Our Staff and Board


Kate Emmings
Acting Manager

Among the most recognizable faces at the Islands Trust Conservancy, Kate's often found on the islands, visiting with property owners, giving public talks about land protection or coordinating conservation planning with partner conservancies.  Having lived in the islands since she was 16 years old, Kate's our resident expert on the ecosystems so unique to this region. Kate joined us in 2007 after working for other local and regional non-profit land trusts in the islands. Today, she splits her time between our office in Victoria and her home office on Galiano where she can keep a close eye on her young son.


Nuala Murphy
Property Management Specialist

Nuala joined us as an auxiliary secretary in 2008.  Previously working as a project officer at TLC The Land Conservancy of BC, Nuala’s experience and expertise in land conservation were a great asset to the Islands Trust Conservancy, and she was soon promoted as our Property Management Specialist in 2009.  When not out exploring the secrets of our island ecosystems with landowners and conservancy partners, Nuala can be found rediscovering the magic of the ocean and beaches near her home with her three children.  









Jemma Green

Covenant Management and Outreach Specialist

Jemma joined our team in February 2019 after working with non-profits, the provincial government, and in academia on conservation of species at risk and habitat restoration. Having recently coordinated a Western Bluebird recovery project in rural Cowichan Valley and investigated the potential of wetlands in urban and rural Saanich for native frog conservation for her Masters degree, Jemma was drawn to Islands Trust Conservancy by its vision of humans living in harmony with the natural world. Jemma is passionate about working with local stewards to protect and restore nature “in their backyard.” A Salish Sea native and wildlife ecologist by training, Jemma is right at home knee-deep in a wetland and her “happy place” is any sun-warmed Coastal Douglas-fir forest.










Wayne Bourque 

Acting Ecosystem Protection Specialist

Wayne joined the team at the end of January of 2019. He has worked for more than 30 years in parks and protected areas in western, central and northern Canada. Since 1994 Wayne worked for Parks Canada here on the west coast, first as a management planner, then manager of a regional resource conservation team and lastly as the Park Superintendent of Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. During his time here on the west coast, he had a number of roles in: the acquisition and management of lands for park purposes in the Strait of Georgia and Haro Strait; and feasibility studies for the establishment of a National Marine Protected Areas in the Gulf Islands. He left Parks Canada at the end of 2013 and says he went on sabbatical but really he was sailing and exploring parts of the world that he had always wanted to visit – he was living the dream. He will be working full time in the Ecosystem Protection Specialist position for the next nine months.


Alexandra Trifonidis
Acting Administrative Assistant

Alexandra is the newest member of our team joining our office in September 2018. Alexandra and her family have recently made the move to Victoria from Galiano Island where they have resided for the past 15+ years. Previously working at the Galiano Medical Center for over 12 years as Team Lead Medical Office Assistant, Alexandra brings a multitude of organizational skills as well as a strong love for the Gulf Islands. Over the past many years Alexandra and her family have made wonderful memories exploring the Gulf Islands together and enjoying each Islands natural diversity and beauty. Alexandra looks forward to supporting the Islands Trust Conservancy Team and learning more about the work they do in the coming months.




Jennifer Eliason

Manager, On temporary assignment with BC Parks




Crystal Oberg

Communications and Fundraising Specialist, On leave



Corlynn Strachan

Administrative Assistant, On temporary assignment with the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development




The board of the Islands Trust Conservancy consists of three Islands Trust trustees (two elected by the Islands Trust Council, and one appointed as a representative of the Islands Trust's Executive Committee) and up to three members of the public appointed by the Minister of Municipal Affairs & Housing.



Kate-Louise Stamford - Chair  

Kate-Louise Stamford comes to the Islands Trust Conservancy board in her second term as a Trustee on the Gambier Island Local Trust Committee.  Kate has been a full-time resident of Gambier Island with her biologist husband and their young daughter for 12 years now.  Gambier is one of the least populated islands within the Islands Trust Area, but one with the largest area of natural and public forest lands.  She has found the growing profile of Howe Sound as an ecological centre-piece for southern BC incredibly exciting but also daunting in the face of competing uses.  Kate brings her experience in non-profit management and community engagement to the table.



Linda Adams                                    

Linda is an educator, land use planner, local government consultant and the former Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of the Islands Trust, a position she retired from in January 2016 after a 25-year career in local government. Since her retirement from the Islands Trust, Linda has provided consulting advice to local governments and recently created a general interest course in land use planning for community members.

