We have built a multidisciplinary team of professionals covering a wide variety of fields and specializations, including forestry, natural resource management, archaeology, GIS mapping, as well as certified arborists and skilled field personnel.  

Our combination of professional designations, experience and academic background enables us to provide a broad spectrum of services that meet the highest standards of quality.

People

Team Members

Our Board Of Directors

Matt Thomas
Matt Thomas
Director
Bio

Matthew Thomas has over 25 years of leadership experience in First Nations business and real estate development. He is the Senior Economic Development Officer of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation and served on Council from 1990 to 1997.

Matt directs and coordinates the financial and operational activities of the TWN’s Economic Development Department and its subordinate business units at the highest level. He analyzes financial information, presents financial reports, maintains records of assets, liabilities, profit and loss, and advises on the financial status of community-owned and partner businesses. 

A driving force behind the development of the successful residential community of Ravenwoods in North Vancouver, and Director of Wolf Clan Development Ltd., Matt guides Tsleil-Waututh Nation land acquisition negotiations and subsequent business development. He also holds senior positions with SPAL General Constructors, Salish Seas community fisheries, TAKaya Driving Range, Takaya Tours Inc., and the Tsleil-Waututh General Store.
 

Leah George-Wilson
Leah George-Wilson
Director
Bio

Leah is a member and former Chief of Tsleil-Waututh Nation (TWN).  She was also the first woman to be elected Chief, a position she held for three terms.

Leah holds a BA in Anthropology from Simon Fraser University. She worked for TWN for 18 years, the last 9 years as the Director of Treaty, Lands & Resources.  She then returned to University to earn a law degree from UBC and is now a practicing lawyer.

Leah has been elected Co-Chair of the First Nations Summit since 2004 and is a board member of the Land Advisory Board and the First Nations Health Council.

Leah is happily married, has a grown daughter and lives at Tsleil-Waututh.

Ernie George
Ernie George
Director
Bio

Ernie is a Tsleil-Waututh Community member and started with Inlailawatash in 1998 slashing under hydro line 5L45 in the Indian River Watershed. After a 15 year period working in the golf industry Ernie returned to Tsleil-Waututh Nation in 2009 and now fills two important roles; Director on the Board of Inlailawatash Limited Partnership, and Director of Treaty, Lands and Resources for Tsleil-Waututh Nation.

Our Team

Catherine Carlson, Ph.D.
Catherine Carlson, B.A. (Hons), M.Sc., Ph.D., RPA 17341
Archaeologist & Senior Archaeology Manager
Bio

Archaeology
Catherine is an archaeologist and the Senior Archaeology Manager for Inlailawatash. She oversees cultural resource management (CRM) projects, heritage studies, educational programs, and research-based investigations. She supervises proposals and financials, leads project management, develops professional relationships with First Nations and clients, and is involved in fieldwork, analysis, reporting, and quality review. Catherine has been doing and teaching archaeology in British Columbia for several decades, having both an academic and consulting background, and she has conducted fieldwork on the Coast, the Interior Plateau, and the Peace River. She also spent a decade working on projects in New England, and has expertise in faunal analysis, the recovery of accidentally found human remains, and providing expert testimony for First Nation fishing rights. She has published a variety of articles, as well as professional reports and conference presentations, and her research interests include early indigenous coastal cultures, the archaeology of fishing, environmental archaeology, and the contact period on the Plateau. Catherine is proud to be working for a First Nation-owned environmental consulting company that values community engagement. Catherine has a BA (Hons)in Archaeology from Simon Fraser University, a MSc in Quaternary Studies (glacial geology, paleo-environments, and archaeology) from the University of Maine, and a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts.

