Board of Directors
Our Board is comprised of up to six independent members, two members appointed by the Province, and the Society’s president. The Board sets policy, provides strategic direction, and monitors the financial and operational health of the organization. The president is a non-voting director responsible for the ongoing operations and management of the organization. New independent members are selected by the Board of Directors.
GEORGE IWAMA (Vancouver), Chair
Professor George Iwama received his B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of British Columbia (UBC). He was a fish culturist at the Kootenay Trout Hatchery, near Cranbrook, BC. His distinguished career includes a tenured full-professorship in Animal Science at UBC, Director General of the National Research Council’s Institute for Marine Biosciences in Halifax, Dean of Science at Acadia University, Dean of Science at Carleton University, President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Northern British Columbia, and Executive Vice President, Provost and Vice-CEO of Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University, in Japan. George is an Adjunct Professor in Zoology at his alma mater, UBC. He is President Emeritus at Quest University Canada, where he served first as Chancellor, followed by a five year term as President and Vice-Chancellor.
KATHY RUDDICK (Kamloops), Vice Chair
Kathy is a life-long fly-fisher, best known for her retail store, Ruddick’s Fly Shop, in Vancouver. In addition to being involved in the retail industry, Kathy was also a fly fishing and fly-casting instructor. Her fly-fishing experience included traveling and fishing B.C., as well as hosting groups and competing in international destinations like Cuba, Belize, New Zealand, Australia, UK, and Iceland. She has extensive fly-fishing experience in both freshwater and saltwater, targeting a variety of species including trout, salmon, steelhead, pike, lake trout, bonefish, tarpin and permit. Kathy competed in several International World Fly Fishing Competitions, as well as a Canadian Fly Fishing competition. Notably, she was the first woman to be selected on the teams. Kathy also has financial banking experience, retiring from RBC and Valley First Credit Union, where her career entailed branch management, Human Resources, credit, mutual funds, and small business financing. Kathy continues to pursue her passion of fly fishing on the lakes near her home in Kamloops, and enjoying the variety of fishing opportunities that British Columbia offers.
MURRAY JACOBS (Victoria), Secretary Treasurer
Murray is a CPA (Chartered Professional Accountant), and retired after 30 years with the BC public service in the following areas: health, economy sector, forests and transportation. He has been involved in coaching and playing soccer most of his life, and currently enjoys travel, photography, jogging, biking, hiking, old cars and reading. He and his wife live on Langford Lake, and he is hoping his involvement with the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC will bring him better luck fishing in his backyard.
STEVE MATTHEWS (Summerland), Director
Steve is a Registered Professional Biologist with over 34 years experience in freshwater fisheries management with the provincial government. He has held several positions within the Thompson Okanagan Region of MFLNRORD including Fish and Wildlife Section Head, and Manager of the Environmental Stewardship Division. Steve has chaired and participated in a large number of regional and provincial fish and wildlife committees, and has led the development and delivery of several large-scale projects including the Okanagan River Restoration Initiative and the Okanagan Lake Kokanee Recovery Plan. Following retirement from the provincial government in March 2012, he has been providing consulting services specializing in program planning, project management, and fish habitat restoration. Steve’s personal interests include fresh and saltwater fly fishing, skiing, tennis, and classic cars.
MIKE RAMSAY (Williams Lake), Director
Mike has 30 years’ experience working in the fish program in the Province of BC, including 10 years as the Fish Section Head in the Cariboo Region Fish and Wildlife Program. He even served for six months as the Director of Fish and Wildlife (August 2016 – January 2017). Most recently, Mike has been working as the Senior Fish Biologist in Region 5 (Cariboo). Mike has had a career that has seen him in leadership roles in both branch and region. In his spare time Mike and his wife Devon fish and hunt in the Cariboo and northern regions of the province. He has a particular interest in making hand-made rods and flies. Mike has four children keeping he and Devon very busy. His favorite place is the Dean River.
JAMIE ROSS (Victoria), Director
Jamie is a Partner with Deloitte and leads the firm’s Risk Advisory practice in Victoria. He has over 20 years of experience in information technology consulting and works with the BC Public Sector in identifying, assessing and mitigating business and technology risks, with a focus on cybersecurity and privacy. His work includes assisting organizations in developing and implementing cybersecurity and/or privacy programs, conducting current-state cyber and privacy assessments and leading or supporting clients through significant cyber and privacy breaches. Jamie is also focused on enabling improved public sector information sharing and analytics through effective, risk-based cyber and privacy programs. Prior to his consulting career, Jamie worked as a research scientist studying the use of real-time monitoring information to manage environmental and public health risks.
HILLARY WARD (Penticton), Director
Hillary grew up in Victoria and has a PhD in Fisheries Ecology and Management from the University of Calgary (2014). Her PhD research focused on understanding interactions between angler behaviour and fish populations in small lake rainbow trout fisheries in BC. Following school, she started with the Provincial Government as a Fisheries Stock Assessment Biologist in 2014 and is now the Director of Resource Management with the Ministry of Forests in the Thompson Okanagan Region. She lives in Penticton, and in her spare time enjoys taking her two girls (ages 4 and 6) fishing at our local rainbow trout lakes.
ANDREW WILSON (Victoria), President
Andrew Wilson became the Freshwater Fisheries Society President in 2015 and is an ex-officio member of our Board of Directors. He left government in 2014 to become Vice President, Sport Fishing Division, with the Society. Prior to that Andrew held the position of Director, Fish and Wildlife Branch, for the Province for three years and spent five years as the Provincial Fisheries Manager. He brings a wealth of fisheries management experience to the Society and the senior executive position. Andrew lives in Victoria and is an avid angler.