Board Members and Staff

Brad Procter – Board President/Treasurer

Brad is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Deep Cove Ventures Inc., a private real estate company in Victoria, BC. Prior, he co-founded Highstreet Ventures Inc., a real estate development company in Western Canada. Prior to entering real estate, Brad practised law at Baker Mckenzie LLP. He holds a Commerce degree and a Law degree from the University of Victoria, and is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada (the Ontario Bar Association). He is also a director of the South Island Disc Golf Society, a non-profit organization, and a member of the Shawnigan Lake Trails Committee. At GWAS, Brad focuses on fundraising, finances, strategy and administration.

Tiffany Robinson – Board Vice-President

Tiffany started with the Gorge Waterway Action Society in 2014 as the first summer student hired through the Canada Summer Jobs Program. Tiffany has now completed a double major in Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria and works with the BC Public Service in the Environmental Assessment Office as the Manager of Divisional Operations. Tiffany joined the GWAS board in 2015 as the Volunteer Coordinator and continues to serve as the Vice-President and assists with managing volunteers, summer students, restoration projects and HR.

Stephanie Gurney – Restoration Coordinator

Stephanie graduated from the University of Victoria in 2018, earning a Bachelor of Science in Geography with a concentration in Environmental Sustainability, as well as a Diploma in Restoration of Natural Systems. Growing up near Esquimalt Gorge Park, Stephanie was naturally drawn to focus on the park for her academic studies and this passion in turn brought her to the Gorge Waterway Action Society. Over the summer of 2017, Stephanie worked with GWAS as their Ecological Restoration Technician summer student before joining the Board of Directors following her work term. Stephanie has conducted several biophysical inventories within Esquimalt Gorge Park to document the different plant species found in the various ecosystems of the park, specifically to highlight native species diversity. She also plans and organizes GWAS’s restoration initiatives, such as community events to remove invasive species from the forest behind the Nature House.

Jillian Martin – Board Secretary

Jillian graduated with honours from the University of Toronto in 2014, with a double major in Environmental Studies and History. She volunteered in Toronto with Evergreen and the Toronto Environmental Alliance, and completed an internship with the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Citites Initiative. Jillian has moved to Victoria in order to return to school to pursue a diploma in Environmental Technology at Camosun College. She worked for GWAS in 2016, helping to revitalize the Nature House and increase the online presence of GWAS. Jillian has joined the board and serves as both the Outreach Coordinator and Board Secretary. Jillian is also the Education and Outreach Officer at World Fisheries Trust.

Henry Kamphof – Board Member

Henry has recently retired after 36 years working in Canada’s social housing industry, in senior positions, with four different levels of Canadian governments. Presently he is serving as President of an affordable housing company, headquartered in Victoria, promoting an international patented technology. Henry also has served as an executive board member of the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association, and the local Capital Region Urban Development Institute. He has served on the Gorge Waterway Action Society Board of Directors since 2000.

Francis Recalma – Board Member

Francis grew up on the East coast of Vancouver Island on the Qualicum First Nations Reserve. His deep love for nature and the ocean has brought him to become more involved in environmental conservation. Francis moved to Victoria from Qualicum Beach to study Theatre and Anthropology at the University of Victoria. Currently, Francis is in the Aboriginal Youth Internship Program with the BC Public Service, and works for the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations. Francis also has experience in museum design from his time as an intern with Andre and Associates Interpretation and Design, and working with the Qualicum Beach Museum. Francis joined the board in January, 2017 and hopes to bring an indigenous perspective, and his design skills to assist GWAS in Nature House management and design.

Nicole Puckett – Board Member

Nicole completed her M.A with the department of Geography from the University of Calgary, where her research focused on volunteers in environmental organizations. She also holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto in Environmental Management. In addition to her work with GWAS, Nicole has volunteered with the World Fisheries Trust, the Toronto Humane Society, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, and with a number of NGOs in Tanzania in both the environmental conservation and community development space.

Michelle Wood – Education & Outreach Advisor

Michelle joined the Gorge Waterway Action Society in the summer of 2018 when she worked as Nature House Interpreter. She has since completed her Bachelor of Science with a double major in Statistics and Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria, and has now returned to Vancouver Island after a summer of remote field work in the Alaskan arctic. Michelle continues to serve GWAS as Education & Outreach Advisor for the Youth Community Partnership program and as volunteer Webmaster.

Alaina Dowling – Volunteer Coordinator

Alaina is in her fourth year of her Bachelors degree in Biology with a concentration in Marine Biology at the University of Victoria. When not studying, Alaina can be found looking in tidal pools eager to explore the diversity found on our coast. As the ecological restoration technician at the Gorge Waterway Action Society Alaina will be working on numerous summer projects including grant applications, refreshing the Nature House, and coordinating a community ecological restoration event.

Jameson Clarke – Biology Coordinator

Jameson holds a B.S. in biology from Bucknell University (PA, USA) and a M.S. in invertebrate zoology from Duke University (NC, USA). His research specializes on the evolutionary ecology of deep sea arthropods and the evolutionary physiology of insect metamorphosis and pattern development. Jameson joined the GWAS Board of Directors in 2019 and worked as an Environmental Biologist for GWAS in 2020, then Biology Coordinator for the Youth Community Partnership program in 2021 while working toward a Restoration of Natural System Diploma at UVic and his RP Bio designation.

Holly Neate – Board Member (resigned)

Holly, born and raised in Victoria, has an undeniable passion for the ocean and its waterways, including the conservation issues that surround it. A degree in Biology and Earth & Ocean Science from the University of Victoria gave her experience in research, hands-on field work and the opportunity to teach people about the unique ecosystems that she calls home. After having volunteered and worked with World Fisheries Trust as the Education Coordinator for two years, she is now an Outreach Educator in Vancouver. Holly joined the GWAS board of directors in January 2015.