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Advisory Committee


The Advisory Committee provides guidance on the strategic direction of TerreWEB, establishing program reviews and indicators, and during major changes of the program. The Advisory Committee includes representatives from various groups with a vested interest in the program as well as the Program Committee Chair (Dr. Les Lavkulich) and the Program Director (Dr. Suzanne Simard).


Trish Miller

is a senior environmental scientist and Principal with Golder Associates Ltd. with more than 25 years experience in human health and ecological risk assessment. When concentrations of contaminants exceed provincial standards or provincial guidelines, Ms. Miller conducts studies to determine the significance of contaminant concentrations on human health and the environment. Ms. Miller was appointed by the Province to the B.C. Contaminated Sites Approved Professionals (CSAP) in Risk Assessment. She regularly reviews reports and makes recommendations related to remediation of contaminated land in BC on behalf of the Provincial Ministry of the Environment. Also as an Approved Professional, Ms. Miller served on the CSAP Board of Directors from 2011-2013 has been serving on the CSAP Performance Assessment panel for seven years conducting performance assessment of other approved professionals. Confirmation of CSAP membership can be made by visiting the MOE website: http://www.csapsociety.bc.ca/member_database.htm

Ms. Miller is also active in other aspects of contaminated sites risk assessment, including oversight of the development of sampling plans, integrating objectives and data requirements of a risk assessment into work plans and site investigations, designing toxicology testing programs for ecological assessments, coordinating data analysis, developing site-specific remediation standards, liaising with clients, and reporting. Ms. Miller has developed provincial matrix standards and water quality guidelines, derived numerous site-specific risk-based soil, groundwater and surface water standards. Ms. Miller managed the development of guidance documents in human health risk assessment for Health Canada. She has conducted workshops for corporate environmental managers on the advantages of risk assessment for contaminated site remediation and on general principles and procedures involved in the conduct of a risk assessment.


Murray B. Isman

is a Professor of Entomology and Toxicology at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, and Dean of the Faculty of Land and Food Systems.  He has performed extensive research for over 30 years in the areas of insect toxicology and behavior, and insect-plant chemical interactions, with particular emphasis on the discovery and development of botanical insecticides and antifeedants.

He has authored over 170 refereed publications, including 25 book chapters, and co-edited two books.  He serves on the editorial boards of five scientific journals and has provided peer reviews for over 80 different journals.  He has held visiting professorships in Brazil and China, and been appointed a visiting scientist in Germany and Korea.  He is currently an international advisor for ADAPPT (African Dryland Alliance for Pesticidal Plant Technologies), an EU-funded research network.  Dr. Isman is a former President of the International Society of Chemical Ecology, the Phytochemical Society of North America and the Entomological Society of British Columbia.  In 2011 he received the Gold Medal for outstanding achievement from the Entomological Society of Canada.

His current teaching includes contributions to courses in entomology and environmental toxicology, and coordination of his Faculty’s first year course.  He has supervised 24 graduate students, 12 postdoctoral fellows and 14 visiting scholars. Dr. Isman received his doctorate in Entomology from the University of California at Davis in 1981 and holds BSc and MSc degrees in Zoology from UBC.


Reid Carter

Managing Partner, Brookfield Asset Management

Key Activities/Responsibilities
Reid is currently a Managing Partner with Brookfield Asset Management and President of Brookfield’s Timberlands Investment Management Organization: Brookfield Timberlands Management GP Inc. In this role, Reid has lead the acquisition of approximately 2.5 million acres of private timberlands throughout North America and in Brazil and leads the teams responsible for all operations aspects of these businesses. Reid is also President and Chief Executive Officer of Acadian Timber Corp (TSX:AND), a Canadian publicly traded company and the second largest private timberlands Canada.

Reid is well known within the forest industry and investment community and has been a frequent guest speaker at major industry conferences.

  • Professional Affiliations
  • Professional designation as a Registered Professional Forester in British Columbia (RPF)
  • Directorships: Selectseed Inc.
  • Okanagan Specialty Fruits
  • Brookfield Infrastructure Investments Corporation
  • Island Timberlands GP Ltd.
  • Acadian Timber Corp

Current or Past Society Leadership Positions
Past Chair, Forest Management Institute of British Columbia
Past-President of the Soil Science Society of British Columbia

Educational Background
B.Sc. (hon.) Combined Biology Forestry (1979)
M.Sc. Forest Soils (1982)

Other Relevant Information
Reid is married with three grown boys and lives in West Vancouver, British Columbia


Al Gorley

Before joining the Board as a part-time board member in November 2009, and then Board Chair in May 2010, R.A. (Al) Gorley was a Professional Forester and President of Triangle Resources Incorporated, a small consulting firm based in
Victoria, BC. Previously, he had a career with provincial government where he held a number of operational and management positions with the BC Forest Service, including District Manager at Houston, Regional Manager at Prince George, and Assistant Deputy Minister of Business Initiatives in Victoria. Al also worked with Forest Renewal BC for three years, first as the Vice President for Land and Resources, then as the Chief Operating Officer from 2000 to 2002.

Al is a past member and Chair of the Board of Directors for Northwest Community College. He also served on the ABCFP (then ABCPF) Council for four years, including as President in 1992. He is a past president of the McGregor Model Forest Association, was a founding director of the Canadian Model Forest Network, and was a member of the province’s Environmental Appeal Board and Forest Appeals Commission from 2004 to 2009.


Marlene Cummings

Marlene has been working with ForestEthics – http://forestethics.org/canada, an environmental non-profit organization, since 2008 as their BC Forest Campaigner. ForestEthics’ campaigns, such as implementing ecosystem-based management in the Great Bear Rainforest, and work to stop the Northern Gateway Pipeline and Alberta Tar Sands, consider all of the issues that affect wild places and the wildlife and people that depend on them—from biodiversity to air and water quality to climate change.

Marlene has an MSc in Environmental and Natural Resources Planning from UBC’s SCARP program, with a focus on building resilience on our land base to conserve biodiversity. She brings a wealth of knowledge, relationships, and experience to ForestEthics’ conservation and climate work through her involvement in campaigns for the protection of Canada’s old growth forests since 1993 – most notably in BC’s coastal temperate rainforests of Clayoquot Sound and the ancient pines of northern Ontario. Working as a registered nurse previously, she completed the Environmental Health Diploma program at McMaster University, and participated on a committee that developed an Ecosystem Health required course for medical students at the University of Western Ontario.

With her passion for forests, nature and wildlife, and expertise in climate change adaptation, Marlene is leading ForestEthics’ work to expand and connect conservation on BC’s land base as an important part of climate action and healthy communities. Marlene lives in Vancouver with her husband, step-daughter and cats, and enjoys hiking, wildlife viewing, oil painting, road trip adventures, music, gardening, and canoeing.

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