Senior Regional Manager, Thompson
Mike Simpson facilitates and supports several multi-party initiatives to address complex environmental and natural resource management issues. The initiatives involve all orders of government, including First Nations, the private sector and civil society, and the focus is often on grassroots, local or regional concerns. The Council is invited into the initiative as an impartial party to help different interests, explore the issues and work on collaborative solutions.
Some examples of Mike's work includes facilitating a dialogue between the Tsilhqot'in and Province of BC since 2008, supporting the Williams Lake and Area Interface Fire Plan secretariat, supporting the development of the Cariboo-Chilcotin Regional Agriculture/Wildlife Committee, and leading the development of a climate change adaptation strategy for the Cariboo Regional District. He has also facilitated a series of dialogues on hydrological issues in the Nicola watershed and is helping to support the Thompson-Nicola Regional District and City of Merritt in a planning process for the future of Nicola Lake. Mike is leading the Council's management and delivery of SLIPP in 2013.
Mike received a Master of Arts in conflict resolution at Royal Roads University in 2004, and has been a professional forester in BC since 1996.