“With support from the governments of B.C. and Canada, the Forest Enhancement Society of BC has been enabling others to reduce greenhouse gases, protect communities from wildfire, improve wildlife habitat, and create jobs for British Columbians. This work generates immense social, economic, and environmental benefits, now and into the future.”
—Jim Snetsinger, FESBC Chair
The purposes of the Forest Enhancement Society of British Columbia are:
To advance environmental and resource stewardship of British Columbia’s forests by:
- preventing and mitigating the impact of wildfires;
- improving damaged or low value forests;
- improving habitat for wildlife;
- supporting the use of fibre from damaged and low value forests; and
- treating forests to improve the management of greenhouse gases.
- To advocate for the environmental and resource stewardship of British Columbia’s forests.
- To do all such other things as are incidental and ancillary to the attainment of the foregoing purposes and the exercise of the powers of the Society.
BECOME FIRESMART! FESBC IS PART OF THE BC FIRESMART COMMITTEE
The BC FireSmart Committee provides crucial leadership at a provincial level to help communities prepare, prevent and mitigate the impact of wildfire.
FESBC is proud to be one of seven FireSmart Committee members collaborating on this important work. Mitigating the impact of wildfire not only aligns with our purpose and mandate but is also something we’re passionate about.
Visit the BC FireSmart website to learn more or to order FireSmart materials: firesmartbc.ca
The Board’s overall governance role involves a wide range of responsibilities, including approving FESBC’s multi-year strategic plan and reviewing it annually, annual operating plans and budgets, monitoring FESBC’s performance, ensuring management is qualified, reviewing FESBC’s material risks, and overseeing a succession planning process to ensure continued leadership.
The Board is committed to conducting business in a legal and ethical manner and meets on an as-needed basis several times each year.
Please refer to the following links for additional information:
FESBC ENDORSES THE UNITED NATIONS DECLARATION ON THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES (UNDRIP)
Hon. Minister Doug Donaldson wrote to FESBC Board Chair Wayne Clogg on January 8th, 2018:
“To support true and lasting reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples in British Columbia, our government is fully adopting and implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), and the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). Please ensure that going forward your organization incorporates the UNDRIP and TRC, given the specific mandate and context of your organization.”
FESBC also endorses the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and its calls to action as well as the implementation of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Up to February 2020, about 32% of the projects funded by FESBC are led by First Nations proponents or have significant First Nations participation (81 projects valued at $73 million). This is not surprising given that both First Nations and FESBC have a great interest in the enhancement of BC’s Crown forests.Learn More
Board of Directors
Chair of the Board
Jim Snetsinger graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Science degree in forestry in 1979, moved to British Columbia, and started working for the BC government in 1986. He worked in a variety of positions before being appointed the Province’s Chief Forester in 2004 where he served until his retirement in 2012. Since then he has worked as a forestry consultant.
Wayne Clogg graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Science degree in forestry in 1977. He served as West Fraser’s Senior Vice President of woodlands where he had overall responsibility for woodlands and fibre management for the company before retiring in 2012. Over his 32 years with West Fraser, Wayne served in several roles including field forester, woodlands manager and general manager, and was a key contributor to West Fraser’s success. Before joining the FESBC Board, he worked as a consultant.
Dave Peterson graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Science degree in physical geography – Natural Resource Management in 1980 and became a registered professional forester in 1985. He worked with the Ministry of Forests until 1995, when he moved into the private sector. He returned to the Ministry in 2005 and has served in several Assistant Deputy Minister positions.
Brian Banfill graduated from the College of New Caledonia’s Business Administration Program in 1983 and became a CPA, CGA in 1990. He has over 30 years of forest-industry experience including more than 12 years with West Fraser Timber, primarily in the role of Controller for the company’s solid wood operations group, and almost 13 years as a Senior Vice President with Brookfield Timberlands Management. With Brookfield, he was a key member of a small team that acquired over $3 billion (US) of timberlands and related manufacturing operations in Canada, the United States, and Brazil, and was responsible for all aspects of accounting and finance for the timberlands operations managed by the company. In this role, he also served as CFO, and later COO, of Acadian Timber Corp. Since his retirement from Brookfield in 2016, he has worked as a consultant.
Sarah has 30 years of experience working in the public service leading economic development initiatives and programs throughout British Columbia. She was appointed A/ADM of ROTE in July 2020 and is responsible for a diverse portfolio including strategic and operational policies that relate to authorizing disposition of Crown land and forest tenures, sale of high value Crown land, and remediation of Crown contaminated sites. She leads a Provincial team supporting regional economic development, and the Province’s community transition services and is also responsible for rural policy and programs including the Forest Worker Support Program, engineering and road access and forest worker safety for the province. Prior to her posting as A/ADM Sarah was Executive Director leading the Rural Policy and Programs Branch and the Regional Economic Operations team which delivers on-the-ground economic development and community transition support to communities throughout BC. This cross-government approach utilizes an extensive network to coordinate the Province’s response to communities facing industry downsizing and closure, delivering support for workers, local governments and community services. Sarah holds an MBA from Royal Roads University, where her thesis focused on comparative governance models in service delivery in North America and the United Kingdom. Sarah enjoys cycling, woodworking and playing banjo. She lives on a small hobby farm with her husband in the Cowichan Valley.