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.

Nicky is the director appointed to the CBT by the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District (ACRD) - Area C and serves as co-chair of the CBT board. Hailing from Rochester in the UK, Nicky holds degrees in electro-mechanical power engineering and human nutrition, as well as a post-graduate diploma in Leadership & Management. She now lives in an off-grid, sustainable home just outside Ucluelet in ACRD - Area C, where she operates an IT Consultancy that she founded. In addition to her role on the CBT board, Nicky is a volunteer mentor for Junior Achievers (Ucluelet), provides volunteer IT support for both the Ucluelet Chamber of Commerce and the Westcoast Community Resources Society, and is a member of the CBT Neighbourhood Small Grants Committee. She is passionate about alternative power technologies and sustainability, as well as public health, nutrition, and food policy. She is also an Organic Master Gardener and she loves to grow and eat delicious, healthy food.

Ruth is the director appointed to the CBT by Hesquiaht First Nation and serves as co-chair 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 Hesquiaht council. She recently retired to Hot Springs Cove Village in Hesquiaht 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. 

Tom is the director appointed to the CBT by Ahousaht. 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.

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.

Mike is the director appointed to the CBT by the District of Tofino and serves as treasurer.  He was born and raised in Victoria and he followed a passion for adventuring by boots, boards, bikes, and boats to Tofino in 2005.  While the surfing lifestyle first attracted him to the region, he feels that the culture and tight-knit community are what has made it a home for him and his family.  He also enjoys the opportunities Clayoquot Sound and the surrounding area provide to inspire his kids to be free-spirited adventurers.

Mike has a BSC in Natural Resource Conservation from UBC and is a professional forester.  He works for a small consulting company specializing in community forestry and woodlot management and feels very lucky to play a role in shaping the future stewardship of our forests.

District of Ucluelet
Toni Buston

Toni is the director appointed to the CBT by the District of Ucluelet. She has spent over a decade working in outdoor education, guiding kayaking and hiking trips around Vancouver Island. At home, she spends most of her time gardening and with her many animals on her little homestead. She grew up in Nanaimo and Ucluelet, studied Digital Communications, and spent many years traveling while working and volunteering. She works in Community Outreach for Westcoast Community Resources Society, is the Youth Facilitator for the District of Ucluelet, and loves finding new ways to combine her passion for nature and community.

Naomi is the director appointed to the CBT by Toquaht Nation. She was born and raised in Port Alberni and now resides in the community of Macoah. Naomi is both a three-term elected council member and Administrative Assistant for Toquaht Nation. She has received an Indigenous Language Proficiency Certificate from UVIC and feels that it is important to continue learning the Nuu Chah Nulth language. Beading and scrapbooking are passions of Naomi and she also enjoys connecting with her two younger sisters who live in Port Alberni and Campbell River.

Zolie is the director appointed to the CBT by Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ Government.

Chief Moses Martin is the interim director appointed to the CBT by Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations.

Non-voting Board Advisors:

Kendall Woo & Chris Lee (Alternate): Environment & Climate Change Canada
Linda Higgins & Denise Koshowski (Alternate): Department of Fisheries & Oceans
Dave Tovell & Jazz Amyot (Alternate): Parks Canada
Rhonda Morris & Jennifer Sibbald (Alternate): Province of British Columbia

Board documents

Historical documents

Board meeting minutes