Irene Ronalds (RPBio) moved to Smithers in 1993 to work on the Protected Areas Strategy, get to know the region’s diverse landscapes, and enjoy the outdoors. Her work has focused on Terrestrial Ecosystem Mapping, ecosystem restoration and monitoring, and resource management planning. She admires the passion and dedication of the capable people who founded the Centre, and would like to see their vision continue. The BVRC was born out of adversity—the economic recession of the early 2000s lead to a severe retraction in the BC Public Service—and the Centre was a means of retaining young researchers in the region. In this current period of pandemic and economic uncertainty, it is Irene's hope that together the Board and its part-time operations contractors can chart a path that adapts to evolving research and extension needs and opportunities in northwest BC.
Irene loves to hike, paddle, and ski with her husband and two almost grown-up sons.