Mike Pearson Ph.D., R.P.Bio – President
Mike Pearson is an Agassiz based conservation biologist. He runs Pearson Ecological, a small consulting firm specializing in species at risk and aquatic habitat restoration. He holds a Ph.D. in Resource Management and Environmental Science from UBC for his work on the biology and management of two SARA listed fishes, the Salish sucker and the Nooksack dace. He continues to coordinates a variety of research, habitat restoration, and public education initiatives related to them. He is also lead author of the web site Species at Risk and Local Government: A Primer for BC (www.speciesatrisk.bc.ca). Mike has been active in local NGO’s since the 1990′s and is former chair of the Langley Environmental Partners Society and of the Fraser Valley Watersheds Coalition.
Tom Cadieux – Vice President
Tom has lived across Canada, raised a family and had a very enjoyable career. He would call it a passion trail. 25 years in BC Corrections, developing or enhancing meaningful programs, 10 years in Fisheries and Oceans Canada, as part of the then new Habitat Conservation and Stewardship Program, supporting a wide variety of ENGO’s.
Some of his greatest achievements have been accomplished collaboratively through the equally passionate people whom he has lead or supported.
Throughout his life he has been consistently involved with the natural environment, with particular interest in aquatic reliant species.
The best summary comes from Tommy’s teacher on his Grade 4 report card: ‘Tommy is a cheerful but excitable boy whose interest in science is a source of inspiration and information to the class. Unfortunately he neglects other work for science and is being encouraged to divide his attention……..’
Some of the organizations he has been involved with:
- Alouette River Task Force- Original President of Alouette River Society, and Management Group.
- Salmon Enhancement Habitat Advisory Board Chair 1999-2001
- Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival Co-Chair 2003-2009
- Fraser Valley Regional Watershed Member 1997 Honourary Director
- Stave Valley Salmonid Enhancement Society Director 2000-2009
Andrew Innis – Treasurer
Andrew Inniss is a long-time resident of the Fraser Valley, raised in a family with a keen interest in the natural world. He holds an M.A. from the University of Washington and is a Certified Insolvency Administrator and Qualified Insolvency Counselor. Prior to his current employment with the Ministry of Social Development, he has managed a tropical fish store and bred tropical fish, has worked for several years as a credit counselor, and also as an Insolvency Administrator and Counsellor. Though Andrew has many times assisted the Glen Valley Watersheds Society, both at the annual Bradner May Day Parade, and with their salmon fry release programme, with his recent election as Treasurer of the FVC, he is looking forward to a larger and more active involvement in ecological and heritage conservation.
Jeanne Hughes – Secretary
Jeanne Hughes is a resident of and contracting biologist in the Fraser Valley. She has about 15 years experience as a field biologist conducting wildlife surveys including raptor and breeding bird, amphibian, winter track, browse-pellet, and small mammal surveys. She also has many years experience with various not-for-profit organizations and was the coordinator for the Bird Studies Canada’s BC programs, the Lower Mainland coordinator for the Wildlife Tree Stewardship Program, and currently coordinates the Fraser Valley Invasive Plant Council. In these capacities she collects data, corresponds with funders, manages contracts/contractors, and coordinates land managers involved in invasive plant management. Jeanne has great respect for the land protection, stewardship, and education programs undertaken by the FVC and is excited to be involved with this organization.
Zoey Slayter – Director
Detmar Schwichtenberg – Director
Darren Brown – Director