The HGI is governed by the HGI Advisory Council and UBC Forestry Office of the Dean. The HGI Advisory Council is made up of members of the Haida Gwaii Higher Education Society (HGHES) Board of Directors, and the HGI Director who is a non-voting member. The HGI Advisory Council is a cross-cultural, engaged, and committed working group who share in the mission and vision of HGI.
In 2003, Leonard accepted the position of District Manager for the Haida Gwaii District Ministry of Forests and Range. Since his arrival on the islands, Leonard has been working to develop new relationships, in particular, to bring together an integrated business alliance among all natural resource ministries and the Council of the Haida Nation. It is this work that fuels his desire to invest in youth, through activities such as the Junior Stewardship Ranger program and the conception of the Haida Gwaii Higher Education Society, which gave way to the Haida Gwaii Institute. Leonard is also a Professional Associate of the Faculty of Forestry at the University of Toronto. He resides on Haida Gwaii with his wife Terrie, daughter Meaghan, son Noah and dog Charlotte.
Taaw.ga Halaa’ Leeyga May Russ
May belongs to the Maaman Gitanee Eagle clan of the Haida Nation and is the Village Chief for the community of Old Massett. She is currently the Senior Executive Director for the Council of the Haida Nation and has been in this position since February 2002. She previously worked for the Old Massett Village Council for twenty-two years in various capacities and served as the Village Administrator for the last nine years. Her primary focus is building capacity within the Haida Nation so that citizens and in particular Haida Youth can take advantage of the challenges and opportunities that exist now and into the future. May lives in Massett and has three children, nine grandchildren along with one great grandchild.
Dr Tracy Morton
Tracy has lived and practiced full service family medicine on Haida Gwaii for the past 10 years. A Clinical Instructor with UBC, he has precepted and taught family medicine residents and medical students nearly continuously since arriving on Haida Gwaii. He firmly believes that high quality care and teaching of learners can be provided in rural and remote locations by committed practitioners working in a collaborative, multi-disciplinary team. Areas of special interest are internal medicine, oncology and emergency care. Working with administration, he established Haida Gwaii Cancer Care, which provides chemotherapy locally and addresses the full range of cancer care, from prevention to palliation. He was Chief of Staff from 2002 to 2006. He lives on a small island with his wife and two rambunctious boys.
Ernie grew up in Skidegate and began working for Parks Canada as a deck hand in 1992. With a diploma in business management, Ernie worked his way into management and, in 2001, became the youngest and first Haida Superintendent of Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site. As superintendent, Ernie oversees the protection and presentation of the ecological and cultural heritage of Gwaii Haanas which includes SG̱ang Gwaay World Heritage Site and a number of National Historic Sites. Gwaii Haanas is cooperatively managed by the Government of Canada and the Council of the Haida Nation. Ernie was awarded a 2008 Public Service Award of Excellence for his work at Gwaii Haanas. He lives in Skidegate with his partner and their three children.
Art arrived in Haida Gwaii in 1998 to establish and manage Haida Gwaii Community Futures. The organization over the years played a major role in building community capacity and supporting efforts to expand economic opportunities that promote community sustainability, with particular emphasis on social enterprise. Art was a founding member of the Haida Gwaii Higher Education Society and remains involved as a board member. Art continues to pursue his interest in community economic development both locally and internationally. He holds University degrees in Business Administration and in Community Economic Development, and has held positions in management consulting and in senior management in a variety of industry sectors.
Keith Moore, RPF
Keith has been a resident of Haida Gwaii for more than 30 years. He is a Registered Professional Forester and has an MA in Geography. Since 2000, Keith has run a consulting business based in Queen Charlotte that takes him across Canada and the world to work on forest certification with the Forest Stewardship Council. To date, Keith has been involved in over 70 certification projects in five Canadian provinces and eleven other countries. Keith is also involved in forestry and environmental issues in BC. On Haida Gwaii, these include the campaign to protect the southern part of the islands, the Fish Forestry Interaction Program, the Strategic Land Use Plan and the development of a comprehensive forestry strategy for the islands. He is a volunteer with a number of local organizations and was a founding director of the Laskeek Bay Conservation Society, which is involved with seabirds, marine mammals and forest birds. Keith lives with his wife, Helen in Queen Charlotte.
Dr Hilary Thorpe
Hilary moved to Haida Gwaii in 2008 after completing a PhD in forestry from the University of Toronto. From 2009 to 2011, she held an NSERC postdoctoral fellowship in the Geography Department at the University of British Columbia and was HGHES’ Academic Director, where she developed curriculum and taught courses in the Haida Gwaii Semester in Natural Resource Studies. Since 2012, Hilary has worked for Parks Canada as the Marine Project Manager for Gwaii Haanas. With colleagues from the Haida Nation and Fisheries and Oceans Canada, she is leading development of an integrated plan to guide management of the National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site. Prior to joining the board in 2015, Hilary was an academic advisor for the Haida Gwaii Semester, assisting in the development of the Haida Gwaii Semester in Natural Resource Science. Hilary lives in Queen Charlotte with her partner and their two children.
Dr Peter Marshall, RPF
Peter has worked as a professor at the University of British Columbia since 1983 and served as the Associate Dean-Academic for UBC Forestry from 1998 to 2017, playing a supportive and important role for the early years of the Haida Gwaii Semesters, as he continues to do now as a member of the HGI Advisory Council. His research interests include complex stand dynamics and design of samples. Peter has been active professionally throughout his career, serving a term as president of the Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP) and also the Canadian Institute of Forestry (CIF). He remains active with both organizations, serving on the Board of Examiners and the Complaints Resolution Committee for the ABCFP and as a member of the Vancouver Section Council for the CIF. He is a long-time member, and current chair, of the Canadian Forestry Accreditation Board and represents the CIF on the Canadian Federation of Professional Forestry Associations. Peter and his wife, Val, live in North Vancouver.