City of Prince George Nechako & Fraser River Valleys Committee (1987-1994) - in my later years as Chair, I led the development of a ten-year strategic Master Plan Update for the riverside trails and parks in Prince George
I have 45 years of experience with backcountry recreation, most of it in British Columbia. Since 1978, I have gained a broad knowledge of outdoor recreation resources, particularly relating to backpacking, hiking and walking opportunities in central and northern British Columbia. I have researched, organized and guided many hiking and backpacking trips, often including historical and natural history interpretation. I have developed public slide shows on backcountry recreation themes including several popular shows on Backpacking in Northern BC which I have presented in Prince George, Williams Lake, Vancouver and Victoria. I was the opening keynote speaker at BC Nature's Fall General Meeting in Prince George in September 2016. I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to introduce new people to the backcountry through stories, slide shows, teaching, and best of all through taking them there.
Health & safety
I have a strong interest in health and safety in the backcountry as well as in the community and in industry. Soon after arriving in Prince George, I spent several years as a volunteer search and rescue leader in the community. Later, I pursued industrial first aid and wilderness first aid training, and had direct involvement in health and safety in the workplace, both as an industrial first aid attendant and as the leader of a site evacuation team. I taught outdoor survival in the community, and have authored many articles on outdoor safety. In 2001 and 2002 I developed and delivered an outdoor safety seminar for the University of Northern British Columbia, and in 2005 I was a guest presenter at a Ministry of Forests Safety Day, these events being the inspiration for my 2007 and 2012 books on outdoor safety and survival.
Since these safety books were published, I have guest-lectured several times to a College of New Caledonia Outdoor Recreation Class.
Before embarking on my own venture in 2000, 20 years in the Forest Industry in B.C. and 33 years in Information Technology in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. helped to broaden my understanding of community, educational and business needs relative to the shared resources in the north. Prior to moving to BC, while working in the field of telecommunications for the airline and travel industry, I gained an appreciation for that industry and of the outdoors in eastern Canada. Computer Journal
* Government of British Columbia OIC Appointment