Chair - Evert (Ev) Van Eerden - Victoria
Ev Van Eerden grew up near Amsterdam in the Netherlands, and immigrated to Canada in 1959. He completed a bachelor of science in forestry degree at the University of British Columbia in 1968. After a 20-year career with the Canadian, and B.C. forestry services, Van Eerden, along with some of his colleagues, bought six nurseries from the B.C. government, and formed an employee-owned forest nursery company, Pacific Regeneration Technologies, Inc. He served as the company’s vice-president until 1997 at which time he became president and CEO. During his tenure as the senior executive company revenue grew by approximately 70 per cent. Van Eerden retired in 2002, but continues to serve as chairman of the board of directors of the management company.
Vice-Chair - Don Krogseth - Vancouver
Don Krogseth a long time resident of BC is a Bachelor of Commerce graduate from UBC. He has held many Director Positions in both corporate and community organizations -- from a senior partner at Connor, Clark & Lunn Investment Management Ltd to his current Director’s positions on the Advisory Board of the Nature Trust of BC, and The Rivers Institute of BC. Sport fishing, particularly fly fishing around our Province, is one of his special interests.
Secretary Treasurer - James Gordon - Vancouver
James is a strategy and operations management consultant with Deloitte. He has been with the Firm since 1999, the first six years being a member of the London, UK practice. His focus is assisting public sector clients to enhance their organizational and operational performance which includes the areas of strategic and business planning, performance management, program leadership, process design, and transitional change. James is responsible for the Firm’s work with the BC Government resource management ministries and is a lecturer on the University of British Columbia’s Certificate in Project Management program.
Director - Dana Atagi - Smithers
Dana Atagi is the head of the fish and wildlife section and regional manager for the Skeena Region of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. Dana holds B.Sc. (Zoology) and M.Sc. (Zoology) from the University of British Columbia and is a registered professional biologist. He has worked in regional operations for the various provincial fish and wildlife agencies since 1994. He has extensive experience in the assessment of and management of freshwater sports fisheries. He lives in Smithers with his partner Valerie and their golden retriever (Yukon). Besides angling, he enjoys traveling, playing and coaching hockey, golfing and hunting.
Director - Bill Camden - Victoria
Bill Camden is a Chartered Accountant and a co-founder of the firm Norgaard Neale Camden Ltd. in Victoria, which was started in 1993. He was also involved in municipal politics for many years as the Mayor of the Town of View Royal and has helped various non-profit organizations. Bill was a volunteer fire fighter for 10 years and has dabbled in various activities including obtaining his flying licence, motorcycling, scuba diving and Shotokan Karate. He has fished off the west coast for many years without much success. He is hoping for better luck in British Columbia’s freshwater fishing grounds.
Director - Jonathan Pew - Summerland
Jon is a retired Professional Agrologist who completed his career with the BC Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food as the Provincial Underwriting Manager for BC Crop Insurance. He holds undergraduate degrees in Economics and Environmental Biology and has a broad work experience which includes wildlife management, fruit growing, and in horticulture and agrology in the context of providing sustainable insurance in agriculture.
Jon is an avid fly fisherman and sea kayaker who enjoys spending a good portion of his life standing in a river or experiencing the unique, unmatched beauty of British Columbia.
Director - Andrew Wilson - Victoria
Andrew Wilson is the Fisheries Director in the Fish and Wildlife Branch of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. Andrew has a MSc (Biology), an MBA, and many years experience both in regional operations (Penticton) and more recently in the Fish and Wildlife Branch. Over the past several years one of his responsibilities has been to manage the contract between MOE and FFSBC, so he knows us well. We have worked closely with Andrew and he is a strong advocate for the Fisheries Program and for the FFSBC model. Andrew lives in Victoria with his wife Rowena and their two young children.
President (Ex-Officio) - Don Peterson - Victoria
Don is the President and an ex-officio member of our Board of Directors. Don began his career in fisheries as a summer student and later then as a full time Fish Culturist at the provincial Summerland Trout Hatchery in the early 1970's. When he left government in 2003 to become the FFSBC's first President he was the Director of the Fish and Wildlife Branch. Don brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Society's senior executive position. Don lives in Victoria and enjoys fishing, travelling, cycling, gardening, and photography.