Garry Merkel

Independent Mentor, Coach, Facilitator and Advisor

Garry Merkel was the co-chair (along with Al Gorley) of the cabinet-appointed Old Growth Review Panel. This panel conducted an extensive outreach process that received input from thousands of people across British Columbia and helped inform their final report, “A NEW FUTURE FOR OLD FORESTS, A Strategic Review of How British Columbia Manages its Old Forests Within its Ancient Ecosystems” (OGSR). This review made 14 recommendations and summarized a prerequisite paradigm shift required to change the stewardship direction in British Columbia from a managing for “timber subject to constraints” to “holistic ecosystem health/integrity” approach. Garry has been asked to return and is now acting as an independent mentor, coach, facilitator and advisor to support the government in its leadership role, the forest sector and ultimately the land sector of the province through this transition.

Speaker Sessions

A Whole-of-Society Approach: Driving Transformational Change for Economy and Nature

  • Restoring and Protecting Nature
  • Circular Practices and Business Models
  • Innovation, Technology and Deployment
  • Government Policy and Corporate Governance
Session Date
Wednesday, Feb 14 2024 | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Holly McHugh VP of Sustainability and Social Impact, Mejuri
Garry Merkel Independent Mentor, Coach, Facilitator and Advisor
Jennifer Psyllakis Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Water, Land and Resource Stewardship, Government of British Columbia
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