Our Support Team

Directors

Dallas Smith

Board President

Nicole Rempel

Chief Nicole Rempel

K'ómoks First Nation

Tony Roberts

Councillor Tony Roberts

Wei Wai Kum First Nation

John Smith

Chief John Smith

Tlowitsis Nation

Chief Richard Sumner

Mamalilikulla First Nation

William Glendale

William Glendale

Da'naxda'xw Awaetlala First Nation

Staff

Merv Child

Executive Director

Merv, a member of the Dzawad a'enuxw First Nation, has been working with the Nanwakolas member First Nations in various capacities since 1996, and has served as the Nanwakolas Council Executive Director since February 2007.

Merv is a 1994 graduate of the Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria and was called to the British Columbia Bar in 1995.

Susan McEwen

Finance Director

Susan began working with Nanwakolas member nations in 1996 with KDC Health in 1996. She has been with Nanwakolas since March 2008. Susan has an Associate Degree in Commerce, a Business Management Diploma and is a Certified Accounting Technician. She has been a resident of Campbell River for the past 24 years

John Bones

John Bones

Marine Planning Coordinator

John Bones (MSc, McMaster University) has more than 30 years experience in land and coastal management, planning and environmental assessment with the public and private sectors in British Columbia and Alberta.

He has directed BC government programs on coastal planning and policy, environmental emergencies, and land administration, and coordinated strategic planning programs in BC's North and Vancouver Island coast. He negotiated the MOU between Canada and BC on Ocean Strategy Implementation, designed BC's original coastal planning program, and has been intimately involved in strategic plans prepared for Vancouver Island, the Central Coast and the Haida Gwaii Land Use Agreement. John was an Assistant Deputy Minister, Integrated Land Management Bureau from 2006 to 2008 before leaving government to start his own consulting service. He has extensive experience in meeting facilitation, report writing, and reaching agreement on complex land and resource issues.

Barb Dinning

Marine Planner/GIS Analyst

Barb brings over 20 years of experience working in natural resource fields for both private and public sectors. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Earth and Ocean Sciences from UVic and an advanced diploma in GIS from BCIT.

After her time as an exploration geologist in Canada's High Arctic, she worked for over 15 years as a Geographic Information Systems Analyst in various industries. Barb joined the Nanwakolas team after two years with the Marine Plan Partnership for the North Pacific Coast as Technical Planner for the NVI Sub-region. Her work with Nanwakolas involves engagement with provincial and federal governments on marine planning initiatives and GIS and data management.

Scott Harris

Resource Planner

Scott has been working with the Nanwakolas member First Nations since 1996 beginning with the Kwakiutl District Council where he worked briefly on the Vancouver Island CORE planning process and then onto the Central Coast Land and Coastal Resource Management Planning process.

He moved to Nova Scotia for four years and completed a Master's degree in Recreation Management from Acadia University in 2005. His thesis was on the Role of Ecotourism in Aboriginal Community Development and he worked with a Mi'kmaq community in Prince Edward Island in this regard. Scott returned to North Vancouver Island to work with the Nanwakolas member First Nations in 2005. Scott's work with Nanwakolas has involved land use planning, conservancy management plans, ecosystem-based management, detailed strategic plans and, presently, developing marine use plans for each of the member First Nations.

Jordan Benner

Regional Forestry Advisor

Jordan has worked for over 20 years in various aspects of forestry, including as a researcher, manager, and woodlot operator. Through these diverse experiences, Jordan obtained the unique combination of a PhD in resource management from Simon Fraser University, certification as a faller with the BC Forest Safety Council, and accreditation as a Forester in Training with the ABCFP. As a forestry and research advisor with the Nanwakolas Council since 2016, Jordan supports projects that bring together both technical and strategic dimensions. This work typically involves helping the member Nations better understand the status and trends of important forest resources in their territories and using this information to develop management approaches that align with the interests and perspectives of their communities. Jordan grew up and lives on Quadra Island with his wife and two children.

In addition to his work with the Nanwakolas Council, Jordan is pursuing a PhD through Simon Fraser University that focuses on spatial planning and landscape ecology. Jordan grew up on Quadra Island and currently lives there with his wife and two children.

Heidi Kalmakoff

Training Coordinator

Heidi Kalmakoff is the Training Coordinator with the Land & Marine Resource Management team working with member First Nations, Guardians, and Nanwakolas staff to understand the land and marine resource initiatives to help inform the implementation of the Ha-ma-yas Stewardship Network Guardian training plan.

