Our Board

The KCP Board is made up of elected representatives and provides strategic direction to the KCP and its various initiatives.

Derek Petersen – Chair

Derek Petersen currently coordinates the Ecological Integrity Monitoring Program for Banff, Yoho and Kootenay National Parks. Derek’s 30 year career with Parks Canada has spanned responsibilities ranging from integrated land use planning, to social science, to conservation biology and has included postings across western and northern Canada. Derek has a Master’s degree in Science, an undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies and Economics and a diploma in Renewable Resources Technology.

Norman Allard

Norman Allard, a Member of the Shuswap Indian Band, began working with Lower Kootenay Band (LKB) in 2013 as a GIS Technician, then became certified in land management through the National Aboriginal Land Managers Association. He then transitioned into Community Planner for LKB. In 2014, he became involved with riparian restoration of the south Goat river channel, then with a project on Freeman Creek outside of Yahk. In 2016, he began to manage and learn the wetland compounds located on LKB reserve. In 2017, Norman began to manage one of the largest wetland restorations in B.C. and has been working on restoring them to a more naturally functioning state. Bringing an all-inclusive First Nations perspective to restoration projects has begun to show some great early results, which he hopes to continue and improve as time goes on.

Suzanne Bayley

Dr. Suzanne Bayley is an expert in wetlands ecology hailing originally from the U.S. where she earned a PhD from John Hopkins University, followed by Post Doctoral Fellowship and Assistant Professor positions with the University of Florida, before stepping into the consecutive roles of Director of Coastal Zone Management for the State of Maryland and Director of Coastal Ecology Laboratory (and Associate Professor) for Louisiana State University. After relocating to Canada, Suzanne first worked at the Experimental Lakes Area in northwest Ontario, then moved west to become an Associate Professor and Professor of Ecology at the University of Alberta from 1989 to 2010. She’s now an Emeritus Professor of Ecology and most recently, in 2016, became the President of the Columbia Wetlands Stewardship Partners. Suzanne lives in Brisco in the East Kootenay with her husband Dr. David Schindler.

Chris Bosman

Chris Bosman is the Kootenay Conservation Land Manager for The Nature Trust of BC (NTBC). Originally from Southern Ontario, he moved to the East Kootenay in 2003 and chose to stay, feeling a strong connection to the landscape, its communities and people. During his time in the region, Chris has worked in natural resource management for provincial, local and First Nations governments, and briefly for the forestry industry. He also has experience working and volunteering with other conservation non-profits besides NTBC.  A graduate of Lakehead University, Chris holds an Honours Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism and a Bachelor of Arts in Geography. He is passionate about private land conservation and enjoys getting out to experience nature in many forms, whenever he can. Chris lives with his partner and daughter in Kimberley, BC.

Doris Hausleitner

Doris Hausleitner is an instructor at Selkirk College. She teaches first year Terrestrial Ecology and Applied Biology and Systems Ecology in the Integrated Environmental Planning Program (IEP) and Ecosystems Management for the Recreation Fish and Wildlife program, as well as the restoration field school for IEP. She is also the owner/operator of a consulting company based in Nelson that has specialized in research on rare and endangered wildlife species in British Columbia for the past 12 years. Her projects have included riparian and wetland restoration, long-term wildlife monitoring, invasive plant monitoring, impact assessments for winter recreation, and landscape scale non-invasive genetic sampling of wolverine. She lives on a nine-acre farm outside of Nelson with her husband, two children, two dogs, pigs, chickens and bees.

Rick Hoar

Richard (Rick) Hoar has lived in British Columbia since 1969 where he obtained post-secondary diplomas in Forestry Resources followed by one in Fisheries, Wildlife and Recreation Management. In 1974 he went to work for the BC Conservation Officer Service and worked in several areas around the province retiring in 2006. He currently is President of the Lake Windermere District Rod & Gun Club and sits on the Boards of the Columbia Wetlands Stewardship Partners and Rocky Mountain Trench Society. He is the representative for the East Kootenay Wildlife Association on the KCP Board.

Adrian Leslie

Adrian Leslie, MSc, RPBio is the South Selkirk Program Manager for the Nature Conservancy of Canada and has been working in the Columbia Basin on ecosystem conservation, restoration and research for over 10 years. He is a Registered Professional Biologist with experience working in both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems from low elevation floodplains to high elevation forests throughout the Columbia Basin. He has a Master’s degree in Environment and Management and has lead several research and restoration projects, and has extensive experience helping organizations complete environmental projects. Adrian has worked with a variety of environmental stakeholders in the Columbia Basin including non-profit, governmental, educational, industrial, and private organizations.

Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas was born in Invermere BC, is a Shuswap Band Member, and holds the title of Salmon Chief for his community. Mark is the father of 3 and is married to a Ktunaxa member. Mark currently sits on Council for the Shuswap Band and holds the portfolios for aquatics, fish, housing, BC Hydro, and forestry. Mark is educated in and has worked in the natural resource management field for over 20 years. Mark has attended NVIT and U of Lethbridge. A highlight of Mark’s interest is the advocation for salmon restoration in the Columbia River, which he has done through public engagement, agency education and at the request of those wanting more information. Salmon Restoration is key in Mark’s view to re-establish long-lost cultural, spiritual, communal, and economic losses suffered by the Columbia Basin peoples. Mark currently sits on the CRSRI Executive Working Group as the Chair. Mark participates at the CRT Negotiating Advisories Team (NAT) with the 3 Nations, Canada and BC.

Ivy Whitehorne

Ivy Whitehorne is a Conservation Coordinator with the Canadian Wildlife Service – Environment and Climate Change Canada. She completed her MSc from Simon Fraser University in 2009, studying the ecology of the American Dipper. Since starting at CWS-ECCC in 2010, Ivy has worked on a variety of initiatives from conservation planning for migratory birds to wetland restoration. Ivy currently works on species at risk stewardship programs, including managing the Community-Nominated Priority Places for Species at Risk program in British Columbia. She is a keen birder, and is known to carry binoculars everywhere and get distracted whenever something goes “chirp” in the bushes.