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WILLIAM NIKOLAKIS, PHD, LLB, BBUS

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

William Nikolakis, PhD, LLB, BBus practices law in British Columbia, and practiced in Australia. His focus is on the intersection between Aboriginal rights and natural resources law. William is also a Research Fellow in the Department of Forest Resources Management, Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia, Canada.

Since 2000, William has been working with Aboriginal organizations, governments and corporations in Australia and Canada to help achieve their objectives, including gaining greater control over their economies and natural resources, and designing governance mechanisms to support these objectives. William's work has been published in leading peer reviewed journals, including the Journal of Hydrology, International Public Management Journal, Water Policy, Canadian Journal of Forest Research, Organization and Environment, Journal of Water and Climate Change, and Community Development.

William recently co-edited a book published by Routledge, entitled "Forests and Globalization: Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Development." He is also the Deputy Coordinator for the International Task Force "Resources for the Future: Sustainable Transformation in Forest Use", International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO).

Contact William at: william@gatheringvoices.com

 

TYSON ATLEO, B.A.

COMMUNICATIONS & ENGAGEMENT ADVISOR

Tyson ?ikaatius Atleo is the next in-line to hold a 27th generation hereditary Chief seat for the Ahousaht First Nation from the west coast of British Columbia, Canada. Passionate about supporting the spiritual, social and economic well being of Indigenous peoples he has been raised as a leader to respect Nuu-chah-nulth cultural values.

Tyson has enjoyed a successful career providing professional economic and governance development, strategic communications and community engagement services to Indigenous governments and communities, not-for profit organizations, the Government of Canada and private industry.

Tyson volunteers his time with a number of not-for-profit organizations and holds a Bachelors of Arts in Professional Communications from Royal Roads University.

 
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ETIENNE BEAUDET, M.SC.

RESEARCHER & PROJECT COORDINATOR

Etienne holds a B.A. in Political Science and an M.Sc. in Integrated Water Resources Management from McGill University. His interest for decision-making process in society brought him to focus his research and actions on citizen governance and people’s relation to nature.


After working for the Cree Nation of Wemindji, Etienne moved to British Columbia and joined GVS. Building on his background of guide and educator, he helps GVS launching an online capacity-building (FNECO.NET) to inform and inspire communities with new ways of approaching natural resources management. In addition, Etienne supports the development of environmental management and stewardship programs with GVS’s partners.

 
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ALANNA SPENCE, B.A.

RESEARCHER & PROJECT COORDINATOR

Alanna holds an economics degree from UBC’s Vancouver School of Economics, and grew up in coastal British Columbia. Her passion for economic policy that is effective and people-focused brought her to GVS. 

At GVS Alanna helps to conduct research and develop reports on sustainable livelihood initiatives involving Indigenous Peoples, analyzes relevant economic data, and liaises with GVS partners. When she’s not working Alanna can be found running, sailing or painting.