Board of Directors
Organizational Structure: Each shareholder appoints a Board member for a term of one year or more. The Board elects and executive consisting of President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. The Board meets monthly in various locations. The board operates under a general policy transparency, inclusiveness and equality. All shareholders have an equal voice at the decision-making table. The Board may appoint sub-committees to conduct work on behalf of the board on certain topics.
Director (Regional District of Bulkley Nechako – Area E)
Miles is a 40 plus year resident of the Burns Lake area. His lengthy career and involvement in the forest industry includes Land and Resource Management Plan (L.R.M.P.) co-chair for the Lakes District and Past President for the Federation of BC Woodlot Associations.
Director (Wet’suwet’en First Nation)
Shannon is the Chief Operating Officer for Yinka Dene Economic Development General Partner (YLP) and member of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation. Shannon has completed her Business Administration Degree with a focus in Human Resources (HR) in December 2012. Along with her HR background, she has held leadership positions within her community of Wet’suwet’en First Nation (WFN), as well as the Carrier Sekani Family Services board and Saik’uz First Nation where she was the Operations Manager. While her primary focus is in HRM, her skill set is balanced out by successful work experience with the Northern First Nation communities, including management, leadership, communication, social marketing, event planning and philanthropy. Shannon remains committed to the meaningful and lasting improvement of her community and those around it.
Director (Regional District of Bulkley Nechako – Area B)
Cindy Shelford, was born and raised in Burns Lake. Cindy is a advocate for sustainable, renewable resource management and forest stewardship.
Director (Skin Tyee Nation)
Adele Gooding, General Manager for Skin Tyee Nation, was born and raised in Burns Lake. In addition to her work with the Chinook Community Forest, Chair of the Lakes District Aboriginal Training to Employment Society and Chair of the Pacific Trail Pipelines Aboriginal Skills Employment Partnership. She is the secretary for the First Nations LNG Alliance. Adele is an advocate for sustainable, renewable resource management and forest stewardship.
Director (Burns Lake Band)
Lloyd Adams is a lifetime member of the Lakes District having moved here with his family in the 1950s. He has been active in the forest industry since that time in many different capacities, including running small sawmills and market logging. Lloyd managed a Wood Lot license for many years and currently represents the Burns Lake Band on the Chinook Community Forest Board.
Director (Lake Babine Nation)
Duane Crouse was born and raised in Burns Lake. Duane was exposed to forestry at a very young age where his family owned and operated a woodlot north west of Francios Lake. Duane has spent the last 17 years working as a first aid level 3 attended and a red seal heavy duty mechanic. July 15, 2019 Duane was appointed to the Chinook Community Forest board on behalf of Lake Babine Nation. Duane looks forward to working with other board members.
Director (Cheslatta Carrier Nation)
James grew up in Saskatchewan on the family grain farm. He attended the University of Saskatchewan and the University College of the Caribou in Kamloops. James continued his career tree planting in BC and working for Canfor in Prince George in numerous capacities including Silviculture, Harvesting and Road building; Block and Road Layout; and as the Underwater Logging Supervisor in the Nechako Reservoir. James is currently the Land and Resource Manager for the Cheslatta Carrier Nation, the Cheslatta Community Forest Manager and is a former board member of Cheslatta Forest Products.
Director (Village of Burns Lake)
Karl has been living in the Lakes District for the last 26 years and has worked in the wood processing and forest industry for 20 years. He has worked in a variety of capacities, from a logging truck drive to millwright and is currently marketing wood products internationally and managing small sawmills.
Director (Nee Tahi Buhn Indian Band)