Sean Connaughton, Ph.D.
Sean Connaughton, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., RPA 17354
Archaeologist
Bio

Archaeology
Sean P. Connaughton, Ph.D. is an anthropological archaeologist for Inlailawatash with many years of professional experience since 1999. He is a Northwest Coast Permit Holder and a Field Director in both the Northwest Coast and Subarctic/Boreal Forest culture areas. He has experience in baseline assessments, impact assessments, overview assessments, monitoring, surveying, mapping, recording, mitigation, wet-site archaeology, research, analysis, and publishing. Sean holds a Ph.D. in Archaeology from Simon Fraser University and has worked in Canada, the United States, Fiji, Tonga, Sāmoa, and Papua New Guinea. He is also faculty in the Department of Anthropology at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

Jason Forsyth, M.Sc., RPF
Jason Forsyth, M.Sc., RPF
CEO
Bio

In addition to his role as CEO of Inlailawatash, where he provides strategic direction and oversight to the entire company, Jason is also an Economic Development Officer with Tsleil-Waututh Nation, an Executive Manager of Salish Seas Limited Partnership and a facilitator of a multi-First Nations strategic lands negotiation team. 

As a Registered Professional Forester (RPF), Jason has close to 20 years experience working on land use planning, forest stewardship and sustainable economic development for Indigenous peoples. He takes pride in working for a progressive company with a distinctly holistic approach to work, culture, and environmental values. Jason holds a BSc. in Natural Resources Conservation and an MSc. in Aboriginal Natural Resources Policy from the University of British Columbia. He has authored a variety of land use plans and professional reports based on work completed in British Columbia, Labrador, Indonesia and Nigeria. In 2014, one of Jason's academic works was published as a chapter in a new book entitled Aboriginal Peoples and Forest Land in Canada.
 

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Bryan Gallagher, Ph.D.
Bryan Gallagher, Ph.D.
Business Development Manager
Bio

Renewable Resource Management 
As our Business Development Manager, Bryan plans and implements business strategies for commercial fisheries management as well as providing company-wide policy, procedural, legal, branding and marketing support. Bryan also liases with the board of directors and plays a key management role in Salish Seas Fisheries Limited Partnership, a dynamic commercial fishing business owned by Musqueam, Tla’amin and Tsleil-Waututh.  Bryan’s experience as an instructor and final project supervisor in the Executive MBA in Aboriginal Business and Leadership program at Simon Fraser University (SFU) has strengthened his ability to help shape and grow First Nation-owned businesses. The driving force behind Bryan’s work at Inlailawatash is his desire to assist Tsleil-Waututh people to leverage business as a way to assert influence in their territory, create employment and generate sustainable revenue. Bryan has a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Management from the Beedie School of Business at SFU.
 

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Brandon George
Apprentice Utility Arborist
Bio

Tree & Vegetation Management Services
Brandon joined the Inlailawatash Vegetation Management crew in July 2016 as a trainee saw operator and joined the ITA Utility Arborist Apprenticeship program in 2017. Brandon is enjoying learning the technical aspects of climbing and rigging trees and is aiming to attain his Certified Utility Arborist status within the next two years.

Henry George
Henry George
Saw Operator
Bio

Tree & Vegetation Management Services
Henry has worked with Inlailawatash since 2007 and is our senior and most experienced saw operator. Henry grew up in the Tsleil-Waututh community and has always appreciated the opportunity to work with and mentor friends and family members on the Inlailawatash Vegetation Management crew.

Jose Gonzales
Jose Gonzales
Certified Utility Arborist
Bio

Tree & Vegetation Management Services
Jose Gonzalez has been working with Inlailawatash since 2011 and completed the ITA’s Certified Utility Arborist training program in 2016. He grew up in the Tsleil-Waututh community and is happy to be leading crews and training his friends and family in a skilled trade. With Jose’s completion of the CUA program, Tsleil-Waututh is further cementing its place as a leading First Nation in industry training and employment.

Chris George-Thomas
Chris George-Thomas
Certified Utility Arborist
Bio

Tree & Vegetation Management Services
Chris George-Thomas has been working with Inlailawatash since 2007 and was the first Tsleil-Waututh member to complete the ITA’s Certified Utility Arborist training program. Having lived his whole life in the Tsleil-Waututh community, Chris appreciates working across Tsleil-Wautuh territory, from remote corners of the Indian River Watershed to urban areas of North Vancouver. He is leading by example in the community and training and mentoring his friends and family on the Inlailawatash crew.

