Board of Directors


Peter Jungwirth – EIS CHAIR

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, he worked in Forestry research. In BC, he has been active as a forestry and arboriculture consultant and also as a hands-on arborist.


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.

Barry Gates EIS Director

Barry Gates – EIS Vice 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.


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 Distinguished Professor and Hakai Professor in Ethnoecology in the School of Environmental Studies, University of Victoria, Canada.

Kathy Code, EIS Communications Director

Kathy Code, EIS Communications Director

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

Ecoforestry Institute Society member Gary Swann

Gary Swann – EIS Director

Gary has a long and continuing commitment to protecting the planet and its natural systems which sustain us all. Especially during this period of species decline, environmental degradation, and the waning of industrial society that commitment seems more and more important.

Jay Rastogi

Jay Rastogi – EIS Special Adviser
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. His family background includes dairy farming and forestry. Jay is a keen naturalist with an interest in a variety of natural history topics as well as an interest in sharing his knowledge and exploring and promoting sustainable interactions between humans and the land.

Bruce Hepburn – EIS Special Adviser

Briefly, I am a zoologist with a particular interest in sockeye salmon. I graduated from UBC in 1971 with a BSc (Zool.). I have also done aquatic biology studies for the Forest Service.  I have seen the damage done by poor forestry practices including Henderson Lake where in 1997 the all time North American precipitation was broken.