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.
Mike is a leading international sustainability strategist, working with business, government and NGOs to address critical environmental challenges while making the most of the opportunities offered in a new, green economy.
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 Lamb 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 Lamb 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.
Fenya Audain grew up surrounded by art and developed a deep appreciation for it. Art and design have always been in her life, she studied Horticulture in College and over the years has created many beautiful gardens with her artistic eye. Fenya is passionate about animals and nature and loves living in British Columbia where she can be outside everyday surrounded by natural beauty. Family and a holistic way of life are top priorities. Fenya spends the majority of her time with her family and dogs, and working on her sheep farm on the Sunshine Coast of BC.
John E. Marriott
John E. Marriott is one of Canada’s premier professional wildlife photographers and co-founder of the EXPOSED Wildlife Conservancy environmental non-profit. John has worked with grizzly bears since being a naturalist with Parks Canada in Banff National Park from 1993-95. He helped form the initial bear viewing program at Knight Inlet Lodge, where he was the Guide Manager from 1997-99. John currently resides on the Political Committee of the Commercial Bear Viewing Association.
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.
Kelley is a communications and marketing professional with 25+ years experience in media relations, marketing, advertising, fundraising and event planning. Now an independent consultant and active volunteer, she spent many years as the Director of Athlete Management and Communications for Freestyle Canada. Kelley is an avid backcountry enthusiast and spends the majority of her free time skiing, hiking and biking her way around BC.
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.