OUR people

Staff

Jennifer Gunter MRM

Executive Director

With over 20 years of experience working in community forestry and community economic development, Jennifer is a passionate advocate for community-based resource management. The granddaughter of a woodsman, Jennifer was born and raised in New Brunswick and moved to British Columbia in 1996 to pursue a Masters in Resource Management from Simon Fraser University, focusing on community forestry. After completing her studies, Jennifer moved to Kaslo, BC where she lived for 15 years with her family on a small farm. Relocating to Victoria in 2014, Jennifer continues to devote her energy to building sustainable local economies and to forest management that benefits local people while creating more resilient ecosystems. One of the co-founders of the BCCFA and long time Executive Director, she has had the pleasure of working with the Board of Directors, staff and membership to help it grow from an organization of just 10 member communities to one of over 50.

Susan Mulkey

Manager of Communication and Extension

With a background in social work, mediation, and six years as a tree planter, in the early 1990s Susan dove into the deep end of land use planning as the assistant mediator with the Commission on Resources and the Environment (CORE) West Kootenay Land Use Planning table. She found the complex, multiparty process compelling and subsequently shifted her career focus from families to forestry and communities. 

In 1996 she facilitated the formation of the Kaslo and District Community Forest, and the awarding of a 15-year volume based tenure to a non-profit society, that migrated to a long term CFA in 2008. She participated in the creation of the BCCFA in 2002 and continues to be an enthusiastic student of community forestry. Susan lives in Kaslo, BC.

Carly Dow

Administrative Assistant

Carly has a background in Environmental Science, with a focus on conservation biology, administration, and public outreach. She has over a decade of experience working with a variety of environmental organizations, her roles ranging from field work and reporting, to eco-education and communications, to graphic design and administrative assistance. Carly is passionate about her work in this sector, and is also a professional musician and published poet. She currently resides in the Kootenay region of BC and enjoys spending her time hiking and paddling.

Board of Directors

George Brcko

PRESIDENT

George has been the Manager of the Wells Gray Community Forest (CF) tenure since its inception in 2006. He is a Registered Forest Technologist with over 28 years of silviculture, small scale forest management, forest harvesting and wildfire and forest fuel planning and management.
George has played an active role on the executive BC Community Forest Association’s (BCCFA) Board of Directors from 2014 to 2019. In 2022, he respectfully accepted the position as the President of the BCCFA after a two-year leave.
He currently provides oversight and is responsible for the planning and coordination of the Wells Gray CF annual operating plan and long-term objectives.
He is passionate about managing the landscape to create climate resilient forests that can continue to provide social, economic, and environmental benefits to communities. He strongly believes in the connection between healthy forests and healthy people, which drives his daily work.
He believes that Community Forest tenures are an opportunity to lead the province in sustainable forest management with an appreciation and respect for the lands and people of British Columbia. When he is not working in the forest, he can be found hiking or climbing up mountains in the beautiful interior of BC.

Dan Macmaster RPF, MSFM, B.Ed, Hon B.Sc.

VICE PRESIDENT

Dan is the forest manager of the West Boundary Community Forest and lives in Grand Forks, BC. He wears a number of hats including the position as Fibre Manager at Vaagen Fibre Canada in Midway, BC, and Head of Forestry for the Osoyoos Indian Band (OIB). Dan was instrumental in establishing a First Nations Woodland Licence for the OIB, as well as developing numerous non-replaceable forest licences on the Band’s behalf. He believes in multiple objectives across the landscape including wildfire risk reduction, improving forest health, establishing recreational and education values, enhancing wildlife habitat, and working closely with local communities and the OIB to ensure local decisions and jobs are staying local. Dan is an Executive on the Board of Directors for the Interior Lumber Manufacturing Association and has established on Outdoor Education Centre outside of Greenwood for community groups and students to learn about sustainable forest management. Dan has been on the Board of the BCCFA since 2019.

Ken Nielsen

TREASURER

Manager, Chinook Community Forest

Shelley Desautels, B.A. AdvDip GIS

SECRETARY

Esk’etemc Community Forest.  Shelley is the owner of a small mapping company as well as the Advanced GIS Certificate instructor at Okanagan College in Salmon Arm. Over the last 7+ years, Shelley has worked in forestry as a GIS Mapper and Analyst, making a point of building connections with members of BC’s community forests, and managing the GIS data and mapping for Esk’etemc Community Forest. Shelley has her Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Earth Science, as well as an Advanced GIS Diploma from BCIT.  Shelley has been on the Board of Directors since 2019.

Randy Spyksma

DIRECTOR

Randy is the manager of the Logan Lake Community Forest (LLCF).  He leads a team of specialists that have transitioned the community forest from Mountain Pine Beetle salvage to a more green-wood focused program, responding now to the significant impacts from the 2021 Tremont Creek Wildfire.  He has helped facilitate significant focus and investments by the LLCF in recreation trails and wildfire risk management, demonstrating the key role of local/community engagement and involvement in forest management.  Randy is also a Senior Planning Forester with Forsite Consultants Ltd. and leads the companies wildfire risk management services.   His passion is in the design and implementation of planning processes that bring groups and individuals together to tackle challenging forest and land management situations.  He joined the Board of the BCCFA in 2021.

