Stuart McLaughlin, Chair
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.
Dr. Ken Macquisten is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, with a special interest 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.
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, Treasurer
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.
Laura Grizzlypaws is a dancer, drummer, singer/songwriter, academic, educator, and advocate of language and culture. She was born and raised in Lillooet, BC in the Interior Plateau region. She is of St’át’imc descent. Her St’át’imc name is “Stálhalamcen– Grizzly Paws.” She belongs to the people of Xwisten the Bear Clan.
Megan Baker, Secretary
Megan is a grizzly bear guide and Operations Manager of Khutzeymateen Wilderness Lodge. Through her guiding she has developed a catalogue looking at the behaviours, site fidelity, mating patterns and family relationships of the grizzlies in the Khutzeymateen, including an opportunistic study looking at the paw bias of grizzlies in the inlet. Originally from New Zealand, Megan has also worked in marine conservation on the BC coast.
Originally from Australia, Marg has traveled extensively and now calls British Columbia home. Working in the corporate world as a software developer for a decade, before deciding to follow her true passion of connecting people with nature, and now is one of the owners of Great Bear Lodge. Marg has a Master’s in Tourism Management from Royal Roads University and loves to adventure and hike in the mountains.
Mike Willie is a member of the Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis First Nation and founder of Sea Wolf Adventures, offering grizzly bear tours, whale watching, and cultural experiences for a truly unique Aboriginal adventure in Western Canada.
Wes is a bear biologist who has worked with polar bears, black bears, grizzly bears, and sloth bears. He has assisted on wildlife research and management projects for species ranging from golden eagles to African wild dogs. A strong believer in effective outreach and wildlife communication, Wes has done a lot of education work through tv series, social media, and his Tooth and Claw podcast.
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 a member of our board.