Our Directors & Members

Tim Bray is a Canadian software developer, environmentalist, political activist and one of the co-authors of the original XML specification. He worked for Amazon Web Services from December 2014 until May 2020 when he quit due to concerns over the terminating of whistleblowers. Tim has a distinguished record of being arrested at the TransMountain pipeline protest in 2019.

Jacquie Forbes-Roberts, retired as General Manager of Community Services for the City of Vancouver, was responsible for a wide range of departments, including planning and permitting, social and cultural services (as well as theatres and other city facilities) . A former Co-Director of Planning for the City, Jacquie has many years of experience working with the public and private sectors, non-profit agencies, and community groups in the delivery of policy, projects and services. She currently serves as a director of the Heather Heritage Society and is part of a volunteer effort to improve conditions in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver.

Dr. Soudeh Jamshidian is a passionate leader, experienced in crafting multi-stakeholder and creative solutions for addressing environmental and social justice challenges. She is the director of education and international relations at IISAAK OLAM Foundation. Soudeh is supporting Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCAs) by collaborating with the Conservation through Reconciliation Partnership, development and management of the IPCA Knowledge Basket, and IPCA Certificate Program at Vancouver Island University. Soudeh is supporting FCF for developing strategies to collaborate with Indigenous communities and possibly establishing a co-managed IPCA in False Creek.

Zaida Schneider is interested in marine sustainability and its relation to human wellbeing. He has been an educator with postings in two Indigenous communities and a couple of universities, with a focus on media arts. A retired TV journalist, Zaida covered national politics, technology, and social issues.

David Grigg spent the first 25 years of his professional life focused on civil and structural engineering of large infrastructure and industrial projects and moved on to project and facilities management. During the massive expansion of UBC, David focused his work on the then-new concept of “sustainable development – eg, de-escalation of the car culture and improvements to the green spaces, cycling, bus access and rainwater management. Besides his work with FCFS, David is an executive member of the Great Blue Heron Way, a biking and walking route that will reconnect First Nations Communities around the Salish Sea and along the Fraser River on new and existing pathways.

Auston Chhor received a Masters of Science at Carleton University under Dr. Steven Cooke, where he studied how catch-and-release impacts the behaviour of fish. He spent three summers in the field at the Queen’s University Biological Station and the Kenauk Institute where his love of the outdoors deepened, spurring his move out west to Vancouver. Over the course of his career he has had the privilege to study bass, salmon, walleye, and sturgeon, but salmonids hold a special place in his heart.