Brian has more than two decades of experience working on land, natural resource, and environmental issues, primarily in Canada but also with some professional and volunteer experience in Latin America. Trained in both the natural and social sciences, Brian’s career has spanned a broad range of positions, including field ecologist, environmental consultant, research associate, policy analyst, and field operations supervisor. He has also worked in a diversity of settings, including in the non-profit and advocacy sector, in consulting and government, and in research and teaching capacities in post-secondary institutions.
For much of the past decade, Brian’s work has focused on Aboriginal and resource rights in Canada, with a particular focus on land and treaty issues in British Columbia. His Ph.D. dissertation, “From Dispossession to Decolonization: Towards a Critical Indigenous Geography of Hul’qumi’num Territory” (Carleton University, 2008) drew on political ecology, postcolonial theory, and critical geography. His post-doctoral work through the Department of Geography at Simon Fraser University in 2010 examined questions of property in the BC treaty process.
In addition to his research skills, Brian is adept in all aspects of research project management, including project planning and coordination, recruitment and supervision of personnel, knowledge mobilization and communication, as well as project administration and reporting. In his free time, Brian enjoys being active and outdoors – tromping in the woods, camping on the beach, cycling the backroads, swimming in oceans, rivers, and lakes, and digging in the garden.