Lisa Helmer leads the Collaborative Stewardship Framework for the Province of BC, and is a past Co-Chair of the First Nations- BC Wildlife and Habitat Conservation Forum. Lisa joined the BC Team in 2006 as Head of Biological and Evaluation Services with the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF). Her time at HCTF provided an opportunity to understand the complex nature of fish & wildlife management in BC. Lisa was Director of Strategic Initiatives with FLNRO Skeena Region 2016-2019, where she led the Environmental Stewardship Initiative (ESI). Lisa has been working in collaboration with Indigenous Communities since her first summer field job as a Fish & Wildlife Technician under Forest Renewal BC in 1995, conducting watershed assessments with Lil’Wat Nation.
Lisa ran her private consulting company out of Pemberton BC through the 2000’s, working with Department of Fisheries & Oceans (DFO), local/regional governments in the Sea to Sky Region, the Resort Municipality of Whistler, the BC Wildlife Federation, the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area, and the BC Conservation Corps in the Skeena. She continues to look for new and innovative ways to empower local people to be powerful stewards of local resources. She is a fifth-generation potato farmer from the Pemberton Valley, holds a BSc. (Fish & Wildlife Management) from UNBC, has two kids (Maggie 12, Angus 10) who love to roam the outdoors and play music, and a timber framing, windsurfing husband.