Our Staff and Board



Jennifer Eliason
Manager, On temporary assignment with BC Parks
Jennifer joined us in 2008 after working in the non-profit conservation world, most recently at Habitat Acquisition Trust as Executive Director.  Jennifer has over five years' experience promoting private land stewardship through a variety of landowner contact programs, and was also involved with the assessment and restoration of salmon-bearing streams in Nanaimo.  Previously, Jennifer successfully operated her own gardening business and when her two young children allow it, she enjoys working in her ever expanding garden.  Jen brings vision and initiative to her diverse role here at the Islands Trust Conservancy, managing everything from accounting and staffing to property negotiation and government liaison.


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
Acting Ecosystem Protection Specialist and 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.


Crystal Oberg
Communications and Fundraising Specialist
Crystal joined us in 2016 after working in regional and provincial conservation, most recently in the Climate Action Program at the Capital Regional District. Crystal has over five years' experience promoting sustainability programs and securing funds for organizations, including coordinating the CRD greenhouse gas inventory and Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP) grant. Previously, Crystal had an exciting career in parks and protected areas working as a researcher, park naturalist and park ranger in locations as diverse as Victoria, Haida Gwaii, Baja California Sur, Wells Gray and the Rocky Mountains. Crystal brings a wealth of knowledge and passion for protected areas and is often found visiting the Gulf Islands – with a mission to see the remaining three on her list!


Corlynn Strachan
Administrative Assistant
Corlynn started with the Islands Trust as an Administrative Assistant in 2011, but was excited to join the Islands Trust Conservancy team in 2013 when the opportunity arose.  Corlynn adds a wealth of coordinating and organizing skills to our work with previous experience as a Program Assistant for the BC Open University.  A former Tour Consultant, Corlynn loves the outdoors and is often found hiking and exploring the island with her family.  She is a strong advocate of the conservation work of the Islands Trust Conservancy, believing future generations should have a chance to enjoy the same natural beauty she did as a child growing up on Hornby Island.




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.

Tony Law
Tony Law
Tony Law has served as one of two elected local trustees for Hornby Island since 1996.  Tony rejoins the Board in 2012, after serving as a Board member from 1996 to 2005 during a key period of the Islands Trust Conservancy's growth and development.

Tony's interest in conservation began in his youth when volunteering with the National Trust in England.  He continued on in Nova Scotia where he protected a rare old-growth stand of eastern hemlock on his farm.  On Hornby, Tony served for several years as secretary of Conservancy Hornby Island.  He made a leading contribution to the preservation of 187 hectares, later becoming Mount Geoffrey Escarpment Provincial Park.  Tony also led a Marine Stewardship Initiative on Hornby.

Tony has worked as a counsellor and mediator, as well as working in publishing and community development.  He's also operated a sheep farm.  Today Tony enjoys partial retirement while helping to look after the Hornby Island provincial parks each summer.  Tony is a strong supporter of the Islands Trust Conservancy working in partnership with local land trusts to preserve the best of what is left of the unique environment of these special islands.


 Susan Morrison
Susan Morrison 

Susan is serving her second term as one of two elected trustees for Lasqueti Island.  Susan joined the board because of her belief that the work of the Islands Trust Conservancy is crucial in realizing the basic purpose of the Islands Trust - to preserve and protect.

Susan was the founding chair of the Friends of French Creek Conservation Society in Parksville in 2003.  From that role, she brings public relations and communications expertise to her work with the Islands Trust Conservancy.  Susan has served on the Islands Trust's Trust Program Committee and Financial Planning Committee.  She and her husband currently preserve forty acres of Coastal Douglas-fir forest and wetlands on their own property.




Kate-Louise Stamford

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.



R. Hoops Harrison

Professionally, Hoops Harrison is a Lawyer.  His incorporated law practice focuses on restructuring and insolvency matters and is a Partner with Law Firm of Alexander Holburn Beaudin & Lang LLP in Vancouver.  In 2015, Hoops was appointed to the British Columbia Civil Resolution Tribunal, Canada’s first online tribunal for resolving strata and small claims disputes.  For over 3 years, Hoops has also served as a Board member of Fraser Health Authority, Patient Care Quality Review Board.

Personally, he enjoys kayaking, or at least writing fictional screenplays about him kayaking.




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


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 now enjoy a quieter life surrounded by natural habitat they protected with a conservation covenant.

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Page last updated: 10/09/18
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