Rod Davis – Chair
Rod Davis is a consultant with 40 years experience working in fish and wildlife ecosystem conservation, forest and range practices, land use planning, environmental protection, and natural resources inventory and analysis. Prior to being appointed chair in 2012, he served on the Private Managed Forest Land Council from 2004 to 2011. Mr. Davis is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Victoria’s School of Environmental Studies. Prior to retirement in 2007, he was the Director of the Ecosystems Branch in the Ministry of Environment. In 2006 he was awarded the “Bill Young Award for Excellence in Integrated Forest Management” by the Association of Professional Biologists of BC and the Association of BC Forest Professionals. He has a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from the University of British Columbia, a master’s degree from McMaster University, and a doctorate from University of Victoria. He is a Registered Professional Agrologist.
William Pryhitko – Owner Member
Will Pryhitko started work with the Beaumont Timber Company in 1984. He became Vice-President in 1995, and was President and Chief Executive officer from 1999 until his retirement in 2013. He is currently a Director of the Company and sits on its Board. He has been involved extensively with local, provincial and federal governments on a broad range of issues related to private forest land and has worked closely with the BC provincial government and forest owners throughout the development and implementation of the Private Land Forest Practices Regulation. Mr. Pryhitko has been a council member since July 2004.
Blair Robertson – Owner Member
Blair Robertson has been active in private forestry and land management on Vancouver Island since 1990. He operates his family–owned managed forest on southern Vancouver Island. From 1996 – 2004, he acted as general manager of the Private Forest Landowners Association. By virtue of his involvement in the Managed Forest Program since its inception and through his ownership of private managed forest land, he has accumulated substantial experience with local and provincial governments on a variety of land management issues. He has a Bachelor of Commerce and MBA from the University of British Columbia.
Rod Visser – Minister Appointee
Since 2009 Rod Visser has been the principal of Middle Point Management, a small firm specializing in corporate development and negotiations for First Nations in the resource sectors. He earned a BA (Hons) from Queen’s University in 1988. From 2001-2005 he was the North Island MLa in the BC Legislature. After 2005 he worked with the Pallan Group facilitating partnerships in forestry with First Nations. Mr. Visser has a strong history of community involvement and sits on several First Nations corporate boards and development committees. He has been a director of the Truck Loggers Association, the Pacific Salmon Foundation, and Future of Forestry Task Force established by the City of Campbell River. He has extensive experience in working with First Nations and their relationships with public policy, board governance, and corporate and small business interests.
Michael Alexander – Minister Appointee
Michael Alexander is a registered professional forester and a certified environmental professional. He has worked in the BC forest sector since 1974. Since 2008, he has been Principal of Lindsay-Alexander Consulting, a small firm which provides environmental management and sustainability services to industry and government. He previously led KPMG’s Global Sustainability Services Group in Canada and was President of KPMG Performance Registrar Inc., providing sustainable forest management certification services. He retired as a partner with KPMG Canada in September 2008. Prior to joining KPMG he spent 15 years with Canfor. His responsibilities included management of corporate environmental issues and management of the Company’s private managed forest land near Sechelt. He also spent five field seasons with the BC Forest Service during the 1970s.
Phil O’Connor, RPF
A Registered Professional Forester in B.C. for over twenty years, Phil O’Connor’s career has taken him to various locations with both government and the private sector. His government experience includes work as a Planning Forester on land use issues and timber supply on the Central Coast and as Regional Revenue Manager in Williams Lake. In the private sector he has worked as a field forester, as the Manager of Forestry Resources in a Coastal Woodlands Department and as Administrative Forester responsible for the management of a TFL and private lands. His career has taken him through all facets of the industry, from solid wood, to pulp and paper and the value added sector.