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The Pacific Salmon Foundation is a non-profit, charitable organization governed by a volunteer board of directors drawn from business and community leaders in British Columbia. Members serve for three-year terms.

Executive Officer

Kevin Nugent

Kevin Nugent

For over 30 years Kevin has been involved in the Canadian energy industry and is currently an independent businessman and corporate director. Kevin is currently chairman of Hifi Engineering Inc., VentMeter Technologies Inc., and RGL Reservoir Management Inc., as well as a member of the board of Trican Well Service Ltd., Secure Energy Services Limited, Nauticol Energy Ltd., and the Banff Sport Medicine Foundation.

Kevin was first introduced to the Foundation through the Recreational Fisheries Partnership Program – a program that engages B.C. businesses from the recreational fishing sector in raising funds for salmon conservation. After introducing his fishing lodge to the program, Kevin decided to become further involved by joining the Foundation’ s board. Kevin is also a helping to expand the Foundation’s outreach to Calgary anglers who benefit from the B.C. salmon resource.


Anson Frost
Brenda Gaertner
Partner / Mandell Pinder LLP

Brenda Gaertner

Brenda Gaertner joined the Pacific Salmon Foundation’s board of directors in 2015. Brenda has extensive experience advising First Nation governments on Aboriginal title and rights, modern (self) government, natural resource management and economic development.  

She was called in 1984 and has been with Mandell Pinder Barristers and Solicitors almost since its inception.  Brenda has assisted in various types of negotiated agreements and settlements, including on and off reserve projects and developments, modern self-governance and resource management, impact-benefit agreements, economic development, government to government agreements and specific claim settlements.  Brenda assisted the St’at’imc Chiefs Council reach their historic agreement with BC Hydro and the Province of British Columbia.

She provides legal, policy and negotiating advice to First Nations on small and large scale projects, including assisting in environmental assessments, consultation and regulatory processes.
Brenda was senior counsel for the First Nations Coalition in the Cohen Inquiry on Fraser River Sockeye and has represented First Nation clients before the National Energy Board and Joint Federal and Provincial Review Panels.

Brenda promotes the formation of improved working relationships between First Nations, Crown governments and business partners in a variety of ways.  
Throughout her career, Brenda has worked with Aboriginal people in their pursuit of the recognition of Aboriginal title and rights to healthy fisheries and aquatic resources, helping to find ways to ensure that those fisheries and resources are sustained for present and future generations.  She has a long history of working with First Nation communities along the migratory route of Fraser Salmon, including both the coastal and in-river fisheries.  Brenda cares about these fisheries and the ecosystems upon which they rely, and is excited to be working with First Nations who are actively pursuing land and marine use plans within their territories. With the growing role of First Nations in stewarding and managing our fisheries, Brenda is a valuable addition to the Foundation’s Board of Directors. 




Russell Ball
Ross J. Beaty
Alterra Power Corp.

Ross J. Beaty

Ross J. Beaty is a geologist and resource company entrepreneur with more than 41 years of experience in the international minerals and renewable energy industries. Ross founded and is executive chairman of Alterra Power Corp., a mid-sized clean energy company with geothermal, solar, hydro and wind power operations in BC, Iceland, Nevada and Ontario.

Ross also founded and currently serves as chairman of Pan American Silver Corp., one of the world's leading silver producers, and since 1985 has successfully founded and divested a number of other public mineral resource companies. 

Ross is a Director of The Nature Trust of B.C. and patron of the Beaty Biodiversity Center at the University of B.C. Ross is a past president of the Silver Institute in Washington, D.C., a fellow of the Geological Association of Canada, the Society of Economic Geologists, and the Canadian Institute of Mining, and a recipient of the Institute's Past President's Memorial Medal. In 2007 he received the Association of Mineral Exploration of B.C.'s Colin Spence Award for excellence in global mineral exploration, in 2008 the Mining Person of the Year award from the Mining Association of B.C. and the 2008 Natural Resources & Energy Entrepreneur of the Year Award by Ernst & Young. In 2010, Ross was awarded the prestigious Viola MacMillan Award by the Prospector and Developers Association of Canada and was selected as Mining Person of the Year for 2011 by Canada’s Northern Miner newspaper. In 2014, he received the CIM’s Vale Medal for Meritorious Contribution to Mining.

Ward Bond
Island Outfitters

Ward Bond

Born and raised on Vancouver Island, Ward learned to fish in our local Millstream Creek, behind Grandma Phelps, in grade two.  Since then, Ward was hooked to both fishing and to Vancouver Island, where he has raised his family with his wife, Shannon.

Turning his passion into a business, Ward is now co-owner of Island Outfitters Ltd. which opened in Victoria in 1994.  He holds a freshwater guide license and has guided on the West Coast for the last 25 years.

Ward chaired the Victoria Sports Fishing Advisory Board as well as sat on the main board in the past.  He has represented the recreational anglers as the Co-Chair of the Ground Fish Working Group and sat on many panels to deal with matters from Halibut Allocation to the Steelhead Recovery Program. 

He was part of the committee for the Pacific Salmon Foundations’ first Gala Dinner and remains a committee member to this day.

Susan Farlinger

Susan Farlinger

Susan, with her husband Robb Wilson, has a family of five children and nine grandchildren. She has lived in Nanoose Bay since 2005 since moving to British Columbia from Ontario in 1977 after completing a Masters degree in Biology at the University of Guelph.

Her career in the federal public service  focused on a diversity of operational and executive roles at Fisheries and Oceans in science at the Pacific Biological Station in Nanaimo, Fisheries Management in Prince Rupert and leadership roles in Vancouver, directing DFO in BC and the Yukon as the Regional Director General. The work, although science based, included relationships locally and across the region, with BC and Yukon First Nations, recreational and commercial fishing groups, Canadian Council of Forestry Ministers, non-government organizations and provincial and territorial agencies. The work ranged from regulation of fisheries and fish habitat, fish and forestry science, program policy and management to negotiations, with Indigenous organizations and internationally.  During recent years, Susan was Lead Commissioner for Canada at the Pacific Salmon Commission, as well as participating in the Pacific Halibut Commission and the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission.

In other natural resource management, she directed the Natural Resources Canada: Pacific Forestry Center in Victoria 2005 to 2008.

After retiring from Fisheries and Oceans, Susan took on the task as lead negotiator for the renewal of Canada/US Salmon Treaty ratified by both countries in 2019.  Since then she has continued occasional work as a policy advisor.

Susan has volunteered for the Errington Therapeutic Riding Association, coached in the school program with the Strathcona Nordic Ski Association, and is an ongoing member of Oceanside 100 Women Who Care. She is also a long time member of the Nanaimo outrigger paddling club, now the Nanaimo Ocean Paddling Club and, recently, the Bayside Squash Club.

 Other interests, including teaching fitness classes, hiking, gardening, and skiing are often shared with her grandchildren. 

Jeff Giesbrecht
Pamela Goldsmith-Jones

Pamela Goldsmith-Jones

A prominent figure in local politics, Pamela Goldsmith-Jones has dedicated herself to public service.  She was elected locally in North Vancouver and West Vancouver, and served as West Van’s mayor from 2005 - 2011.  Most recently, Pam was the Member of Parliament for West Vancouver Sunshine Coast Sea to Sky Country, and was appointed by the Prime Minister as parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs. The shift to becoming a PSF board member seems fitting as she has long been a voice for salmon on the west coast.  Pamela looks forward to resuming her work as a business consultant to public and private entities, to spending time with her family, and to contributing her volunteer time here at home.

“We were raised to put Pacific salmon first.  My Dad taught us to understand the creek behind our house and about the peril of culverting creeks in West Vancouver. He read aloud to us from Hubert Evans and Roderick Haig-Brown and took us fishing between the Capilano River and Gabriola Island. The community and all levels of government are grateful and proud of the research and partnership approach PSF takes and I am thrilled to be part of the team!" – Pamela Goldsmith-Jones


Dr. George Iwama
Quest University
President and Vice Chancellor

Dr. George Iwama

Dr. George Iwama is President and Vice Chancellor of Quest University

He was an early pioneer of the Block Plan in Canada, introducing it in the Biology Department at Acadia University. He helped advise Dr. David Strangway during the initial stages of planning for Quest.

