Board of Directors

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Board of Directors 2017-11-30T16:33:40+00:00

TLC’s Board of Directors normally meets monthly. Members are welcome to attend the public portion of Board meetings. However, as a considerable portion of our work deals with property transactions and financing, significant portions of the agenda must be dealt with in Camera, to protect negotiations in progress. Meetings begin at 10 a.m. and unless otherwise posted, are held at TLC’s office located in the Gonzales Observatory at 302 Denison Road, Victoria, B.C.

April 22, 2017
May 27, 2017
June 24, 2017
August 26, 2017
September 23, 2017 (TLC’s Annual General Meeting will be held from 2-5 p.m. at the Windsor Park Pavilion located at 2451 Windsor Road, Victoria)
October 28, 2017 (TLC’s October Board Meeting will be held from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the St. James Community Hall located at 3214 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver)
November 25, 2017

Members of TLC’s Board of Directors

Mel Lehan

Mel is a long time community activist who is interested in preserving and protecting special places.  Some of his successful projects include; saving a heritage church from being torn down and then turning it into a thriving community space – St. James Community Square;  preserving the character neighbourhood of West Kitsilano by getting a bylaw to stop demolition of houses in that area;  helping to have part of the Point Grey Foreshore declared a a natural foreshore in perpetuity and thus not allowing development in this oasis of urban nature. Mel was also instrumental in bringing a Farmer’s Market to Kitsilano.

Fred Newhouse

Occupation: Consulting Forester
Skills, knowledge and/or experience: I have extensive experience with silviculture and woodlot management and issues relating to private woodlots licensing and organization. I also have a degree in Natural Resources Management and am currently active with the Board of the Sustainable Environmental Network Society.
Interest and Vision for TLC: Although I am a relatively new member to TLC, since the beginning of the year, I have appreciated the work that TLC has done over the years and its relationship to the work I have been involved with in private woodlot management. As a member from the Interior of BC, I am particularly interested in furthering TLC’s connections and involvement in this part of the province.
Involvement with TLC: A member of TLC since January of this year.
Other Organizations: Director, Sustainable Environmental Network Society; Exec. Director, BC Federation of Woodlots (2001-4); Director & VP Consulting Foresters of BC (1997-2000); Shuswap Okanagan Woodlot Assoc (various positions).


Briony Penn

Residence and Occupation: Salt Spring Island; Writer/Researcher.
Your interest, vision or focus with TLC: As a Director, I will cherish and cultivate the skills, passions and contributions of members and staff that give so much to the work we all care so deeply about, and that sustain us – socially and financially. My professional work in conservation offsets will also provide new avenues for revenue generation to ensure that our legacy is protected.
Skills, knowledge and/or experience that you are bringing to the Board: Consultant to land trusts for biological inventory, communications, environmental education, including 8 years with the National Trust in Britian. PhD in Geography on land conservation; Adjunct Professor University of Victoria. Writer, researcher, broadcaster, journalist, lecturer, artist. Developing expertise in conservation offsets.
Your involvement with TLC: Founding director. Served several years on the Board of Directors; Extensive experience as volunteer, activist, attending and presenting workshops. Regular donor and holder of Conservation Covenant on family property; Worked on Stewardship Committee developing legislation for BC land trusts. Developing founding principles of TLC with other members/donors coming together to save places they loved.
Membership in other Organizations: Member of Land trust Alliance of BC; Director, Raincoast Conservation Foundation; member of Saltspring Conservancy; Environmental Advisory Committee, Islands Trust; Advisor, Child and Nature Alliance; Member, Sustainable Energy Association of B.C.


Frances Pugh – Vice-Chair

Occupation: Fruit and vegetable grower on the Saanich Peninsula
Skills, knowledge and/or experience: I bring a myriad of skills from my self employment: running a small business. As well, I have considerable non-profit organizational skills and knowledge from my role as Past Chair of the Saanich Inlent Protection Society, and from the experience of a very challenging past year on TLC’s Board of Directors.
Interest and Vision for TLC: I want to work to help TLC’s involvement in implementing the Greenspace Tax Levy passed by the CVRD. I also want to continue working for a more financially solvent TLC, to maintain and increase our membership, and to continue to support our staff and raise public profile. We need innovative campaigns to start to support past projects that need to, once again, be a focus of The Land Conservancy. Many properties need serious maintenance and upgrades. These issues need to be addressed before focusing on new acquisitions. We have to be more than just a “collector”.
Involvement with TLC: I have been a member of TLC since 2002, and a member of the Board of Directors since 2009. I am a fundraiser/supporter for the Sea to Sea Greenbelt campaign, and a proponent of the greenspace tax levies in the CRD and CVRD.
Other Organizations: Saanich Inlet Protection Society; Resident and Ratepayers of Central Saanich; Sea Change Marine Conservation Society; World Wildlife Fund; SPCA (Wild Arc); Alaskan Malamute HELP League.


