Strategic Advisor

Ivan Thompson

Ivan Thompson is a community practitioner fellow at the University of Victoria’s Centre for Global Studies, where he works in close association with the POLIS Project’s watershed security and wildfire resilience initiatives. From this platform, he supports collaborative efforts to safeguard wild salmon watersheds in B.C. and advises a variety of regional conservation initiatives, biodiversity funders, and associated partners. 

Ivan was employed from 2007 to 2017 as a program officer for the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation’s Wild Salmon Ecosystems Initiative, and then oversaw the associated Pacific Salmon Watersheds Fund at MakeWay (Tides Canada) Foundation for five years. Earlier, he worked on successful efforts to protect the Great Bear Rainforest, safeguard the Skeena watershed and estuary, and double British Columbia’s protected areas network. 

Ivan began his professional life as a counselor and educator, culminating in the roles of regional director and dean of education at Northwest Community College. He holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Economics (University of London), M.Ed. (University of Victoria), B.Ed. (Queen’s University), and B.A. (McMaster University). He currently resides in Victoria.