Dr. Iwama was previously Dean of Science and Vice President Academic at Acadia; Dean of Science at Carleton University; and President of the University of Northern British Columbia. At UNBC, he strengthened the school’s position within the University of the Arctic consortium. He also spearheaded campus sustainability efforts, sharing the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education award with Harvard University in 2010.

He has served as Executive Vice President of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University, and held various posts at UBC including Special Advisor to the Vice President Research and Innovation in Interdisciplinary Fisheries; Assistant Director of the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries; and Vice Dean for Aquaculture and Strategic Initiatives in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems.

Dr. Iwama received his PhD in Zoology from UBC with a specialty in fish physiology. After postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Texas and Dalhousie University, he returned to UBC, where he eventually became a tenured full professor.

Peter Lister, MASc, P.Eng., ICD.D
Seaspan Marine
Vice President, Commercial Services

Peter Lister, MASc, P.Eng., ICD.D

Peter Lister is Vice President, Commercial Services at Seaspan Marine, the largest marine tug & barge transportation company on Canada's West Coast. He leads a team responsible for Seaspan's business development, sales, customer service, and order-to-dispatch activities, is accountable for the bottom-line financial performance of commercial contracts, and works to enhance Seaspan's reputation for high-quality, reliable and safe marine transportation services.

Before joining Seaspan, Peter spent 25 years in the forest products industry, most recently as VP, Forest Operations & Wood Products at FPInnovations, a national not-for-profit research & innovation agency that supports Canada's forest sector.

Peter has a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia, is a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of BC, and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.  He lives with his wife and two children in North Vancouver.

Peter joined the Pacific Salmon Foundation as a board member in 2020 and we look forward to incorporating his expertise toward the conservation and preservation of Pacific salmon on our coast. 

More information is available at www.linkedin.com/in/peterflister/

Murray Ned
Lower Fraser Fisheries Alliance
Jason Quigley
ERS Consulting Inc
President and Founder

Jason Quigley

Jason Quigley is currently the President and Founder of ERS Consulting Inc. a firm that specializes in helping clients manage the opportunities and risks at the nexus of regulatory and Aboriginal interactions.

For the five years prior to ERS, Jason was Executive Vice President, Regulatory & Stakeholder Affairs at Hunter Dickinson Inc. (HDI). Under his leadership, HDI has substantially enhanced its performance in sustainability and responsible mineral development, including entering into substantive partnerships with 14 First Nations groups across the country.

Prior to his time at HDI, Jason ran the federal environmental assessment office for British Columbia and the Yukon. In this capacity, he oversaw environmental assessment reviews for capital projects valued in excess of $50 billion while gaining valuable insights into the strategies and approaches necessary to successfully navigate federal and provincial permitting processes in Canada. While in government, Jason played a key role in the policy and legislative reform that led to passage of the new Canadian Environmental Assessment Act in 2012.

Earlier in his career, Jason was employed by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), where (among other responsibilities) he led a national evaluation of DFO’s performance in achieving its ‘no-net loss’ habitat conservation policy. He has worked as a consultant providing environmental and regulatory services to clients in industry, government and the non-profit sector. He holds a Bachelor of Science (SFU) and a Master’s of Science in Conservation Biology (UBC). Jason is an avid recreational angler, enjoying boating and fishing with his wife and twin children throughout British Columbia.


Paul Sprout

Paul Sprout

Paul Sprout lives in Vancouver, British Columbia where he works as a Fisheries Management Consultant. Between 1976 and 2010, Paul worked for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans as a Fisheries Management Biologist, a Director of Fisheries Management, an Associate Assistant Deputy Minister and most recently as a Regional Director General. Paul graduated with an MBA from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1995. Prior to this, Paul completed a Bachelor of Science from Simon Fraser in 1976 and a Diploma in Technology (Fish, Wildlife and Recreation option) from the British Columbia Institute of Technology in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1974.

Shauna Towriss

Emeritus Directors

Ian D. Angus

Ian D. Angus

Ian is a long term member of the Pacific Salmon Foundation board of directors. He devoted two years to managing the Foundation office after his retirement from the insurance business.  He continues to be involved as chairman in various Foundation project review committees.  


