Trustees

David de Wit

David de Wit is a Wet'suwet'en member of the Laksilyu Clan, belonging to the House on Top of Flat Rock (Tsekalbaiyex). David is the Natural Resources Department Manager for the Office of the Wet'suwet'en, representing the Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs’ vision for their territories, working as one for the betterment of all. David studied Integrated Resource Management in British Columbia and completed a Biology Degree at the University of Calgary.

William Elliott

Originally from Montreal, William Elliott has lived, worked, and played in the Skeena Watershed at various intervals since 1975. William studied Forest Technology at Selkirk College, Wildlife Ecology and Resource Management at the University of Northern BC, and Geographic Information Systems Technology at the College of New Caledonia. William is a former Silviculture consultant, Researcher, Spatial Analyst and Data Manager. He currently works as an Advisor in Indigenous Relations with the BC Ministry of Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations in Smithers, BC. William is the Regional Director for the British Columbia Institute of Agrologists.

Don Morgan

Don Morgan is a natural resource management and systems researcher with the BC Ministry of Environment. His main research area focuses on methods for describing and analyzing socio-ecological systems with an emphasis on wildlife habitat supply. He applies innovative methods to explore uncertainty, particularly the impact of climate change on ecological processes and its interaction with resource management decisions. He is a Registered Professional Biologist in British Columbia, and has a B.Sc. in wildlife biology and computational mathematics from Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario (1984), a B.Sc.(honours) from Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario in Quantitative Ecology and Computer Science (1991), and a M.Sc. in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies - Biology at the University of Northern British Columbia (2011).

Katrina Connors

Katrina is an experienced program director with over 10 years’ experience managing interdisciplinary teams and collaborative research projects on Pacific salmon ecology and management. As the Director of the Salmon Watersheds Program at the Pacific Salmon Foundation, Katrina works to develop analytical tools and standardized approaches for evaluating the status of Pacific salmon populations and their habitats throughout BC. Katrina holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geography from the University of Victoria and a Master’s of Resource Management from Simon Fraser University. Katrina is currently pursuing her doctorate at Royal Roads University where she is examining the causes and consequences of scale mismatches between salmon ecosystems and environmental impact assessments in the Skeena River Watershed.

Greg Knox

Greg Knox has been the Executive Director of SkeenaWild Conservation Trust since 2007. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Geography from the University of Northern BC in 2000, after which he became a certified Fisheries Technician and Field Supervisor with Nisga’a Fisheries. In 2013, Greg completed a Master’s degree in Environmental Management at Royal Roads University, where he developed a framework for implementing a collaborative freshwater salmon habitat-monitoring program in the Skeena watershed. Greg sits on the Northern Panel of the Pacific Salmon Commission, is an advisor to the Pacific Salmon Watershed Fund, and a Steering Committee member of the Friends of Wild Salmon Coalition.

Skeena Knowledge Trust Team

Richard Overstall

Legal Advisor

Richard Overstall is a Smithers lawyer with a particular interest in administrative, environmental and land use law. Prior to practicing law, Richard worked as a mining geologist, then as a researcher for a number of public-interest and aboriginal organisations, including as expert evidence coordinator for the aboriginal plaintiffs in the Delgamuukw title trial. Richard has published and presented in a number of legal research areas, including aboriginal law and history, criminal evidence, human rights, and monitoring trusts.

Johanna Pfalz

SKT Coordinator

Johanna Pfalz has worked as a consultant with Eclipse Geomatics since 2006 providing geospatial and information management services across BC, Alberta and Canada. Her work has focused on ecological land classification, land use planning, land use monitoring, and environmental impact assessment, as well as documenting traditional knowledge for First Nations. Eclipse Geomatics has been involved with the formation and development of the Skeena Knowledge Trust since 2009. Our team at Eclipse Geomatics explores open-source tools to develop creative solutions to spatial problems and information management.

Ingrid Farnell

Information Management Specialist

Ingrid Farnell is a graduate student at the University of Northern British Columbia. Originally from Aylmer, Ontario, she completed a B.Sc. Biology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. After graduating Ingrid was drawn to the mountains and moved to Smithers, British Columbia, where she worked at Eclipse Geomatics as a Data Management Specialist for the Skeena Knowledge Trust. Now calling Smithers home, she is currently pursuing a M.Sc. in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies. Her M.Sc. is focused on evaluating the mid- and long-term impacts of partial cutting on Coarse Woody Debris (CWD) dynamics, and the concomitant impact this has on habitat quality of CWD dependent animals.

Lizzy Hoffman

Data Management Specialist

Lizzy Hoffman works with Eclipse Geomatics as a Data Management Specialist, focusing on the Skeena Knowledge Trust project. Lizzy grew up in Victoria, British Columbia and completed a B.Sc. in Biology at the University of Victoria, followed by an M.Sc. in Land Reclamation and Remediation at the University of Alberta. There she studied the development of vegetation communities at reclaimed surface mine sites and became interested in using open source tools for data analysis and management. Following her master’s, Lizzy moved to Williams Lake where she taught at Thompson Rivers University, the College of New Caledonia and other institutions.

Ekaterina Daviel

Data Management Specialist

Ekaterina Daviel is a Data Management Specialist with Eclipse Geomatics. Originally from Richmond, British Columbia, Ekaterina completed a B.Sc. in Environmental Science from the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George where she developed a taste for northern living. Following her completion of a master’s in Environmental Science from the University of Toronto, Ekaterina moved to Dawson Creek in northeastern British Columbia and worked as an environmental consultant on contaminated site assessment, remediation and environmental risk assessment projects primarily within the upstream oil and gas sector. After three years of consulting, Ekaterina had the opportunity to join the City of Dawson Creek’s Watershed Stewardship Program, where she worked on a variety of projects including water quality characterization, streamflow monitoring, and stakeholder education and engagement around the Kiskatinaw River Watershed.

Monica Oliva

Eclipse Geomatics

Monica Oliva is the Administrative & Finance Coordinator at Eclipse Geomatics. In the past three years, she has worked as the Bookkeeper and Business Administrator for two different organizations in Smithers. Monica is responsible for recording revenues, expenses, assets, liabilities and equity for all projects Eclipse Geomatics undertake. Furthermore, provide general administrative support for the company; the company couldn’t do it without her. Originally from Peru, Monica had lived in Alberta for 2 years while attending college. After graduation, she moved to Smithers in 2014 to be closer to her family and enjoy the various outdoor activities the Bulkley Valley has to offer. Monica, her 3-year-old son Ryan and their puppy Leo love playing and creating memories outside!

Michael Peterman

Michael Peterman, founder of Genki Maps, is a GIS software engineer and all-around map geek with more than 10 years of experience in everything geospatial. Michael has worked in mapping and GIS across many sectors including mining, fisheries, advertising, utilities, and government.