GFWC's Board of Directors



Will Horter (British Columbia) is the Executive Director of Dogwood Initiative, an organization working to implement sustainable land reform. Will received his law degree Summa Cum Laude from the University of California, after completing a B.A from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire where he majored in Anthropology and Third World studies. Prior being called to the BC Bar in 1995, Will worked extensively as a community and labour organizer around the world. He also serves on the board of numerous international, national and provincial non-profits. His passion is helping local people solve local problems. He lives in Victoria, with his wife, daughter, incorrigible dog and two cats.

Chris Miller (Nova Scotia) is the National Conservation Biologist for the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, an organization working to protect at least half of Canada’s wilderness.  He holds a Ph.D. in biology from the University of Waterloo and a combined Honours B.Sc. in biology and earth sciences from Dalhousie University.  Chris is working to establish protected areas across the country and to improve government policies for protecting Canada’s threatened boreal woodland caribou.   He works on the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement, one of the largest conservation projects currently underway involving conservation planning on over 76 million hectares of land.  In Nova Scotia, Chris led the successful campaign to protect the public lands of the Blue Mountain – Birch Cove Lakes wilderness near Halifax and is part of a coalition of groups working to protect Sable Island as a national park.  He was the lead negotiator for the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society in the Colin Stewart Forest Forum negotiations, which is resulting in the creation of many new protected areas in Nova Scotia.  Chris is a science advisor for the Nova Scotia Nature Trust and the Nova Scotia Crown Share Land Legacy Trust. 

Susan Minnemeyer (Washington DC) is the World Resource Institute’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Lab Manager. Much of her work at WRI has been for the international Global Forest Watch network. In this role, she has produced maps and databases for reports on forests in Cameroon, Congo-Brazzaville, Gabon, Alaska, and Canada that describe the state of the forests and provide information on concessions, protected areas, and forest condition. In Cameroon, Susan worked with colleagues, partners, and Cameroon’s Ministry of Forests and Wildlife to create the first Interactive Forestry Atlas of Cameroon, which made national data on forest management publicly available for the first time. She is working on a similar project to improve transparency and accountability in the management of forests in Indonesia. Susan has led GIS training sessions in Cameroon, Congo-Brazzaville, and Indonesia to improve capacity to use GIS as a tool for improved decision making. Susan received a Master’s degree in environmental management from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, where she majored in conservation biology/landscape ecology and studied GIS applications for conservation.

Geoffrey Quaile - Chair (Quebec) has worked closely with the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) since 1994. He is currently serving as a Senior Advisor on Natural Resource issues for the Grand Council. This involves serving as a board member for the Crees on the Cree-Quebec Forestry Board and participation in various cross governmental tables on mining, public land management and Cree-Quebec relations. Prior to these duties, Geoffrey was intimately involved in the Grand Council's legal and public relations efforts regarding forestry and hydroelectric development. Geoffrey's undergraduate (Trent) degree was in Environmental and Natural Resource Studies and he holds an MES specializing in Communication from York University.

Alan Young - Vice-Chair (Ontario) has worked since 1991 as a facilitator, planner, analyst and activist with a wide range conservation groups, Aboriginal organizations, companies and governments across Canada. His focus has been on sustainability strategies for the extractive sector which has involved projects throughout North America, Latin America and Europe. In 1991 he worked as coordinator of the joint federal/territorial and Aboriginal government Porcupine Caribou Co-Management Board in the Yukon. From 1994 to 2002, he served as Executive Director of the Environmental Mining Council of BC – a coalition of national, provincial and local conservation groups. In 2002, Alan left EMCBC to form the Materials Efficiency Research Group ( in order to be able to focus on his interest in bringing different sectors together to build joint solutions to social and environmental issues in the extractive industries. Since 2003 a primary client has been the Canadian Boreal Initiative (CBI), where he now serves as Director of Corporate Programs. CBI is a pan-Canadian multi-sector project addressing issues related to sustainability, conservation and Aboriginal rights. He currently serves as Chair of the Centre for Science in Public Participation, and Director of the Fair Mining Collaborative.