Suudhl Cindy Boyko, Co-Management
Suudhl Cindy Boyko has served as the Haida Nation co-chair on the Gwaii Haanas Archipelago Management Board for the past twenty years, where she has overseen the signing of the Gwaii Haanas Marine Agreement and establishment of Gwaii Haanas National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, the raising of the Legacy Pole at Hlk’yahGawGa Windy Bay and signing of the Gina ’Waadluxan KilGuhlGa Land-Sea-People Management Plan. Cindy sat as an elected representative on the Council of the Haida Nation for nine years and, prior to that, was manager of the Haida Gwaii Watchmen Program. She is also a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the Haida Gwaii Institute.
Dr. Hilary Thorpe, Co-Management
Hilary is the Pacific Region Marine Coordinator for Parks Canada. From 2012-2020, Hilary was the Marine Project Manager at Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site, where she worked closely with the Archipelago Management Board to develop the Gina ’Waadluxan KilGuhlGa Land-Sea-People Management Plan. Prior to joining Parks, Hilary was a postdoctoral fellow at UBC and Academic Director for the Haida Gwaii Higher Education Society. She holds a B.Sc. in Ecology and a Ph.D. in Forestry, both from the University of Toronto.
Ella-Kari Muhl, M.Sc. (she/her/hers), Co-Management
Ella-Kari Muhl is a political ecologist and interdisciplinary sustainability practitioner with a focused interest in issues of equity, the co-production of knowledge, and the sustainable governance of marine resources. While born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, she now finds herself residing on Haida Gwaii contributing to the co-development of the evaluation framework for the Gwaii Hanaas Land-Sea-People Plan, and is a collaborating researcher in a Kuu (sea otter) recovery initiative led by Parks Canada and the Council of the Haida Nation. She is also working towards completing her doctoral degree in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo.
Dr. Vanessa de Oliveira Andreotti, Strategies for Creating Change in Complex Systems
Dr. Vanessa de Oliveira Andreotti holds a Canada Research Chair in Race, Inequalities and Global Change, at the Department of Educational Studies, at UBC. She has extensive experience working across sectors internationally, particularly in areas related to global justice, global citizenship and Indigenous and community engagement. Drawing on different critiques of colonialism and human exceptionalism, her research examines the interface between historical, systemic and ongoing forms of violence, and the material and relational dimensions of unsustainability within modernity. Vanessa is one of the founding members of the Gesturing Decolonial Futures Collective.
Dr. Dan McCarthy, Strategies for Creating Change in Complex Systems
Dr. Dan McCarthy is an Associate Professor in the School of Environment and Resources and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo and the Director of the Waterloo Institute of Social Innovation and Resilience. Dr. McCarthy’s research explores the utility of complex systems-based approaches in developing knowledge of, and effectively intervening within, linked social-ecological systems to foster resilience, sustainability and innovation and deep systems transformation. Dr. McCarthy has extensive experience in community-based, participatory, and Indigenous research contexts as well as over a decade of research and curriculum development experience around the concept of social innovation and systems transformation.
Dr. Bruce McIvor, Law and Governance
Dr. Bruce McIvor is a partner at First Peoples Law LLP. His work includes both litigation and negotiation on behalf of Indigenous Peoples across Canada. Bruce is recognized nationally and internationally as a leading practitioner of Aboriginal law in Canada. His collection of essays entitled Standoff: Why Reconciliation Fails Indigenous People and How to Fix It was published in the fall of 2021 by Nightwood Editions. Bruce is a member of the Manitoba Métis Federation.