Lesli Boldt – President
Lesli is president of Boldt Communications. She has over 25 years experience in marketing communications and community relations, and over a decade of experience in consulting, with clients in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Lesli founded Boldt Communications in 2001, and has also taken time to manage the City of Vancouver’s 2010 Winter Games-related communications, and to direct marketing and communications for Vancouver Public Library. Before founding Boldt, she worked in public affairs at Vancity Credit Union, and held several progressive communications positions with the B.C. government between 1992 and 2001. When she’s not working, you can find her running on trails, taking French and Spanish lessons, riding her bike, taking long walks, or sipping wine and talking politics with friends. She also dreams of one day fronting her own band. Lesli divides her time between Victoria and Vancouver, B.C.
Rachel S. Forbes – Past President
Rachel works on Reconciliation and Responsible Investment at Shareholder Association for Research and Education (SHARE). Previously she was the ED of the conservation charity Grizzly Bear Foundation and principal of Sharp Six, an agency that provided capacity building services to non profits and community driven organizations. Rachel’s family has roots in commercial fishing and she was raised in a small community on the Sunshine Coast that is dependent upon the health and sustainability of the marine environment. She has 20 years of experience working with different types of organizations, including serving as a board and committee member for various charities, non profits, and corporations. Rachel has a bachelor of arts in geography and communications from Simon Fraser University. Her law degree from the University of Victoria focused on environmental and Aboriginal law, both of which she gained experience in while working with environmental law groups and a law firm that focuses on Aboriginal law. Rachel enjoys mountain biking and Olympic weightlifting. She lives in Strathcona with her husband, furbaby Muppet and non furbaby Griffen. Identifies as: she/her; settler.
Ken Coach — Vice-President
Ken is president of the communications firm Media Coach Inc. He is a Vancouver native whose first career as a journalist took him across North America before it brought him back home. He spent 20 years working in virtually all aspects of news and current affairs in print and broadcast journalism. After starting out as a reporter for a small Vancouver Island newspaper he worked his way up to senior news management positions at CBC and CTV National News. Ken then “switched sides” to become a media trainer, presentation coach and outrage manager. He has provided presentation and media training to corporate and academic leaders, politicians, celebrities and many not-for-profit organizations. Ken is skilled and experienced in messaging, communications strategy, issues management and media relations. He has developed effective strategies for contentious issues and crisis situations affecting a wide variety of clients.
Aaron Nabata — Treasurer
Aaron is assistant controller at SilverCrest Metals. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant, with public practice and industry experience that focuses on financial reporting and auditing and assurance. Aaron has taken the board position of Treasurer at Georgia Strait Alliance. He was born and raised on the West Coast, growing up on Vancouver’s beaches. He loves to cycle, hike, consume political news and read non-fiction.
Kathy Fletcher — Secretary
Kathy founded and was for 20 years executive director of People For Puget Sound, a citizens’ organization formed to protect and restore the southern portion of our Salish Sea—a role that saw her working closely with GSA over many years. Kathy now lives in Vancouver and spends much of her time in Desolation Sound, where her family owns a small oyster farm. She and her husband Ken love to cruise the marine waters of BC, and can be found in Whistler during the ski season. Prior to People for Puget Sound Kathy chaired Washington State’s Puget Sound Water Quality Authority, served on President Jimmy Carter’s Staff, handling environmental and natural resource issues, taught environmental policy and non-profit management at the University of Washington, worked for the Environmental Defense Fund and other environmental organizations, and headed up environmental, energy conservation and other programs at Seattle City Light, along with serving on many non-profit organization boards. Among her many honours, Kathy has been named a “Hero of the Seas” by the Blue Frontier Campaign, and has received a lifetime achievement award from Restore America’s Estuaries.
Duncan is the Chief of Staff to the President at the Onni Group of Companies. He holds a Masters Degree in Urban Studies and has previous experience in the non-profit and private sector, while also serving in a number of roles while working in politics. He is an active member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), an education and research-based non-profit, focused on best practices in the sustainable use of land and excellence in city building. Duncan serves as Vice-Chair of ULI BC for his local district council, while also serving as a representative on multiple national ULI Committees. Duncan is active in the community, including serving on the Urban Studies Alumni Association Steering committee, supporting a number of local groups, and remains active in politics at the local, provincial, and federal level.
Zoe is the Regional Administrator at Esri Canada and a GIS student – learning about all things geospatial. Born and raised in Vancouver, Zoe values the beautiful natural environment she grew up in and developed an affinity for British Columbia’s diverse coastal landscape and wildlife. After completing her Bachelor of Arts in anthropology and geography at Dalhousie, she returned to the West Coast and worked in varying capacities in the environmental sector for several years before returning to school to pursue further training in geography and mapping. She is excited to utilize her geographic skills and environmental passion to help solve critical environmental issues BC is facing. When she is not at work or studying, she enjoys spending time in a pottery studio, baking and exploring BC.
Tess is a lawyer with Embarkation Law who works with people from all around the world with their immigration, refugee, and citizenship matters. Before practicing law, Tess worked for five years supporting children and youth build literacy and leadership skills with the Excellence in Literacy Foundation in Ottawa. She is still passionate about supporting children and youth, now serving as Vice-Chair of the charity’s Board of Directors. Tess obtained her law degree from the University of Ottawa and her Master in Laws from the University of Victoria. Tess has called British Columbia home for the last five years, and appreciates every day she gets to breathe the salt air and see the Georgia Strait waters. Tess loves baking all kinds of desserts, reading mystery novels, and travelling with her husband in their 1985 Volkswagen Westfalia.