Who we are

FGC is a multi-stakeholder advisory group appointed by the Provincial Chief Forester with representatives from the BC Ministry of Forests,  (MoF), forest tenure holders, universities, and the Natural Resources Canada. FGC is supported by three technical advisory committees (TACs) – Genetic Conservation TAC, Coastal TAC and Interior TAC,

Photo:  FGC Fall Field Tour, Near Quesnel, October 2021

FGC Members

NameFGC RolePosition/Employer
Keith Thomas, PAgMinistry Co-chairDirector, Forest Improvement and Research Management Branch (FIRM), MoF
Domenico Iannidinardo, RPF, PEng, RPBioIndustry Co-chairChief Forester, Mosaic Forest Management
Annette van Niejenhuis, RPF Coastal TAC ChairTree Improvement Forester, Western Forest Products Inc.
Bevin Wigmore, RPBioCoastal Seed ProducerManager, Tree Improvement, Mosaic Forest Management
Dr. Dan MazerolleNatural Resources CanadaDirector General, Pacific Forestry Centre, NRCan
Dr. Francesco Cortini, RPFMinistry – ResearchA/Manager, Forest Genetics, FIRM, MoF
Jeff Mycock, RPFInterior Seed ProducerChief Forester, West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd.
Katherine Spencer, RPFInterior TAC ChairManager, Seed Orchards, FIRM, MoF
Dr. Jürgen EhltingAcademia – also Genetic Conservation TAC ChairDirector and Professor, Centre for Forest Biology, University of Victoria
Kona Van Deist, RPFMinistry – BC Timber SalesSeedling and Reforestation Specialist, BC Timber Sales, MoF
Leith McKenzie, RPFMinistry – OperationsDirector, Forest Investment and Reporting Branch, MoF
Robert Johnson, RPFCoast Seed UserForestry Manager, Capacity Forest Management
Shannon Jonasson, RPFFirst Nations PerspectivesSilviculture Coordinator, West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd.

MoF = BC Ministry of Forests
FIRM = Forest Improvement and Research Management Branch

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