Karen has been involved in wildlife protection in British Columbia for over two decades. Initially, she worked on frontline campaigns to protect Vancouver Island’s endangered rainforest, moving north in the 1990s to begin efforts to protect the central and north coast of B.C. She coauthored The Great Bear Rainforest with her husband Ian, and is a conservation director of Pacific Wild. Karen and Ian live with their two children on Denny Island.
Director of Community & Systems,
Interim Wolf Campaigner
Laurie spent her twenties exploring the BC coastline every summer aboard a 26′ wooden sloop sailboat and discovered a love for the wild marine environment and all the creatures within it.
She relocated to the Sunshine Coast and has spent 30 years involved in the community across a variety of organizations and initiatives. She has a journalism degree and a background in communications, and studied art and creative writing as tools to transform the way we communicate around charged topics. Donor relations, stewardship, Friends of Pacific Wild and Artists for the Great Bear Rainforest are paired with digital systems management for a never-a-dull-moment role.
She is delighted to be working in her great love of BC’s unique coastal geography and culture. This is her dream job, helping protect such a critical piece of British Columbia and engaging in outreach and development to further Pacific Wild’s goals in the Great Bear Rainforest and Sea.
Post Production Manager
Darryl Whetung is an award winning Ojibway film, television and documentary editor/producer. He began his career in post production working for major companies such as Nickelodeon, Insight Film Studios, Front Street Pictures, Voltage and several other independent productions building a roster of over 60 credited productions.
Darryl has worn many hats ranging from Producer to Director, Creator and Writer. Amy’s Mythic Mornings, a six episode animated children’s series he created and wrote currently airs on APTN. The CBC National has run his documentary “Dads” for four consecutive years (2012-2016) as a father’s day special .
He recently won “Best Public Service Film” for “Number 14” a documentary drama he produced which was featured at the American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco, CA. Darryl is a graduate of the British Columbia Institute of Technology, where he specialized in broadcasting, communications, film, and business law. With his passion for the industry and his drive to create he strives to leave a little paint on the world’s entertainment canvas.
Natasha is a filmmaker and organizer who has worked in the film industry in Vancouver for 8 years. Growing up in Howe Sound, she was profoundly impacted by the power and beauty of the wilderness around her and has always sought to bring together her love of nature and storytelling.
Natasha has a BA in film from Simon Fraser University and studied Project Management at UBC’s Sauder School of Business. She has worked in a wide variety of departments in the film industry, from camera to casting, the production office to production design, and sound to Assistant Directing. This broad experience provided a solid foundation for transitioning into Producing. One of the most rewarding projects was Luk’Luk’I; a 2017 docudrama that collaborated with residents in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside to tell their stories. Working on that project permanently changed Natasha’s perspective of life in the DTES. Natasha’s films have been screened in festivals internationally and won numerous awards.
Natasha believes that visual storytelling has an incredible capacity to build bridges and open people up to new perspectives. She is very excited to work at Pacific Wild and advocate for our precious planet, especially our incredibly unique coastal ecosystems.
In her spare time, Natasha enjoys breathing in the salty sea breeze, feeling the sun on her face, and learning about anything anyone is willing to teach her!
Rob Hackney, CPA, CGA
Manager of Finance
Rob has admired the natural world from a young age. Enamoured by tales of the fabled Pacific Northwest, he drove westbound across Canada in his early twenties. Captivated by the sheer beauty of the rainforests, coastal climate, mountainous regions, and plethora of wildlife, he made Victoria, BC, his home in 2007.
Rob pursued studies on Vancouver Island, completing a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, with majors in accounting and finance. He further pursued a professional accounting designation, and received his letters (CPA, Chartered Professional Accountant) in 2015. He has worked in financial and tax accounting for private sector accounting firms, in legislation administration for the federal government, and in management information systems technology for an international organization.
Rob enjoys a wide range of outdoor activities including snowboarding, rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, and learning about mycology and mycorrhizal fungi and plants.
With Pacific Wild, Rob has an outlet for his financial prowess and passion for protecting the environment. He is grateful to be working with a team of talented professionals in the fight to protect biodiversity and species at risk in our coastal ecosystems.
Sabrina spent her childhood on Vancouver island, instilling in her a deep sense of connection to the ocean and the beauty of the coast. Upon graduating high school, she went on a three-month solo backpacking trip through Europe, continuing on for the next year to Australia and Thailand.
Through travelling, her appreciation for the natural and wild spaces and animals of the west coast has only increased. It is her hope that through connection and communication within our community we can work towards restoring and repairing this special place that will always be home.
Sabrina has taken courses for business and social media marketing at BCIT and has a Professional Bookkeeping certificate from Langara College. She understands that the health of our ecosystems is dependant on our ability to acknowledge the role we play within them, not our separateness.
She is thrilled to be apart of a team of people dedicated to working towards bettering the management and sustainability of the flora and fauna unique to British Columbia.
Chloe grew up on the island of Bermuda in the North Atlantic Ocean, where her childhood and early education focused extensively on ocean conservation. In her late teens years, she moved to Canada to continue her education, completing her undergraduate degree in Business Management and Marketing at Carleton University. During this time, Chloe worked for the government at Global Affairs Canada in the policy and communications field.
Following graduation, Chloe worked as a tree planter in the BC interior for two summers and then travelled extensively around South/Central America. During this time she volunteered on permaculture farms, eco-construction projects, and as a social media coordinator.
After making the move to Vancouver, Chloe worked in the agri-tech industry for an indoor gardening startup in Marketing Communication where she developed her skills in campaign management, social media, and digital marketing strategies. As an Ocean Bridge 2020 delegate, she volunteered for a year with a close team to produce ocean-related conservation projects. Chloe is dedicated to working on projects surrounding sustainability and eco-advancements that protect and preserve the planet and its species.