Michael Audain, OC OBC is Chairman of Polygon Homes Ltd., one of BC's leading home builders. He is a governor of the Business Council of BC. An active supporter of the visual arts, Mr. Audain is Chair of the Audain Foundation, and a director of the Audain Art Museum.
Stuart McLaughlin is a business executive in BC's tourism industry and Chair of the BC Pavilion Corporation. Mr. McLaughlin has served on many public, private and charitable boards. He is known for his ability to combine innovation in business with sustainability measures, including via sustainable energy demonstration projects.
Suzanne Veit is a retired BC Government deputy minister, formerly of Women’s Equality, and of Municipal Affairs. Ms Veit ran a consulting firm that focused on social policy in Canada and abroad. She has chaired the BC Medical Services Commission and the Homeowner Protection Office, and has been a director of Katimavik.
Dr. Ken Macquisten is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, specializing in wildlife, who has been involved in various conservation efforts. He is the Director of the Grouse Mountain Refuge for Endangered Wildlife and was the founder of Kicking Horse Grizzly Bear Refuge. Dr. Macquisten was a Director of the Fraser Valley SPCA, and has worked with various wildlife rehabilitation centres.
Douglas Neasloss is Chief Councillor and Resource Stewardship Director for the Kitasoo/Xai'xais Nation. He has been integral to many grizzly bear initiatives, including Coastal First Nations' ban on trophy hunting in their traditional territories. He is chair of Spirit Bear Research Foundation, and a former guide with Spirit Bear Adventures.
John McKercher, QC is a retired corporate lawyer. He brings skills and oversight in business, compliance and corporate operations to the Foundation. Mr. McKercher is a past Director and Chair of the BC Children’s Hospital, past Director of BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, past Chair of BC Borstal Association and director of the Audain Foundation.
Ellie Archer has spent many years as a bear viewing guide in the Great Bear Rainforest and the interior of BC. She has spearheaded initiatives such as bear cub rehab and attractant management education, and is recognized for helping to educate people on bear behaviour. Ms Archer has worked tirelessly in the past to stop the grizzly bear hunt in Alberta. She is also an artist, specializing in bronze sculpture of bears.
Doria Moodie is a full time artist based in Whistler. She is a strong advocate for BC bears and has spent many days observing them in the wild in order to paint large portraits of them. Previously, Mrs Moodie taught in the Vancouver French Immersion program, and was on the board of the Vancouver Chapter of Room to Read, which promotes literacy and gender equality in the developing world.
Ralf Schmidtke, CPA, is a retired CFO of a leading BC home builder. He serves on several private and charitable boards that focus on child poverty, housing for the homeless, and the arts.
Timothy Young has been in the mineral exploration business for over 25 years, primarily working as a prospector in the field. He has spent many hours in the wilds of British Columbia, Alberta, Yukon and Northwest Territories and Nunavut. He brings knowledge of resource issues as well as the Pacific Northwest and the Arctic to the board.
Our Research Advisory Committee advises on current data gaps and research needs. The Board of Directors then uses this information to establish our research priorities. To ensure good communication between the two bodies, this Committee is chaired by Director Suzanne Veit.