Heidi holds a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from UBC and is a Registered Professional Forester. Before joining Nanwakolas in 2019 she worked for more than 20 years in the coastal forest industry and is a knowledgeable forestry engineer, resource management planner, and environmental auditor. She was intimately involved in the collaborative negotiations finalizing the Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM) commitments resulting in the Great Bear Rainforest Land Use Order and implementation policies. She volunteered 8 years with the Campbell River Search and Rescue as a searcher, team leader, and trainer, and has lived in Campbell River since 1997.

Art Wilson

Referrals Office Manager

Art was born in Campbell River and is a member of the We Wai Kai First Nation. He received a Natural Resource Technology Diploma and Forestry Certificate from Nicola Valley Institute of Technology in 2003.

Art began his resource-based career in 1998 working as a Forest Engineer in the coastal forest industry and then as a Forestry Coordinator for a First Nation treaty organization in 2003. Art joined Nanwakolas in 2007 as Referrals Officer, later becoming the Referrals Office Manager in 2008.

Katie Pick

Katie Pick

Referrals Office Assistant

Katie was born and raised on Haida Gwaii and is a member of the Haida Nation. She moved to Campbell River in 2011 to further pursue her education.

Katie subsequently graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Criminology. Katie joined Nanwakolas in 2016 as an Administrative Assistant, later becoming the Referrals Office Assistant in 2017.

Johnny Nelson

GIS Analyst

Johnny was born in Campbell River and is a member of the We Wai Kai First Nation. He received a Fisheries Resource Technicians Diploma from Malispina College and holds many other diplomas in GIS.

Johnny started his resource-based career working in fisheries sector in 1997 and then as a GIS AnalystWildlife Resource Planner for a First Nations treaty organization in 1999. Johnny joined Nanwakolas in 2007.

Diana Brown

GIS Analyst

Diana is a GIS analyst working to support the member nations with their diverse range of projects. She has over 25 years experience working in the resource sector before joining Nanwakolas in 2018. Diana received an advanced diploma in GIS/Cartography from the College of Geographic Sciences in Nova Scotia before switching to the west coast. She has lived in a few communities along the east coast of Vancouver Island, now calling Campbell River home.

Julie Normand

Julia Normand

Referrals Officer

Julia recently moved to Vancouver Island and joins Nanwakolas with seven years of experience in the natural resource sector. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Environmental Studies from Dalhousie University and a Masters of Environment and Sustainability from The University of Western Ontario.

Julia was living in Northern BC in the Fort St. John area for the last four years, working in the public sector working with Treaty 8 First Nations and the public on forestry and oil and gas activities. In addition to working at the Nanwakolas Council, Julia continues to pursue her certificate in Conflict Resolution, specializing in Mediation.

Rick Everson

Referrals Officer

Rick is a member of the K'ómoks First Nation. His grandparents were Margaret Frank (Wilson) from T'sakis (Fort Rupert) and Chief Andy Frank from K'ómoks.

Rick brings a well-rounded blend of education and experience to Nanwakolas. His educational background involves both land & resource management and GIS training. Rick has eight years experience in First Nations politics and nine years working for a First Nation treaty organization. Rick has been working Nanwakolas since 2008.

Erica Roberts

Erica Roberts

Administrative Assistant

Erica Roberts is a member of the We Wai Kai Nation and has strong family connections to the Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw, her grandparents were Ethel (Wilson) and James Dawson. She is a proud mother of two children, Fisher and Arie, and wife to loving supporting husband, Chief Chris Roberts.

Erica's work background is from the tourism and hospitality industry where she worked in an administrative front of house capacity and foodservice management roles. When not at work Erica enjoys travelling, the outdoors and spending time with family. Erica is excited to be a part of the team at Nanwakolas and having the opportunity to work for and support multiple First Nation administrations.

Erica Haunch

Erica Haunch

Referrals Officer

Erica was born in Campbell River and is a member of the Wei Wai Kum First Nation. Erica majored in criminology and psychology, and then put school on hold and took advantage of a great opportunity to live in Bangkok, Thailand, for five months.

After returning she began working as a Customer Service Representative at a local bank where she developed positive relationships with both Campbell River residents and businesses. Erica has been working for Nanwakolas since March 2010.