Candidate for
Councillor-at-Large

Norah White, RPF

RPF #4483

Executive Summary

Norah White, RPF, has spent nearly 20 years as a senior leader focused on forest stewardship, forest policy, and provincial forest governance. 
 
Norah has been a member of the BC Office of the Chief Forester’s senior leadership team since 2018, reframing the strategic vision for the province’s forest management framework, and leading the recent sweeping changes to the Forest and Range Practices Act.
 

Norah recently worked with the BC Oil and Gas Commission to forge a new approach for Indigenous reconciliation. Today, Norah’s focus is on delivering research findings and information on forest carbon and climate to forest professionals and businesses.
 
Norah has also been a long-standing member of the Forest and Range Practices Advisory Council, and the ministry’s official representative to the Forest Practices Board, addressing issues of province-wide forest management significance. 
 
Norah has worked with First Nations leadership and forestry councils, with industry associations, communities and interest groups, and has a deep understanding of diverse perspectives and the ability to navigate conflict. 
 
Norah served on the ABCFP's BC Forest Professional Editorial Advisory Panel from 2018 to 2020, as well, and recently completed an executive MBA degree. 

Professional Experience

  • Director, Forest Carbon and Climate Services, Ministry of Forests, March 2022 - present
  • Director, Regulatory Affairs, BC Oil and Gas Commission, September 2021-March 2022
  • Manager, Sustainable Resource Management, Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations, and Rural Development, 2016–2021
  • Sustainable Forest Management Policy Officer, Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations, 2013–2016
  • Legislative Analyst, Legislation Branch, Corporate Initiatives Division, August 2011–July 2012
  • Forest Policy Advisor, Strategic Policy and Practices Branch, Corporate Initiatives Division, 2006–2010
  • Research Officer, Legislative Assembly of BC, July 2005–June 2006

Related Experience

  • Government expense authority since June 2016 (manage multi-year budgets up to $10 million)
  • Labour Relations Law, BC Public Service Agency, December 2017
  • Introduction to Administrative Law, Justice Institute of BC, January 2012
  • BC Legislative Internship Program, BC Legislature, June 2006 (annual six-month program offered to 10 recent graduates of BC’s major universities)

Education

  • Executive Master of Business Administration, Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University, June 2022
  • Bachelor of Science in Forestry, Forest Resource Management (Honours), Faculty of Forestry, UBC, Vancouver, 2004

Memberships/Registration

  • ABCFP, 2007