1076 Verdier Avenue,
Brentwood Bay, British Columbia
Traditional Territory of Tsartlip First Nation and W̱SÁNEĆ Nations
It is always important to tell one's story, so here is mine.
I am a first generation Canadian, born in Hamilton Ontario of Scottish parents and raised in Stoney Creek and London Ontario. I attended the University of Toronto where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Forestry and more significantly met Jill, my wife and partner of 33 years. Our immediate family consists of three children, Peter, Rebecca, and Jane and their partners Lindsay, Paul, and Tyler.
I have been fortunate in the opportunities presented to me in my career, working for Forintek (FPInnovations) in Ottawa, Great Lakes Forest Products (Domtar) in Dryden Ontario, and T.M. Thomson and Associates and Timberline Natural Resource Group (TECO) in Victoria British Columbia. Much of my career has been focused on technical issues in forest inventory and timber supply analysis, but building on those I have found a niche in strategic planning and community engagement. Assisting people to bring their vision into focus and then facilitating the implementation of that vision is very fulfilling.
Establishing Land Forest People Consulting Ltd. has enabled me to bring all of my energies to what I enjoy most. I am enabled by being independent, yet the good people and strong professionals that I have met over the years combine into a valuable network to the benefit of my clients.
A person is the sum total of their experiences, friendships, failures, and successes. In my work-life, no group of people have had so deep and enduring an impact on me as the people of In-SHUCK-ch. I have worked with them, shared food and stories, and been present for them in times of sadness and times of great hope. To the people of In-SHUCK-ch, and for all you have given me, I say K'ukwstum'ckàl'ap.