Dennis Hicks
Dennis Hicks, CUA
Certified Utility Arborist
Bio

Tree & Vegetation Management Services
Dennis has over 35 years of experience in forestry, arboriculture and vegetation management. He offers a wealth of experience as a Certified Utility Arborist and has a keen interest in, and talent for, training and mentoring new and upcoming apprentices. Dennis operated his own tree services business for many years prior to joining Inlailawatash and brings with him an extensive knowledge of tree care in both urban and forestry settings. Dennis is well known and highly respected throughout the tree industry as one of the most knowledgeable, experienced and genuine people in his field.

Walter Homewood
Walter Homewood, B.A., CRM, SIS
Archaeologist
Bio

Archaeology
As an archaeologist Walter performs fieldwork and reporting for archaeological projects at Inlailawatash. He has been working as an archaeologist in British Columbia since 2014 and has worked on projects with communities and industries on Vancouver Island, the Broughton Archipelagoes, the Squamish River Valley, and Metro Vancouver. Walter has a Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology, a Certificate in Cultural Resource Management, and a Certificate in Spatial Information Systems from Simon Fraser University. 

Patrick Humchitt
Apprentice Utility Arborist
Bio

Tree & Vegetation Management Services
Patrick joined the Inlailawatash Vegetation Management crew in August 2013 as a trainee saw operator and joined the ITA Utility Arborist Apprenticeship program in 2014.  Patrick has completed all of the technical training aspects of the Utility Arborist Apprenticeship program and is close to attaining his Certified Utility Arborist status.

Allison Hunt, B.Sc., MCPM
Allison Hunt, B.Sc., MCPM
GIS Analyst
Bio

Mapping and Information Management 
As our Geographic Information System Analyst, Allison works closely with every division of Inlailawatash. Allison applies her knowledge and technical expertise to a wide variety of projects including data management, use and occupancy mapping, bioregional atlas creation, and project management. Allison received a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Conservation with Honors and Co-operative Education from the University of British Columbia, and holds a Masters Certificate in Project Management from the Schulich School of Business & Gustavson School of Business (York University and University of Victoria respectively).
 

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William Paul
Saw Operator
Bio

Tree & Vegetation Management Services
William joined the Inlailawatash Vegetation Management crew in July 2017 as a trainee saw operator. William is enjoying the outdoor work and, inspired by his colleagues, has expressed interest in the ITA Utility Arborist Apprenticeship program.

Dan Perry, CUA
Dan Perry, CUA
Lead Hand
Bio

Tree & Vegetation Management Services
Dan Perry has over 35 years of experience in forestry, arboriculture and vegetation management. He has been a Certified Utility Arborist for over 25 years and has extensive experience in training and supervising forestry and arborist crews. Since he joined Inlailawatash he has provided mentorship and training to Inlailawatash crews, ensuring high quality work, instilling safe work habits, and imparting his vast knowledge of tree care. Dan is well known and highly respected throughout the industry as one of the most knowledgeable, experienced and genuine people in his field.

Morgan Ritchie
Morgan Ritchie, M.A., RPCA
Archaeologist
Bio

Archaeology
Morgan Ritchie has worked in archaeological research and cultural heritage management in British Columbia since 2004. He is a provincial Northwest Coast permit holder, field director, and registered professional consulting archaeologist. He has conducted projects on the Central Coast, the Sunshine Coast, and in the Lower Mainland. Morgan has worked directly with and for First Nations communities in several capacities around cultural resource management. He has worked closely with Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations providing archaeological support, cultural heritage policy recommendations, and site-specific management plans. He also has considerable experience working for a wide range of clients, including municipal, provincial, and federal governments, industry, and non-profit environmental organizations.  

