Social and Economic Aspects

Richard Boase

P.Geo – District of North Vancouver (North Vancouver, BC)

Areas of Professional Interest: Urban watershed restoration, urban rainwater management, urban invasive species management/control, urban pollution prevention, development impact assessment, natural hazards assessment & mitigation, local government environmental policy, urban tree management & policy

Potential student projects:

  • Urban Rainwater Management Policy with respect to Rainwater Harvesting & Re-use
  • Urban Tree Canopy Assessment & Watershed Restoration Benefit
  • Municipal Tree Protection Policy Evaluation
  • Invasive species management, mapping & control
  • Marine waterfront environmental protection policy evaluation
  • Climate change adaptation with respect to residential marine waterfront, riparian lands
  • Recreational land use policy with respect to human vs. nature balance, safety, liability
  • Urban wetland creation/restoration
  • Innovative use of social media & GIS for environmental sustainable outreach and education

Reid Carter

RPF – Brookfield Asset Management, Acadian Timber Corp. (Vancouver, BC)

Areas of Professional Interest: Financial accounting of ecosystem services, role of science and information in decision-making


Kindy Gosal

RPF – Columbia Basin Trust (Golden, BC)

Areas of Professional Interest: Trans-boundary water policy, community engagement, climate change adaptation, cumulative effects


Paul Mitchell-Banks

RPP, MCIP, EP, PhD – Central Coast Consulting (Port Moody, BC)

Areas of Professional Interest: Socioeconomics, land/water use, public and Aboriginal consultation and engagement, forestry, economic development, policy/legislation/regulation, environmental assessment, land/water/marine and resource management and planning, wilderness planning and management.

Potential student projects:

  • Aboriginal economic development
  • Social license to operate
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Land/water and resource planning that is more inclusive of Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal communities and subsequent implementation
  • Wilderness planning with people as a focus
  • Marine planning with multi-stakeholder involvement
  • Negotiated settlements and agreements
  • Community forestry and planning
  • Multi-stakeholder complex land/water and resource planning and management

Bill Price

P.Ag, PhD – CanmetMINING, Natural Resources Canada (Smithers, BC)

Areas of Professional Interest: Mine reclamation and environmental protection, prediction and mitigation of mine drainage chemistry

Potential student projects:

Site-specific or larger-scale evaluation of:

  • One of the tools to predict or mitigate mine drainage chemistry
  • Criteria for successful reclamation of terrestrial and aquatic mine land forms
  • Changes on reclaimed mine land forms, such as soil genesis, and potential effects to future site performance
  • Performance of community advisory groups

Ted van der Gulik

P.Eng – Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC (Abbotsford, BC)

Areas of Professional Interest: Irrigation, drainage, water management, climate change

Potential student projects:

  • Assess improvements for irrigation management in nurseries (highest water demand of any crop in BC, mostly because of the difficulty in managing containers and irrigation systems)
  • Assess improvements in rainwater management by on-site residential green infrastructure (verify results for use in the Water Balance Model Express tool).
  • Assess reduced water consumption by comparing turf grown in proper top soil vs. poor soil conditions.
  • Determine an inexpensive cistern and irrigation management system using rainwater as the source of irrigation. Determine area that can be irrigated effectively and efficiently from water captured from an average city lot.