GWA Staff

Charlie Muldon
Charlie MuldonCoordinator
Born and Raised in the Hazeltons, Charlie is of the Fireweed clan, house of Wii Gyet Charlie has worked with the GWA since 1992 and has over 25 years of experience and knowledge of Gitksan and modern fisheries operations. Charlie began fisheries in the 70’s commercial fishing for a few summers with his Grandfather and then worked at Oceanside Cannery. In 1984 Charlie participated in the Gitksan and Wet’suwet’en Fisheries Technician Training Program. Gitksan culture, traditions, values and laws are important to him and guide his actions within the GWA.
Rodney Harris
Rodney HarrisGitksan Ranger
Born in Hazelton, Rodney is of the Lax Gibuu and Wilps XGwoimitx and brings to the GWA 24 years of fisheries experience and an education in Rangers Fishery Programs. As the lead in our Catch Monitoring Programs, Rodney’s role is to patrol and monitor the Section 35(1) Fishery, covering from downstream of Fiddler Creek, up river to Caribou by boat, including up to Hagwilget Bridge on the Bulkley River, and Babine River up to Gitsegaas Canyon. He also assists on the Adult escapement counts in the fall.
During the fishing season Rodney collects direct, interview, set new log data from all the Section 35 Fishery, which includes set net, drift, dip and seine methods, and enters all the data to formulate the estimated weekly catches for reporting. Having an interest in working on the river brought Rodney to his current position, and finds enjoyment in being out on the river with the jet boat, helping whoever needs help, and teaching our monitors how to run the boats on the river.
Alicia Fernando
Alicia FernandoBiologist
Born in Smithers, Alicia is Metis and serves as the senior biologist for the GWA since 2007. She has recently received her MSc. in Environmental Practice from Royal Roads University, and before that she obtained a BSc. in Fisheries Biology from Vancouver Island University, as well as a two-year technical diploma.

Alicia has almost fifteen years working in the field of aquatic biology. This experience has ranged from fish and invertebrate stock and habitat assessments, to fish culture and lab sample processing for both freshwater and marine projects. Alicia has also worked on fisheries-related projects in small communities in Brazil, Cook Islands and on Vancouver Island.

Within the GWA, Alicia is the biologist and works as an advisor and project manager on stock assessment programs and research projects. Throughout her days, Alicia spreads her efforts across a number of tasks, including project development, and advising and reporting – a majority of which is on Skeena salmon stock and habitat assessments as well as monitoring research. Alicia has worked for over nearly 10 years on the Slamgeesh Salmon Program and has been successful in project management of a variety of other successful initiatives, which she proposed through the Pacific Salmon Commission Northern Fund, BC First Nations Environmental Contaminants Program and Fish Habitat Restoration Initiative, as well as collaborations with regional universities and government departments.

The opportunity for Alicia to work in the communities and beautiful wilderness that she grew up exploring is one of the primary reasons Alicia was drawn to this profession. To be able to work on all aspects of fisheries projects through to completion is appealing to her. She also enjoys sharing that information with the community so they can make better-informed decisions and the next generation can get excited about their connection to the land. Learning about Gitksan tradition has been very interesting for her experience.

Tim Wilson
Tim WilsonSenior Fisheries Technician
From Hazelton, Tim is of the Fireweed/Killerwhale clan, and has been with the GWA since 1998. Prior to filling his current position, Tim obtained Fisheries Technician certification from Malaspina College, helping him achieve nearly 19 years experience as a Fisheries tech to date. Within the GWA, he has worked with the Slamgeesh project, which started out with several years of remote camp work. Tim then moved on to doing hydro acoustic surveys throughout the Gitksan territories and simultaneously working on other salmon stock assessment projects. During these times, the Kispiox Fish Hatchery was also in operation, in which Tim had a hand in all aspects of its operations.

Now as a Senior Fisheries Technician, his role is to supervise and run field crews for various fisheries research projects, run the water quality and quantity program, and manage and maintain field equipment. Day to day, Tim focuses his attention to running the salmon stock and habitat assessment program and the water Q&Q program, this includes writing technical reports for each of the programs he is involved in and organizing for the field season. Recent years, working on Fish Habitat Restoration Initiatives were his daily priority. With a great love of the outdoors, participating in fieldwork and learning new skills out in the field has drawn Tim to his position.

Ryan Whitmore
Ryan WhitmoreBiologist
New to the organization, Ryan came to the GWA from Fresno, California in January of 2017. Ryan bring with him to the Technical Department, an extensive academic history including a MSc. of Science in Fisheries Biology from Humboldt State University in Arcata, California and a BSc. of Science in Fisheries Biology with an emphasis on Freshwater Fishes, also from Humboldt State University. Before starting on with the GWA, Ryan has 10 years experience working in the field of natural resources. He started on the Bear Management Team in Yosemite National Park, and then trapped whitetail deer in Louisiana. Afterwards, he pursued fisheries management in Northern California where he worked in the private sector, Federal, and State Agencies. Ryan’s experience is focused on population management, monitoring adult and juvenile salmonids on coastal streams. His education furthered his knowledge in using genetics as a tool for increasing the general understanding population dynamics of Pacific Salmonids.

