Jason started his career as a Habitat Biologist at Fisheries and Oceans Canada for the BC Interior North region. He reviewed development projects to assess their impact on fish habitat as well as engaged in community outreach. Jason was also the lead on the Nechako Fisheries Conservation Program Technical Committee where they assessed Alcan’s flow releases in the Nechako River to lessen the impact on salmon.
In 1999, Jason was promoted to Area Manager, Ecosystem Management Branch for the BC Interior. He managed the habitat program as well as the Salmonid Enhancement Program, which consisted of thirty-five staff and a $4M budget. He built relationships across stakeholders in industry, NGO’s, government, First Nations and the public to increase awareness and buy-in for habitat conservation and restoration.
In 2012, Jason changed roles to represent DFO’s Pacific region in the national context during changes to the Fisheries Act. Jason gathered input and feedback to help create a
new Fisheries Protection Policy and regulatory framework. He also served as the link between DFO and the provincial/local governments of BC and the Yukon. He acted as a subject matter expert and advised the policy writers of key issues and considerations.
In 2015, Jason moved into the Regional Manager, Salmon Enhancement Program for the Pacific Region position. He managed a budget of $9M, forty-five staff and more than 10,000 volunteers. He worked with PSF as well as other NGO’s and stakeholders to build
strong partnerships and enable salmon habitat restoration and increase community involvement.
Jason earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Simon Fraser University in 1994. He also earned a Technical Diploma in Fisheries, Wildlife & Recreation from the British Columbia Institute of Technology in 1991.