Leading what's possible

The Clayoquot Biosphere Trust (CBT) relies on the vision and strategic direction of a committed Board of Directors representing a diversity of experience, skills, and interests that support our role as a UNESCO Biosphere and community foundation.

The Board of Directors is comprised of appointments from Hesquiaht First Nation, Ahousaht, Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations, Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ Government, Toquaht Nations, District of Tofino, District of Ucluelet and the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District Area C, as well as two At-large Directors. Their knowledge and dedication guide our work and ensure we remain in touch with the communities we serve. We also appreciate the dedication of non-voting board advisers appointed by Environment and Climate Change Canada, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Parks Canada, and the Province of British Columbia.

Tammy is the representative of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations and is the Co-chair of the CBT Board. Tammy has a BA and a MA in criminology, both from SFU. During her studies, Tammy focused on Aboriginal Justice. Her professional life has taken her to several provinces in Canada with her work largely focused on education. This includes teaching, research, and policy development. Tammy is currently the Education Coordinator for the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations.

Tammy grew up on Vancouver Island and is keenly involved in the activities of her family and community. She feels it is important for an education system to be built upon the cultural, linguistic and traditional philosophies of the people it aims to reach. During the 2013 Canoe Journey, she travelled with her family and community members from Tla-o-qui-aht to the traditional territory of the Quinault people.

Cathy is the Tofino representative to the CBT Board of Directors and is the Co-chair of the CBT Board. Cathy also serves on the District of Tofino council.  She has a BSc in Kinesiology and a MA in Tourism Management. Her thesis focused on the feasibility of a higher learning centre in Tofino as a means to foster economic resilience in the region. She continues to pursue this interest through the Tla-o-qui-aht-Tofino Higher Learning initiative.

Cathy has had a life-long interest in well-being and has worked as a fitness consultant and physical education teacher. She was also a member of the Tofino Recreation Commission that initiated the multi-use path. Recently, she wrote a cultural tourism plan for Clayoquot and Barkley Sounds.  Her role as a district councillor and a CBT board member fulfills Cathy’s enthusiasm for building strong community relationships throughout the region.

Alan is the representative for Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ and is the secretary on the CBT Board. Much of his working career has been in the resource industry, in both fisheries and forestry, and he is currently employed as the Fisheries and Wildlife Resource Officer for the Ucluth Fisheries.

As a member of the post-treaty government, Alan serves as a member of the Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ Legislature and is responsible for overseeing the land and resources portfolio. He is also the Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ representative to the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District where he sits on a subcommittee that deals with planning issues specific to the west coast. He was part of the team that collaborated on the tool kit, A Path Forward, a resource guide to support local governments and treaty First Nations.

District of Ucluelet
Geoff Lyons

Geoff is the Ucluelet representative to the CBT board and Treasurer of the CBT Board. He also has served as a councillor for the District of Ucluelet. Geoff worked as an accountant with MacMillan-Bloedel for more than two decades, followed by time as a controller with the Ahousaht First Nation and as CAO and treasurer for the District of Ucluelet. During that time, he also helped create the Ucluelet Economic Development Corporation, the pre-curser economic vehicle used to achieve the Barkley Community Forest Corporation.

Although Geoff is now retired, he keeps busy running drop-in soccer and badminton and sits on the boards or assists many non-profit Societies, including the Ucluelet Aquarium, the West Coat Multiplex, the Barkley Community Forest, the North Island Film Commission to name a few.

Chief Anne is the representative for the Toquaht Nation.  Anne has a BA in sociology and anthropology from Simon Fraser University, with a minor in linguistics. Anne has worked with her nation for over a decade, and, with her father beside her, witnessed the signing of the Maa-nulth Treaty on April 1, 2011.  Anne leads her community with a vision to “bring people home to a land that can sustain them.” In January 2009, Anne was traditionally seated by her father, Deets-kee-sup (Chief Bert Mack), to become hereditary chief of her nation. She works closely with second hereditary chief, Kevin Mack, and three elected citizens of council that form the Toquaht government.

Tom is the representative for Ahousaht on the CBT board. Tom has served multiple terms on Ahousaht Council and is actively involved in community initiatives, including the Ahousaht basketball program. A firm believer in working for the benefit of future generations, Tom is a dedicated member of the Westcoast Multiplex Society working group. He also owns and operates a water taxi business providing safe and reliable transport linking offshore communities to Vancouver Island. Tom enjoys fishing and providing food fish for the families Ahousaht and surrounding communities, spending time with his children and grandchildren, and is an avid sports fan.

Ruth is the representative for Hesquiaht First Nation on the CBT Board. Ruth grew up surrounded in Hesquiaht culture and has had a long career in service of community. After studying social work at the University of Victoria, she worked for many years as a social worker on the lower mainland and on Vancouver Island, and has spent multiple terms on Hequiaht council. She recently retired to Hot Springs Cove Village in Hequiaht territory to be closer to land, family and territory. Ruth enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren, quilting, reading, hosting workshops on self-care, and gardening. 

Rachael is the representative for the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District (ACRD). Hailing from Illinois, Rachael studied Biology and Spanish at the University of Illinois before working in the sport management sector. Her work brought her north of the border to support operations in the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Vancouver. Rachael now lives in Port Albion on the north side of Ucluelet Inlet while working remotely as a Project Manager for the Bank of Montreal. She has volunteered with local planning and civic engagement opportunities through the ACRD, including the Long Beach Advisory Planning Commission.

Hannah is a director-at-large to the CBT board. She was raised on the Oregon coast, in Depoe Bay, a small town just south of the Cascade Head Biosphere Region. Instilled with an enthusiasm for wilderness and surfing in her upbringing, Hannah melded this passion with her post-secondary education, pursuing a BSc in Environmental Science with a focus on marine biology. She first came to Tofino on a surf trip, and eventually decided to make Canada her permanent home.

At present, Hannah works as a bookkeeper and volunteers for the Alliance for Climate Education , which creates educational resources on climate change.  She also volunteers for community events and with projects for Clayoquot Cleanup. Hannah feels strongly that volunteer service is the perfect way to be meaningfully involved in one’s community.

Ariane is a director-at-large to the CBT Board. A keen adventurer and dedicated scientist, Ariane studied Marine Biology at Dalhousie University and her career is focused on promoting awareness, appreciation, and knowledge of the natural world via public education and community outreach.

Ariane is pursuing her Masters in Educational Leadership at Vancouver Island University after working with Raincoast Education Society from 2013-2019, where she has coordinated and led environmental education programs in Ahousaht, Hot Springs, Ucluelet and Tofino. She has also worked as a Marine Educator in Bamfield, as a Wildlife Technician at East Bay’s Migratory Bird Sanctuary in Nunavut, and as a marine biologist aboard ships from Greenland to Antarctica.

Non-voting Board Advisors:

Kendall Woo & Tracy Parker (Alternate): Environment & Climate Change Canada
Lauren Brown & Denise Koshowski (Alternate): Department of Fisheries & Oceans
Rene Wissink & Arlene Armstrong (Alternate): Parks Canada
Rhonda Morris & Mary Toews (Alternate): Province of British Columbia

Board documents

Historical documents

Board meeting minutes