Advisory Board


Appointed by the Premier of British Columbia, the Muskwa-Kechika Advisory Board (M-KAB) is mandated with advising government on natural resource management in the Muskwa-Kechika Management Area (M-KMA) to ensure that activities within the area are consistent with the objectives of the Muskwa-Kechika Management Plan. Advisory Board members provide their services voluntarily and without remuneration except for travel expenses while undertaking Advisory Board business and attending Advisory Board meetings.

The members of the Advisory Board represents both the interests of the M-KMA as well as the perspectives of their respective constituencies.

The Advisory Board must prepare an annual report (check our resource library section to view past and current reports) to the Premier and the Public outlining its funding expenditures, submitting its advice to government, and reporting on Board and Committee work.

M-KMA Vision (established by the M-KAB)

"The Muskwa Kechika Management Area is a globally significant area of wilderness, wildlife and cultures, to be maintained in perpetuity, where world class integrated resource management decision-making is practiced ensuring that resource development and other human activities take place in harmony with wilderness quality, wildlife and the dynamic ecosystems on which they depend"

M-KAB members reflect a diversity of perspectives including:

  • First Nations
  • oil and gas
  • local government
  • conservation
  • forestry
  • commercial recreation
  • labour
  • mining
  • wilderness tourism 
  • trapping
  • guide outfitting
  • alternative energy

The Advisory Board meets at least once per year in locations such as Prince George and Fort St John BC. The general public is invited to attend portions of these meetings. In part, the intent is to conduct semi-annual reviews of activities and review strategic plans to ensure that the intent of the M-KMA is upheld. M-KAB meetings work to accomplish the following:

  • Review information and new developments within the M-KMA;
  • Develop recommendations and/or advice for government for anticipated resource development in the MKMA;
  • Provide the public with an opportunity to learn more about the M-KMA, the M-KAB and table enquiries with the Advisory Board;
  • Government agencies and other organisations update Board members and others with the full perspective of planning and activities occurring within the M-KMA; and
  • Engage stakeholders and have presentations on issues and concerns affecting the M-KMA.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee has 5 members, led by the M-KAB Chair, who is appointed by the Premier of BC, along with 4 with elected members, one of whom is appointed as Vice Chair. The Executive Committee meets monthly by teleconference to undertake and track Advisory Board business between the Advisory Board meeting(s). 

 Advisory Board Working Groups

 When specific initiatives  arise that are not in the realm of the Executive committee, an ad hoc Working Group is created to work on the initiative and to provide recommendations to the Executive and Advisory Board for a consensus based decision.

Currently there are 7 established Working Groups:

  1. UNBC-MKMA Collaborative Partnership Working Group is tasked with ensuring their joint vision for the research needs and priorities of the Muskwa-Kechika Management Area is fulfilled;
  2. Wilderness Defintion and Vision Working Group is tasked with developing a working definition of wilderness for the MKMA that meets the spirit and intent of the MKMA Management Act.  The group is also responsible for developing a draft vision for the MKMA that, together with the wilderness definition, is to be shared with Government ministry officials with the goal of agreeing on a shared and common understanding of both the definition and the vision;
  3. Fox/Obo Forestry Advice Working Group is tasked with providing recommendations and advice to Government ministry officials as forest operation plans are submitted for review and approval; 
  4. First Nations Relations Working Group is tasked with investigating and recommending a strategy to improve the working relationship between First Nations and the Advisory Board with respect to the stewardship and management of the MKMA;
  5. Board Membership and Composition Working Group is taksed with developing a framework to guide appointments and re-appointments to ensure the Advisory Board is reflective of First Nations, community and resource sector interests in the MKMA; 
  6. Diversified Funding Model Working Group is tasked with exploring new opportunities with organizations that may have an interest in the management and stewardship of the MKMA and are willing to fund research activities in the MKMA;
  7. Mineral Tenures Working Group is tasked with reviewing the final report sanctioned by the Advisory Board and undertaken by EBA and to make recommendations to the Province based on the findings and recommendations laid out in the report.


Muskwa-Kechika Advisory Board

  • All M-KAB appointments are made by the B.C. Provincial Government. The Premier may appoint up to 17 members for this Advisory Board
  •  The Premier of B.C. appointed 14 members on January 31, 2014.  Those appointments are staggered appointements varing between 1 year, 2 year and 3 year terms.



Members Biographies

Stephanie Gale Killam - M-KAB Chair

Stephanie Killam is a former Mayor of Mackenzie and municipal council member. In addition, she has worked as the senior secretary at Mackenzie Secondary School since 1979. Ms. Killam has served on the Museum Society, Club 55 (senior's activities), Mackenzie Chamber of Commerce, Municipal Emergency Program Committee, Mackenzie and Area Health Advisory Committee, Mackenzie and District Hospital Board, Community Health Council, Northern Interior Regional Health Board, and Children's and Women's Health Centre as well as many others. Committed to the community and region, Ms. Killam is well versed in environmental issues, working to strike a balance between conservation and economic development.

