Executive Biographies

72nd President

Morgan Kennah, RPF, holds a BSF in forestry from the University of British Columbia and a MBA from the University of Calgary. She has been a member of the Association since 2005 and a member of Council since 2015.

Morgan joined the provincial government in 2016 where she is currently the Director, Strategic Forestry Policy within the Timber Operations, Pricing and First Nations Division for the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. Prior to joining the BC public service, she worked within the forest sector for both private and public land managers in a variety of roles for 10 years as well as spending time working in Alberta’s bioenergy sector.

Originally from Metro Vancouver, Morgan has lived or spent considerable time within several of BC’s resource-focused communities. Today she lives in Victoria. She enjoys tackling challenging resource management projects, programs, and questions with a variety of teams across the varying natural resource sectors.

 

Chief Executive Officer

Christine Gelowitz, RPF, is responsible for all aspects of the association’s business operations. As the primary support to Council, Christine works closely with the President and elected Council to set the strategic direction of the organization and ensure strong governance practices. In February 2016, she assumed the CEO role with the ABCFP after previously serving on the association’s council for five years, including a term as president in 2013.

A graduate of the University of Northern British Columbia, Christine has a degree in Natural Resources Management - Forestry. Christine has been a Registered Professional Forester since 2003.

Prior to joining the ABCFP, Christine spent nearly 20 years with the British Columbia Provincial Government, in a number of natural resource sector ministries and Crown Corporations. In her last role with government, Christine headed the Corporate Initiatives Division of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operation where she led the development of the ministry’s strategic agenda and was responsible for the ministry’s legislative plan and program.

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Director of Professional Practice & Forest Stewardship

Mike Larock, RPF
As director of professional practice and forest stewardship, Mike develops and communicates professional standards, provides ABCFP responses on professional practice matters and works toward the association's forest stewardship commitments. Mike has led the ABCFP efforts in advancing professional reliance in the forest resource sector.

Before joining the staff of the ABCFP, Mike served on the ABCFP council as both an elected member and then president in 2001.

Mike has practised professional forestry in coast forest ecosystems as a silvicuturalist. He lives in Coastal Western Hemlock extra dry maritime, where he is a woodlot licensee and private forest landowner. Mike has been a practising forester in BC for over 30 years.

Registrar & Director of Act Compliance

Casey Macaulay, RPF, joined the association in 2011. As the registrar and director of act compliance, he oversees the ABCFP's admissions, accreditation, registration, discipline and enforcement activities. In his previous role at the association, Casey worked on forest stewardship and advocacy issues. Prior to joining the association, Casey worked as a planning forester for 15 years in the Southern Interior. He has a diploma in forest technology from the BC Institute of Technology and a bachelor's degree in forest management from the University of BC.

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Director of Finance & Administration

Lance Nose joined the association in 1996. In his role as director of finance and administration, Lance ensures that the association's finances are reported, managed and budgeted in a responsible manner. He also oversees administrative and human resources issues in the office. Prior to joining the association, Lance worked as a controller for a software company in Vancouver. He has a business accounting diploma from Red River Community College and has supplemented his education with Certified General Accountant (CGA) classes.

Director of Communications

Dean Pelkey joined the association in 2016. His role as director of communications focuses on strategic communications planning, media relations, recruitment and advocacy work. Dean has more than 20 years of experience in corporate communications, focusing on communication project management, media relations, issues management, social media strategy, and writing and editing stemming from a career at crown corporations, publicly-traded companies, non-profits, and newspapers.

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