Bulkley Valley Research Centre - Science in the Public Interest

Support Personnel

Dawn Hanson

Executive Director

Dawn grew up in Telkwa and moved to Vancouver to pursue post-secondary education. After 14 years in the city, she decided to return to Smithers for a year with her husband, to see how it went. Twelve years later they have built a house, are raising a daughter, and are happily situated on the banks...

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Shari Everett

Finance Manager

As the Finance Coordinator of the BVRC, Shari is able to utilize her 30 years of experience as an accounting professional to manage the BVRC accounting and finances for all research and monitoring projects administered by the Centre. She also provides operational support through research project...

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Emily Hashemi

Website Coordinator

Emily is a website designer based in Smithers, BC and a member of the Bulkley Valley Folk Music Society. Originally from the suburbs of Toronto, she moved to the Bulkley Valley in 2014 and is in love! In her downtime, she enjoys yoga by the mountains, spending time with animals, and traveling to...

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Alana Clason

Research Associate / Board Member

When Alana first came to the Bulkley Valley in 2009, she was lucky enough to work closely with the BVRC, and couldn’t be happier to be back in that position again. Alana completed her PhD at UNBC in 2017, focusing on understanding the current limits to whitebark pine’s northern distribution and...

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Kira Hoffman

Post Doctoral Research Associate / Board Member

Dr. Kira Hoffman is an ecologist, conservationist and former wildland firefighter who was born and raised in Smithers. Hoffman's research focuses on how humans have used fire for millennia to manage and enhance their natural surroundings. Combined with traditional ecological knowledge, she uses...

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Ingrid Farnell

Research Technician

Ingrid is a budding ecologist, currently working as a research technician in post-wildfire forest ecosystem projects with the BVRC. Ingrid received her Master of Science degree from the University of Northern British Columbia in 2021. Her studies explored the dynamics of downed dead wood after...

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Leah Walker

Research Technician

Leah is an early career ecologist who is thrilled to be launching her career here in Smithers with the BVRC. She completed her BSc in Environmental Sciences, with a concentration in Applied Biology, at Simon Fraser University in 2016. During her undergrad she had the fortune of working in a variety...

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