Board of Directors

Barry Gates - EIS Chair of Board of Directors

Barry Gates – EIS Chair

Education: BA  Occupation: forest land manager, 15 yrs Current projects: Manager, FSC certified forestlands; co-planner, Elkington forest conservation community project; member/planner Ecological Design Panel, Shawnigan Lake watershed ecological planning initiative.

Kathy Code, EIS Vice-Chair of Board of Directors

Kathy Code, EIS Vice-Chair & Communications Director

Education: Criminology Diploma; BA in Political Science and Psychology; Masters in Environment and Management (thesis on sustainable community forestry in British Columbia).

She has over thirty years experience in writing, communications and media relations in the public, private and non-profit sectors. She joined the provincial government in 1996 and worked in various capacities (communications, issues management, project management, research, and policy analysis) in the areas of social assistance, gaming policy enforcement and rural economic development in BC.  Recently retired, Kathy is eager to devote her energies to her small hobby farm and volunteer activities.

Kathy has been on the Board of Directors since 2014.


Sharon Chow – EIS Treasurer

Education: Masters in Regional Planning. Background: Previously worked as a planner in Saanich, then spent 20 plus years as a volunteer, board member and conservation director with the Sierra Club of BC helping to save special places such as the Juan de Fuca Trail, Carmanah Valley, South Moresby and Clayoquot Sound.


Dr. Nancy J. Turner – EIS Director

Nancy is an ethnobotanist whose research focuses on traditional knowledge systems and traditional land and resource management systems of Indigenous Peoples of western Canada. She is Professor Emeritus in the School of Environmental Studies, University of Victoria, Canada.


Peter Jungwirth – EIS Director

Peter is a Registered Professional Forester in both BC and Austria (from where he immigrated). He is also a certified Arborist, tree risk assessor and faller.  Prior to immigration, Peter worked in Forestry research. In BC, he has been active as a forestry and arboriculture consultant and also as a hands-on arborist.  He has designed and instructed several ecoforestry courses.

Ecoforestry Institute Society member Gary Swann

Gary Swann – EIS Director

Gary and his partner have operated a Biodynamic Farm and an 80 acre Ecoforest in Port Alberni BC.

Gary has a long and continuing commitment to protecting the planet and its natural systems which sustain us all,  During his time as chairperson of the Alberni Clayoquot Regional District, he was a part of the nomination committee of the Clayoquot

Biosphere Reserve.  Gary was also a founding Director of the Alberni Environmental Coalition.  His dedication to environmental causes is so important in the face of species decline, environmental degradation, and the waning of industrial society.

Bruce Hepburn – EIS Director

Bruce is a zoologist with a particular interest in sockeye salmon. He graduated from UBC in 1971 with a BSc (Zool.), and has also been involved with aquatic biology studies for the Forest Service.  Bruce witnessed the damage done by poor forestry practices, and is inspired by the example of Wildwood Ecoforest.

Jay Rastogi - Special Advisor

Jay Rastogi – Special Advisor

Jay Rastogi is the former site manager for Wildwood Ecoforest where he was mentored by Merv Wilkinson. For almost two decades Jay has shared these teachings and principles with thousands of people during tours and workshops. He studied Natural Resources Management and Environmental Studies at the University of Guelph and also worked at the University Arboretum.  Jay is a keen naturalist with an interest in promoting sustainable interactions between humans and the land.