Board of Directors
Dave Ramsay, Executive Director
Dave Ramsay is an experienced high school science educator in the province of British Columbia. He and his wife Leah moved to the interior in 1994 and together with their six children and growing number of grandchildren enjoy the beauty of Shuswap region. As part of his masters, Dave developed Watershed sustainability focused curriculum. In 2013, while implementing the curriculum, Dave and Barry Wilson connected, realized their philosophies aligned, and agreed to collaborate on the development BC Tomorrow. Based on Alberta Tomorrow's powerful three-part learning program, BC Tomorrow's free, online, interactive planning tools are designed for use by students, teachers and ALL British Columbians. Applicable at multiple grades and with an ability to be applied from a range of perspectives, public, private, homeschool, and community educators with students of all ages and learning abilities can access and use BC Tomorrow.
Barry Wilson, President
Barry Wilson is a Systems Ecologist and BC Registered Professional Forester. He is a co-owner of CE Analytic Ltd. and is also an Associate of ALCES Landscape and Land-Use Ltd. Barry is an expert in holistic cumulative effects analysis with 27 years of experience in integrated land management in North America and is working to shape land use for a resilient society, environment and economy.
CE Analytic is a is a proud donor to the Columbia Mountains Institute, the Pacific Salmon Foundation as well as the BC Tomorrow Society.
In addition to his role as the President of the BC Tomorrow Society, Barry is currently leading several initiatives in western North America examining current and historic change in landscapes, economies and society associated with the cumulative effects of human land use in combination with natural forces like wildfire and climate change.
Susan Lapp, Board Member
Suzan Lapp is an Independent consultant based in Kelowna that provides surface water management strategies to local and regional government and industries. Her PhD focused on the impacts of water supply due to climate change. Suzan is a registered member with APEGBC and the BC Institute of Agrologists.
Suzan provides guidance on integrating climate change into the BC Tomorrow simulator.
Suzan became involved with BC Tomorrow because children are the decision makers of tomorrow and an educational resource such as BC Tomorrow will help them understand the complex interactions between the social, economic and environmental tradeoffs. She also became involved with BC Tomorrow because she is passionate about water and the need to have it in our school system.
Justin Straker, Treasurer
Justin Straker is a soil scientist and forest ecologist, and a principal of the Integral Ecology Group in Victoria, British Columbia. Justin has over 15 years of experience in applied terrestrial ecology, focusing on three primary areas:
- Terrestrial reclamation of industrial disturbances, including design, implementation, assessment, review and regulatory inspection of reclamation and reclamation-research programs for the mining and forestry sectors;
- Terrestrial environmental-effects research/biomonitoring programs, including design and implementation of studies on the effects of industrial atmospheric emissions and fugitive dusts (acidifying emissions, nitrogen and metals) on terrestrial ecosystems; and
- Assessment of the interactions of human land uses and other ecosystem components, including development of land management frameworks and State-of-Environment reporting.
In his work, Mr. Straker has provided technical advice and research support to industry, government and stakeholder clients throughout western Canada, and in Quebec and Peru.
Dave Witt, Board Member
Dave Witt is a retired educator with 35 years experience in teaching, school based administration, and district management. He is currently involved in educational and administrative consulting for school districts, government agencies, and legal firms.
His involvement with BC Tomorrow matches his belief that nothing is more important than educating our future citizens to be skeptical reviewers of information, critical thinkers, and analytical problem solvers.
David Nordquist, Board Member
Our Creator placed us on this land to take care of our people, our culture, our language, our customs, our knowledge, our land, our title, to be ours forever and ever. Ensuring that we live in a safe, healthy, self sufficient community where cultural values and identity are consistently valued promoted and embraced by all.
Dave Nordquist is a member of the Adams Lake Indian Band. The Adams Lake Indian Band is one of the 17 bands of the Secwepemc Nation in the Interior of British Columbia. Dave is the former Natural Resource Manager of the Adams Lake Indian Band from June, 1997 to January 2008. He is currently the Title and Rights, TUS and Special Projects Coordinator for the Band located at Chase, British Columbia. Previously to that he was employed by the BC Ministry of Forests in the Salmon Arm Forest District.
Dave’s duties for the Adams Lake Indian Band involve providing Title and Rights advice to the Adams Lake Band Chief and Council. He is also involved in developing a maintain the bands referral system. He is also involved in developing a comprehensive Cultural Heritage Program for the Band to see that all Elders are interviewed and their knowledge recorded as well as providing the material the Chief Atahm for curriculum development.
Dave is the past President for NAFA, and also sat on the FN Council of Advisors for the Faculty of Forestry at The University of British Columbia.
Dave Graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry in 1997. He is also a Registered Professional Forester with the Association of British Columbia Professional Foresters.
BC Tomorrow Executive Director: Dave Ramsay
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The BC Tomorrow Foundation is a 100% non-profit organization, a Registered Non-Profit Society in BC with Canada Revenue Agency Charitable Status, dedicated to promoting sustainable land-use planning in BC.