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: email@example.com
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.
Research & Project Coordinator
Colton is a scholar of both the University of British Columbia (UBC) and the National University of Singapore (NUS), studying a Bachelor of International Economics. His passion for creating tangible, lasting solutions to environmental degradation led him to work with GVS.
Colton is a co-founder of UBC's first student-led organization dedicated to analyzing political and economic responses to climate change, the UBC Environmental Policy Association, and served as an executive member of the Singaporean environmental group, NUS SAVE. Colton also manages the UBC Alma Mater Society's Sustainability Projects Fund, and is an active volunteer for local environmental projects. Outside of work, he is an avid Vancouver Canucks fan, and loves camping and/or hiking around the beautiful outdoors of BC.
Project Development Coordinator
As Project Development Coordinator, Tricia assists with creating and implementing project plans and strategic funding initiatives. Prior to working with GVS, Tricia gained experience working with First Nations in British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Yukon as legal counsel, advising on consultation and treaty interpretation.
In addition to her work with GVS, Tricia is actively involved in the rowing community in British Columbia, sitting on the Board of Directors for the Vancouver Rowing Club and competing at local and international regattas.