Denise was born and raised on Vancouver Island. Her career started out working in veterinary nursing, health care, and as a community support worker but eventually diverged into forestry. Denise worked as a heavy equipment operator in logging and then turned to teaching heavy equipment operation. Her career path includes working with a diverse number of organizations and programs, as well as instructional work in remote BC First Nations communities.
Leah is Ojibway and Cree from the Muscowpetung First Nation and grew up on the land outside of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Leah moved to Vancouver in 2009 making beautiful British Columbia her new home.
Leah holds a wealth of administrative expertise having supported Executive level staff for 5 years and has worked with First Nations communities in a variety of capacity building roles, including forest fire supplies, housing, health and wellness, proposal writing, budgeting, funding, employment, and education. Leah recently completed her Master's in Business Administration (MBA) and is working toward community empowerment and capacity building.
Margaret was born in London, Ontario and moved to Vancouver Island along with her young son in 1995. She brings to Forestry Council over 20 years experience in all aspects of the accounting cycle in Government, Not-For-Profit, and Private Sector.
When Margaret isn’t crunching numbers she can be found paddling on the ocean in either a Dragon Boat or an Outrigger Canoe. She has been slowly visiting some of the nearby islands and a top priority on her bucket list is to eventually visit every island surrounding Vancouver Island. That is one tall order!
Originally from Portland (OR), Khoi began his journey in the Natural Resource sector in 2012 doing an Undergraduate Degree in Forestry Resource Management at the University of British Columbia. After completing an undergraduate thesis in First Nations legal assertion of authority on forest resources, he began a research-based Master’s Degree in First Nations commercial relationships in the BC Forest Industry.
Through his studies and work in remote areas, Khoi has developed his professional knowledge around forest policy and First Nations' involvement in the BC Forest Industry. He has engaged with Nations across the province to better understand how various factors like governing legislation and policies can help develop more effective relationships in the sector.
Having spent most his childhood spending time hunting and fishing and his summers in BC as a salmon fishing guide in Haida Gwaii, Khoi thrives in the outdoors. Khoi is also an avid rock climber and enjoys running, biking, and camping.
In his role with the Forestry Council, Khoi conducts policy research regarding First Nations forestry in BC while he completes his Master’s Degree.