T.M. (Mike) Apsey

T.M. (Mike) Apsey

Mike Apsey has extensive experience working in government, industry, consulting, and industrial associations in Canada, and on assignments in a number of countries throughout the world.  From 1978-1984 he served as deputy minister of forests for the Province of British Columbia and from 1984-1998 he was president and CEO of the Council of Forest Industries.

He has written and spoken extensively on all aspects of the forest sector.  He has held, and continues to hold, directorships on numerous national and international business, academic, research, environmental, and service organizations.  He is a past chair of the Tree Canada Foundation, the National Forest Strategy Coalition and Wildlife Habitat Canada.  Mike is a member of the board of directors for the Forest History Association of British Columbia.  He is a director emeritus of the Pacific Salmon Foundation.  He is past Chair of the Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society and was president of the B.C. Forest Service Centenary Society.

In 1985, Mike received the prestigious Rielle Thomson award from the Canadian Pulp and Paper Association for his “outstanding contribution to public knowledge of the forest”.  In 1991, the Government of France bestowed on him the award “Chevalier de l’Ordre du Merite Agricole” for his “contributions to world forestry”.  In 1998 and 2002, Mike was awarded the Canadian Institute of Forestry’s International Achievement and Forestry Achievement Awards.  In October 2002, Mike was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada.  In May 2009, Mike received an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from the University of British Columbia

Hon. John A. Fraser P.C., O.C., O.B.C., C>D., Q.C., LL.D.(Hon.)
Robert Gayton
Western Copper and Gold Corporation

Robert Gayton

Bob graduated for the University of British Columbia (UBC)  in 1962. After obtaining his business degree, where he was also president of the Commerce Undergraduate Society, he went on to work for Peat Marwick (now KPMG). While there, in 1964, he earned his CA designation. Not long after, UBC offered him an assistant professorship in the accounting division at the Faculty of Commerce. After teaching for two years, he went back to school and in 1967 moved to Berkeley with his wife Penny, also a UBC graduate, to pursue a PhD. He returned to teach at UBC in 1971.

Bob returned to public practice in 1974 with Peat Marwick, was elected partner in 1976 and provided audit and consulting services through to 1987. At that time he joined a client in the resource sector and has been active in that sector ever since. Bob has played a big part as a director for a number of public mining companies such as Amerigo Resources ltd., B2 Gold Corp., Eastern Platinum Ltd., Nevsun Resources, and Western Copper and Gold Corp. Bob was elected a “ fellow “ by the B.C. Institute of Chartered Accountants in 1994 and more recently received their Lifetime Achievement award.

Bob also served from 1999 to 2011 as director to the Pacific Salmon Foundation. He now sits as a director emeritus and continues to be active in the Foundation. Not only has Bob given his time, expertise and passion to the Foundation, he is also a major donor. 

To sum it all up, Bob is the epitome of hard work. He will tell you though that it’s not all work, his fun includes spending time at his Sunshine Coast recreation home, fitness, golf, fishing, travelling and hanging out with his grandchildren.



George W. Hungerford, O.C., O.B.C., Q.C.
Hungerford Group

George W. Hungerford, O.C., O.B.C., Q.C.

George W. Hungerford, O.C., O.B.C., Q.C., is a partner at Hungerford Properties, a Vancouver based real estate development and investment company. He was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1984, was appointed Queen’s Council in 1991 and received the Order of British Columbia in 2013.

His accomplishments in the community span sports, social service and law, with many notable distinctions. George is an olympic gold medalist in rowing (1964), and was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame (1964). He is a recipient of the Lou Marsh Trophy (1964) as Canada’s outstanding athlete, and has been inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame (1966), and the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame (1990).

George has been a longstanding contributor to social services and charitable work in British Columbia, most prominently, The Salvation Army. In 1999 he was awarded a Certificate of Recognition of Exceptional Service, the highest award offered to non-Salvationists, by The Salvation Army, Canada and Bermuda Territory, and in 2014 he was awarded the Order of Distinguished Auxiliary Service, the highest award offered to non-Salvationists by The Salvation Army International Headquarters.

