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.

Sarah Thomas
Sarah Thomas
Director
Bio

Sarah Thomas is a member of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation where she spent over 10 years working.  During her years at Tsleil-Waututh Sarah developed a wide range of communication skills that are essential when working with First Nations people. She created a strong network of connections over the years giving her the motivation to keep pursuing an education and developing new skills to foster her connection with First Nations People and organizations. Today Sarah is currently working at the First Nations Financial Management Board as the Capacity Development Manager working with Nations across the county.

Our Team

Mariko Adams
Mariko Adams, B.A. (Hons)
Archaeologist
Bio

Mariko joined the Inlailawatash team in 2021. In 2015, she graduated from UBC with a Bachelor of Arts in Honours Anthropology with a focus in Archaeology and began working in consulting archaeology that same year. Mariko is a Northwest Coast Field Director and has experience with supervising preliminary field reconnaissance programs, archaeological impact assessments, and archaeological overview assessments for a variety of sectors. In the office, she has experience with creating project proposals, completing Heritage Conservation Act and First Nations permit applications, conducting background research, project reporting, data management, and artifact cataloguing and analysis.

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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.

Lyndsay Cooper
Lyndsay Cooper, B.A.
Archaeology Coordinator
Bio

Lyndsay has recently joined the Inlailawatash team as an archaeology coordinator. She has a BA in Archaeology with a Minor in First Nation Studies from Simon Fraser University, as well as five years’ experience working as an office administrator/manager. Lyndsay is excited to bring her knowledge and experience to the Inlailawatash archaeology team. Her main role is to work closely with the archaeologists to provide administration and project coordination support.

Anisa Côté
Anisa Côté, B.A. (Hons)
Archaeologist
Bio

Anisa has recently begun working as an archaeologist with Inlailawatash upon graduating in 2021 with a B.A. Honours in Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Archaeology at the University of British Columbia. She has conducted archaeological research in New Zealand and Israel. Her research has focused on the role of archaeology in politics and decolonization. She looks forward to furthering her experience in the archaeology of the North West Coast.

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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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.

Ailidh Hathway
Ailidh Hathway, BA
Archaeologist
Bio

Ailidh is one of the newest archaeologists to join the team at Inlailawatash. She has been working in consulting archaeology since 2015 and was previously a field director in Ontario. Ailidh has worked with a variety of archaeological materials across many different site types, conducting field studies in Ontario, Jordan, and South Africa. She has experience performing fieldwork, surveys, monitoring, laboratory analysis, and report writing. Ailidh has an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology and Heritage Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University and is currently enrolled in the Master of Arts in Archaeology program at Simon Fraser University.

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.

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
Senior GIS Manager
Bio

Mapping and Information Management 
As our Senior GIS Manager, 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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Adrienne Morrison
Adrienne Morrison BA, MLIS
Information Management Consultant
Bio

Adrienne “Bobbie” Morrison, MLIS has worked in First Nations information management since 2013. She works as a consultant for Inlailawatash, offering services in archival projects, cultural knowledge management, database design, records management analysis and file plan development. Adrienne’s primary job is Records Manager for Tsleil-Waututh Nation, where she has developed an archival repository and information management systems. She is currently leading a SharePoint and Collabware CLM project implementation for Tsleil-Waututh Nation. Adrienne graduated with a B.A. in Anthropology from Wake Forest University and a master’s degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of British Columbia.

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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.

 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.

Anne Sheridan
Anne Sheridan, B.A., ADP GIS
GIS Analyst
Bio

Anne came into Inlailawatash as a recent graduate from BCIT’s GIS Advanced Diploma program. She has previous GIS experience with land use planning and developing spatial databases at the municipal government level. Anne also holds a Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Environment and Urban Sustainability obtained from Ryerson University. As a GIS Analyst, Anne works closely with the Senior GIS Manager and helps with any day-to-day mapping requests as well as ongoing projects. Her work is associated with use and occupancy studies, natural resources, and archaeological projects. 

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Pano Skrivanos, M.Sc., AdvDip GIS
Pano Skrivanos, M.Sc., Adp GIS
Senior Advisor, GIS and Information Management
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 Advisor 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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Laura Taylor, GIS Analyst
Laura Taylor, Dipl. Environmental Studies, Cert CAD Technician
GIS Analyst
Bio

Laura Taylor joined Inlailawatash as a student of BCIT's Bachelor of GIS program. Her previous GIS experience comes from working in forestry in Northern B.C., contract positions in environmental assessment work, and municipal utilities.Laura holds both a Technical Citation in AutoCAD drafting from VCC, and a Diploma in Environmental Studies from Langara College. As a GIS Analyst, Laura works closely with the Senior GIS Manager and helps with any day-to-day mapping requests as well as ongoing projects. Her work is associated with use and occupancy studies, natural resources, and archaeological projects.

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Karen Thomas
Karen Rose Thomas B.A. (Hons), CRM, M.A., RPA 18214
Archaeologist
Bio

Karen Rose Thomas is from the Tsleil-Waututh Nation with family ties to the Semiahmoo and Squamish Nations. She grew up in the Tsleil-Waututh community, although she has since lived all around Tsleil-Waututh territory across the lower mainland. She holds a B.A. (Hons) in Archaeology with a minor in Anthropology and a Cultural Resource Management Certificate from Simon Fraser University. Her MA in anthropological archaeology from the University of British Columbia addresses a previously unexplored and misidentified tool stone material found on the shores of Burrard Inlet and elsewhere. She began working in archaeology in 2011 as a First Nations field representative for Tsleil-Waututh. Her other work experience includes time spent as a consultation and accommodation assistant and as a referrals analyst for Tsleil-Waututh’s Treaty, Lands and Resources Department. This experience has given her a comprehensive understanding of First Nations’ governments, intergovernmental relations and the consultation process. She currently holds a seat on the Museum of Vancouver’s Board of Directors and is a member of the newly formed First Peoples’ Cultural Council’s Indigenous Cultural Heritage Advisory Committee. She is committed to the documentation, preservation and protection of cultural heritage resources of her own Nation and those of other Indigenous communities. Karen is very pleased to be working for Inlailawatash and hopes that she can inspire other community members to pursue post-secondary education in order to bring their knowledge back to benefit the community.