Frances Swan

DIRECTOR

Frances has been the operations manager for Nakusp and Area Community Forest (NACFOR) since 2012. She is a Registered Professional Forester with more than 20 years of project management experience in the natural resource sector. Frances has deep roots in the Kootenay region and has been living in Nakusp since 1997. Along with raising a couple of great kids, she has worked with forest consultants and industry in both operations and project delivery. Frances has a deep appreciation for community and has volunteered with many local and regional organizations, from ski coaching to economic development. Along with her love for the natural environment, Frances weaves together connections to community with her knowledge in resource management and land use decision making in her work with NACFOR.

Klay Tindall

DIRECTOR

Manager, Spel̓kúmtn Community Forest

Prior to becoming the G.M, Forest Operations for Lil’wat Nation, BC, Klay lived in Nelson and Golden. Here he worked in various forest engineering & silviculture roles as well as instructing forestry courses for Stillwater Consulting. Now living in the Sea to Sky corridor Klay proudly works for Lil’wat Forestry Ventures (LFV), a Partnership that currently supports the Lilwat Nation by creating profits & employment.

Klay currently is accountable for contract safety and environmental leadership of the operation. He provides guidance in building and coordinating the team responsible for planning and implementing forestry activities. He develops, implements and monitors annual budgets and participates in strategic business development. He oversees harvesting, engineering and silviculture contractors on Lil’wat Nations multiple forest tenures. Currently LFV harvests 125,000m3 annually. That’s 2,500 logging trucks going through Whistler every year!


Klay also oversees the LFV contracting department. LFV averages 30 employees and does contract forest firefighting, fuels management, silviculture, slashing and road maintenance work for other licensees and clients. An important part of Klay’s role is creating jobs in the community and developing employee skills. Klay develops programs and instructs forestry courses for Stillwater consulting and is passionate about creating meaningful employment in the forestry industry.

 

When he isn’t busy working Klay likes spending time in the mountains around Whistler with his family and friends. His formal education includes an undergraduate degree in Forestry from UBC.

 

Daniel Gratton B.A., B.Sc.F., RPF

DIRECTOR

Daniel has served as the Forest Manager of the Creston Community Forest since 2008 and Director with the BC Community Forest Association since 2018. After leaving the prairies, Daniel realized his passion for resource management after a few seasons of tree planting in BC,. He graduated from the University of Alberta in 1997. Most of his forestry work experience has been in the Kootenays in consulting and with industry. A strong proponent of forest education, Daniel is a Regional Coordinator with the BC National Forest Week Coalition hosting field trips for elementary and high school students in the Creston Valley. He and the rest of the Creston Community Forest play an instrumental role in developing hiking and mountain bike trails for those living in and visiting the Creston Valley.

Warren Hansen

BCCFA DIRECTOR

Manager Sechelt Community Forest

Warren Hansen is born and raised on  A professional forester with diverse experience, he has been involved in forestry planning at the Sunshine Coast Community Forest since the beginning.  He took on the role of Operations Manager of the Sunshine Coast in 2021 through a management contract with Chartwell Resources Group Ltd.  Since then, he has led the Community Forest on a different path to more sustainable forestry practices, introducing Ecosystem Based Management in his first season as Manager, and inviting the Community into the planning.
 
Apart from managing the Sunshine Coast Community Forest, in Warren’s role as Managing Forester and Partner of Chartwell Resource Group Ltd, he continues to provide project management services for large capital projects, estimating logging/road building costs for forestry firms and energy developers, and manages land permits, licensing, and woodlots.  
Outside work, Warren is a passionate mountain biker and trail builder and an active community recreation volunteer.  Warren has given his time and expertise to many local organizations and events including the Sunshine Coast Trails Society, Coast Mountain Bike Trail Association, and BC Bike Race.  Between his work and his personal interests, Warren spends a lot of time in our forests and knows them as well as anyone!

Colin Macleod

BCCFA DIRECTOR

Colin Macleod grew up in the forests of the Cariboo and has lived, worked and played throughout Northern BC for most of his life. After studying ecology and Community Economic Development at SFU and UNBC, Colin worked at Haida Gwaii Community Futures and later as a forest tech in the Bulkley Valley doing silviculture, layout and beetle probing. His deep appreciation for trees and wood led to an apprenticeship as a log-builder and custom wood finisher, and he has been a builder for the past two decades, showcasing local woods in a way that is both meaningful and sustainable. This passion for forests and for community, and belief in the potential of community forests has inspired him to serve as a Director of Wetzin’kwa Community Forest since its inception in 2006 and to join the BCCFA board in 2018.