The EIS Board

We’re a hard working bunch but there’s never a bad day when you’re in the forest!


Barry Gates Co-Chair

Education: BA 

Occupation: forest land manager, 15 yrs

Current projects: Manager, FSC certified forestlands;

Co-planner, Elkington forest conservation community project;

Member/planner Ecological Design Panel, Shawnigan Lake watershed ecological planning initiative.


Peter Jungwirth Co-Chair

Peter is a Registered Professional Forester in both BC and Austria (from where he immigrated).

He is also a certified Arborist, tree risk assessor and faller.  Prior to immigration, Peter worked in Forestry research.

In BC, he has been active as a forestry and arboriculture consultant and also as a hands-on arborist. 

He has designed and instructed several ecoforestry courses and will lead EIS programs in this.


Kathy Code Vice-Chair, Director of Communications

Education: Criminology Diploma; BA in Political Science and Psychology; Masters in Environment and Management (thesis on sustainable community forestry in British Columbia).

Kathy has over thirty years experience in writing, communications and media relations in the public, private and non-profit sectors. She joined the provincial government in 1996 and worked in various capacities (communications, issues management, project management, research, and policy analysis) in the areas of social assistance, gaming policy enforcement and rural economic development in BC.  Recently retired, Kathy is eager to devote her energies to her small hobby farm and volunteer activities.


Sharon Chow Treasurer

Education: Masters in Regional Planning. Previously worked as a planner in Saanich, then spent 20 plus years as a volunteer, board member and conservation director with the Sierra Club of BC helping to save special places such as the Juan de Fuca Trail, Carmanah Valley, South Moresby and Clayoquot Sound.


Dr. Nancy J. Turner Director


Nancy is an ethnobotanist whose research focuses on traditional knowledge systems and traditional land and resource management systems of Indigenous Peoples of western Canada. She is Professor Emeritus in the School of Environmental Studies, University of Victoria, Canada.


Cheryl Bancroft Director

Over a 40 year career, Cheryl has operated her own firm, Futureworks, as a graphic and interior designer in Toronto and Vancouver. Now retired, she focuses her time with the Ecoforestry Institute Society producing their graphics, advertising, web site and designed the interior for the restored Homestead.

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Erik Piikkila Director

Erik is a BC Forester in Training with Ecoforestry experience in BC, Finland, the US Pacific Northwest, and the Sierra Nevada Mountains and Redwoods of California.  He was trained by the world renowned ecoforester Jerry Franklin.  At the BC Ministry of Forests, his work involved assisting 10 Major Forest Companies with 30 different operations, BC Timber Sales and Woodlot Licenses implement the BC Forest Practices Code.  Most recently he has been offering a 4Seasons Eco School to K – 12 students, providing eco tours of Wildwood to University students, and is involved with several watershed groups in the Cowichan Valley.


Jay Rastogi Special Advisor

Jay Rastogi is the former site manager for Wildwood Ecoforest where he was mentored by Merv Wilkinson.

For almost two decades Jay has shared these teachings and principles with thousands of people during tours and workshops. He studied Natural Resources Management and Environmental Studies at the University of Guelph and also worked at the University Arboretum. 

Jay is a keen naturalist with an interest in promoting sustainable interactions between humans and the land.