We are thankful for the time, energy and thoughtful deliberations of the volunteer selection committees. One external committee adjudicated the non-profit, private and public sector awards. Together, these individuals have wide-ranging experience and impressive breadth and depth of expertise in a range of land use issues in BC.
Another committee, comprising the three most recent past chairs of the Foundation not currently serving on the Board of Governors, adjudicated the Land Champion award.
- Main Selection Committee
Jessie Hemphill, from the Kwakwaka'wakw Nation, lives in Port Hardy where she is a town councillor and a director for the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities. Jessie is also a community planner, having worked with many First Nations on their comprehensive community plans.
H. A. (Bert) Miles is a director of the Investment Agriculture Foundation and serves on the Okanagan panel of the Agricultural Land Commission. He was the long-time manager of Burnaby Lake Greenhouses, and also an executive member of both Surrey Metro Savings Credit Union and Credit Union Central of BC.
Jack Minard is the Executive Director of both the Tsolum River Restoration Society and the Comox Valley Land Trust. He works with local, regional, provincial, federal and First Nations agencies and governments to bring about better outcomes for freshwater ecosystems through aware land use.
Jennie Moore is Director of Sustainable Development and Environmental Stewardship at the BC Institute of Technology. She has expertise in sustainable urbanism and works with faculty and staff in the School of Construction and the Environment to develop new educational programs.
David Van Seters is President of Sustainability Ventures, a consulting firm that uses economic and financial tools to make the business case for sustainability in government, organizations and communities. One of his entrepreneurial successes is Small Potatoes Urban Delivery (SPUD).
- Land Champion Award Committee
Barry Brown-John was BC-born and raised. He has years of real estate industry experience as a broker-owner and developer, and a volunteer with the BC Real Estate Association and the Real Estate Council of BC. Barry was Real Estate Foundation governor for six years.
Jack Hall spent much of his career in senior management with provincial government corporations and ministries that deal with crown lands. He is now semi-retired but does maintain an independent consultancy. Jack served as a Real Estate Foundation governor for six years.
Stephen Mullock has over 30 years' experience in real estate as a REALTOR®, member and director of various organizations including the Real Estate Institute of BC and the Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board. Stephen served on the Real Estate Foundation board for six years.