Doug is a graduate of the University of Manitoba receiving a BES in 1984 and a MLA 1989. In addition, Doug studied in Edinburgh obtaining a Diploma in Landscape Studies from Edinburgh University in 1986. Doug has been a member of the BCSLA since 1992 and served as BCLSA’s island director for a number of years in the 1990’s.
After graduating Doug worked for a number of years in Hamilton, Bermuda. Returning to Canada he joined the firm of Lanarc Consultants in 1992, and became a principal there in 1996. In the 1990’s Doug had a leadership role in the creation of the well recognized Stewardship Series of documents. Beginning with the Stream Stewardship Guide in 1994 this series now includes 19 titles on a variety of stewardship topics. Over the same period Doug developed a variety of web based decision support tools that include the Water Balance Model for BC, The Water Conservation Calculator and the Irrigation Scheduling Calculator. The influence of these projects has been recognized through the Premier’s award for Design Innovation in 2009.
Doug has also played a central role in the creation of the Island Corridor Foundation whose membership includes the 5 regional districts and 14 first nations of Vancouver Island. Doug supported the drafting of the ICF’s constitution and the negotiation of Asset Donation Agreements, valued at $366 million, for the Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway. Doug acted as the Executive Director for the foundation between 2005 and 2008.