FESBC Welcomes two Operations Managers

The Forest Enhancement Society of BC (FESBC) is pleased to welcome two additional Operations Managers to their staff: Leith McKenzie and Gord Pratt.

Leith McKenzie

Leith McKenzie has over 20 years’ experience working for the provincial government at the district level and at the region in the Thompson Okanagan - primarily in silviculture and stewardship. Most recently she was the Research and Silviculture Team Leader at the Thompson Okanagan Region of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations in Kamloops. Leith has worked with the Forests for Tomorrow program through the transition to district and regional delivery of the Land Base Investment Program. She was also the Team Lead for the Climate Action Plan for the Thompson Okanagan Region. Leith is a professional forester and has a degree in biology from Dalhousie University.

Gord Pratt

Gord graduated from the University of Alberta in 1986 with a degree in Forestry and has over 30 years’ forestry experience. As a partner with a forest consulting company in Smithers, Gord was involved in all aspects of forest management activities such as planning, silviculture and timber development for industry, government and small licensees. Since 2007, he has worked with the Ministry of Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations in Kamloops in a number of positions, including Timber Pricing/Tenures Forester in the Southern Interior Region, Stewardship Forester in the Kamloops Forest District, Fuel Management Specialist for the Kamloops Fire Centre (where his primary role was to promote fuel management treatments in the Wildland Urban Interface areas around the communities across the Kamloops Fire Centre), and most recently as an acting Resource Manager for the Thompson Rivers Natural Resource District.

Leith and Gord will both be commencing their new duties in April 2017 on secondment from the provincial government. They will bring the FESBC staff complement to five with Dave Conly also an Operations Manager, Kathy Dupuis as Office Manager and Greg Anderson as Executive Director.