As the new Biologist, Ryan works as an advisor and project manager on stock assessment programs and research projects. This means that his major responsibilities include project development, management, advising, and reporting. These tasks are focused on Skeena River salmon stock assessments, population dynamics, and habitat monitoring. Ryan is the new project manager for the Slamgeesh Salmon Project where the focus is monitoring the sockeye and coho salmon populations of this important indicator population. For Ryan, working with the unique salmonid populations of the beautiful Skeena River Watershed was enough to have him move so far from home and join the GWA. He finds the best part of the job, to date, to be increasing his knowledge of the management of the Skeena River and its’ inhabitants.

Taylor Wale
Taylor WaleJunior Fisheries Biologist
Born in Kamloops, Taylor is a member of Lax Gibuu wilps xGwoimtxw. She is currently working on her MSc. of Science in Salmon Ecology and Conservation at UBC, while working seasonally for the GWA. She started with the Technical Department in January 2017, Facilitating communications with the community regarding the Gitksan Food Fishery and planning processes. Taylor serves as a liaison between the technical research body of the GWA and the Gitksan to increase involvement of the people, as well as assisting in research and rehabilitation projects throughout the territories.

Day to day work involves food fishery planning and communications, which are a high priority during the off-season, working to ensure that the Gitksan are well-informed and opinions are voiced and heard regarding the communal management of our food fish.

Gordon Wilson
Gordon WilsonGIS Technician
Since 2005 Gordon has worked with the GWA in the GIS and Mapping Department, bringing with him over 20 years of experience working with maps and GIS and an educational background in Advanced GIS studies from Okanagan College. As a local born in Hazelton to the Giskaast (Fireweed) clan, he started with the Ministry of Forests in Hazelton. From there, Gord joined the Gitksan Treaty Office when they first acquired their GIS and have worked with various Gitksan organizations since then.

Gord’s current role is to produce maps for the GWA and SFC staff, as well as updating and maintaining Gitksan territory maps. In a typical day Gord will work on Hydroacoustic Mapping, Fish Passage and Culvert Assessment Mapping, Fish Habitat Assessment Plan Mapping, LNG Impact Mapping, Proposed Mining Impact Mapping, and Updating Gitksan Territory Maps. Gordon enjoys working with the ever-evolving technology, as GIS software is constantly changing and there are always new opportunities to learn. The best part about his job is knowing that he is doing his best to document the geographical history and land claims of the Gitksan people.

Marj Turner
Marj TurnerExecutive Assistant
Born in Bella Bella, BC, Marj is of the Raven clan from the Heiltsuk Nation and has worked for the GWA since 2008. Prior to working for the GWA, Marj obtained her certificate in Applied Business Tech with Accounting at NWCC and was employed by Carnaby Sawmill for 13 years. Some of her jobs there were the Lumber Grader, Forklift Operator and Cutoff Saw Operator. After the sawmill closure in 2001, Marj worked and managed a home-based family business until it’s closure in 2014. As the Executive assistant, Marj is tasked with office reception, handling requests and quarries efficiently, arranging and coordinating meetings and events, taking minutes and making travel arrangements, and acting as the liaison between internal staff at all levels.
Christine Scotnicki
Christine grew up in Edmonton and obtained her BA from the University of Alberta in 1983. She has practiced law in the interests of Indigenous peoples since attending the University of Victoria law school and being called to the bar in 1989. She resides in Victoria, B.C. After several years working with a downtown Vancouver firm providing general legal services primarily to Bands, Tribal Councils, and several national Aboriginal organizations, Christine began working with the-then Gitksan & Wet’suwet’en Tribal Council in early 1991. She became in-house counsel with the Gitxsan Chiefs in November, 1994 and was involved with negotiations at the provincial and federal level as the Chiefs implemented several governance initiatives, notably for community-based self-government, health services, and child welfare. She advised the Chiefs in treaty negotiations in the post- Delgamuukw era. Since late 2003, Christine has worked for the Gitksan Watershed Authorities and Skeena Fisheries Commission. Christine’s workdays for GWA are never predictable, and depend on what is going on from time to time. She provides legal advice to GWA’s Board and Coordinator on
Aboriginal rights issues, governance, personnel matters, and other topics that arise. She is immensely grateful to the many Gitksan people who have taught her more than she ever learned in law school. Christine is also proud to serve on the Board of West Coast Environmental Law Research Foundation.