Barry Holland

A resident of Charlie Lake, BC, Barry Holland recently retired as an Occupational Safety Officer for the Workers' Compensation Board based in Fort St. John, BC.

After completing his degree in Petroleum and Natural Gas Technology, Mr. Holland was employed as an Engineering Technician, Ministry of Energy and Mines, and later as an Inspecting Engineer for the Ministry of Transportation and Highways.

Mr. Holland has extensive knowledge of northeastern regions of British Columbia, including the M-KMA, and was actively involved in the development of the Fort St. John Land and Resource Management Plan (LRMP).

Corrine Porter

Corrine Porter is the Executive Director for the Dena Kayeh Institute.  The Dena Kayeh Institute is a non-profit
charity created by the Kaska Nation in 2004 to collect, store and manage Kaska Traditional Knowledge.  She received her
Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Resource Science from Thompson River University in 2004 (formerly The University College of the Cariboo, Kamloops, BC) and has been working with the Kaska Nation for over 19 years in various capacities.  Corrine sits on the Muskwa Kechika Advisory Board, The Boreal Leadership Council and is a member of the First Nations Women Advocating Responsible Mining.  She currently resides in Watson Lake, YT.

Wayne Sawchuk

A lifetime resident of Chetwynd, BC, Wayne Sawchuk is a founder of the Chetwynd Environmental Society, of which he is the past president, and the Friends of the Northern Rockies. A former logger, guide, trapper, sawmill worker, and contractor, he now works as a full time environmental and conservation advocate.

Mr. Sawchuk has actively networked with a variety of special interest groups including conservation, wildlife, outfitting, trapping, First Nations, and environment groups. He has also been extensively involved in a wide range of land use planning and management consultation processes including the Protected Areas Strategy and processes concerning the forestry and natural gas industries.

Mr. Sawchuk served as a participant on the recently completed Dawson Creek LRMP as well as the Mackenzie, Fort Nelson, and Fort St. John LRMPs representing the interests of the Northern Rockies and the Muskwa-Kechika Management Area. An appointee to the BC Oil and Natural Gas Commission Tenure Review Process, Mr. Sawchuk served on the Board of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (BC Chapter) as well as a public panel appointed by government to complete the BC Parks Legacy Project. In 1998, he was honoured with the BC Minister's Environmental Award.

An avid outdoors enthusiast, Mr. Sawchuk's cameras are his constant companions on his often extended packhorse trips into the wilderness. Among other publications, his work has appeared in Sierra, Beautiful BC, and Borealis magazines; Canadian Parks; and Wilderness Quarterly, Explore, BC Outdoors, and Canadian Geographic.

Johnny Mikes

Johnny Mikes started working river rafting trips in northern BC as a boy with his father in the early 1970's. He has guided wilderness river, hiking and natural history trips for over 30 years and is very familiar with many remote areas of northern BC including much of the Muskwa-Kechika as well as portions of the Yukon and Canadian Arctic.

Peter Stone

is a member of the Kaska Dena Council.

Lori Warren

Tuchodi River Outfitters & the NE Guide Outfitters of B.C.

Juergen K. Puetter

Juergen Puetter is the founder and President of Aeolis Wind Power Corporation, Blue Fuel Energy and Canadian Methanol.  Aeolis a leading wind energy development organization with numerous project sites in western Canada.  Blue Fuel was established to produce renewable fuels from renewable energy;   and Canadian Methanol was established to produce methanol from natural gas.  Juergen Puetter has a distinguished career converting innovative concepts into succesful businesses such as Bionaire (air purification) and Hydroxyl (water purification), among others.  He served as Chair of Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) from 2008 – 2013.  He continues to serve as a director of SDTC and a member of the Muskwa-Kechika Advisory Board.  His academic background includes Electrical Engineering and Economics at Loyola University in Montreal.

Gavin C. Dirom

Gavin Dirom is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Association for Mineral Exploration BC. Previously, Mr. Dirom served as Vice President of the Mining Association of BC and a Senior Policy Advisory with Natural Resources Canada. Active in his community, Mr. Dirom currently serves as a Director and Co-Vice Chair of the Britannia Beach Historical Society, as well as the Resources North Association. He is also a volunteer Fundraiser for the BC Children's Hospital and a Volunteer Coach for North Shore Soccer. Mr. Dirom holds his a Science Diploma from Capilano College (now Capilano University), his Bachelor of Science from the University of Victoria, and his Master of Science from Royal Roads University.

David Luff 

David Luff is a Managing Partner with the business consulting company, Talking Stick Consulting Group Ltd., based in Calgary. Previously, he was the Vice President of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers and before that an Assistant Deputy Minister with the Alberta Government. Mr. Luff holds his his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science from the University of Alberta.

Shawna Case

Bio pending.

Lana Lowe

Lana is the Director of Lands and Resoruces with the Fort Nelson First Nation.