Linda is currently on the faculty of Capilano University’s School of Public Administration, where she coordinates a course for Chief Administrative Officers in BC local governments. She teaches similar courses in land use planning, local government finance, problem solving and policy development. As a member of the Canadian Institute of Planning and the Planning Institute of BC (PIBC), Linda sits on PIBC’s Professional Conduct Review Committee.

Linda moved to Salt Spring Island in 1986 and lived there for 20 years, raising two children. She and her husband returned to live on their Salt Spring property in 2016, after 10 years in Victoria.


Sue Ellen Fast

Naturalist Sue Ellen Fast is a conservation and learning consultant, advising on all aspects of interpretation planning, nature learning and planet-friendly stewardship. She chaired the Bowen Island Conservancy for nine years as well as other committees before her election in 2014. She joins the board in her second term as a member of the Bowen Island Municipal Council and the Islands Trust's Executive Committee. Sue Ellen moved to Bowen in 1992 and raised a son there with her husband. They run their consulting company from home and walk the trails daily with binoculars, cameras and dog.





Doug Fenton

Doug Fenton comes to the Islands Trust Conservancy Board in his first term as a Trustee on the Thetis Island Local Trust Committee.  Doug is a passionate advocate for environmental sustainability in search of holistic environmental solutions.  Doug brings his experience in environmental consulting and services to the table. After 31 years as a paramedic with BC Ambulance, Doug retired and earned a Master of Arts Degree in Environmental Practice (MEP) from Royal Roads University. He is skilled in sustainable development (concepts, policies and practices), shoreline restoration, environment management & monitoring, environmental health & safety and sustainable farming practices. Doug’s late dad Dr. Larry Fenton - a family physician who cared for many Thetis residents over the years - purchased the family Pilkey Point cabin in 1965. Doug spent a happy childhood exploring the beaches and ocean waters of Stuart and Trincomali channels and is pleased to call Thetis his home.





Robin A. Williams

Salt Spring resident Robin A. Williams interest in public affairs came as student politician. Upon graduation from B.C.I.T. where he was student president, Robin was asked to serve as an Executive Assistant in the office of the B.C. Premier W.R. Bennett.  Leaving for the private sector he remained the premier’s principle adviser on youth issues until Bennett’s retirement in1986.

Robin established his first company in 1985, a venture in the rapidly emerging field of microcomputer software. Robin went on to establish a company in Montreal replicating DVD and CD’s for both the software and music industries.

Robin bought his first investment property in the Niagara Escarpment protection area. He is now primarily involved in regeneration of residential properties in both Ontario and B.C., favouring materials recycling over new construction whenever possible.

Actively involved in the local affairs on Salt Spring Island, Robin chairs the CRD Salt Spring Transportation commission and is a member of the Ganges Harbour Walk Steering Committee dedicated to rebuilding the old Ganges Boardwalk and adjacent Peck’s Cove Park.

Robin Williams hold Diplomas of Technology in both Chemical Engineering and Business Administration.



Past Board Members:

Carol Quin (1990-1991)   Diane Cragg (1990-1991, 1993-1996)   Beryl Young (1994-1995)
Graeme Dinsdale (1990-1996)   Melinda Auerbach (1993-1999)   Ann Hillyer (1995-1999)
Larry Holbrook (1993-1996)   Michael Paine (1994-1997)   Susie Washington-Smyth (1998-2001)
Ross Johnson (1994-1997)    Kathy Dunster (1997-2003)   Linda Nowlan (2000-2003)
Tom Ward (1996-1998)   Kim Benson (1999-2005)   Marie Potvin (2004-2007)
Louise Bell (1998-2005, 2008-2011)   David Borrowman (2004-2007)   Sheila Malcolmson (2006-2008)
Barrie Morrison (2004)   Peter Lamb (2006-2008)   Michael Dunn (2008-2011)
Bruce Whittington (2004-2009)   Christine Torgrimson (2008-2011)   Peter Luckham (2011-2014)
Gary Steeves (2006-2008)   Robert Grant (2009 – 2014)   Ron Bertrand (2014-2018)
Nerys Poole (2008-2011)   Dereck Atha (2010 - 2016)   Tony Law (1996-2005, 2011-2018)
Julie Glover (2012-2015)   John Dunfield (1990-1993)   Susan Morrison (2011-2018)
Nick Gilbert (1990-1991)   Elizabeth Bosher (1993-1996)   R. Hoops Harrison (2016-2019)


Conservation Success Story: Steil's Woods Covenant

After more than 50 years immersed in the hustle and bustle of the lower mainland, Sara and Richard Steil enjoyed a quieter life surrounded by natural habitat they protected with a conservation covenant.

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