 Anastasia Ruumi
Anastasia Ruumi, M.Sc., BC-CESCL
Project Coordinator
Bio

Tree & Vegetation Management Services
Ecosystem Restoration Services

Anastasia helps the Senior Manager with the coordination of many aspects of projects for Vegetation Management and Ecosystem Restoration. Her day-to-day activities include working with the vegetation management crew leads to develop schedules and safety plans, to maintain safety records, and to conduct field inspections. Anastasia is involved in developing cost estimates, planning and coordination of fieldwork with clients and sub-contractors and ensuring timely and high-quality completion to client’s satisfaction. Anastasia holds a Master of Science degree in Ecological Restoration obtained from the Simon Fraser University and the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

James Sandover
James Sandover, B.A.
Renewable Resource Coordinator
Bio

Renewable Resource Management
James Sandover is a Tsleil-Waututh member who was recently hired with Inlailawatash in June of 2018. He comes from RBC Royal bank, where he worked for 6 years and is excited to bring his knowledge and experience to Inlailawatash. As our Renewable Resource Coordinator, James works to help run and administer three renewable resources areas: sustainable fisheries, ecosystem-based forestry and clean energy development. Currently, as General Manager of Salish Seas Fisheries Limited Partnership (a Limited partnership between TWN, Musqueam and Tla’amin Nations), his main role is to deliver administration and management services to both Salish Seas Fisheries Limited Partnership and TWN commercial fishing activities.

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Ian Sellers, M.A.
Ian Sellers, B.A. (Hons), M.A., RPA 17285
Archaeologist
Bio

Archaeology 
Ian supervises fieldwork, reporting, and administration for Inlailawatash archaeological projects. He has been working with First Nations, developers, government, and intergovernmental agencies on issues of cultural heritage since 2008. His research interests include Coast Salish landscape archaeology, historical political economies of indigenous British Columbia, and sustainable cultural tourism. Ian holds an M.A. in Archaeology from Simon Fraser University and is a Provincial Field Director in the Northwest Coast Culture Area.

Pano Skrivanos, M.Sc., AdvDip GIS
Pano Skrivanos, M.Sc., Adp GIS
Senior Manager
Bio

Mapping and Information Management
Pano has been working with and providing mapping and information management services to aboriginal communities for many years. His role as Senior Business Manager of the GIS and Information Management Program is a reflection of his expertise utilizing GIS within a wide variety of areas including land use planning, forestry, surveying, marine conservation, archaeology, wildlife habitat analysis, and forest carbon. Pano also specializes in land use and occupancy research, and more recently, optical and LiDAR mapping using drones. Pano participates in a variety of outreach initiatives including the Indigenous Mapping Wananga in New Zealand, Google Earth Outreach, and Van Carto Day.

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Andrew M. Spence, RPF, PMP
Senior Manager
Bio

Tree & Vegetation Management Services
Ecosystem Restoration Services

As a Senior Manager, Andrew leads a staff of ten people providing a diverse range of tree services, vegetation management, urban forestry, environmental restoration, landscape planting and resource construction services. Through his growth and development with Inlailawatash, Andrew has become directly responsible for all aspects of day-to-day operations, project management, financial management, business growth and development.

A native of the north east of England, Andrew had a successful career as a Chartered Accountant prior to his move to Canada in 2009. Inspired by the unique natural beauty of British Columbia, Andrew was drawn to Vancouver, where he began his journey in the field of natural resource management, gaining a BSc. Forestry degree from the University of British Columbia in 2010 and attaining his Registered Professional Forester (RPF) status in 2013.

Andrew gained the certification of Project Management Professional (PMP) in 2017.

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Nicole Yeung, B.Sc.
GIS Technician
Bio

Mapping and Information Management
Nicole collaborates with our GIS Analyst to provide geospatial support and services to our teams at Inlailawatash and beyond. Nicole has taken exciting opportunities to collect, manage, and analyze both spatial and non-spatial data in various organizations across Canada, especially in the realms of resource conversation and environmental monitoring. Through building and delivering customized static, web, and mobile map applications, Nicole has supported knowledge sharing and decision-making processes on federal and municipal government levels. Nicole is a BSc. graduate with a degree in Environmental Sciences (Ecology and Conservation) from the University of British Columbia.

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