About us

About ForestEthics Advocacy Association

ForestEthics Advocacy Association was founded in April 2012 to conserve and protect the natural environments of Canada while allowing for their sustainable use.

WE ACHIEVE OUR GOALS BY:

  • Advocating for industry-wide changes in the extraction, purchasing and sourcing of natural resources,
  • Advocating for large scale, legislated protection of endangered forests and wild places,
  • Educating and informing the public by providing workshops, seminars, and publications,
  • Co-operating with governments and with other persons, societies, corporations and organizations in furtherance of these purposes.

STAFF MEMBERS:

Karen Tam Wu, RPF, Director of Programs
Karen joined ForestEthics in 2006. As Senior Conservation Campaigner, she successfully led our Sacred Headwaters campaign to victory on December 18, 2012. Her winning formula included collaborating closely with regional allies and First Nations, leading international protests at Shell’s headquarters in The Netherlands, and driving Shell Canada and the government of British Columbia to the meeting table. On December 18, Shell announced the company would relinquish its rights to drill for gas and the government of British Columbia committed to forego any future gas development in the Sacred Headwaters.

As ForestEthics’ Forestry Advisor to the Coast Campaign from 2006-2009, Karen’s work with forest companies resulted in FSC-certification of nearly one million hectares of forest in the Great Bear Rainforest. Karen also worked with coastal First Nations communities to build their capacity to implement the Great Bear Rainforest Agreements in their territories and to explore conservation-based economic opportunities.

Karen is a Registered Professional Forester in British Columbia; she earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of British Columbia.

Karen loves adventuring in the mountains, roped or on skis, exploring the rivers by kayak, and pounding out kilometers on rural roads on her bike. She can also be found slinging mud on a potter’s wheel or in her garden.

Ben West, Tar Sands Campaign Director
Ben joined Forest Ethics Advocacy in January of 2013. He spent the last 5 years as a Healthy Communities Campaigner in Vancouver focusing on protecting BC and the Salish Seas from tar sands pipelines and tankers. He also has campaigned for zero waste initiatives, sensible transportation and land use planning and myriad of other projects related to facing the challenge of addressing global warming.

Ben has explored various avenues to make change for the better ranging from film-making to political organizing. Now as the Tar Sands Campaign Director for ForestEthics Advocacy Ben is responsible for organizing strategic campaigns to stop pipeline and tanker proposals and to work towards making better economic alternatives a reality in order to help end our addiction to fossil fuels. In all his work Ben is driven by his passion for environmental justice, and ecological literacy.

Ben was described as a “splendid orator” by the Georgia Straight newspaper and has enjoyed a number of opportunities to publicly debate and discuss the issues with industry representatives, politicians, academics and others.

Ben is madly in love with the wild places in BC and he is passionate about learning from and working with the Indigenous people of the region. In his spare time Ben is a juggler, twitter addict (@BenWest) and wannabe comedian.

Nikki Skuce, Senior Energy Campaigner
Nikki joined ForestEthics in 2009, the sole employee in our Smithers, BC office. Her current focus is in stopping the Enbridge Tar Sands pipelines and promoting green energy solutions provincially. For several years Nikki worked with One Sky on policy and practical programs in Canada, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Peru. She began to focus on energy issues after coordinating Canadian NGOs around the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002. Nikki has advocated for renewable solutions at the United Nations, Canadian, provincial and local levels, and has practical experience installing solar panels. Nikki sits on several Boards including the Canadian Renewable Energy Alliance, the Wetzinkwa Community Forest and the Smithers Sustainable Advisory Committee. She holds a degree in Canadian Studies and International Relations from University of British Columbia.

Nikki’s passion is creating social and environmental change at multiple levels. She lives with her Argentine partner and daughter Lucia.

Sven Biggs, Campaign Organizer
Sven joined ForestEthics Advocacy in February of 2013, bringing with him more than a decade of community and online organizing experience. As Campaign Organizer he will be playing a leading role in the organization’s work to build community opposition to pipeline and tanker proposals, and to work towards a tar sands free future.

Born and raised in London, Ontario, Sven came west in late 1999 and quickly fell in love with British Columbia’s big trees and wild coast lines. Before joining ForestEthics he worked as Campaign Director at Tanker Free BC and as the Wilderness Committee’s Director of Outreach.

When not at work Sven can often be found preparing and enjoying Mexican cuisine.

Melyssa Desilles Rubino, Campaign and Administrative Associate
Springing from the Sunshine State, Florida, Melyssa began her relationship with ForestEthics during the Victoria’s Secret campaign in 2005. This gave her the first taste of taking action in her community.

With bachelor degrees in Social Science and Natural Resource Conservation, she joined the team of game-changers at ForestEthics Advocacy in Vancouver in 2009 as a dedicated volunteer. In 2012, she became the Campaign and Administrative Associate.

Melyssa’s vision for authentic environmental activism is to promote a shift in consciousness on the relationship between people and the natural world. She’s a tireless believer in the ingenuity of the human race. When not working, Melyssa enjoys spending time in this outdoor paradise they call British Columbia. She enjoys bird watching, searching for bears and hawks on the trail, and cooking scrumptious meals for any foodies willing to adventure.

BOARD MEMBERS:

  • Candace C. Batycki
  • Tzeporah Berman
  • Karen M. Mahon
  • Clayton C. Ruby

CONTACT INFORMATION

Office Address
ForestEthics Advocacy Association
Suite 350-163
163 West Hastings
Vancouver, BC v6b 1h5

Phone: 604.331.6201
Email: info@forestethicsadvocacy.org