Directors & Officers

John Barker, President

John is a retired marine transportation executive and holds a BComm and MBA. He was a director of the Pacific Salmon Foundation for 12 years and has served on the board of the Coho Society of the North Shore. In addition to his responsibilities as president, John coordinates our senior secondary student outreach programs, organizing activities such as salmon surveys and stream habitat improvements that connect students with our volunteers. John was the Society’s nominee to the Rodgers Creek Area Plan Working Group, which advised District Council on development the Upper Lands, a 215-acre parcel of privately held property in the municipality.

Mike Perley, Secretary

Mike is an outdoor enthusiast with a broad range of interests. Actively involved our work programs, hatchery operations and community outreach activities since joining the society, Mike was appointed secretary in 2016. Mike is a long-time Vancouver resident and graduated from UBC with a BA in Physical Education/Recreation and a minor in Economics. He has held positions with the Royal Bank of Canada in numerous communities throughout BC and is currently a Senior Commercial Account Manager in North Vancouver.

Bill McAllister, Treasurer

Bill is a retired lawyer and has pursued an interest in the natural world since his youth. He has participated extensively on our stream enhancement projects and leads our fundraising in support of those initiatives. He also serves on the Invasive Plant Species Strategy Working Group and sits on three committees of the West Vancouver Community Services Society. Bill is a member of the Vancouver Natural History Society, Wildlife Rescue Association of BC, Sunshine Coast Salmonid Enhancement Society, Sargeant Bay Society, VanDusen Botanical Garden Association and Sunshine Coast Botanical Garden Society.

Bill Chapman

Bill has been a member for 12 years. A B.C. Land Surveyor in West Vancouver for more than 40 years, he has a deep understanding of the community, its watercourses and of streamside protection. In 2010, Bill was named Citizen of the Year by the District of West Vancouver. He is a founding director of the Coho Society and president of the West Vancouver Nature House Society, which is directing development of Navvy Jack Nature House. This project is an initiative of our Society and four stewardship groups working to create a comprehensive nature centre for West Vancouver.

Elizabeth Hardy

Elizabeth has been an active member since 1996. She has served on the board since 2002, co-chaired the Society from 2009 to 2010, manages our Nelson Creek Hatchery and is Creek Coordinator for Nelson, Eagle and Wood creeks. Elizabeth also compiles and analyzes salmon survey data collected by Creek Monitors and secondary school students in the fall, and collects emerging salmon fry survey data in the spring. She previously worked as a geologist and holds a BSc from the University of Western Ontario.

Don Harrison

Don earned a BSc in Mining Engineering from UBC in 1984, and worked at several gold mines in the Yukon, NWT and Northern BC until 2008. In 2009, he received an MA in Environmental Management from Royal Roads University and then worked as a civil and environmental consulting engineer in Greater Vancouver. He is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of B.C. Don joined our Society in 2008 and was appointed to the board in 2015.

Richard Ketchen

Rich is a fourth generation British Columbian, a lifelong fisherman and has lived in West Vancouver for over 30 years. A graduate of BCIT (Business Administration) and a Chartered Professional Accountant, he brings extensive financial, management and communications experience to the board. Rich coordinates our annual work plan, website and fundraising for special projects and is the Creek Coordinator for upper Hadden Creek. Rich joined the Society in 2014 and was appointed to the board in 2015.

Dave Martin

Dave has lived and worked in West Vancouver for 45 years. After retiring from his family medical practice, he "apprenticed" for five years under one of his sons doing home renovations. Having become handier with tools, Dave joined our Society and is now our Mr. Fix It. He coordinates volunteers who monitor intake pipes at two rearing ponds on McDonald Creek and keeps the public viewing platform on Brothers Creek in good order. He also organizes weed-pulling events and other maintenance projects.

Dave Reid

Born and raised in West Vancouver, Dave is a graduate of UBC and a Chemical Engineer. After living and working in four Canadian cities, Dave eventually found his way back to Vancouver, where he co-founded a computer peripherals company. Dave has served as a director of the Seymour Salmonid Society and became a member of our Society in 2010. Since then, he has taken on responsibility as Coordinator, Creek Monitors. In this capacity Dave coordinates 30 members who gather and submit results from spawner salmon surveys each fall and emerging fry observations each spring.