The Islands Trust Conservancy Board consists of three Islands Trust trustees (two elected by the Islands Trust Council, and one appointed as a representative of the Islands Trust Executive Committee) and up to three members of the public appointed by the Minister of Municipal Affairs.
Kate-Louise Stamford comes to the Islands Trust Conservancy board in her third term as a Trustee on the Gambier Island Local Trust Committee. She is a full-time resident with her family. The growing profile of Howe Sound as an ecological centre-piece for southern BC provides exciting, but also daunting prospects in the face of competing uses. Kate-Louise brings her experience in non-profit management and community engagement to the governance table.
Sue Ellen Fast
Conservation and learning consultant Sue Ellen Fast advises on interpretation planning, nature learning and planet-friendly stewardship. She chaired the Bowen Island Conservancy for nine years before her election in 2014. She joins the board in her third term as a member of the Bowen Island Municipal Council and the Islands Trust Executive Committee. Sue Ellen moved to Bowen in 1992 with her family, where she walks the trails daily with binoculars, cameras and her dog.
Linda is an educator, land use planner, local government consultant and the former Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of Islands Trust, a position she retired from in January 2016 after a 25-year career in local government. Linda is currently on the faculty of Capilano University’s School of Public Administration, where she coordinates a course for Chief Administrative Officers in BC local governments. She teaches similar courses in land use planning, local government finance, problem solving and policy development. Linda is also a member of the Canadian Institute of Planning and the Planning Institute of BC (PIBC), Linda sits on PIBC’s Professional Conduct Review Committee.
Doug Fenton comes to the Islands Trust Conservancy Board in his second term as a Trustee on the Thetis Island Local Trust Committee. Doug brings his experience in environmental consulting and services to the table. He is skilled in sustainable development (concepts, policies and practices), shoreline restoration, environment management & monitoring, environmental health & safety and sustainable farming practices.
Dr. Risa Smith
Dr. Risa Smith is an ecologist and current Leader of Protected Areas Climate Change Specialist Group, World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Her recent publications focus on the role of protected areas in meeting both climate change and biodiversity targets. Risa was a lead on the protected areas stream for the Summit on Nature-Based Climate Solutions in Canada, has recently been selected for the Canadian government’s Nature-Based Climate Solutions Advisory Committee and IUCN’s Nature-Based Solutions Advisory Committee. Risa has given many public talks in BC, Canada and internationally on the theme of Using Nature’s Ways to Fight Climate Change.
Prior to working with WCPA, Risa was the Manager, International Biodiversity Policy, with the Canadian Wildlife Service (2002-2017), and Head of State of Environment Reporting for the BC government (1993-2002). In those capacities she lead many state of environment style reports, including Canadian Biodiversity: Ecosystem Status and Trends 2010 and the first Indicators of Climate Change for British Columbia .
Risa lives on Galiano Island and is a founding director and current board member of the Galiano Conservancy Association and the volunteer warden, Galiano Ecological Reserve.