; the Order of British Columbia, 2001; and the Queen’s Jubilee Medal, 2002.

Ross Beaty

Ross Beaty 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 British Columbia in geology and law and Imperial College in geology, Beaty is an internationally recognized leader in both non-renewable and renewable resource development.

Ric Careless

For more than 50 years, Ric Careless has been a passionate advocate for British Columbia's world-class parks and wilderness. During this time, he has led citizen’s campaigns that have protected four million hectares throughout British Columbia.

Les Doiron 

Les Doiron is a citizen and the second President of the Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ Government (Ucluelet First Nation) – one of five distinct First Nation of the Maa-nulth Treaty, which is the first modern-treaty to be concluded on Vancouver Island, and the first multi-nation treaty concluded under the British Columbia Treaty Commission process.

Dana Hayden

Dana Hayden is an accomplished leader who has provided expertise for private and public organizations through Hayden Consulting Services.  Her areas of focus are natural resource development, international trade, property development and governance.

Daniel Johnston

Daniel Johnston, a lawyer, 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 Johnston’s mediation work include the Great Bear Rainforest (over a 17-year period), BC Hydro’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Committee, the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement, and numerous issues associated with finfish aquaculture in B.C.

Eric Peterson 

Eric Peterson originally trained as a scientist (biology PhD), but his main career was spent as a technology entrepreneur, then as founder and chairman for the B.C.-based Tula Foundation, and director of Tula’s Hakai Institute.

Sophie Pierre

Sophie Pierre was the elected chief of the St. Mary’s Band for 30 years, served on the Ktunaxa-Kinbasket Tribal Council for 25 years and was the Chief Commissioner of the B.C. Treaty Commission. She has been awarded two honorary doctorates, was appointed to the Order of B.C. in 1994 and to the Order of Canada in 2016.  In addition, Sophie Pierre has received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee medal and the National Aboriginal Achievement Award in business.

Jim Standen

Jim Standen has more than 25 years’ experience working in the Ministry of Environment and is currently the assistant deputy minister of BC Parks & Conservation Officer Service. Standen was also a trustee on the Saanich Board of Education from 2005-2014.

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