Lori Roter – Treasurer

Occupation: Researcher/Writer. Project Manager, Artist, Problem-solver and aspiring Accountant
Skills, Knowledge and Experience: I have over two decades of experience developing environmental land, water and public health policy for BC. My experience ranges from leading, coordinating and administering projects of varying sizes and scope, researching and analyzing issues to stakeholder engagement and overall human resources empowerment. I have a Masters Degree in Resources Management (Geography), Project and Risk Management Certifications enhanced with financial and accounting training from the Certified General Accountants of BC.
Interest and Vision for TLC: I have always had a strong interest in preserving our wild spaces and the fauna and flora that occupy it. I will be marrying my environmental policy and stakeholder experience with my recent accounting training and am looking forward to helping TLC draft up its next evolutionary chapter in the financial policy arena.
I envision working with the Board and staff to develop suitable practices to ensure timely forecasting and accurate reporting of cashflows and budgets, while ensuring that adequate safeguards are created and maintained to ensure our fiduciary responsibilities to members and donors are maintained. It is my belief that by establishing policies and practices that are in accordance with accounting standards, TLC will be able to rebuild relationships and get back to focusing on its visionary core of protecting sacred places for all to enjoy.
Other Organizations: Director, UpCycle the Gyres (2013); Board Member/Chair Awareness and Development – Greater Victoria Police Victims Services (2010-12); Past President/Public Relations Director of the Vancouver Island Project Management Institute Chapter (2005-06). Current/past member of the World Parrot Trust, World Wildlife Fund and the Canadian Wildlife Federation.


Frances Sloan Sainas – Chair

Occupation: Retired Educator, former manager in the hospitality industry.
Involvement with TLC: My relationship with TLC began in 2001 when I was working at the Open Learning Agency and completing my Masters Degree in Leadership and Training at Royal Roads University. TLC sponsored my major project, Building an Educational Strategy for TLC. Since 2001, I have been an active member, TLC Lower Mainland Committee representative and financial supporter of TLC.
Interest and Vision for TLC: The time has come to offer my skills, knowledge and time to help TLC explore and find a new, sustainable direction that is grounded in the organization’s founding principles and values. I offer the TLC Board a variety of perspectives from TLC member, TLC donor and DIP (Debtor in Protection) funder during the CCAA Process. I believe in prudent fiscal management with an open and transparent review of risk and financial expenditures. With the guidance of the TLC Board and the work of the devoted TLC staff, I believe TLC will resolve the challenges of the past and find a new direction for the future.
I applaud the past and especially the current TLC Board members for their perseverance and efforts to navigated the organization through very difficult and troubled waters.

Andrew Stewart – Secretary

Occupation: Retired Lawyer.
Skills, knowledge and/or experience: Involvement in various not for profit boards with a particular focus on governance, finance and member communication. Problem solving and analytical skills developed during a 38 year career as a practising solicitor in Victoria, B.C. My legal practice included corporate small businesses, not for profits, First Nations, professionals and individuals. I also acted as the Managing Partner for Cook Roberts LLP, a Victoria law firm, which included as many as 24 lawyers and 30 plus support staff during my management tenure. I gained considerable experience in managing professionals and organizing an extensive and varied support structure.
Interest in TLC: To assist TLC in fulfilling its mandate of long term support for and growth in conservation covenants in B.C. To promote and enhance the reputation of TLC as a stable and effective agent for conservation for the benefit of many future generations. To promote TLC’s development of collaborative relationships with other conservation organizations, First Nations and all levels of government.
Other Organizations: Board Member/VP – YM-YWCA of Victoria
Board Member/Chair – Maxwell International Baha’i School
Board Member/Treasurer – Victoria Bar Association
Board Member – Bays United Youth Soccer Association
Partner/ Managing Partner – Cook Roberts LLP
Legal Advisor – Fernwood Neighbourhood Resource Group Society’


Tom Watson

Occupation: Investment Advisor / Father
Skills, knowledge and/or experience: I have a good knowledge of finances, and have served as both Chair and Secretary for the Gorge View Housing Society. I am also a volunteer coach with Doncaster, Reynolds and Lakehill Soccer.
Interest and Vision for TLC: I have a lifetime belief in working to support the environment and protect special places. I want to work to help TLC be on a stronger financial footing through an increase in its membership and profile.
Involvement with TLC: I have been a member of TLC since 2010.
Other Organizations: Currently working with the Lakehill Soccer Association.