George’s community involvement includes being the founding chair of Pacific Salmon Foundation (1987) and he continues as a director. He is also a Canadian Commissioner to the Canadian Section of the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission (2011 to present).

Other community involvement includes chair of the UBC Rowing Boathouse (2002 to present) for the fundraising, construction and operation of the facility, director of 2010 Olympic Games Operating Trust (2006 to present), chair of the Major Gifts Campaign for BC Cancer Foundation (1997 to 2002 and vice-chair of the Capital Fundraising campaign for  Science World (now Telus World of Science) (1987 to 1991).

Other awards of distinction include Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Commemorative Medal (2002), Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Commemorative Medal (2012), and the BC Community Achievement Award (2010), Province of BC, to recognize his commitment to building stronger communities.


Hon. John L. Nichol, CC
George Reifel
Reifel Cooke Group of Companies

George Reifel

George C. Reifel graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1974 with a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in finance and urban land economics. He graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1976 with a MBA.

He has been actively engaged since graduation in the development, investment and brokerage of real estate, primarily in BC, Alberta and the Western US. He is a founding partner of the Reifel Cooke Group (1986), founding shareholder and director of Invan Mortgage Corporation (1980-present) and  a director (2000-present) and chairman (2007-present) of British Pacific Properties Limited. He is also a licensed real estate agent.

In addition to membership in a number of organizations and clubs, he serves as a volunteer director for a number of other not-for-profit organizations including Ducks Unlimited Canada (1982-present, national president 1996-1998, $80 million annual budget, 400 FTE’s), The Nature Trust of British Columbia (1993-present), Canadian Cancer Society (past chair, BC Corporate Campaign), United Way (past chair, real estate and finance division), Hernando Island Holdings Limited (1983-2004), The Vancouver Club (1986-1991, president 1990), The Tyee Club of British Columbia (2002-present), Institute for Wetland & Waterfowl Research (1991-2001) and the British Columbia Waterfowl Society (1976-present) which has managed the Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary since it was created in 1963. He was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for volunteer leadership of numerous conservation organizations.

Rob Waters
Pacific Salmon Foundation Oceanside and Nanaimo Dinner
Volunteer Dinner Chair
Stuart Wolfe
W.J.D. (John) Woodward
Woodcorp Investments Ltd.

W.J.D. (John) Woodward

John Woodward is a partner with his brother in Woodcorp Investments Ltd., a venture capital company with a diverse portfolio of Canadian-held investments.  In addition, John is the owner of a Steelhead fishing lodge on the Bulkley River.

John has been on the Pacific Salmon Foundation Board since the Foundation first started, and  completed his term of chairman in 2009. He is also chair of the Pacific Salmon Endowment Fund, chair of the Provincial Living Rivers Endowment Fund and just completed his mandate on the Pacific Salmon Forum. 




Rick Bourne
Langara Fishing Adventures
PSF Advisor, Recreational Sector

Rick Bourne

Rick Bourne, President and part owner of Langara Fishing Adventures worked side by side with his partners  to pioneer the first "fly-in" sport fishing in 1985 in the remote Haida Gwaii ( Queen Charlotte Islands). He is a "Hands On" leader and has expertly taken Langara through start-up, turn around, and growth spurts.

Through Ricks Vision and strong leadership over the past 28 years Langara has grown. While starting with one small floating lodge his organization has grown to 5 lodges that participate in all types of salmon trout, and bottom fishing.

Rick has also whole heartedly supported  the Pacific Salmon Foundation since its inception in 1989.  He is also personally concerned with the survival of wild Pacific Salmon and all species of fish caught by anglers on the west coast of BC and the Haida Gwaii. Each fisherman that attends Langara contributes a conservation fee. This goes to supporting the raising of fry, fish hatcheries, river and stream clean up directly in the Haida Gwaii as well as the Pacific Coastline.

Among Ricks other interests, he has been the President of Rugby Canada for several years. Rick is married to Dana and they have a young family who play Rugby and love to fish. Many outings and weekends are spent enjoying games and fishing together. Rick holds a Bachelor of Physical Education from UBC