As the Operations and Grants Manager for the Okanagan Basin Water Board, James has become the staff expert on invasive milfoil control and invasive mussel prevention and policy recommendations for the Board. As part of his job, he manages the invasive milfoil removal program in the Okanagan covering five large lakes, and is very familiar with the effects of invasive milfoil in water. As the Grants Manager, James is passionate about supporting work to enhance and restore water quality, and to improve water conservation, as well as enhancing biodiversity and ecosystem function. As part of his role as Grants Manager, he currently sits on the Board of Directors for Environment Funders Canada. Before his work at the Water Board, James served for over 13 years in the Canadian Forces Reserve, earning the Canadian Forces Decoration. He continues to be involved with the Canadian Forces locally by acting as Treasurer for the British Columbia Dragoons Regimental Council Society. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Human Geography from UBC Okanagan in 2012, a Certificate in Local Government Administration from Capilano University in 2015, and his Master of Arts focussed on local government sustainability policy in B.C., from UBC Okanagan in 2018. In his free time, James enjoys camping, hunting, and kayaking with his kids, and teaches them that they are a part of nature and not separate from it.
Topic: Aquatic weed/invasive plant management