The HGHES Board is diverse, engaged, and committed. All of the board have close ties to the community and a real investment in the success of our organization.
District Manager, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Haida Gwaii Forest District
Leonard entered the field of natural resource management in Ontario in 1991, as the Gypsy Moth Coordinator for the County of Haliburton, and later for the Regional Municipality of York. At York Region, he built a comprehensive forest management program that began with a $15,000 budget and grew to a $50 million program during his tenure. The York Regional Forest also became the first public forest in Canada certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. In 2003, Leonard accepted the position of District Manager for the Haida Gwaii District Ministry of Forests and Range. Since his arrival on the islands, Leonard has been working to develop new relationships, in particular, to bring together an integrated business alliance among all natural resource ministries and the Council of the Haida Nation. It is this work that fuels his desire to invest in youth, through activities such as the Junior Stewardship Ranger program and the conception of the Haida Gwaii Higher Education Society. Leonard is also a Professional Associate of the Faculty of Forestry at the University of Toronto. He resides on Haida Gwaii with his wife Terrie, daughter Meaghan, son Noah and dog Charlotte.
Taaw.ga Halaa’ Leeyga May Russ
Senior Executive Director, Council of the Haida Nation
May belongs to the Maaman Gitanee Eagle clan of the Haida Nation and is the Village Chief for the community of Old Massett. She is currently the Senior Executive Director for the Council of the Haida Nation and has been in this position since February 2002; as the Senior Executive Director she is responsible for managing budgets in excess of $10,000,000. 00 and oversees the delivery of programs and services by approximately sixty full time staff. She previously worked for the Old Massett Village Council for twenty-two years in various capacities and served as the Village Administrator for the last nine years. Her primary focus is building capacity within the Haida Nation so that citizens and in particular Haida Youth can take advantage of the challenges and opportunities that exist now and into the future. May lives in Massett and has three children, nine grandchildren along with one great grandchild.
Dr. Tracy Morton
Queen Charlotte/Haida Gwaii General Hospital
Tracy has lived and practiced full service family medicine on Haida Gwaii for the past 10 years. A Clinical Instructor with UBC, he has precepted and taught family medicine residents and medical students nearly continuously since arriving on Haida Gwaii. He firmly believes that high quality care and teaching of learners can be provided in rural and remote locations by committed practitioners working in a collaborative, multi-disciplinary team. Areas of special interest are internal medicine, oncology and emergency care. Working with administration, he established Haida Gwaii Cancer Care, which provides chemotherapy locally and addresses the full range of cancer care, from prevention to palliation. He was Chief of Staff from 2002 to 2006. He lives on a small island with his wife and two rambunctious boys.
Superintendent, Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site
Ernie grew up in Skidegate and began working for Parks Canada as a deck hand in 1992. With a diploma in business management, Ernie worked his way into management and, in 2001, became the youngest and first Haida Superintendent of Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site. As superintendent, Ernie oversees the protection and presentation of the ecological and cultural heritage of Gwaii Haanas which includes SG̱ang Gwaay World Heritage Site and a number of National Historic Sites. Gwaii Haanas is cooperatively managed by the Government of Canada and the Council of the Haida Nation. Ernie was awarded a 2008 Public Service Award of Excellence for his work at Gwaii Haanas. He lives in Skidegate with his partner and their three children.
Manager, Haida Gwaii Community Futures
Art is the General Manager for Haida Gwaii Community Futures and has managed its operations from its inception 11 years ago. He holds University degrees in Business Administration and in Community Economic Development, and has held positions in management consulting and in senior management in a variety of sectors. He has also been owner-manager of a small business. Art's efforts with Haida Gwaii Community Futures have played a major role in building community capacity and supporting efforts to expand economic opportunities that promote community sustainability, with particular emphasis on social enterprise.
Keith Moore, RPF
Forestry Consultant, Moore Resource Management
Keith has been a resident of Haida Gwaii for more than 30 years. He is a Registered Professional Forester and has an MA in Geography. Since 2000, Keith has run a consulting business based in Queen Charlotte that takes him across Canada and the world to work on forest certification with the Forest Stewardship Council. To date, Keith has been involved in over 70 certification projects in five Canadian provinces and eleven other countries. Keith is also involved in forestry and environmental issues in BC. On Haida Gwaii, these include the campaign to protect the southern part of the islands, the Fish Forestry Interaction Program, the Strategic Land Use Plan and the development of a comprehensive forestry strategy for the islands. He is a volunteer with a number of local organizations and was a founding director of the Laskeek Bay Conservation Society, which is involved with seabirds, marine mammals and forest birds. Keith lives with his wife, Helen in Queen Charlotte.
Dr. Hilary Thorpe
Marine Projects Manager, Parks Canada
Hilary moved to Haida Gwaii in 2008 after completing a PhD in forestry from the University of Toronto. From 2009 to 2011, she held an NSERC postdoctoral fellowship in the Geography Department at the University of British Columbia and was HGHES’ Academic Director, where she developed curriculum and taught courses in the Haida Gwaii Semester in Natural Resource Studies. Since 2012, Hilary has worked for Parks Canada as the Marine Project Manager for Gwaii Haanas. With colleagues from the Haida Nation and Fisheries and Oceans Canada, she is leading development of an integrated plan to guide management of the National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site. Prior to joining the board in 2015, she remained connected with the HGHES as an academic advisor. Hilary lives in Queen Charlotte with her partner and their two children.
Dr. Peter Marshall, RPF
Professor and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia
Peter has worked as a professor at the University of British Columbia since 1983 and has served as an associate dean since 1998. His research interests include complex stand dynamics and design of samples. Peter has been active professionally throughout his career, serving a term as president of the Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP) and also the Canadian Institute of Forestry (CIF). He remains active with both organizations, serving on the Board of Examiners and the Complaints Resolution Committee for the ABCFP and as a member of the Vancouver Section Council for the CIF. He is a long-time member, and current chair, of the Canadian Forestry Accreditation Board and represents the CIF on the Canadian Federation of Professional Forestry Associations. Peter and his wife, Val, live in North Vancouver.
Curator, Haida Gwaii Museum
Nika belongs to the Ts’aahl eagle clan of the Haida Nation. She is associate curator of the Haida Gwaii Museum, specializing in historic and contemporary Haida art and culture. Throughout her career she has had the honour of working with several institutions in the creation of major exhibitions and publications. She is a senior negotiator for Haida repatriation initiatives and works on a global scale to build partnerships between the Haida Nation, museums/institutions, and the public. Nika is strongly committed to protecting and conserving the lands and waters of Haida Gwaii, working throughout the years with the Council of the Haida Nation, Parks Canada and educational institutions on various environmental and cultural initiatives.
Environmental Activist, David Suzuki Foundation board member, Skeena-Northwest BC Citizens' Conservation Council on Climate Action council member
Severn has been speaking out on social justice and environmental issues since she was small. She founded the Environmental Children's Organization with her friends at age 9, which culminated in the small group addressing the UN at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992. Several UN meetings later, she is a Commissioner for the Earth Charter and spearheaded the 'Recognition of Responsibility,' which was taken to the Johannesburg Summit in 2002 and on tour in Japan with the Namakemono Club. She is an Action Canada Fellow, and has a B.Sc. in biology from Yale University and an M.Sc. in ethnoecology from UVic, from studying with Kwakwaka'wakw elders. Severn lives on Haida Gwaii with her husband and two boys, and continues to speak out to schools, universities and corporations around the globe about understanding our interconnections to a globalized world, and recognize our responsibility in it.