Senior Wildfire Policy Analyst & Government Relations

Doug Donaldson

Doug Donaldson has lived in rural B.C. for more than four decades. He served as an elected three-term (2009-2020) B.C. Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) representing the remote, rural constituency of Stikine. As the Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (2017-2020), Doug oversaw major reforms in forestry legislation and policy, new approaches to old growth management, land use planning and wildlife management, and the rebuilding of ecosystems and communities after the record-breaking 2017 and 2018 wildfire seasons. His Official Opposition portfolio’s included mining, energy, Indigenous relations, and, for three years he was the vice-chair of the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services. Doug has also held public office at the municipal government level, serving as a Village of Hazelton councillor from 1999 to 2009.

Doug lives on the territories of the Gitxsan First Nation in northwest British Columbia. He worked supporting the Gitxsan and Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs on the successful Delgamuukw-Gisdaywa aboriginal title case to the Supreme Court of Canada as communications director with the Gitxsan Chiefs Office. He was a co-founder of Storytellers’ Foundation, a Hazelton-based NGO focused on community economic development and reconciliation. 

Doug’s formal education includes an MA in journalism and a B.Sc. in wildlife biology. He and his wife, Anne, live on Wilp Nikate-en territory in Two Mile, just outside of Hazelton, B.C., in the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine.